If you haven’t seen Robbie Maddison’s "Pipe Dream" video by now, this very well could be your first time ever logging onto the Internet. If that’s the case, then congratulations and welcome to the 21st century! It’s truly an exciting time with smartphones, personal flying drones and, of course, dirt bikes riding on water.
No need to adjust your eyes, fair reader. That last bit really did say "dirt bikes riding on water," because that’s exactly what Robbie Maddison did recently in Tahiti after coming up the idea to surf a wave on his motorcycle.
"Pipe Dream" was no slapstick project that was thought up and thrown together in the course of an eventful afternoon; this was years in the making. Maddo has always been an idea man, and even though some (read: many) may say that he has a screw loose, he is a stickler for testing and making sure that things are moving and working properly, especially on the rare occassion that drowning is a real possibility for him.
Taking it to the ocean just comes with a whole lot of challenges that we haven’t tested yet so this whole trip is like a huge gamble for us. Other than that, we’re ready to go.
— Robbie Maddison
As the team arrived in Teahupo'o, and a fresh KTM250SX was prepped by Maddo's mechanic, Buddy Morgan, Maddo and crew went to check out the "terrain" that he would be riding, which is to say, they went and surfed. Before "Pipe Dream," Maddo's knack for riding waves was a bit under the radar, but be it bike or board, the Aussie knows his way around a swell. To prep for the culminating moment of the "Pipe Dream" video — actually surfing a monster wave on his KTM, Maddo took to the giant Tahitian curls fully geared up, board in hand and Alpinestars on his feet.
I’m super nervous about surfing in all of my gear. I’m just hoping to be able to float as best as possible because I have a big fear about drowning, especially with this project.
To describe Robbie Maddison in brief is like trying to fit 43 people into a VW Beetle, it just ain't gonna happen. If you were to try and describe Maddo in one word, it can only be "nutter". He and his motorcycle bend the laws of physics as he jumps over, on, off or through some of the most incredible things your mind can imagine.
He's jumped over a football, held world records for longest distance jumped on a motorcycle (with a trick thrown in for good measure!), he jumped onto a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, then just for fun, jumped back down. He backflipped over the opened Tower Bridge in London, leapt over 300 feet across the Corinth Canal and most recently jumped close to 400 feet over the San Diego Harbour with friend Levi Lavallee on a snowmobile next to him. Starting to get the picture?
On top of all that, Robbie is also one of the most feared FMX competitors in the world. When he should be concentrating on those mammoth leaps, he comes out and wins X Games medals and X-Fighters trophies just because he can. He's also a hell of a father and loving husband, which he regards still to this date as one of his biggest accomplishments in life. Yep, Robbie Maddison is more man than just about any other person on the globe, and with an open mind and the wonders of technology, the world really is Robbie's oyster.
Robbie has always managed to turn adversity into advantage, saying that his numerous injuries have only served to help him focus on his goals and raise his own bar. "In some ways, serious injuries helped me refocus on how important this whole adventure around the world is to me. It fires me up more than ever, so it's a blessing in disguise. Traveling the world, doing something I love, meeting the people I've met — it's been a wild ride and I want to keep it going for as long as I can."