Things weren't looking good for BMX pro Kevin Robinson's attempt to set a world record for longest power-assisted backflip jump. It was threatening to rain over his setup. His first try resulted in a terrifying crash landing.
But K-Rob was undaunted. He stood up, waved off the EMTs who brought over a gurney, and got back on his bike within 10 minutes, reports GrindTV.
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Robinson is a 44-year-old retired pro originally from Barrington, Rhode Island, who has racked up an impressive number of X-Games medals for BMX over the years. Watching him ride, "big air" and "best trick" sound less like competition categories and more like straightforward descriptions of his abilities. Four years ago, he started thinking about doing something really big for his home state, he told GrindTV.
The result: K-Rob Flips Providence, an event downtown broadcast live on ESPN. Robinson worked on building the ramps and tow-in setup by hand, attaching a thick exercise band to an ATV with duct tape, according to GrindTV. He needed to clear 65 feet for the world record. His family came to watch, including his 81-year-old father, Howard, who sat next to the space between the ramps. Guinness World Records had a rep on hand, the Providence Journal reported.
For the first attempt, he landed awkwardly on the ramp and rolled into the pavement, sending debris flying. After that, Robinson went back to the start. The amped crowd cheered him on, waving cardboard cut-outs of his face. This time, he made it look easy, landing just right on the second ramp.
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The Guinness World Records rep told Robinson he'd hit 84 feet -- well above what he needed to break the existing record. "Will someone break this someday? Maybe, but today is my day," Robinson told the Journal, adding that he was dedicating the achievement to his great home state.
Watch K-Rob slingshot into history here: