This past weekend on August 13th, 2016, G-Form athlete Kevin Robinson set a world record for the furthest in-air power-assisted BMX backflip. This stunt involved traveling at speeds of nearly 45 MPH and launching himself just under 100 feet high in the air. Kevin was able to break this world record at a distance of 84 feet, which aired LIVE on ESPN.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Kevin had been dreaming of this event for years and was happy to achieve his goal with friends and family by his side. He hosted the jump in his (and our) home city of Providence, Rhode Island and was a spectacle not to be missed!
Kevin was able to obtain the world record in just two attempts. During his first attempt he was able to land but could not maintain control. This attempt sent Kevin just short of the landing ramp, causing him to bounce and crash hard onto the pavement below.
As a G-Form athlete, Kevin was protected by our Pro-X Knee-Shin Guard and Pro-X Elbow pads, which left him ready for a second attempt. Kevin took one more attempt as onlookers cheered him on, this time Kevin was able to clear more distance and safely touch down on the landing ramp.
Congratulations to K-ROB for setting a world record! See his first and second attempt here:
Many were thrilled to have a taste of the action sports scene back in Rhode Island. Having originally founded the X Games in 1995, and the Gravity Games in 1999, Rhode Island's historical tie to the scene was long overdue and this event perfectly filled the void.
Many people took to social media to share their coverage using the official event hashtag: "KROBflipsPVD".
Take a look at a few of our favorite photos below from Kevin's big day:
"Will someone break this someday? Maybe, but today is my day. Live your life to the absolute fullest. This goes out to the great state of Rhode Island. I love you from the core of my soul." -Kevin Robinson