Erik Roner is a jack-of-all-trades Squaw Valley adrenaline junkie. He skis hairball Alaska terrain, BASE jumps and flies a wingsuit, and recently gap jumped a tricycle between two 400-foot-tall buildings.

That last stunt will be coming to the big screen Aug. 8 in a feature-length film “Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D,” for which a team led by action sports star Travis Pastrana cooked up a movie’s worth of monster truck mayhem, dirtbike high jinks, and BASE jumping stunts that have to be seen to be believed.

Roner told Teton Gravity Research that he had to travel to Panama for some of the shots because in the U.S. the stunts  “either cost a fortune, or everyone just says ‘No.’” Roner’s parts include BASE jumping and a “human version of Angry Birds,” he said.


“Sometimes we come away inventing or creating something amazing, and sometimes we come away with broken bones,” Roner told Teton Gravity Research.

Nitro Circus started out as an MTV show backed by some of the minds behind the TV series “Jackass.” After two seasons on TV, the show evolved into the big screen version that takes the stunts to the next level and into 3D.

Roner, who grew up in Northern California, is recovering from a brutal Alaska ski crash that broke his femur. But he is doing so with his trademark humor, which is on display in his popular online video series called “Roner Vision.” Roner Vision airs episodes that feature urban big mountain skiing, an attempt by Roner’s two-year-old son, Oskar, to parachute from space, and behind-the-scenes looks at the Nitro Circus shoots.

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