Wakeboarder performs daring stunts towed by a Dakar Rally truck

VIDEO SHOWS: WAKEBOARDER NIKITA MARTYANOV PERFORMING STUNTS BEING PULLED BY KAMAZ TRUCK DRIVEN BY ANTON SHIBALOV

SHOWS: NABEREZHNYE CHELNY, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 4, 2020) (RED BULL CONTENT POOL - NO RESALES. NO NEW USES AFTER SIX MONTHS FROM DATE CONTENT IS DOWNLOADED FROM REUTERS. NO MORE THAN 70% OF THIS VIDEO CONTENT MAY BE USED ON YOUTUBE)

1. (MUTE) VARIOUS OF WAKEBOARDER NIKITA MARTYANOV PERFORMING STUNTS BEING PULLED BY KAMAZ TRUCK DRIVEN BY ANTON SHIBALOV (3 SHOTS)

2. (MUTE) VARIOUS OF KAMAZ TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY ANTON SHIBALOV (2 SHOTS)

3. (MUTE) NIKITA MARTYANOV PERFORMING STUNT (MUTE)

4. (MUTE) CLOSE OF ANTON SHIBALOV'S HANDS

5. (MUTE) SUSPENSION AND WHEEL OF THE TRUCK

6. (MUTE) NIKITA MARTYANOV PERFORMING STUNT (MUTE)

7. (MUTE) VARIOUS SLOW-MOTION SHOTS OF NIKITA MARTYANOV PERFORMING STUNT AGAINST BARRELS (2 SHOTS)

8. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) NIKITA MARTYANOV SAYING (INCLUDES WHITE FLASH):

"I hit the water tail first, in a crouched position and the board cushions me to a certain extent, but there's a big impact and it's a real strain on the body. So you can only make a limited number of attempts. My chiropractor will have a job when I get home!"

9. (MUTE) VARIOUS SLOW-MOTION SHOTS OF NIKITA MARTYANOV IN ACTION (3 SHOTS)

STORY: Russian wakeboarding star Nikita Martyanov and KAMAZ-Master team driver Anton Shibalov broke down the borders between their two sports, with a wakeboarding session powered by the rally-raid truck which has dominated its Dakar Rally class in recent years.

The idea formed when Martyanov saw a photo of a KAMAZ truck ripping down a levee across an artificial lake and thought to himself: "What if that mad truck towed me? I could do some sweet tricks." And so the seeds of the project were planted.

A lake in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia, about 1000km east of Moscow, was chosen for the venue, but a number of considerations had to be taken into account. Firstly, the landing areas needed to be cleared of large stones, and secondly, Shibalov had to temper his truck's racing acceleration, because its normal rate would have placed too great a strain on Martyanov's arms. Even so, Martyanov still felt the full impact.

"I hit the water tail first, in a crouched position and the board cushions me to a certain extent, but there's a big impact and it's a real strain on the body. So you can only make a limited number of attempts. My chiropractor will have a job when I get home!"

Shibalov will be back to full throttle when he lines up for the Dakar Rally which starts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 3.

(Production: Mike Brock)