Has it really been the better part of two decades? Yeah, it has. But, for those in Aotearoa, it took a few days – and, you know, even weeks – to learn that Carey Hart had stomped the backflip on a moto. Now, before you even begin to question if he stomped it, well, you can stop reading, ’cause there’s no doubt that he did.
Carey Hart stomps it
Unlike a lot of the OGs of freestyle motocross, Carey Hart is still visible in the moto scene, for many reasons: he still rides (and is at the forefront of the “Dualigans“); he is a brand ambassador for Fox Racing; and he was also the first to step up and, you know, send it.
Yeah, we know, there are some – who, these days, are the minority – that think Hart didn’t land it. In short, he did. Sure, it wasn’t the smoothest landing, but neither was the booter that sent him soaring and ’round for a full loop. That moment, one that seemed like an eternity, took place at the 2000 Gravity Games – in the same vein as X Games – in Providence, Rhode Island.
It didn’t come easy, ’cause Hart didn’t learn to flip in a foam pit, unlike the generation that followed those revolutionaries (but we’re not taking away from any rider that throws a full loop). Back in the early days of freestyle competition, Hart was just one of a few core shredders who chose to take the freestyle revolution to the next level, which turned the scene on its head – and back ’round again – by learning how to get upside-down on a BMX, thanks to fellow Vegas local, TJ Lavin.
It’s one thing to get up and ’round on a 20-inch BMX, but another thing to be the first to flip a two-fiddy motocross bike in competition, and set the scene. But Carey Hart did, something that’s never been forgotten, and the progression has never stopped.
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