A star-studded collection of the world’s greatest action sports athletes performed at the Auckland stop of the 2013 Nitro Circus Live tour in New Zealand last night, thrilling the near sell-out crowd of almost 21,000 people at North Harbour Stadium with the biggest stunts in FMX, BMX and a range of other outrageous contraptions.
Among the highlights that the Auckland fans got to witness, was the unbelievable BMX triple backflip, with James Foster (US) throwing down the trick that NZ’s own Jed Mildon made famous right here in the land of the long white cloud.
The other member of the Kiwi contingent, Aucklander FMXer Luke Smith, courageously performed in front of his home crowd tonight with a newly broken jaw. Desperate to ride in front of his friends and family, Smith countered enormous pain with every jump, but still brought the crowd to their feet screaming for more.
On the FMX side, Josh Sheehan (AU) 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 Auckland crowd into raptures. ‘Sheeny’ also combined with fellow Aussie Clinton Moore, to perform perfect synchronised ruler flips, where the riders literally hang extended off the handlebars, with the bike upside down. It is a trick that had to be seen to be believed.
On the fifty foot Gigant-A-Ramp, the Aussie BMXers pulled out all of their biggest tricks, with Brandon Loupos (AU) stomping a perfect Cash Roll, a full twisting inverted frontflip, and Matty Whatt (AU) throwing down his signature trick the ‘Whyatt Riot’, a backflip tailwhip to late 360, that he is the only man in the world performing.
All of the Nitro Circus athletes were overwhelmed by the response that they received in Auckland. The heaving crowd’s standing ovation almost lifted the roof of the stadium, and once again Auckland action sports fans turned out in force, packing the North Shore stadium to the rafters.
Nitro Circus Live now makes its way to Hamilton for a massive Waitangi Day show, before heading to Wellington for the final event on Saturday, February 9th.