Buskers’ Pipedream goes extreme

A floating half-pipe in Currumbin Creek? Only Buskers By The Creek would dream of pulling this up. And it’s not in the name of performance art (a la Bleach*). This is a half-pipe, floating in the creek simply for BMX champion Chris James and fellow SPENT riders to show us their stuff.

When 20,000 people descend on the creek for one of Australia’s biggest busking festivals, riders will tear up the floating half-pipe with tricks and flips galore.

“A floating half pipe is something you daydream about rather than a reality,” 26-year-old BMX rider Chris James said, “There has only been a few times this has ever been pulled off, and it is always with huge companies and the best athletes in the world.”

“So to get the opportunity to do it is amazing.”

Chris has been riding since he was just eight and was snapped up by Spent Clothing in 2012.

His career has since accelerated at lightning speed. He’s ridden with some of the biggest names in the sport, double flipping a 30 ft jump and being nominated for the Dane Searle’s Biggest Effort Award.

2016 is Buskers by the Creek’s year of the Pipe Dream. Cindy Jensen said her vision for a floating half pipe led to people tell her she was dreaming.

“I am so excited to announce that we’re doing it,” she said.

Currumbin Creek provides the idyllic conditions to make this pipe dream a reality for Australian BMX and skateboard riders. Paul Byrnes, Spent Clothing founder said, “It comes down to the weight distribution and stillness of the water. Along with access to the right ramp.”

The half-pipe alone weighs a hefty 2.5 tonnes.

“Making sure the ramp doesn’t have too much mobility will be critical for the riders, keeping in mind they will be 4 metres in the air when riding,” Paul said.

Fast becoming one of the world’s largest busking festivals, 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever with more than 250 performers taking to the picturesque creekside location, including award-winning musicians, world-renowned contortionists and yet-to-be-discovered talents.

Buskers by the Creek runs 15 – 16 October. More at buskersbythecreek.com.au.

IMAGE (c) Lamp Photography

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