Richie Rees looked up in amazement as the riders launched their motorbikes over his head, over rugby posts, performed insane tricks in mid-air and even threw him a rugby ball from 35 feet in the air. The display was to launch the biggest extreme sports shows ever staged in Europe, which culminate in a spectacular finale on 2nd July 2011 at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in front of 40,000 fans.
The 3 hour Rock ‘n’ Ride show called Monster Energy Extreme Freestylers presented by Extreme Sport Channel, will bring together the world’s biggest freestyle superstars, including World No. 1 Nate Adams, world record holder Robbie Maddison (who smashed Evel Knievel’s long distance jump record in 2009), Jackson Strong (first in the world to land an 85 ft frontflip) and Kain Saul (first to backflip a Harley Davidson). Alongside them will be some of the world’s highest profile riders including Brian Deegan, Adam Jones and Mike Mason. Tickets for the Cardiff Millennium show will go on sale at 9.00am on Friday 11th March 2011.
Over 25 riders will perform death defying tricks and stunts on dirt-bikes, quad bikes, snowmobiles, mini motobikes and Harley Davidsons in the biggest and most spectacular Freestyle Motocross event ever seen in the UK.
For the first time ever the best riders in the world and most famous teams in FMX, Metal Mulisha and Crusty Demons, will join forces to create Extreme Freestylers - a theatrically choreographed shock and awe show described as ‘Cirque Du Soleil meets Jackass on motorbikes.’ Key riders have been rehearsing for the past 6 months to perfect a series of new jaw-dropping feats. Performed against the largest and most spectacular indoor freestyle set ever built, stars of Extreme Sports Channel and MTV, extreme stunt maniacs The Dudesons will also appear alongside live bands and DJs.
Remi Bizouard said: “This show will be great - a non-competition event on the biggest indoor freestyle set ever seen means we can all bring our very best and try out all sorts of crazy stuff out there. We’ll be able to push each other to new limits with no laps or points on the board – this is hardcore entertainment!”
The Extreme Freestylers riders have taken freestyle to new levels, constantly introducing wilder and more dangerous tricks and stunts in their quest to be the best in the world. From Robbie Maddison jumping 96ft vertically onto the top of the Arc de Triomphe replica in Las Vegas or doing a back-flip over London’s Tower Bridge whilst open, to Heath Frisby backflipping 400kg of snowmobile, they push the limit every day. Between them the Extreme Freestylers have broken almost every bone in the human body and suffered multiple injuries, including split livers, bleeding brains, lost kidneys and broken backs, legs, arms and necks. Seth Enslow has 2 titanium plates in his skull to replace a crushed cranium caused by hitting his handlebars after a bad landing!
Extreme Freestylers MD, Adam Bray said: “This show is unique. We’ll have a bigger footprint than even Supercross, so the guys have the space to really show off, and because it’s not a competition the best riders in the world will be enjoying themselves and interacting with the UK fans. It’s not just an extreme sports event – it’s a full-on show, with pyrotechnics, dancers, live bands and DJs, choreography and a chance to see things like the dirt-bike frontflip which has never been seen in the UK.”
Highlights from the Monster Energy Extreme Freestylers presented by Extreme Sports Channel tour will be broadcast later in the year on Extreme Sports Channel bringing all the behind the scenes action and insider gossip to the 25 million subscribers. The 2011 tour will also visit France and Holland, bringing the madness and mayhem live to more than 100,000 extreme sports fans.