Robbie Maddison

Something always hurts when you do freestyle motocross for a living!

Robbie Maddiso mid-air during Swatch Free4style
© Sebastian Marko / Swatch / Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Robbie Maddison. My discipline is motocross freestyle. My friends call me Maddo. I was born on 14 July 1981 in Kiama, Australia. My special talent is surfing. My philosophy of life is stay true to your goals, face your fears, live your dreams and be yourself. My favourite food is home cooking. My favourite music is Lupe Fiasco, 50 cent, AFI… you name it.


Robbie Maddison’s career is one of world records, triumphs against adversity and huge, mind-boggling daredevil jumps. Watching him in action, you would be forgiven for assuming that his nickname ‘Maddo’ had nothing to do with his surname at all. Robbie’s fearless nature may stem from the years he spent recovering from debilitating illness when he was younger, or it may just be that he calculates the risks, understands the implications of gravity and the potential downsides of jumping himself and a hefty, highly strung stunt bike to over 400 feet in the air... and then completely disregards them and does it anyway.  

Some of the feats that Robbie has achieved during his career are simply astounding. On 29th March 2008, he broke his own world record twice during the Crusty Demons Night of World Records show in Melbourne, Australia. On his second attempt he broke the world record by travelling 104.42 meters (342 feet 7 inches). He landed hard on his back tyre and was not satisfied by the jump, so he decided to jump once more. On his third jump he again broke the world record, this time with 106.98 meters (350.98 feet) and landed perfectly.

In 2013 DC Shoes released the film AIR.CRAFT which sees Maddo taking his legendary style to a military airplane graveyard in Tucson, Arizona. Maddo and crew moved around more than 50 airplanes to create the ultimate course, using different parts of the planes for landings and imaginative tricks.

He has also jumped across an open Tower Bridge in London - incorporating a back-flip for good measure - and has won many ‘Best Trick’ trophies to fill up his house in California – which he probably jumps over from time to time.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Film: On any Sunday: The Next Chapter

      Shot in 4K Ultra HD, it includes phenomenal athletes, revolutionary innovators, Hollywood stars and even visionaries who use moto to save lives.

  2. 2013
    1. 4th Place Overall: X Games - Moto X Best Whip

      Los Angeles, California, USA

    2. Film: AIR.CRAFT

      Maddo and crew moved around more than 50 airplanes to create the ultimate course, using different parts of the planes for landings and imaginative tricks.

  3. 2012
    1. Daniel Craig's Stunt Double in Skyfall

      Istanbul, Turkey

  4. 2011
    1. World Record Jump at Red Bull NYNL

      In practice Robbie jumped 402 feet. During NYNL Robbie was able to go 371 feet and land successfully.

      San Diego, California

  5. 2010
    1. 2nd place: X Games - FMX Best Trick

      Los Angeles, USA

  6. 2009
    1. Red Bull X Fighters Best Trick

      Madrid, Spain

    2. 1st place: Red Bull X Fighters

      Calgary, Canada