Nitro Circus coming to Nelson for first time

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Nitro Circus Live is coming to Nelson for the first time on February 6 at Trafalgar Park.

Tickets for the event go on sale September 11

The tour features over 32 athletes, the world’s best in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate, scooter and inline.

Two of New Zealand’s own are leading the charge, riding on home soil for the first time since making global headlines. Jed “The Warrior” Mildon shook the action sports landscape in May 2015 with his unbelievable quadruple BMX backflip.

The groundbreaking world’s first, previously considered impossible, was revealed on a national U.S. TV special and has since gone viral, with over 12 million views on YouTube to date. Mildon was the first rider to land a triple backflip on BMX, but the quad was an altogether more challenging beast.

Displaying incredible courage and determination, Midlon made over 50 jumps – both at his own ramp outside Taupo and at action sports legend Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex in Maryland, USA – in order to land the quad.

Three-time X Games medalist Levi Sherwood added to his trophy case last month with an epic win at the inaugural Nitro World Games. Sherwood blew away the judges, and millions of fans watching on TV in the US and worldwide online, in the FMX competition.

Conducting a veritable dirt bike master class, he beat out the likes of multiple X Games medalists Josh Sheehan, Adam Jones and Taka Higashino with a near flawless display of technical precision.

Now the Palmerston North native is eager to take a victory lap in front of his home fans. “There’s nothing like having a chance to perform in front of your friends and family,” Sherwood explains. “After touring the world in 2016 and then battling the best riders on the planet at the Nitro World Games I am excited to be back.”

In its six-year history, Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary venues around the world including New York City’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. Over 35,000 people packed Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, site of the 2010 World Cup final, for a massive 2014 show.

Also that year, 45,000 filled Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the second highest attendance of any touring act at that venue. Closer to home, during its 2011 New Zealand debut Nitro Circus Live drew more fans than legendary rock icons U2 and AC/DC.