On New Year's Eve, Levi LaVallee will take his turn as the daredevil for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. At 8:00 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park, LaVallee, a seven-time Winter X-Games medalist and champion snocross racer, will attempt to jump his Polaris snowmobile longer than ever before and eclipse the current record of 301 feet.
Embarcadero is Spanish for “landing place,” which is perfect because LaVallee will be jumping over water from the North park to the South park.
“I can’t even explain how excited I am to be part of this year's Red Bull: New Year. No Limits,” said LaVallee. “With the jump gap itself being longer than the existing distance record, it is going to be one heck of a ride!”
I know what you're thinking. How will a snowmobile jump work in downtown San Diego? Simple. There won't be much snow. LaVallee will use artificial turf on his 1,100-foot run-up path, take off over a 300-foot water gap at the entrance of the Marina. A small amount of snow will be trucked in and sprayed on the landing ramp to provide necessary slickness so Levi can make a smooth landing.
“It will be awesome for people to see a snowmobile making a world record distance jump in San Diego,” said LaVallee. “Snowmobiles are made for snow, and last I checked there isn't much snow in San Diego, but it is a great location for this event. Only at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. would you see something like this.”
LaVallee becomes the fourth athlete to star in Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Robbie Maddison kicked things off in 2007 by jumping his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – of the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas. Also in 2008, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck and just missed sticking the landing. Last year, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.
On-site viewing for the San Diego event will be free to spectators at both parks. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m., so get there early because this will be a heck of a site to see.