Renner set a new world record in front of over 20,000 spectators at the Santa Monica Pier Friday evening.
Red Bull’s Ronnie Renner proved that he’s mastered the science of big air Friday night when he created a new world record for the highest air off of a quarterpipe. The 59 feet 2 inches mark was set on his sixth and final jump in front of over 20,000 fans.
“I went way past my goal of 50 feet,” said Renner. “I only planned five jumps, but the last one was for the fans. It was all or nothing. I went higher than I expected and felt like a human lawn dart, but I’m glad I made it five feet higher and rode away to talk about it.”
The historic Santa Monica Pier played host to the third installment of the Red Bull Experiment, an aptly named event in which world-class athletes attempt experimental sporting achievements.
The evening kicked off with a rocking live performance by Carolina Liar. No joke these guys are legit so use up those spare iTunes gift cards that your Mom gave you for Christmas. Shortly after the crowd was treated to a full visual assault courtesy of the Red Bull MiG-17 fighter jet, the ‘Bull Bo-105 CBS aerobatic helicopter, and of course the beyond talented Red Bull Air Force sky diving team.
His first attempt came in at 45 feet 9 inches and eventually he obtained 54 feet 7 inches on his third jump. However, he couldn’t best that height on the last two attempts so he decided on doing one more which ended up being the record.
But the evening was all about Renner. At around 8:00 p.m. he launched off a purpose built 18-foot quarterpipe then whipped his dirt bike 180-degrees in the opposite direction and landed on a logoed ramp measuring 25 feet high and 64 feet wide. His first attempt came in at 45 feet 9 inches and eventually he obtained 54 feet 7 inches on his third jump. However, he couldn’t best that height on the last two attempts so he decided on doing one more which ended up being the record which was then submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.
“Everything was absolutely perfect tonight,” he said. “I’m totally blown away that I went over 59 feet. Hopefully my Red Bull Experiment was the baddest one ever; it’s a great series and I’m glad I’m a part of it. I just really can’t believe so many fans came out to support me.”
The Red Bull Experiment is now three-for-three with Robbie Maddison smashing the motorcycle jump distance record on New Years Eve in Las Vegas. Then last month, BMX rider Kevin Robinson established a record of his own when he flew 54 feet above the ground in New York’s Central Park, thereby setting the BMX big air world record.