Daredevil jumper set for Thames record attempt
Nitro Circus’ Travis Pastrana will execute a 75ft backflip between free floating barges
T he Thames will provide the backdrop to some highoctane thrills at 12.30pm today (Thursday) as action sports icon and Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana attempts a 75ft motorcycle backflip across the river.
A world first, the stunt will see Pastrana leap between two unmoored floating barges opposite East India Dock basin. The jump features a compromised run-in of 150ft to accelerate to takeoff speed and just 36ft to come to a stop – or face crashing into the river.
Pastrana must also contend with unpredictable water sending the targets off course and high winds buffeting him mid-air, both threatening to make him miss the 27ft wide landing barge altogether.
The stakes are high – daredevil Mike Metzger crashed during a 2006 similar stunt in Long Beach harbour, fracturing a bone in his back. While he made a full recovery, no-one has attempted a jump of this type since.
The stunt celebrates the announcement of live European tour Nitro Circus: You Got This, an action sports collective that delivers daredevil tricks, crazy contraptions and record-breaking feats to audiences around the world.
Travis said: “Nitro Circus is turning me loose with You Got This – I’m putting all of my best, and worst, ideas into one huge show.
“Everything I’ve ever wanted to see live, we’re taking on the road. Expect bigger, brand-new ramps and even more ridiculous stunts.
“It’s going to be unreal. Look out, though. There might be a few rough landings.”
Tickets for the show, which comes to The O2 arena on November 23, 2018, go on sale tomorrow (Friday).
Everything I’ve ever wanted to see live, we’re taking on the road – it’s going to be unreal Travis Pastrana
Water sportsman: Travis Pastrana’s vehicle is pictured at various points in his 269ft jump over Rainbow Harbour in Long Beach, California, as he breaks the world record for distance jumped in a rally car in 2009
Travis Pastrana will attempt to jump the Thames on a motorcycle