Video: BMX backflip down a set of stairs

Costa Rican street rider Kenneth Tencio does the seemingly impossible

This is a world first! Photo by Rafael Laurent/CRUC Productions

This just might be a bicycling first (click to enlarge) Photo by Rafael Laurent/CRUC Productions

While most people walk down stairs, 21-year-old Costa Rican Kenneth Tencio has made it one of his life goals to do a backflip down one. Tencio identified the perfect place, an 11-stair drop in the town of Los Lagos de Heredia. Then he went for it.

“I was getting impatient and, even with a handrail and a sketchy gate in the front, it was the best option,” Tencio explained. “I wasn’t worried about not flipping enough, but crashing into the rail or gate by landing in the wrong direction.”

So he warmed up and wore pads for the first few attempts. After four jumps he decided it was time to remove everything and make it happen. “All I was thinking was to pull with all my strength and waited for the landing on both wheels,” he said. “It’s a really unstable trick and even the slightest error could change it all.”

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