From moto-surfing the famous waves of Tahiti’s Teahupo’o and Papara, to sending it down the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah, Daredevil Robbie Maddison is one of the greatest motorcycle riders on the planet. His name is synonymous with innovation, and his projects consistently awe-inspiring.
Maddo as he is affectionately known, has done what many others could not, and has successfully gravitated the world’s attention toward dirt bikes. Since flipping over military-grade aircraft, jumping the Corinth Canal in Greece, and bomb dropping a Las Vegas Casino, Robbie hasn’t slowed down one bit. It is likely that no rider will ever complete the amount of rapidly circulating videos that Maddo already has on his resume.
The question that is and always will be on everyone’s mind is “what’s next for Robbie Maddison?” Whatever it might happen to be, one thing is for sure: The world will be watching.
Now let’s take a look back at some of Maddo’s other most amazing stunts over the years.
1. The 322-ft. Red Bull Experiment (2007)
In 2007, Robbie was well-known in the world of freestyle motocross, but his name did not hold much weight outside that tight-knit circle. That all changed on New Year’s Eve in 2007, when Maddo launched a football field-sized jump in Las Vegas, becoming the first rider to ever break the 300-foot barrier (one that Evel Knievel himself said to be impossible). And to make things a little bit more interesting for the elated onlookers, Robbie went back around and hit it again, just because he felt like it.
2. Jumping the Arc de Triomphe (2008)
The Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Arc de Triomphe jump at the Paris casino in Las Vegas was a unique stunt. Almost all motorcycle-based stunts are distance jumps, usually jumping over something or a variety of things (oftentimes cars, in the Knievel days). But rarely is it jumping off of something. Robbie launched a huge jump on to the top of the Arc (modeled after the real one in France) at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, but that was the easy part. He then turned around and jumped off, dropping about 10 stories and almost overshooting the landing completely. Luckily, he saved it, because that one would not have felt too good. He later said, “I don’t care if you offered me $10 million, I wouldn’t do it again.”
3. 378-ft. leap over the San Diego Harbor with Levi LaVallee (2011)
Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. in 2011 was the only time distance records have been broken in tandem. Both Robbie and Levi hit the massive jump over the San Diego harbor and crushed the motorcycle and snowmobile ramp-to-ramp distance records, much to the delight of the massive crowd in attendance.
4. The Tower Bridge of London backflip (2009)
What does Robbie do with jumps that are less than 200 feet? He backflips them, of course. In 2009, Robbie traveled to England to backflip the famous drawbridge perched over the River Thames.
5. The Corinth Canal Jump (2010)
The Corinth Canal in Greece played host to yet another incredible Maddo stunt. He only jumped 278 feet (for Maddo, that’s an “only”), but considering the fact that he was 100-plus feet in the air across a chasm, it rates pretty high on the badass meter.