- Apr 15, 2010
Video: Pushing the limits with Robbie Maddison, 311 feet above the Corinth Canal
Look closely for the flying Aussie – Click above to view the Corinth Canal jump video after the jump
Determination is been defined as to do or achieve something with a firmness of purpose. We can't think of a more fitting description of Australian
This determination was fully exemplified last Thursday in Greece, as Maddo and his custom-built Honda CR 500 two-stroke (no, they are not dead yet) became the first man and motorcycle pair to cross the Corinth Canal... that is, in flight. Covering the gap required navigating a run that, to put it mildly, was less than Ideal. Maddison threaded his way by a pool, across a soccer field and past a chicken coop while traveling on surfaces ranging from concrete and wood to grass and eventually carpet on his way to just under 80 miles per hour before taking flight.
However, soaring 279 feet through the air was not Maddison's longest leap. If you remember New Years Eve 2007, during the Red Bull "New Years, No Limits" series, Robbie flew 322 feet to set the Guinness Wold Record for distance jumped on a motorcycle. That being said, the Corinth Canal jump was more of a technical achievement that placed Maddison 311 feet in the air mid-flight.
Athletes like Maddison keep pushing the limits ever further with companies like Red Bull footing the bill to go bigger and badder year after year. We can't help but wonder if those limits will be found, or if progression of equipment and stunts can go on at their current frenetic rate. Click past the break to watch the video and to hear what Maddison had to say about this latest stunt. Thanks for the tip Brandon!
Here is what Robbie had to say about overcoming his fears before the canal jump:
Looks like even the craziest men among us still have nerves to contend with.Jumping across the Corinth Canal has become in my mind a challenge I just could not resist... This jump involved the highest consequences I have faced so far, so the first obstacle I had to overcome was my fear. I believe you have to take risks in life to become wiser, and facing a challenge like this will help get me ready for the next feat I will face. I am thrilled I managed to pull it off. As you know, there is only one opportunity to get it right.