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Daredevil Robbie Madison surfs a huge wave ... on a motorbike

Robbie Maddison drops into the beginning of a giant barrel wave on his KTM motorcycle
Robbie Maddison drops into the beginning of a giant barrel wave on his KTM motorcycle
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Robbie Madison aquaplanes on a river in the Tahitian jungle
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Robbie Madison aquaplanes on a river in the Tahitian jungle
A close look at the rear wheel shows paddle tyres and small planing platforms to help the bike stay on top of the water at speed
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A close look at the rear wheel shows paddle tyres and small planing platforms to help the bike stay on top of the water at speed
KTM can now claim its 350cc 2-strokes are great in the wet
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KTM can now claim its 350cc 2-strokes are great in the wet
This would have been more than crazy enough for me
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This would have been more than crazy enough for me
Another look at the platforms that keep the bike afloat, as long as it's moving fast
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Another look at the platforms that keep the bike afloat, as long as it's moving fast
Maddison is no stranger to crazy stunts - in terms of simple risk, this would have been a walk in the park for him
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Maddison is no stranger to crazy stunts - in terms of simple risk, this would have been a walk in the park for him
Robbie Maddison - the first man to surf a wave on a motocross bike
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Robbie Maddison - the first man to surf a wave on a motocross bike
I mean, that's just ridiculous
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I mean, that's just ridiculous
Did he hang ten? Do people still hang ten?
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Did he hang ten? Do people still hang ten?
Small wave safely traversed, he goes looking for bigger challenges...
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Small wave safely traversed, he goes looking for bigger challenges...
And finds them.
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And finds them.
Robbie Maddison drops into the beginning of a giant barrel wave on his KTM motorcycle
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Robbie Maddison drops into the beginning of a giant barrel wave on his KTM motorcycle
Heart-stopping footage as motorcycle daredevil Robbie Maddison surfs a barrel on a motorcycle
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Heart-stopping footage as motorcycle daredevil Robbie Maddison surfs a barrel on a motorcycle
Maddison emerges from the wave... Or does he? The video stops before you can really tell
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Maddison emerges from the wave... Or does he? The video stops before you can really tell

Red Bull and GoPro need to get their act together, because the #1 craziest extreme promo video on the internet today belongs to a shoe company. Representing DC Shoes, Australian motorcycle daredevil Robbie Madison has dropped into a massive Tahitian wave and surfed it – on a lightly modified KTM dirt bike. This is one of the most supremely ridiculous and jaw-dropping things we've ever seen.

The bike appears to be a KTM 350cc 2-stroke, with a big fat paddle tire on the rear. While we've seen dirtbikes aquaplaning at top speed on a still body of water before, Madison needed some extra help out there in the surf, so it seems they've built him a couple of small platforms either side of his front and rear tyres to give him a bit of lift as he gasses it through the waves.

A close look at the rear wheel shows paddle tyres and small planing platforms to help the bike stay on top of the water at speed
A close look at the rear wheel shows paddle tyres and small planing platforms to help the bike stay on top of the water at speed

Small wave safely traversed, he goes looking for bigger challenges...
Small wave safely traversed, he goes looking for bigger challenges...

More details are sure to emerge soon and we'd love a behind the scenes on this gorgeous video. But for now, just watch the damn thing, over and over again, and marvel at the times we live in.

DC SHOES: ROBBIE MADDISON'S "PIPE DREAM"

18 comments
Martin Winlow
Interesting.... but possibly the most un-environmentally friendly machine ever to be powered by a 2-stoke engine known to mankind. Dare one ask what happens if you fall off... or even slow down for a few seconds, you know, to avoid running over that surfer/diver/dolphin? Maybe an electric version should be his next trick? MW
martinkopplow
Jawdropping, though utter nonsense. They have not understood surfing at all.
Maverick62
Martin... I think you are wrong... The most un-environmentally friendly 2 stroke machine would be a chain saw.
Milton
I think they approached the video all wrong... awe... look how amazingly beautiful and serene the environment... WAAAaaaap WAaaaap . NOT! LOL. But the stunt was awesome.
jdx
The last thing we need in forests and beaches are idiots screaming around on motorcycles. I have no interest in the death of this moron but to put everyone and everything else in danger for his own ego trip is truly irresponsible. No responsible media outlet would promote such stupidity. JD
ezeflyer
Holy frijoles!
SteveMitchell
Redbull sponsored the video.
Bob Flint
Did he have a snorkel on the motor, or any auxiliary air since running through that much surf has to be risky as a stall would be trouble. Great stunt, not the most environmentally friendly, but it's one small ICE versus many sea machines that already pollute the water. I agree with Martin, a well sealed electric could outperform the ICE even run underwater if need be.
Santos Alexis Pizarro
best article ever
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Thought he was just using tires.