Set in San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park amidst the high-rise hotels, the San Diego Convention Center, clubs and restaurants was an event 2 years in the making. Looking past the boats and the yachts across the shimmering waterfront, as people walked along the boardwalk, was the “2012 Red Bull: New Years. No Limits.” event featuring SnoCross star Levi LaVallee and Freestyle Motocross star Robbie Maddison, as they each attempted to set new world records for distance as they jumped over the San Diego Harbor at the same time. LaVallee broke his own world record by jumping a distance of 412′ 6 ‘, while Maddison hit 378’ 9″, just shy of the world record of 391 feet.
The once in a lifetime experience had many Red Bull athletes in attendence including: Travis Pastrana, Jolene Van Vugt, and Marvin Musquin just to name a few. Travis, Jolene and Wheelz signed autographs just outside of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to promote the Nitro Circus 3D movie.
Marvin and Mathilde partying in the Red Bull Hospitality Suite
Levi was suppose to attempt this same jump in 2011, but he was seriously injured while training for the event, thus cancelling New Year’s Eve event. The beginning of the last night’s event didn’t look good, as a fog started rolling into San Diego’s Embarcadero in that early afternoon. Luckily the visibility cleared up enough where the athletes could see the landing on the south side of the Embarcadero to attempt the jump. What a way to start 2012!
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Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Rings in 2012 with Two World-Record Distance Jumps Live on ESPN. Levi LaVallee Gets Redemption While Robbie Maddison Does it Again on New Year’s Eve!
In a live broadcast from San Diego, Calif., ESPN celebrated the New Year by televising the first-ever simultaneous world-record breaking distance jumps as Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison launched across more than 300 feet of water in San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park. The world-record feats set by LaVallee at 412 feet, 6 inches and Maddison at 378 feet, 9 inches were witnessed by thousands of fans in attendance as the fog cleared over the marina.
The previous snowmobile distance record of 361 feet was set by LaVallee during training for the 2010 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. jump, while Maddison easily broke his previous certified world-record of 351 feet, 3 inches.
“I’m as excited as I think a person can be,” said LaVallee. “I just landed an over 400-foot jump. I’m not sure how the sled’s doing, but I’m okay, so it was good. It’s an amazing feeling. You have no idea how pumped I am.”
Maddison said, “It’s a cool feeling to do what I do and have the backing I do. I was confident we were going to go a long way tonight and we’re going to come back and go even further.”
After being injured during practice for the 2010 event, LaVallee made his successful comeback this year alongside three-time Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. veteran Maddison, who began the series in 2007 with a record-setting football field jump. He then returned in 2008 to jump up to and off of the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas while Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car 269 feet, setting a new distance record while landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
A successful SnoCross racer also recognized for his freestyle double-backflip – a first on a snowmobile – at Winter X Games 13, LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist. The only athlete to compete in all seven non-adaptive snowmobile disciplines, LaVallee excels in both Freestyle MX disciplines and SnoCross racing. Focusing on rally car racing recently, Maddison is best known for his record-setting jumps during Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. events and is widely recognized and respected as a top freestyle motocross athlete.
Maddo and Levi ringing in 2012 from San Diego