The Nitro Circus is Coming to Town (video)
Published: November 7, 2013 (Issue # 1785)
It takes a certain type of person to willingly risk their life day in and day out for the entertainment of others. While most would decline the opportunity to take a car, motorbike, skateboard, or bike and try to defy both gravity and physics, some are crazy enough to do so. Even if we don’t do it ourselves, we still get a thrill from just watching.
St. Petersburg gets its chance to witness death-defying stunts next week as Nitro Circus Live, extreme athlete Travis Pastrana’s cavalcade of bikers, skateboarders, and riders arrive after several successful shows at the Olimpyiski Arena in Moscow. The northern capital is one of the many upcoming stops during the international tour.
The Nitro Circus started as a television show on MTV that highlighted not only some of action sports most famous stars but their off-ramp antics as well. Travis Pastrana, the 27-year-old star, is one of action sports most recognizable figures and the show revolved around him and eight of his friends as they constantly tried to outdo each other.
This led to such jaw-dropping feats such as trying to back-flip a motorcycle over a ravine, jumping out of a plane without a parachute or jumping a Big Wheel 40-feet into the air into a crowded boat dock.
The current tour will feature the stars of the television show as well as a rotating cast of athletes including Brazilian skateboarder and X-Games medalist Bob Burnquist, as well as Russians Alexi Kolesnikov and Pavel Alekhin.
Nitro Circus made its debut in Russia at its Moscow show on Sunday, with promoter Mike Porra impressed by the reception they received.
“We really didn’t know what to expect,” he said in a post-show wrap-up published on the Nitro Circus website. “It was a new show in a new market and we weren’t sure if the fans in Russia would warm to our brand of over-the-top stunts.”
Fortunately, Porra was not disappointed. “We have been completely amazed with the result; the fans went crazy for us,” he said.
Nitro Circus Live will be performing at the Ice Palace on Nov. 12 and 13 with shows starting 7:30 p.m. For more information about the show, visit www.nitroshow.ru or to buy tickets, visit www.kassir.ru.