23 Nov 2023

Motocross legend Robbie Maddison on cheating death

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 23 November 2023
Robbie and Kruz Maddison

Photo: Robbie and Kruz Maddison

Robbie Maddison started riding bikes at 4 years old. Now, at 42, Robbie is the world's most recognisable face on a dirt bike, holds several world records, and has featured in Hollywood action blockbusters performing death defying stunts as the stunt double for the likes of Daniel Craig, Jason Stratham, and Vin Diesel.

But the high adrenaline stunt lifestyle wasn't always on the cards. Despite his love for riding bikes, his father never fully supported the passion, and Robbie became an electrical apprentice after leaving school.

It was only after a near death encounter, surviving viral meningococcal and several months of brain rehabilitation, that gave Robbie the push he needed quit his job, refinance his house, and pursue his dream - the rest is history.

Robbie is currently touring New Zealand with some of the world's best action sports athletes as part of the 'Freestyle Kings Live tour'.

Part of the team is none other than Robbie's 13 year old son, Kruz Maddison, an accomplished motocross rider in his own right, having recently won a US national title.