Where does one learn the skills to become one of these daredevils, you might ask Craig Peterson, Max-Air founder and president?
"The circus," he
replies and adds that his
first snowfly feats were performed with the Ringling Brothers Circus here in Pittsburgh.
The company was founded in 1985 in Orlando, Fla., when Peterson
was working with the Cypress
Gardens waterskiing acrobats, who are also performing for the regatta.The popularity of snowboarding has bolstered the company's popularity and now it's based in Salt Lake City.
"This show is a high-energy, family-oriented thrill show," he
says."It's a hit with a wide demographic. [People are] very impressed we can do these things without water."Skiers slide down at a 40-degree angle and hit a 60-degree kicker to simulate the winter slope heights.On either side of an inflatable air-bag, trampoline artists strapped to boards heavier than most normal snowboards perform tricks.
"It's a good life," Peterson
says."I get paid to play."
Skateboarding is the fastest-growing sport in the nation this time of year.Skateparks are opening around the country and Pittsburgh is no exception.