Giants of Dirt 3

Dec 19, 2011 at 16:47
by Unit Clothing  
Views: 59,229    Faves: 1,798    Comments: 157


23 year old achieved his dream and changes history by building and riding the biggest set of BMX dirt jumps.

The final video release for Professional Freestyle BMX rider Dane Searls sees him successfully ride the biggest dirt jumps in history, clearing distances up to 60 feet (18 metres) on a BMX.

The Giants of Dirt Project began in 2010 when Dane Searls brought the idea to Unit Clothing, his sponsor. Over the next 12 months, together they built and tested the line of jumps in Boonah, (west of the Gold Coast, Queensland) on the farm of fellow Unit rider Freestyle Motocross Pro Matt Schubring. Sheer determination saw Dane push through many painful crashes and set backs, including the devastating Queensland floods of 2010. Dane finally completed his life long goal in November 2011, by riding and pulling tricks through the entire set of jumps. Giants of Dirt 3 is the realization of Dane’s dream.


A custom built drop in ramp was constructed and the final jump in the set of four jumps measures 60 feet (18 metres) from dirt take off to dirt landing.

Two days after fulfilling his dream, Dane was involved in an accident and suffered critical head injuries, placing him in a coma for five days. Dane passed away on November 25, 2011 in hospital due to injuries sustained.

His death sent shock waves through the BMX community and he will be long remembered as an amazingly kind person and as a professional athlete who pushed the boundaries of the sport of BMX.

bigquotesThis lad changed the sport and inspired the next generation of dirt jumper. - Paul Everest, Director at Unit Clothing


At this time, the Searls Family request they not be contacted for interviews.




91 Comments

  • 52 0
 A True Legend ! His Riding Will Inspire For Many Years To Come ! RIP Dane !
  • 28 0
 Still can't believe he's gone, such a horrible loss and will be forever missed True Legend and the king of BMX dirt! R.I.P Dane Searls.
  • 20 0
 when he died i thought "No more giants of dirt... sh#t"
but to see that he completed his goals ....

RIP man
i have the hugest respect for you and your contribution to biking
  • 2 0
 he was, he his and he always will be the man. R.I.P. you are a great inspiration to all of us
  • 2 0
 i cant stop watching this video. insane. R.I.P.
  • 6 1
 Those jumps look intimidating on a mountain bike, let alone a little 20"
  • 1 0
 Rip In Peace Dane. you had some massive balls
  • 1 0
 I knew this was coming out because he took the fatal fall at the after party. So glad its finally here, yet so sad that is us under these conditions... Ride In Peace Dane Searls! You bloody legend!
  • 2 0
 I didn't want the video to stop! Frown

RIP Buddy!
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike needs to make this vid VOD in honour of Dane Searls,bummer his gone such a legend of the bmx sport.
  • 18 0
 If that doesn't get vod i'm gunna lose all respect for pink bike R.I.P Dane you legend
  • 8 0
 Ride on Dane, that was mind blowing. You're in a place where the trails are prime and the weather's great for riding i'm sure. You will not be forgotten Salute
  • 7 0
 So happy he managed to complete his dream of accomplishing this set before passing! Truly a legend!, Ride on Dane!
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't say happy as I bet he had a lot more in that insaniac head of his but man... what a note to leave behind! I couldn't be more stoked on the doors he has just opened up for the sport that he loved so much.
  • 1 0
 wow.. those jumps are MASSIVE i can't even imagine being able to ride those as smooth and relaxed as dane.. amazing think what he would have pulled on those if he had more time he'll be missed for sure and he definitely won't be forgotten any time soon!
  • 1 0
 the man rode it hard and never cheaped out on himself. Hopefully they do go big and create another sick, mind blowing, awe inspiring segment to dirt jumping. He laid the foundation for the next generation of dirt digglers to go forth and yump!
  • 1 0
 those airs were sick! watching this is soooo awesome,yet so sad.reading about his story and the tragedy,gave me a sense that as if i knew him (it would have been pretty rad if i did),that being said,RIP dude,you'll be remembered for how u lived it up.watch over us bro!
  • 1 0
 His life was cut way too short! His riding was legendary and he will live on forever as just that...a legend! Bless his friends and family in their time of pain and healing. He left a giant hole in the heart of our community.
  • 1 0
 Mate!!! You are a true aussie legend in every sense of the word and your skillz and dedication will live on throughout the generations to come. Peace to you bro and your family!! Ride In Peace Dane!!! Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oi!!!!! Oi!!!!!! Oi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aussie!!! OI!!!! Aussie OI!!!!! Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 What an innovator with a vision of what is possible-he has truly advanced the sport! Run down your dream......this guy did and in such a huge way-wow and what a loss to the bike community.........................
  • 1 0
 Holy shit. I've watched this video about 3 times now and still can't believe the end 60 ft. backflip with huge style. What a talented legend this man is and will continue to be. Rest in peace Dane.
  • 1 0
 skill, balls, heart! He had it all he showed us how to fly without fear we wil all miss his talent. best dirt jumper ever. Ride on in peace bro.
  • 1 0
 This actually brought a tear to my eye. So inspiring that he completed a life long dream just before the end of his life. RIP.
  • 1 0
 Truly inspirational. Makes me want to get out there and achieve some of my own personal riding goals. You won't be forgotten Dane Searls!
  • 1 0
 WTF! Amazing- his dream came true- he got to taste ultimate success, changed the world and exited without a bow. He has left massive shoes to fill. Ride in Peace.
  • 2 0
 Those jumps were huge. It's too bad he passed away he was a legend
  • 1 0
 Dane changed BMX forever, such a inspirational rider. RIP
  • 1 0
 SICK!
  • 2 0
 One love man. Ride in peace
  • 2 0
 RiP

You crazy Aussie b*stard.
  • 3 0
 keeep on R.I.P.ping
  • 2 0
 I feel privileged to have just watched that. Amazing!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 that clip where he was skyin over/next to the copter was so sick! ride in peace.
  • 2 0
 I think i shed a tear during that, he'll be missed by all.
  • 1 0
 Relentless motivation to reach his goals no matter what! Great riding and a very nice video to go with it.
  • 1 0
 It's a great shame that i heard about him for the first time from such sad news couple weeks ago..:/
  • 1 0
 60 ft backflip is insane. I don't even think i can imagine how much bigger he would have gone had he survived. RIP dude
  • 1 0
 what a legend. he progressed the sport so much and took bmx dirt jumping to a whole new level. RIP Dane
  • 1 0
 he didnt change only bmx history he changed biking as we know it rip dane. we miss you you'll always be in my heart.
  • 1 0
 RIP to a real savage, have fun hitting ridiciliously big shit up there with shane mcconkey and all the other legends. RIP
  • 7 5
 RIP Dude!
  • 9 0
 Now that you edited your post no one will know why we neg propped you.
  • 3 0
 It was cause I read it and I was like Oh wait that sounds really stupid...
  • 2 0
 what did he say?
  • 9 0
 He just said something about them waiting to put this video up after he died on purpose as some sort of sick joke. It's all good though we all have dumb thoughts sometimes.
  • 1 0
 RIP Dane Passed away a legend
  • 1 0
 Rip In Peace man. You were insane
  • 1 0
 He had such a big future ahead. Ride in Peace Dane
  • 1 0
 Absolutely nuts. Rest in peace brother.
  • 1 0
 Real love in their for dirt jumping... Just amazing. RIP
  • 1 0
 Rip Dane, legends are never forgotten
  • 1 0
 This is why i love bmx and mtb
  • 1 0
 Ride In Peace buddy. You are a legend.
  • 1 0
 A real giant...Ride in Peace Dane Searls.
  • 1 0
 please post as a pinkbike video so ic an fav 99999999999999 times
  • 1 0
 Why do the great ones always die young Frown
  • 1 0
 I still can't believe he died... That really sucks. RIP!!
  • 1 0
 Not enough footage of this dude, truely an inspiration!
  • 1 0
 He's a Legend...RIP Dude !!
  • 1 0
 Rest In Peace buddy...............................
  • 1 0
 So tragic! Peace, may there be dirts this size in heaven for you!
  • 1 0
 sick edit........ride in peace daneFrown
  • 1 0
 rip you will be respected for along while yet
  • 1 0
 Legend! Vid is awesome! RIP dude
  • 1 0
 Crazy, proper sender for sure! Big respect, rest in peace buddy!
  • 1 0
 What a great final chapter. RIP Dane. Thank you for this!
  • 1 0
 Its a shame that the good ones always gotta go . RIP man !
  • 1 0
 dane searls...always a ledgend in my mind.
  • 1 0
 RIP Dane you'll be missed.
  • 1 0
 I cannot stop watching this video sweat!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Holy.....
  • 1 0
 Absolute legend! RIP
  • 1 0
 ride in peace dane
  • 1 0
 Pure talent.
  • 1 0
 Amazing!
  • 1 0
 Ride in Peace Dane.
  • 1 0
 you will be missed. RIP
  • 1 0
 RIP, that was crazy!
  • 1 0
 RIP
  • 1 0
 EPIC!
  • 1 0
 sad
  • 1 0
 RIP, he took a beating!
  • 1 0
 EPIC...
  • 1 0
 Rip bro. Awesome vid
  • 1 0
 rip inspired me for life
  • 1 0
 RIP... keep it lit.
  • 1 0
 R.I.P, legend
  • 1 0
 He was God!
  • 2 5
 Positive prop this if you were also jacking off to the 60 footer Keep hitting up those 60 footers up there for me in swagga heaven RIP bro
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