First published on 15 Jun 2012. Updated on 22 Jun 2012.
What can Luna Park Sydney visitors expect from the Freestyle Action Zone?
A whole lot of action! You’ll see Trials motorbikes and push-bikes doing crazy tricks and being pushed to their limits in a sport we call Freestyle Trials, a mix of Trials, BMX and Freestyle MX all in one. We’ll be launching up obstacles and over gaps in a small area. It’ll be lots of fun!
What advice would you give fans on how to face their own fears?
When we perform tricks for the first time we always feel fear but trusting our capabilities and skills, taking a deep breath and pushing ourselves usually pays off! Once the first attempt is out of the way fear just fuels the adrenaline. Some tricks still scare me no matter how many times we perform them, but it's the excitement and the crowd’s reaction that make it all worthwhile.
What’s the worst injury you’ve suffered as a rider?
I broke both tibia and fibula in my right leg practicing some really big tricks at the start of 2011. It's my only serious injury and I’ve been riding for 21 years so I can't be too upset with that!
Are bike’s extensions of the rider? Or do they have their own characters?!
Both, I think! The rider has the capability to use the bike as an extension so that things flow and look really smooth but also separate themselves from the bike for crazy-looking stunts.
What’s the most dangerous stunt we’ll see?
There are plenty, which means plenty of opportunities for big crashes. I don’t want to give too much away but there might even be some upside down action???
Is there a new trick you’re dreaming of/ working on?
We’re always dreaming up new tricks and ideas with freestyle trials and we help each other to push the envelope so that our riding looks like something straight out of a video game!
Will Sydney fans get anything the rest of your audiences won’t?
We ‘re trying to pack in as many new and old tricks into the Luna Park show as possible. Afterwards we’ll be signing and giving away limited edition posters be sure to grab one of those!
Bike or rollercoaster, what’s the trick to controlling your own adrenaline?
With the bike it’s a balancing act between capability and enthusiasm. In general though I think it's about making the most of an adrenaline rush, that mix of fear, enthusiasm and emotions. Keeping them all in check until you get to the best part of the rollercoaster… then let your adrenaline take over!