Red Bull X-Fighters: Todd Potter Is King of the Hills

Todd Potter was the master of the 60-foot high step-up that scared half of the field away from the biggest hill jump ever included in a Red Bull X-Fighters course.

Potter, hailing from Temecula, California, an hour from Glen Helen, beat Frenchman Thomas Pages in a thrilling duel of fearless aerial specialists under the blazing heat of Southern California.

American Wes Agee also thrived on the hill-filled freeride-influenced track, getting a third place in his first-ever competition and winning the Swatch Best Move. It was announced Sunday, May 13.

Potter, Pages and Agee dazzled the afternoon crowd of 15,000 with their breathtaking flips and back flips up what all the riders agreed was the most intimidating step-up jump ever. It was a risky leap more than 60 feet up to the top of a cliff – and anyone falling mere inches short of the landing on the rim could end up tumbling straight back down the steep hill.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Potter.

As part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the event will be televised nationally (U.S.) on Saturday, May 26 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

The Red Bull Signature Series is organized with wakeboarding, surfing, mountain biking, freestyle motocross and snowboarding events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves.

The Red Bull Media House was founded in Austria in 2007 and runs a subsidiary in North America since January 2011, though it has been producing and distributing content for the last 20 years, it says.

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