What is Travis Pastrana doing here? The god of action sports did the first double backflip in a motorsports competition, broke several Evel Knievel records and is a world freestyle champion, yet here he is at, of all things, a cheerleading competition watching two young girls flip and somersault through the air.
For Huski Chocolate Team driver Travis Pastrano, Class 1 offshore racing is an aquatic extension of a stellar career, which now includes the job of “cheerleader dad.” Photo by David Lando copyright P1 Offshore. Below photos courtesy/copyright of Travis Pastrana.
“I love being a cheerleader dad,” he says as he watches Addy, 9, and Murphy, 7, perform their stunts. “When I’m at events, I feel like I’m the least over-enthusiastic dad. I’m dressed from head to toe cheering them on, but I’m just proud of them. I never thought I’d be a happy dad.”
Happily, the girls are high flyers, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree considering their father made his living in the air, albeit usually on two- or four-wheeled vehicles.
However, as a 39-year-old, Pastrana is a little more down-to-earth, but he hasn’t lost his desire for speed. Not only is he actively involved in rally car racing, but he’s fully entrenched as a driver in Class 1 boat racing. In other words, he now lives on the ground, not above it – and he loves it.
And how could he not be? In late September, he and Huski Chocolate teammate Steve Curtis won the 2022 Union Internationale Motonautique World Championship.
“I feel like I’m a boat driver,” he explains. “I feel like I still have a lot to learn, but I feel at home in Class 1. It’s something I’d like to do more of, especially as more and more competitors get involved. The more boats that get into this, the more likely I’ll be here for the long haul.”
While he clearly knows the roads and dirt tracks well, the GOAT of action sports is still finding his sea legs. Despite the fact that Pastrana grew up by the water in Annapolis, Md., he was only involved in water sports recreationally — which wasn’t the same thing as going faster than 160 mph in the Huski Chocolate and Miss GEICO catamarans and teaming up with Curtis, arguably the most iconic and influential muffler in to work.
The Pastrana has adapted to the demands of handling a Class 1 racing boat with no problems. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
However, what Pastrana lacks in offshore experience, he makes up for in playing on the field, as his resume includes supercross, motocross, rally racing, NASCAR and his traveling show Nitro Circus. In his latest venture, he plans to continue making waves in Class 1.
“The only thing I have more obligations to than Class 1 is my family,” says Pastrana lightheartedly.
In just a few short years at the helm of a catamaran, Pastrana has come a long way and believes he is getting better at reading water conditions. (He really is one of those guys who is good at everything he does – a nuisance to the rest of us simpletons.)
Throttleman Steve Curtis has mentored Pastrana since entering the Class 1 ranks. Photo by Cole McGowan copyright P1 Offshore
Recalling his first race of 2019 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Pastrana said, “I was sitting with a muffler I’ve never sat with and driving a boat I’ve never driven. I remember going to the first turn and just launching the thing. I was immediately hooked. It was the craziest, craziest, most chaotic, funnest thing I’ve ever done.”
The craziest thing? Should I remind you that Pastrana once jumped out of a plane without a parachute; this is the man who jumped over 52 cars, 16 buses and the Las Vegas fountain at Caesar’s Palace in one day on his motorcycle; heck, he was injured in January 2022 in a skydiving accident after jumping from a skyscraper in Florida; it was the time he jumped with a $50 plastic tricycle off a 63-story building, which he calls his “coolest” stunt.
Pastrana takes his first checkered flag at the 2022 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Photo by James Gilbert copyright P1 Offshore
Although the 17-time X Games medalist constantly defies death and seems to have little regard for his own body, Pastrana comes alive when he talks about his wife, Lyn-Z Pastrana, and their two daughters. And Class 1 actually brings the family together, as its schedule doesn’t usually interfere with fan competitions.
“My family is a big priority,” he said. “When they saw that the boat races were always on the beach, they said, ‘Yeah, we can get a hotel on the beach, and then we’ll just stay on the beach and watch you race. Let us know what the best events are, and then we’ll go and hang out.” It really is a family sport. With the incredible locations of these races, it’s not hard to get them to come.”
Pastrana and Curtis played key roles in the relaunch of Class 1. Photo: David Lando copyright P1 Offshore
Pastrana is not blind to the fact that, at least from the point of view of the mainstream media, he is the biggest name in Class 1, but he does not see himself as the savior of a sport that has been in decline for the past decade. He hopes the publicity that comes with his involvement is a byproduct of his victory.
“I feel like I’m one of the best drivers out there just because of the time I’ve spent behind the wheel from NASCAR to rally cars, monster trucks to off-road,” he said. “I’m in a car or a vehicle or have a wheel in front of me almost every day of every week of the year and that helps me feel like I can be a competitive advantage for the team.”
With the resurgence of offshore powerboating, Pastrana may not be the only notable name dipping its toe in the Class 1 waters, hinting that several action sports names are interested in joining.
In a way, Pastrana can be considered the unofficial master of offshore racing.
“We’re getting a lot of guys back into the sport and everyone who gets in the boat says, ‘Wow, this is great,'” he said. “I don’t know if this will get to the NASCAR level, but I think it will always be there. They have a really good platform to bring more and more ships. At that point it becomes one of the most exciting forms of racing. The more boats, the more crowded, the more crowded, more boats. It’s just a spiraling cycle that I think is going to be great for the future.”
While Pastrana doesn’t see himself as the savior of offshore powerboat racing, he is the sport’s most prominent—and often luckiest—competitor. Photo by David Lando copyright P1 Offshore
“It has to be profitable enough that more and more people can get involved, and then you have great drivers coming from different disciplines and some celebrities,” Pastrana said. “That’s the great part when you have a throttle and a driver. If you have an amazing throttle, you can put a pretty good throttle and still be pretty competitive.”
As Pastrana sees it, the only thing standing in the way of Class 1 is money. The only thing potentially standing in Pastrani’s way: fan contests.
Mark Gray is a Las Vegas-based writer, editor and presenter. Gray was a longtime writer for People Magazine, and his work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, MSN.com, and Caesars Player. Additionally, he previously hosted an entertainment radio show called Flip The Strip.
Related Stories Class 1 Pivots for Key West Worlds2022 Key West Poker Run and Offshore World Championship Coverage Great Month for Huski ChocolateFiremets on the water in Sarasota Powerboat Grand PrixPastrana in Miss GEICO 2021 Season Pastrana to drive Miss GEICO in 2020 APBA Offshore Championship Series
What happened Nitro Circus?
Witnesses told deputies that Roner, 39, was part of a group doing skydiving for a golf event when he hit a tree while trying to land and got tangled high above the ground, Walsh said. This may interest you : Dads bring it in in a daughter cheerleading contest. Authorities were unable to remove him from the tree and Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.
What happened to Tommy in Nitro Circus? He died in 2015 as a result of a skydiving accident. Known for his nickname “Street Bike Tommy”, which was given to him due to a failed stunt in which he attempted to jump his Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle into a foam pit, only to be run over and break both legs.
Why did Andy Bell leave Nitro? Then I got seriously injured in ’97. I ruptured my Achilles tendon and crushed my whole leg, so I gave up.
Is Nitro Circus still on TV? There are no Nitro Circus TV broadcasts for the next 14 days.
Who got paralyzed in Nitro Circus?
After an attempted double frontflip crash that left Bruce Cook paralyzed from the waist down in 2014, he returned to motorcycles and successfully landed the world’s first backflip at Nitro Circus on October 14, 2015. On the same subject : Freddie Falcon, Miki A. spreading cheer abroad before the stoppage.
When was the first motorcycle backflip done? In 1991, Jose Yanez became the first person to flip a motocross bike. He practiced for this by flipping his motorcycle into the Salt River, just like he did with his BMX bike.
Why is wheels from Nitro Circus in a wheelchair?
Confined to a wheelchair due to a congenital spinal defect, the 19-year-old Las Vegan rode that wheelchair to extreme sports stardom and a featured spot on the first Nitro Circus Live tour. This may interest you : Mercedes cheerleader to perform at Pearl Harbor Memorial. “Closed isn’t the right word for me,” Fotheringham says, chuckling between most of his thoughts.
How did the wheels end up in wheelchairs? Aaron was born with spina bifida, a congenital spinal cord defect that left him unable to use his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted. Aaron never lets anything stop him through the power of manifesting his incredible spirit.
What does wheelz do for a living? Aaron calls what he does ‘WCMX’ or ‘wheelchair motocross’. He started competing in skate park contests when he was younger. He was also part of the Nitro Circus Live tour that traveled all over the world.
Can Aaron Fotheringham walk?
Born with spina bifida, a congenital spinal cord defect, Aaron âWheelzâ Fotheringham cannot use his legs and has never been able to walk. Instead, he does something even better: he can fly.
Who was the first to do a back somersault in a wheelchair? Fotheringham calls his activity “WCMX”. He is the first person who successfully performed a back somersault in a wheelchair at the age of 14, and a double back somersault at the age of 18.
What happened to Aaron Fotheringham? Aaron James Fotheringham was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on November 8, 1991 with a condition known as spina bifida. This debilitating birth defect affects the development of the spine and spinal cord and, as in Aaron’s case, usually results in a loss of mobility.