In 2006, professional Bob Burnquist built a skateboard ramp in his backyard. But it's not just any skate ramp ... the $280,000 mega ramp is 8-story tall and longer than a football field! (It has an acrobat's net to um, save a skateboarder from plunging to certain death)
On a recent sunny afternoon, the ramp's owner, Bob Burnquist, a renowned 30-year-old professional skateboarder from Brazil, peered over the side to treetops below and said: ''I'm not afraid of falling. I'm afraid I might jump.''
That mind-set helps on the Mega Ramp, where skaters reach speeds of up to 55 miles an hour and soar like stuntmen.
Approximately 360 feet long, the ramp is 75 feet high at its apex.
That is where riders begin their run, speeding down a 180-foot-long roll-in to a ramp that launches them across a 70-foot gap with trapeze netting below. Landing on a 27-foot sloped section, they then boost up to 50 feet above the ground from a 30-foot quarterpipe. A shorter route begins with a 55-foot-tall platform leading to a 50-foot gap, and the 30-foot quarterpipe.