SOURCE: Red Bull North America

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September 04, 2009 12:07 ET

Boaters Beware! Mountain Bikers Take to the Waters of the San Francisco Bay

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - September 4, 2009) - This past weekend, a group of professional athletes gathered in San Francisco, California to accomplish the unthinkable -- riding their mountain bikes IN the waters of the San Francisco Bay. How you might ask? Well, with the assistance of a 2300-ton barge, the impossible suddenly became possible.

As part of the Red Bull Stumps, Clump and Jumps tour, riders Paul Basagoitia, Brandon Semenuk, Wayne Goss, Robbie Bourdon, and brothers Andreau and Lluis Lacondeguy had their vision brought to life. After loading 1800 cubic yards of dirt onto a 290-foot long barge, builders took over a week to shape the jumps and build the scaffolding so that the riders could backflip, tailwhip, and barspin their way into the history books.

The barge set sail daily between August 28-30th, making stops in front of iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Port of San Francisco, and even outside of AT&T Park where a near capacity crowd at the Giants baseball game turned their heads and flooded the walkway in amazement just to see what this floating dirt jump course was all about.

"I still can't believe we pulled this off," says rider Paul Basagoitia, in awe. "This is simply one of the coolest things I've seen in my career and is definitely the most innovative shoot I have ever been a part of."

The athletes were filming on the barge as part of an upcoming segment in the New World Disorder mountain biking film titled "DUST & BONES," releasing September 23rd.

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