|But don't get me wrong... this is nevertheless an incredible stunt that took 2 years to prepare. The KTM motorcycle was fitted with rubber floating skis in the front, and the rear wheel was fitted with a special tire that had paddles. The paddles would turn with the tire, displacing the water, while the front stayed up because of the rubber skis. The notes do not say what the minimum speed was for the bike & Maddo to stay afloat, but looking at the video, I'd say it was a decent, even impressive, speed. Watching the beginning of the video where Maddo rides a river is impressive and unreal.|
But for riding the wave, Maddo was launched from a boat, and almost drowned when he want into the 20 feet wave. But as a long time surfer, he managed to exit the wave gracefully and finish the video.
Another video will be published shortly, a “making of”. That could be interesting to see how it really went down. Just watch the sky – blue sky, then cloudy, then blue again. But you really need to watch the video to see what I'm talking about. It's impressive. Tell us what you think of this stunt? Nuts? Incredible? Daring?