From wall rides to heli-drops, to a skatepark that's an optical illusion, Kriss Kyle's blockbuster BMX edits have pushed the boundaries of what's possible on a bike. But for his latest project, Don't Look Down, he's taken the sport to new heights (and pushed the boundaries of aeronautical engineering in the process).
The impossible dream.
I was mountain biking up this horrible hill behind my house. It was a beautiful day – blue sky and pure sun. A thought popped into my head – ’imagine riding a skatepark up in the air’. I first thought you could hang it under a Chinook helicopter, but when I dropped out of a much smaller helicopter in Dubai it was like jumping into a tornado.
My next thought was ‘what can you fly that gives off no wind?’. It had to be a hot air balloon. I was visualising it as I was pedalling up and quickly put it down in my notes on my phone before continuing on my ride. When I got home, I sketched up a hot air balloon with a bowl and a stickman underneath it.
Enter Oracle Red Bull Racing
I trust my build crew with my life. I wanted to cram as many BMX park features as we could into the bowl, but it’s okay because I like riding tight, weird stuff. They built me a prototype out of wood which ticked all the boxes, but it weighed six tonnes.
Limits do not exist for BMX rider and Red Bull athlete Kriss Kyle who has achieved something seemingly impossible. With a skatepark suspended from one of the world’s largest hot-air balloons, Kriss Kyle floats over 2,000 feet above ground, showcasing an array of tricks suspended in mid-air for his latest pioneering BMX film.
While the competitive passion burns deep in Adams, it's riding freestyle out on the streets that really fuel his fire.
British BMX heavyweight Kieran Reilly has spun his way into the BMX history books landing the world’s first triple flair. To make it happen the crew built a custom roll-in and ramp at Asylum Skatepark in Nottinghamshire, England, where Kieran spent days on end attempting the trick, taking heavy hits one after another. The learning curve was steep, painful & at the end, breathtakingly successful.
The unwritten rules of BMX say that you cannot film a spot that’s been claimed by another rider, unless you can land a harder trick. It’s game-on for Bruno Hoffmann and Mo Nussbaumer in Berlin.
Paul Firbank aka The Rag and Bone Man is a man of many (mad) DIY skills. His ability to convert scrap metal to works of art originates from a life-long desire to design & weld bike frames.
Fact 1: @Matthias Dandois is a BMX flatland wizard.
Fact 2: When it comes to BMX Paris, is considered one of the planet's hotspots.
Combine those two facts together and it becomes completely obvious why the Tillmann Brothers decided to travel to the French capital during the filming of The Old World film project some two summers ago. This is video is a sneak peak behind the scenes of the BMX flatland masterclass Mr. Dandois prepared for the movie.
What happens behind the scenes of one of the biggest BMX videos of 2021? How much preparation goes into every single mind-boggling gap? How did Bas Keep cope with the mental challenges? Enjoy the full behind-the-scenes of 'More Walls' and find out yourself!
"I want to put my wheels places no one has ever been". - Sebastian Keep
When it comes to Costa Rica, it is widely perceived as a tropical paradise with breathtaking nature, gorgeous beaches and world-class surf. If you ask Kenneth Tencio about it, he will confirm everything written above and add ”BMX destination” to it. A few months ago the Costa Rican local decided to go on a road trip from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast, finding as many cool spots on the way as he can along the way.