WATCH ABOVE: In an incredible video, Maddison was able to skim the Tahitian waters.
TORONTO – X-games participant Robbie Maddison is the star of an incredible promotion that features him surfing on his dirt bike in Tahiti. That’s right…surfing.
Made as part of a co-promotion with DC Shoes, the new video titled “Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream” has quickly become a viral hit since being posted online this past Sunday, amassing nearly 10 million views as of this writing.
In the four-minute video you can watch above, the motocross stunt rider known as “Maddo” does what appears to be the impossible: ride his motocross bike across the world famous breaks at Teahupo’o.
And for a man known for taking extreme risks – including setting the world record for longest jump on a motorcycle – even this one had the 34-year-old stunt rider wondering what he’d gotten himself into.
“I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there,” Maddison told Surfer magazine.
So how did he pull off this unique stunt? The tires on Maddison’s bike were modified to act as paddlewheels, devices common to steam ships and river-going boats in the 19th century.
Then a special pair of skis were added to the bottom of his bike, giving him both enhanced flotation and balance as he skimmed across the water. The result is a bike that, to the outside observer, appears to actually be skimming across the top of the water like a jet ski.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Australian daredevil. At one point, he thought a particularly large wave would be the end of him.
“It picked me up and it slammed me. And the motorcycle drove into my back and I lost all the air out of my lungs.”
‘Behind the Dream’ trailer shows how Robbie Maddison rode dirt bike on water
Sadly, the modified surf-bike didn’t survive it’s ocean-going adventure. But Maddison said that now that he’s lived his dream once, he has aspirations to do it again.
“We lost the motorcycle, it was a broken bike,” he said. “The dream was over. It needs to be able to perfom better. If it can tick a few more boxes, handle a bit better. I’m not going to stop, but I’m only doing it for the right reasons.”