Nitro Circus Live wrapped up its last shows on the East Coast of Australia on the weekend, with three huge sold out shows at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The most vocal crowds on the tour so far were treated to insane performances by all of the athletes, as world-first tricks and mind blowing stunts were thrown on both the Giganta and FMX sides.
The BMX boys once again showed their innovation and progression with Andrew Ahumada (AUS) inventing and performing a front flip cliffhanger and Matt Whyatt (AUS) landing his second back flip, tail whip to late 360 in front of his home crowd. Nitro star, Special Greg (USA), also managed to pull off another one of his special flips on the Sunday night and looked more comfortable with the trick at every show.
Lynz Adams Hawkins Pastrana (USA) played her part in progressing womens skateboarding by performing a bunch of world first skateboarding manoeuvres for a female rider off the Giganta, including a board varial, christ air and kick flip indy. Legend skateboarder, Bob Burnquist (BRA), also had a great time hucking his biggest for the Melbourne fans landing a front flip and christ air flip on the Sunday night show, which was his last for the tour.
On the FMX side Taka Higashino (JAP) performed the first back flip double grabs in Australia on each of the nights. The in-form rider is the only one in the world to do the trick.
Adam Jones (USA) managed to throw down his biggest ever FMX ruler flip and local Melbourne hero Cam Sinclair landed nerve wracking double back flips on each night.
Unfortunately there were a few crashes that resulted from the incredible riding that took place with BMX legend, Chad Kagy (USA), busting his shoulder whilst attempting a huge transfer from the Giganta ramp to FMX lander and Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams (AUS) went down hard in a back flip train. Unfortunately Kagy’s injury ruled him out of the Saturday and Sunday Melbourne shows, but Bilko was able to return and perform for his home crowd with just a few cuts and bruises.
All of the Nitro Circus cast and crew paid tribute to Sarah Burke who tragically passed away after a skiing accident earlier in the year by wearing purple armbands on the Saturday night and dedicating the show to her. It was a memorable night for everyone involved and her husband, Rory Bushfield who rides on the tour, said she would have been proud.
Nitro Circus Live will now head to Adelaide for two shows at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this weekend before its final stop in Perth on Saturday June 9 at the Burswood Dome.