SHOALHAVEN based daredevil Robbie Maddison has done it again, creating another world first, this time performing a no hands backflip while jumping the opening of London’s iconic Tower Bridge.
Maddison, who has already created world records for jumping the longest and highest distances ever, has now added another amazing stunt to his growing resume.
In a jump that took a lot of planning and closed down both the roadway and Thames River below, Maddison easily cleared the 23 metre distance from the north side of the bridge to the south and threw in a no hands backflip for good measure.
He admitted it was a scary jump.
“I knew I could easily do the distance, I just had to hit the jump well in second gear, but if anything went wrong I could have landed on the steel structure of the bridge and then possibly fall 100 metres below into the river,” he said.
“It was a bit scary, but I’m stoked – this is fantastic.”
And what next?
While not actually committing to his next adventurous jump, he did say that Egypt has some “cool” pyramids and China a “Great Wall”.
“I think jumping great structures around the world is pretty cool,” he said.
Of course he has already jumped a 10-metre high ramp to the top of the 30-metre high replica of the Arch de Triomph and also set a distance record in Las Vegas on the last two New Year’s Eves.
Maddison will return to London on August 22 to take part in the final stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2009 at Battersea Power Station.