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NZ Crusty Demon To Attempt World First Jump

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8 October 2008 - Kiwi Crusty Demon, Luke Smith, is aiming to complete the first ever freestyle motocross (FMX) back flip over an America's Cup yacht into the Viaduct Harbour on Monday 13 October. Luke will race down a ramp on a 125kg, 250cc motorbike and back flip over a million dollar SailNZ America's Cup yacht - NZL 41 - before falling almost four storeys high into the water below.

His stunt will officially launch ticket sales for the Crusty Demons 2009 Unleash Hell New Zealand Tour. Twenty-six year-old Luke, who has been riding with the Crusty Demons for the past four years, said he was looking forward to completing the "trail-blazing" stunt.

"This will be the most extreme stunt that I have ever performed. I have done a couple of jumps into the Viaduct Harbour but this time round we've cranked it up a couple of notches. Even I know that jumping over a million dollar yacht, while back flipping 25 metres into the air is crazy," Luke said.

"It's something I've never done before and I'll only have one shot at getting the jump right.

"The fact that it's a world first and in my own home town is an awesome thrill."

Global Action Sports Managing Director, Mike Porra, said Luke's America's Cup yacht stunt is what the Crusty Demons are all about, providing the most action-packed, death defying entertainment available anywhere in the world.

"The Crusty Demons shows are all about pushing the boundaries and Luke's stunt will certainly provide a good taste of what fans can expect in the Unleash Hell tour, which has already thrilled crowds at sold out shows across the globe." The rider line-up for the New Zealand shows will be the biggest ever assembled and includes FMX superstars like world number one Nate Adams; X Games gold medalist Adam Jones and; 16 year old Kiwi, Levi Sherwood, who is tipped to crack the world's top 10 in the sport in the next few years. To see Luke's jump, members of the public should be at the Emirates Team New Zealand base at the Viaduct Harbour Marine Village on Monday 13 October just before 11 a.m.

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