Red Bull says history will be made by Levi LaVallee on New Year’s Eve at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits, airing live on Friday, Dec. 31 on ESPN, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (approximately 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT).
LaVallee, a seven-time Winter X Games medalist and champion snocross racer, will attempt to jump his Polaris snowmobile longer than ever before and eclipse the current record of 301 feet.[ Also Read: Red Bull Flugtag Flies through the Skies ]
In addition to his racing exploits, Levi is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009.
The event will take place at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the Port of San Diego.
Embarcadero is Spanish for “landing place,” making it an appropriate location for LaVallee’s jump. On-site viewing will be free to spectators at Marina Park. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. PT.[ Also Read: Red Bull Flugtag Goes to Record Heights ]
“I can’t even explain how excited I am to be part of this year’s Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.,” said LaVallee. “With the jump gap itself being longer than the existing distance record, it is going to be one heck of a ride!”[ Also Read: Red Bull Flugtag Flies High in Miami ]
“For the fourth year we have the opportunity to showcase an extraordinary athletic feat. This year’s jump by world champion snowmobiler Levi LaVallee will continue in that tradition,” said Joan Lynch Owens, vice president and executive producer, ESPN content development.
“This is the kind of anticipation television our fans expect to see on ESPN.”[ Also Read: Diving Deep into 32,160 Cups of Coffee ]
San Diego may not be the first place one thinks of when discussing snowmobiles, but the lack of snow won’t hinder the 28-year-old native of Longville, Minnesota, the Turtle Race Capitol of the World and home to weekly meat raffles.
LaVallee will use artificial turf on his 1,100-foot run-up path, which will provide the necessary grip for his snowmobile’s track to ensure maximum speed as he hits the take-off ramp.[ Also Read: How to Hold a Record Breaking Office Event ]
LaVallee’s jump will take him over a 300-foot water gap at the entrance of the Marina. A small amount of snow will be sprayed on the landing ramp to provide necessary slickness so Levi can make a smooth landing.
Leading up to his big night, LaVallee will work with athlete performance experts, physicists and engineers, in addition to his core team, in an effort to get the most out of his body and 450-pound snowmobile.
According to Red Bull, LaVallee becomes the fourth athlete to star in Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration on ESPN, which highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records.
Robbie Maddison kicked things off in 2007 by jumping his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – of the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.
Also in 2008, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck and just missed sticking the landing.
Last year, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
For Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event details, visit www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com.