Josh Sheehan: When (riders) first learn to backflip, we use foam pits. But this was a bit of a custom setup, we had a bag jump set up at the top of a hill—which is basically just a giant air bag.
Almost like a “blob” from summer camps?
Travis Pastrana: Yea, exactly, it’s about 40 feet by 60 feet, and 10 foot deep. But still, not totally safe. I mean, he hit the edge of the bag one time and got hurt pretty badly. A lot of us have have gotten injuries like concussions on the bag. A lot of people are like ‘Oh, if I had a bag I’d try this, and this...’ but, no, you wouldn’t.
It sounds like it’s still super dangerous...
TP: Well it's good if you land on your back, the problem is when you are learning these types of tricks, you land upside down a lot, and a 250 lb motorcycle can land on you. Or, if the bike lands first, it takes a lot of the air out of the cushion so you could go straight to the ground.