A star-studded collection of the world’s greatest action sports athletes performed at the first stop of the 2013 Nitro Circus Live tour in New Zealand last night, thrilling the crowd of over 10,000 people at Forsyth Barr Stadium with the biggest stunts in FMX, BMX and a range of other outrageous contraptions.

Among the highlights that the Dunedin fans got to witness, was the unbelievable BMX triple backflip, with James Foster throwing down the trick that NZ’s own Jed Mildon made famous right here in the land of the long white cloud. Mildon himself, as well as comeback kid Luke Smith, performed in their first Nitro Circus Live shows, and represented the Kiwis with fantastic style, with Jed landing his very own trick ‘The Warrior’.

On the FMX side, Josh Sheehan stomped the most dangerous trick in action sports, the double backflip, launching his one hundred kilogram bike fifty feet into the air, before rotating twice and slamming back to earth, sending the Dunedin crowd into raptures.

The most exciting dirtbike rider in the world right now, Frenchman Thomas Pages, showed off his unique style, performing the world’s biggest turndowns and whips, and then going side-by-side with Clinton Moore, doing the death-defying Volt, where they remove themselves from the bike in mid-air, and pull a full 360 spin before re-mounting and riding out.

Aussie BMXer Jaie Toohey, fresh off a horrific compound fracture of his leg which has racked up thousands of youtube views, completed one of the greatest action sports comeback stories tonight when he faced his fears and successfully performed the terrifying backflip triple tailwhip, the trick that he invented, and the very trick that shattered his leg twice in less than a year.

All of the Nitro Circus athletes were blown away by the big Southern reception they received in their first New Zealand show of 2013, and can’t wait to make their way around the country with their heart-stopping show.

“The crowd tonight was amazing and the whole Nitro crew are pumped to be back in New Zealand,” said Mike Porra, Managing Director of Nitro Circus Live, after the show. “We’ve been around the world with this tour in the last couple of years, but we can always rely on the Kiwi fans to make us feel welcome and absolutely bring the house down.”

Nitro Circus Live now makes its way to Christchurch today for a show tomorrow night at AMI Stadium, then Auckland on 2 February, Hamilton on Waitangi Day and a final show in Wellington on 9 February.

Keep an eye on Nitro Circus Live’s Youtube Channel for Highlights dropping tomorrow.