Storm strikes it big with BMX jump
A MAJOR Storm warning has been forecast for Main Arm – Storm Gale, that is.
The 11-year-old mighty mite made a massive leap on his BMX bike as part of the world-renowned Nitro Circus at the Gold Coast's Skilled Park on Saturday night in front of 18,000 fans.
Storm became the youngest person in the world to ever fly off the Mega Ramp – a 20-metre monster jump – as well as jumping the longest distance with his leap which measured 13.7 metres (45feet).
Storm has been practising jumps on his BMX for years and he can land a backflip at the Mullumbimby skatepark.
Storm's father Jade Gale, who is the director of photography for the circus, organised the opportunity.
The youngster's courage, daring and skill was appreciated so much by Nitro Circus boss Travis Pastrana he invited Storm to participate in a Las Vegas show in June amidst the glitz and glamour at the MGM Grand Casino.
The Nitro Circus brings together some of extreme sport's most exciting athletes including BMX riders, motocross riders, skateboarders and rollerbladers, but it is best known for its whacky tricks, such as motorising eskies and jumping them.
To gauge its popularity, an Australian capital city tour last year sold more than 200,000 tickets, while a New Zealand tour recently sold more than 180,000. North America and Europe now loom as Nitro's next frontier. For the Gale family, Storm's potential as an extreme sports star is exciting.
“It's never not been an option for him (a career in extreme sport),” Mr Gale said. “I'd be just as happy if he didn't want to do it. I was a little nervous watching him, but I knew he had been training with the world's best. It's no different than a father taking his son surfing in big waves, but at least there are no variables with jumping.”
Storm is in Year 6 at Mullumbimby Primary School. His mother Skye Baker is a casual art teacher at Mullumbimby High and his sister Zyoti, 7, is an aspiring rock star.