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Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live in Macao
Freestyle Motocros, BMX bikes, action sports—these aren’t on my usual weekend thrills-list. Clearly not an adrenaline-charged live action sports enthusiast, I decided to join the HKYantoYan team to watch Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live at Venetian® Macao, just to understand what the fuss (especially made by my better half!) was all about.
An annual fixture at the Venetian® Macao, this year’s show had quite a hype around it—as it was going to mark the founder and world freestyle champion Travis Pastrana’s debut performance in Macao. Being a live-action sports novice, I quickly researched about it and of course Pastrana.
The first thing I did, like most thorough writers, was to look up the acts and research a bit on them. I was amazed at the credentials that popped up—legendary extreme sports icon, 17 times X Games medallist, Red Bull athlete and of course the founder of Nitro Circus Travis Pastrana, which has been showcasing of death defying stunts, the world over, besides their hit TV show and, a 3-D Nitro Cirus film!
Gripped by excitement, I boarded the ferry to Macau, with along with the team. We attended the show on Saturday evening (there were only two performances, one on Saturday, Aug 9 and other on Sunday, Aug 10). By the time we reached the venue, we were positively bursting with anticipation. The show surpassed all our expectations, as we sat cheering with exhilaration, while the crew amazed us with their insane acts.
The all-new show treated us to over 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing some of the action sports’ most dangerous and heart-stopping tricks on – motorcycle, BMX bike, snowmobile, quad bike and skateboards. The extravaganza was intensified by the 50 foot high Nitro Gigant-Ramp. If that wasn’t enough, they pushed the envelope by attempting (successfully I may add) to perform crazy stunts using a range of rather outrageous and unorthodox conveyances and contraptions—such as a bath tub, tall bike, tiny bike, a lazy boy couch, a rocking horse, a even a wheelbarrow! In fact, some of these were attempted for the first time in Asia.
Needless to say, it also involved several ‘firsts’–the FMX double backflip, was performed by Australian Josh Sheehan for the first ever time in Asia, the backflip combinations on a 300 kg snowmobile and a 200 kg quad bike also made their debut, as well as some ridiculously entertaining and insane tsunami double backflip and the 720° front flip invented by the crew. We almost watched in awe as Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, performed his astounding wheelchair front flip. Revving up the excitement levels among the audiences were the unbelievable ‘flips’—including double, triple and even a 4-person backflip performed by the athletes, along with of three lucky audience members. Each act was amplified by adding more layers of danger and ‘impossible’ to the list.
Motorbikes and BMX bikes flying in air, gravity defying acts and of course lots of fire—the evening was a mind-blowing experience. Whether a novice or an adrenaline junkie, it’s a must see spectacle. Watch out for the show nest year!