On Saturday night September 13 in downtown Orlando in front of thousands wild and crazy screaming fans Kyle jumped a bus. Check out all the pics and the official press release. We were there to support our boy! Click onward to read the full press release and see a lot more pictures….
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pro Wakeboarder Sets Record with Fifty Foot Ramp-to-Ramp Pool Gap Jump Over Bus in Downtown Orlando
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (September 13, 2008) — Following up Red Bulls impressive, and well funded, Wake Lab event on Lake Eola Saturday night in Orlando would be a tall order for anyone, but 19 year old pro wakeboarder Kyle Alberts and the crew from Step Up Productions took on the challenge and made history with a 50 foot ramp-to-ramp wakeboard jump over a 40 foot bus using portable pools and a high-speed gas-powered winch. The stunt took place right after midnight at the Wall Street Plaza complex in downtown Orlando. A jump of this caliber involving a high-speed winch is believed to be the first of its kind, and the distance Alberts cleared is record-breaking.
“It feels awesome,” said Alberts. “I’m so stoked that I had this opportunity and that everything came together so well.”
If the stunt itself was not intimidating enough, Alberts completed the dare devil jump twice in front of an energized crowd of more then 5,000 onlookers including many of his pro wakeboard contemporaries and a host of industry insiders. On his third and final run, the “2008 Pro Tour Rookie of the Year” stuck the record breaking jump while spinning 540 degrees off axis on his wakeboard. The 540 degree spin was an unexpected surprise for the cheering crowd and when asked at what point he decided to add the 540, Alberts replied, “About halfway up the ramp!”
The entire event was conceptualized and produced by Step Up Productions, an Orlando based action sports and music production company that has been involved in major events such as the X-Games and AST Dew Tour Wakeboard Rail Jams, and the world record wakeboard jump over the Lake Eola fountain for the Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies. Ryan Davis, president and co-founder of Step Up Productions, believes that events like the bus jump and the Red Bull Wake Lab, a wakeboard Rail Jam held at Lake Eola earlier the same night, are revolutionizing the sport of wakeboarding.
“Right now, wakeboarding is at an all-time high in terms of popularity, and events like this and the Wake Lab prove that the sport is evolving,” said Davis.
Saturday’s stunt was the highlight of Step Ups annual after-party for the Surf Expo Trade Show. Each year Surf Expo, which is held at the Orange County Convention Center, draws over 100,000 industry manufacturers and retailers from all over the world to Central Florida and this was the fourth consecutive year that Step Up’s Surf Expo after party was held at Wall Street Plaza.
The evening kicked off with the showing of a teaser for Pro Wakeboarder Josh Sanders’ new T.V. Show called Josh’s Idea, which will air in 2009 on Rush HD, the only 24/7 True High Definition Action Sports Channel. Josh’s Idea is a new TV series produced by Jalbert Productions that documents Sanders pursuing his crazy ideas as he travels and wakeboards around the world.
The voice of the Pro Wakeboard Tour, Dano the Mano aka the “Noise of the North,” was the event’s MC and additional entertainment was provided by Grammy Award winning Producer, Rockwilder, who performed with drummer Mike Mantas. Rockwilder recently produced Boardbeats which features “music co-produced and inspired by some of the best pros in board sports,” including many professional wakeboarders such as Dallas Friday, Rusty Malinoski, and Shaun Murray. More info at www.Boardbeats.com.
Kyle Alberts moved to Orlando almost three years ago to pursue the sport of wakeboarding. The wakeboarding industry has dubbed Orlando the “Mecca of Wakeboarding,” and Orlando has produced some of the world’s top riders in the industry, such as Alberts. Alberts attributes much of his success to his sponsors, including Hyperlite, Mastercraft, UGP clothing, and Anarchy Sunglasses.
The 4th Annual Expo After Party was produced by Step Up Productions, Wall St Plaza, Hyperlite, WakeWorld.com, Boat Tree, Three Olives Vodka, Fuel Records, UGP, Double Down Entertainment, and Boardbeats.