Nitro Circus Live in North America
Pastrana & Co. back in America
Following a string of sell-out shows performed to record breaking crowds in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, action sports icon and Nitro Circus ringleader, Travis Pastrana's motley crew of 40 of the worlds greatest action sports athletes are currently bringing a brand-new, death-defying extravaganza to 15 cities across North America. Photographer Cody York checked in with the show from the Cleveland, Ohio stop.
Australian Matt Whyatt, amid a backflip tailwhip during the Nitro Circus Live Cleveland stop.
Superman horse grab?
Nitro Circus Live isn't just the source for cutting edge BMX and FMX maneuvers -- it's also funny. Here, an unknown Nitro Circus Live member hucks the equivalent of a cannonball, on a toy horse with wheels.
The cliffhanger backflip on a BMX bike is insane. But on a big wheel over a 50-foot jump? And with fireworks attached? Welcome to just another day on the road with the Nitro Circus Live crew.
After trying his hand at NASCAR for most of 2013, Travis Pastrana, the creator of the Nitro Circus phenomenon, is back on a dirt bike, doing what he does best. Welcome back Travis.
"Coming to the U.S. with Nitro Circus Live has been four years in the works, and it's cool after so many years that it's worked overseas, knowing how well action sports works in the United States. This is where Nitro Circus started and where we built Nitro Circus together as a crew, it's nice to be able to present it in the right way and we're going to serious arenas and cities -- I just wish we could do more of them!"
Indian air backflip.
And then this happened...
Rollerblades? Check. True Temper steel reinforced wheel barrow? Check. Two Nitro Circus members wild enough to jump the Nitro Circus Gigant-A-Ramp in unison? Never a problem.
"Special" Greg Powell
"I enjoy being here back in the states, cause this is where it all started. It's just a blast to be able to jump around to different cities and experience different parts of the United States. We're very proud we're able to do this and it's absolutely a privilege and a blessing to be able to share the excitement with all the folks that are willing to support Nitro Circus and Nitro Circus live. It really is an exciting time for Nitro Circus, it's kind of like this snow ball, weve got some momentum and it's so cool to see."
"Special" Greg Powell
Seatgrab Indian air.
The list of Nitro Circus Live contraptions is endless. Here's a chair, on wheels, and to complete the package, the rider, or sitter, is wearing pajamas.
X Games BMX Big Air bronze medalist Andy Buckworth is a seasoned veteran of the Nitro Circus Live tour.
Stretched superman, to the point that Buckworth's bike is inverted.
That is a cooler, over the large gap of the Gigant-A-Ramp.
"It's awesome to finally have the tour here in the states. A lot of people in BMX don't know anything about Nitro Circus, so it's cool to see people in BMX finally get to actually see the show and see what it is, how rad it is for BMX and what a good thing it is for BMX to promote our sport."
"Its really cool coming to America and doing this stuff because this is where it all started and action sports originated. It's really neat, all these people know all about action sports and they're passionate about it. It's really neat for us too, I would rather do this versus competitions any day. Because you know what you got to do and you do it. People appreciate it and you see their faces in the end and they're just so appreciated of what they've seen."
"Being able to bring Nitro Circus to the U.S. and show the people what everyone is doing on tour is amazing! Everything that happens in the show is incredible and it's mind blowing. No matter how many times I've seen the show it still blows me away every time."
No-handed 360 backflip.
"It's awesome coming here. We didn't know what to expect with the crowds but it's been huge, and they've been the loudest crowds we've ever had, so it's insane to just come here and throw down."
"We've done a bunch of tours and it's pretty cool to finally bring it to the United States. I've toured the United States since I was young doing BMX contests, but it's even more exciting being on the Nitro Circus Tour here. Every show we've done so far has been sold out or near sold out and the American fans are crazy and really into it."
Jaie Toohey stretches out a classic cannonball to close out the Cleveland, Ohio stop of the 2014 Nitro Circus Live tour.