• Mar 27, 2008
Click above for a few more pics of the hydrojump

Motocrosser, X-Game gold-medal winner and Subaru USA rally car driver extraordinaire Travis Pastrana has once again gone and done something so crazy that we wonder how the man can still be among the living. Previously, Pastrana became the first rider ever to land a double-backflip in competition, and now he's gone and done something else unthinkable: the hydrojump. After speeding to about 70 miles per hour, Pastrana hydroplaned his Suzuki dirtbike in five-foot deep water for 110 feet, ending after launching himself and his bike off a floating FMX ramp. According to his official site, they are still searching for Pastrana's bike at the bottom of the lake, a water-filled volcanic crater in Costa Rica. Apparently, the bike was bone-stock with no modifications in order to ensure that the hydroplaning was successful. We've made a gallery of a few more pictures, and the video of the jump will be available in November on the sixth Nitro Circus DVD.


[Source: Travis Pastrana via Hell For Leather Magazine]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, I think the word you're looking for is "Jesus"

      LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's folks like Pete that make me wonder when humans will begin committing mass suicide to prevent human related harm to the environment. We cannot expect to be here and not harm the environment by modifying our behavior. We have to be gone. That is the only way humans will not harm the environment. But that is not going to happen, so we need to lighten up and enjoy the ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please stop pooing in the toilet, your polluting our water..ha-ha I'm sure the electricity you are using to type your blah is polluting. I'm sure you drove a car today. Maybe rode a bicycle instead, is that grease on your chain? Look for the bigger problems, like the highway located in the watershed of that lake. Instead of a less-then-half filled gas tank and 2 qt of oil.. (less then half filled, cuts the weight and energy needed to flip) People like you are the reason it was done in Costa Rica. I agree not cool to leave it there, but it isn't a 1000 cars floating in a post-hurricane pond for 10 weeks..
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Travis Pastrana is the man, one of the most popular men at the X Games and this jump is just part of the natural evolution of extreme sports.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pastrana is the man... I'm going to see his movie called '199 Lives' on April 16th 7pm (local time everywhere). You can get tickets at www.fathomevents.com. This film is suppose to be sick!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had never heard about that movie. Thanks for the link. Too bad I'm going to be at work both days :-( Why couldn't it be on a weekend?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It was a VOLCANIC lake. They are often acidic and contain volcanic gases. So hold back, environazis, until we know better. The chances are that the lake was quite toxic before the jump, and that there was no ecosystem in the volcanic lake anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lake Arenal is not a volcanic lake, it's next to a volcano but that's different...

        it's a clear-water artificial lake, mainly for electric-production purposes, but great for water sports.

        http://www.arenal.net/lake-arenal.htm


          • 6 Years Ago
          I stand corrected! :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish we could see the video. This is just crazy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had no idea that this was even possible. I suspect Pastrana also did not know wether or not this was possible until about the 65 ft. mark.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ====NEWS UPDATE====

      According to people who were there to see the stunt, the motorcycle was indeed recovered.

      • 6 Years Ago
      sounds smart to me... let's sink a motorcycle full of fuel, oil, and other environmentally unfriendly stuff at the bottom of a lake. even if they do recover the bike, what about the fluids that leaked out of it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        When he did the SF bay jump, they drained nearly all fluids and gas just so the bike hand enough to last for the two minute run - the impact on the bay from the bike was nilch. He probably did the same thing this time.

        I know this because I see said bike every day in the front lobby at my office.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RE: "sounds smart to me... let's sink a motorcycle full of fuel, oil, and other environmentally unfriendly stuff at the bottom of a lake."

        Not taking sides one way or the other, but you do wonder why they couldn't simply tether a float to the thing so they could retrieve it. How hard is that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Been there, done that. Travis Pastrana already had to deal with your like back when he jumped into the San Francisco Bay during the X-Games.

        One motorcycle in a lake for 20 minutes isn't a bigger deal than a couple boats with outboard motors moored at a dock for several months.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You making the motorcycle sound like an Oil tanker, lol..

        It's a Motorcycle, not enough a gas or oil in it to cause cause an environmental concern, Now if 100 - 1000 people did it then yeah..
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. Let's call the UN and inform them that someone has just jumped a bike containing approximately one gallon of gasoline/oil into a lake containing millions of gallons of water.

        But seriously, if everyone were doing it, it would be a problem. I seriously doubt after seeing this stunt everyone with a dirtbike is going to flock to Costa Rica and try it for themselves.

        Be rational.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very awesome indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Outrageous stunt, I'd really want to see a vid of it.

      Environmentally unfriendly? Sigh. You don't even know the thing is leaking oil/fuel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        sigh... do u think a motorcycle fuel tank and engine are completely watertight??? think before u type.

        it's a cool stunt to hydroplane 110ft but couldn't they just find a wide enough river/lake and then jump the bike?

        here's my stunt, i'll pour 1-2 gallons of fuel and then 2-3 qts into ur water source/reservoir. wouldn't u be upset/concerned?

        looks like the general autoblog audience has an iq under 70. note to editors: put more pictures/less text on the blog. i think u're going over ur audiences' heads.
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