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The history of BMX Big Air

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Mat Hoffman, 1992

Photograph By Courtesy of Mat Hoffman

Mat Hoffman's quest for BMX Big Air began on a homemade quarterpipe in Oklahoma City in 1992. "I had to put aside everything I knew about ramps and treat it like a new form of riding. My main concern was if my body could take the G forces when entering the ramp with a 60 mile-per-hour approach speed," Hoffman said.