The Proryv (Breakthrought) festival marked its 10th anniversary this year by turning Moscow’s Olimpiysky sports centre into a highly complicated stunt riding track. More than 70 of the world’s best stunt riders demonstrated dizzying leaps and dangerous stunts in freestyle motocross, stunt riding, endurocross, drifting, motor racing, big air and other disciplines.
A record number of freestyle motocross riders took part in this year’s festival. Sixteen athletes, including Japan’s Taka Higashino, Italian Vanni Odera, and Russian Alexei Kolesnikov. Spectators also saw masterful performances by Terry Grant, who has records in the Guinness Book of Records, and extreme sports legend Heath Frisby. Drivers from the Moscow Police and European acrobatic rock n’ roll champions Darina Kozlova and Alexei Kondrashin took part in the festival for the first time. Freestyle on three snowmobiles at once was also part of this year’s programme.
The Proryv festival is Russia’s biggest extreme sports event and compares with the best foreign shows of this sort in terms of the participants’ level and the programme’s complexity. Every year, the organisers create a uniquely difficult track with steep ramps, jumps, pyrotechnics and other obstacles.