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Sky is the limit for Redbull X Fighters

The Redbull X Fighters pulled off a daredevil performance at Galle Face Green yesterday, awe inspiring the Sri Lankan spectators.
Redbull X Fighters are freestyle motocross (FMX) exponents from the world’s number one freestyle motocross series.

Red Bull X-Fighters is the biggest FMX series in the world and for the first time in Sri Lanka four professional FMX riders performed in local grounds, making the evening at Galle Face Green a memorable event as they challenged the concept of gravity.

Nick De Wit from South Africa, Jimmy Verburgh and Gilles Dejong from Belgium and Daniel Bodin from Sweden performed hair-raising stunts yesterday, creating an action-packed environment at the Galle Face Green.
This novel experience was an exhibition show by these four stunt riders who tour all round the world performing flip tricks in the air.

Their talent and experience was shared among the Sri Lankan military forces during their visit in Sri Lanka.
Though fascinating for the laymen’s eye, the riders claim that regular practising and strenuous exercises are required to reach the level of confidence to perform such stunts.

Daniel Bodin from Sweden shared his experience as a stunt rider with the nation.
“Stunt-riding requires a lot of confidence and even if a minute miscalculation is made, you will end up having a crash. I myself have experienced several falls. Once, seven of my front teeth were broken after a crash and I recently recovered from a back injury I suffered while stunt riding,” said Bodin.
Nick de Wit from South Africa, who is one of the first non-Americans to master the back flip, said he had been in freestyle motocross for eight years and said the best part about being a stunt rider is the experiences he had in different countries.

Jimmy Verburgh, who is a Belgian, is a father and a businessman as well.
He runs his own team of freestyle motocross which is called FMX4ever.
Speaking about performing stunts in foreign lands like Sri Lanka where they have to adapt to novel weather conditions, he said the weather condition was important for them to give their best at the show.
“When the wind is hard it is difficult to perform most of the stunts. However, we are always nervous before performing but after the first jump it all goes away. It’s always the first jump that matters,” he said.
Gilles Dejong is a Belgian and he too has suffered several crashes. He said he listens to punk rock to calm himself before the performance.

Exhibiting some jaw-dropping stunts, the Redbull X Fighters thrilled the spectators at Galle Face Green and the evening was definitely action packed with stunts which took places several metres above the ground.


Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 @ 09:54:30 LKT


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