Australia's Jacko Strong won gold in the Best Trick category at X Games 17 in 2011. Strong, only 19 at the time, landed a perfect front flip on his opening run, which was not only the first in the history of the X Games, but is also thought to be a first for any competition in the world. He won an unprecedented second Best Trick gold the following year, landing an incredible body variable.
However, Jacko was used to breaking records. He was the youngest ever member of the Crusty Demons when he joined the famous freestyle troupe at the age of just 13, and soon after in 2007 he became the youngest person in the world to backflip a full-sized motorbike on the Crusty Demons’ Unleash Hell tour.
His family farm proved the perfect place for Jackson to learn to ride at the age of five, and he was regularly performing in front of crowds of over 15,000 by the time he was 15. His international career was kickstarted at the age of 17, when he travelled with the Crusty crew to South America.
He now has a reputation as one of the sport’s most fearless riders, but is also noted for his approach, work ethic and discipline, which led freestyle guru Brian Deegan to invite him to join the legendary Metal Mulisha team in California. And he’s nothing if not self-confident - he competed in the 2013 Winter X Games in the snowmobile Best Trick event, despite only seeing the snow once before!
- Age: 22
- Height: 1.68m
- Weight: 75kg
- Nationality: Australia