Making history and breaking records don’t happen overnight. Instead, they result from weeks, months and years of hard work, perseverance and determination. The sport of BMX is no exception. In this arena, the best are those who push the envelope by attempting to nail tricks that no human has ever done before.
Dave Mirra is one of the best because he never stops grinding until he makes history. His journey to pulling off the first ever 360 No-Handed Backflip is a perfect example.
Inspired by freestyle skiers, Mirra practiced the trick throughout the 2006 offseason, but a string of nasty injuries prevented him from pulling it off in competition until the end of the year. Then, the winningest BMX rider of all time used the last stop on the 2006 Dew Action Tour to etch his name in the history books. Mirra dropped in one last time and executed the 360 No-Handed Backflip, solidifying himself as a true pioneer in the sport.
When we recently spoke with Dave, he was still feeling the effects of his stunning accomplishment: “It’s pretty much a full-twisting no-handed backflip, which still gets me psyched,” he said. “That’s what keeps me coming back.”