You can't walk on water. But Robbie Maddison can ride on it.
On Sunday, Maddison, through sponsor DC Shoes, unveiled a YouTube video of the Australian motorbike stunt rider plowing his bike through the waters of Tahiti. Maddison's "Pipe Dream" to surf on a motorbike was over two years in the making.
For reference, this is far from the first time the 34-year-old has attempted and succeeded with an outlandish stunt on a bike. Although, he had never surfed on water before.
Here's Maddison doing a backflip over the Tower Bridge in London:
And here is Maddison jumping on top of the Arc de Triomphe of Paris Las Vegas (two-thirds the size of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France):
Maddison jumping over a football field:
But again, this is the first time he rode his bike over water.
Maddison admits the stunt did not go exactly as planned. He originally planned to ride off the coast of the Tahitian village Teahupo’o, the site of a World Surf League event later this month. After failing the stunt in Teahupo’o, Maddison moved to the less crowded waves of Papara.
The video catches Maddison splashing past traditional surfers.
The stuntman is insistent his YouTube clip does not do the stunt justice: "I don't think the photos or video show how physical it was," said Maddison to Surfer Magazine. He also called the stunt a "near-death experience." Not that jumping over the Tower Bridge was not a near-death experience too.
Here's a good Vine of Maddison surfing a wave:
Of all his stunts, Maddison says this gave him the most fear.
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In other news, based on Maddison's Instagram, it does not look like fish were put in immediate danger: