Robbie Maddison is back in Pipe Dream 2

Robbie honours a fallen fan and sets a new record for riding on two wheels... on water.
By Lluís Llurba & Pablo Bueno

Who doesn't know Robbie Maddison?

His incredible career has consisted of doing the seemingly impossible (and, some might say, crazy), and he's been setting new records for more than a decade.

From scaling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, to jumping Tower Bridge in London, to riding a modified motocross bike across water, 'Maddo' has always pushed the boundaries.

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In his now famous film Pipe Dream, Maddison left many in awe when he skipped across the surf in Teahupo'o, Tahití.

"That was the most complicated one I've ever done on a motorcycle. It was scary!" is what Maddison says of the feat. "There are moments in time where you realise you're in completely the wrong place at the wrong time. That's the closest I've ever been to feeling that!"

For Pipe Dream 2, Maddison wanted to take things to a whole new level, and set a new world record for riding the longest distance ever on a motorcycle, on water. 31.8 kilometres. Yes.

One of Maddison's main motivations for wanting to take on the challenge was to honour a fan who, inspired by Pipe Dream, attempted and set the existing record of 27.3km. Tragedy struck however when he drowned a few days later while riding the bike on water. This challenge is not without the most serious of dangers.

Robbie Maddison Pipe Dream 2 Teahupo'o, Tahití
Seemingly impossible challenges in Pipe Dream 2 ©

And so, to honour the fan, Maddison did what he knows best, and went out to set a new record. In Pipe Dream 2, he tackles a new challenge that many believed was not even possible.

This time, he's on a KTM 450 four-stroke, showing his diversity of skills. It begs the question of whether Maddison couldn't just have had some fun on a jet ski, but then that wouldn't be very Maddo.

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