BMX rider Jed Mildon landed the world’s first triple backflip at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam in Taupo, New Zealand last week. Mildon, 24, rewrote the rulebook with his three rotations during the show in his home town, which was witnessed by a representative from Guinness World Records.
Around 2,000 spectators gathered to see Mildon attempt the successful jump, as well as a failed attempt at the world’s first double backflip tailwhip. “This is the perfect result to three intensive months of practicing and training for this moment,” he said. “The impact and implications haven’t sunken in yet, but I’m so pumped to have aimed for something once deemed impossible and made my dream a reality.
"Even though I had the trick dialled perfectly into the foampit and onto an airbag setup, I was still really nervous rolling in for my attempt. But once I was in the air it felt like time stood still and I could see each rotation perfectly. Landing with both wheels on the downramp was the most amazing feeling in the world!”
Unit founder Paul Everest congratulated Mildon on his achievement, saying: “Jed has proven himself to be one of the world’s best BMX riders and we salute him for having both the drive and ability to change the face of action-sports. He's shown the world what's possible if you take your dream and single-mindedly chase your goals without being distracted or listening to the critics and naysayers.”
Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Mildon's story, from his training in a New Zealand foam pit to the record-breaking jump itself: