A very cool video featuring Alaskan born Tanner “Tanman” Thomas was posted on YouTube on August 3, 2015. Tanner is shown performing a double backflip on a jet ski which is one of the raddest performances we’ve seen. After 29 attempts of trying to complete the double backflip and landing [including one such attempt that we published earlier this past June -Ed], he eventually executed it perfectly.
Tanner manages to kill the highly skilled and gutsy maneuver by using V-wake (also known as double boat wake) to get the height for his many jumps. V-wake worked well for Tanner’s move. He piloted his standard watercraft, the custom “Ninja Edition”, a TC Freeride-built Rickter. Tanner reached the needed height and perfect rotation to execute the maneuver. It was the first time the double backflip had ever been landed (in the tray) on a personal watercraft.
We watched the video at least 10 times just to see Tanner keep landing it. We actually studied what he was doing just to see how in the world he was able to perfect such a tactical maneuver. He has amazing skills and will go far as long as he has the needed funds to get there! The video was presented by TC Freeride, one of his main sponsors. His other sponsors are Tyler Rental, Bam, Rickter, Dawson Construction, KMG Racing, Jet Lift, Alaska Diesel Power INC, Sigma Pro of Ketchikan, Alaska Marine Lines, Mystic Lubricants, Jet Pilot, Ketchikan H2O, Hout Enterprises, and DASA. He is also a Liquid Militia team rider.