And he almost died doing it.
Two years after fantasizing about strapping skis onto a dirt bike and surfing some waves, Robbie Maddison realized his dream thanks to help from DC Shoes. The surfer dude/stunt biker combined his passions in Tahiti, specifically at Teahupoo and Papara, places considered a mecca for surfers. Using a modified dirtbike, Maddison was able to ride two-meter high waves thanks to a set of small skis, which provided just enough floatation, and the rear wheel tread that provided the thrust. While the one-off stunt looks copacetic, it was anything but.
Speaking to Surfer, Maddison admitted “I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was. You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. It was a near-death experience.” You’re unlikely to see anything like this again, so savor the crazy ride.