Robbie Maddison is no stranger to death-defying stunts.. He has flipped the Tower Bridge in London, jumped the Corinth Canal in Greece, and acted as the stunt-double for Daniel Craig in James Bond films. But riding his dirt bike on the powerful, breathtaking, and iconic waves of Tahiti? This might just be his craziest stunt yet! It’s something you truly have to see to believe.
In the summer of 2015, Robbie Maddison and DC set out to blur the lines of what’s been done before and what’s only been dreamt of, in an attempt to fulfill a 3-year long ‘pipe dream’. Celebrated X Games medalist and multiple world record holding motocross athlete, Robbie “Maddo” Maddison embarked on a journey to bring the juxtaposed beauty of nature and machine together to make his dream a reality. Often times up against seemingly insurmountable odds, Maddo achieved the career-defining feat of riding his dirt bike into the unchartered saltwater terrain of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia.
Now you might ask yourself, how is that even possible? It turns out that the KTM250SX bike he was riding was specially modified with a couple of custom mods, allowing the bike to glide across the water for long distances, without that whole sinking thing. Starting off from the beach, he makes his way out to the breaking waves, where he finally gets to surf down the face of a wave. What’s scary to think about is if he slows down or stops at any point in time, his bike is going down. This is one serious stunt.
Upon completing the stunt, Maddo said, “That was probably the scariest thing that I have ever experienced.”