These tricks are super gnarly, but have you seen that 18-foot devil-fish, we mean, oarfish?
In case you hadn't heard, an 18-foot oarfish was recently caught off the coast of southern California. If you don’t know what an oarfish is, it's basically a giant amalgamation of all your nightmares, wrapped up into one scaley, snake-like creature. They don’t have venomous fangs or the ability to steal your identity (although it might be able to snatch your soul), but still, imagine swimming and being caught off-guard by something like that…you might as well just put us into a shock coma right now.
Then of course, there’s Thomas Pages. Freestyle motocross rider extraordinaire. He does terrifying things like it’s his job, because it literally is. Here are four Pages bangers that we’d rather do than share personal space with the spawn of the underworld:
1. The Volt
Sure, your body is spinning a 360 while it leaves the bike in mid-air, which until a few years ago was considered just on the wrong side of impossible. But, that oarfish….
Thomas Pages has a whip that would make a 19th century Virginia plantation owner weak in the knees. His turndown is, for all intents and purposes, two different 180s in the same jump. But yeah, oarfish have been known to actually give off electric shocks so there's that…
3. The Special Flip
It was invented by Travis Pastrana’s cousin, Special Greg, on a BMX bike. Pages brought it to freestyle motocross. A backflip body varial? Sure, sounds pretty damn terrifying, and basically a guaranteed trip to the hospital if you are not Thomas Pages. We’ll take it over battling a giant sea-serpent, though.
4. The Flair
A 540 on a YZ250. Even though it’s been done now, we're still pretty sure it's impossible. There is no rhyme or reason why a sane person should ever do this. Oops, we spoke too soon. If it means destroying an oarfish, then go for it, brother. You’ll probably make it, just study Thomas.
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