Extreme athletes bring new attraction to stock show and rodeo

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Tricksters will perform dare devil stunts 59 times on the grounds of the AT&T Center.

By Jason Hogan

New to the grounds of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is the BMX Pro Stunt Tour Show.

Three showings are scheduled throughout the day. The first showing is at 12:30 p.m., the second at 4:30 p.m. and the finale at 5:30 p.m.

Trevor Meyer is a three-time X-Games gold medalist and winner of the first Extreme Games stunt bike flatland competition. 

He has been known to his fan base as “The Machine.”

Rob Nolli, a 15-year veteran BMX street rider and hardened senior competitor during X Games events, has occupied the podium as often as famed Dave Mirra.

Jaren Grob is two-time X Games Inline Park World champion and the only inline competitor to hold the gold medal in successive years.

Phil Hajal is a 12-year veteran skateboarder and professional vert ramp trick master.

These wiley veterans filled the stands for 30-minute windows while stunned fans’ attention stayed glued from trick to trick.

Voted the No.1 halftime act for the National Basketball Association, this show has continuously wowed audiences across the nation.

Meyer rolls in to kick off the beginning of each event, showcasing talents of what are known as flatland tricks.

He manuevers around the front, back and sides of his BMX stunt bike performing various technical tricks, some of which took years to perfect and accomplish.

At particular intervals of tricks, Meyer transferred the position of the bike to perform intricate combinations in outlandish fashions upon the bike.

Nolli executed high-flying tricks over two different sized vert ramps.

To warm up, Nolli shot over a 5-foot ramp producing tricks from tailwhips to supermen.

Hajal and Grob stepped into the action upon a BMX vert ramp, functioning as a team during doubles performances.

They completed differing heights of over-and-under tricks, where the two competitors traverse the ramp simultaneously and attack the ramp at the same time.

Moves of precision were actuated with no regard for personal injury by any of the performers.

Grob said there are other motivations for getting into stunt performances.

“I got into some competitions, and I found out I could make some money,” Grob said.

One statement rang true for all the individuals wanting to follow in tricksters’ footsteps—practice.

“You need lots of practice,” Meyer said. 

“It’s real technical, and a lot more balance is required.”


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