CRAZY STUFF: Ryan Williams in action practising before the Nitro Circus comes to the Sunshine Coast.
CRAZY STUFF: Ryan Williams in action practising before the Nitro Circus comes to the Sunshine Coast. John Mccutcheon

Nitro-charged Thrilliams

CALOUNDRA teenager Ryan Williams has 41,000 people following him on Facebook, 12,000 interested in his Instagram photos and has starred in YouTube videos with more than two million views.

He's known as Mr World First, RWilly and Ryan Thrilliams and can pull off the world's only known double front flip 360 with a scooter.

It's all a dream come true for Ryan, who is back home after his first year on tour with action sports collective Nitro Circus.

The scooter maestro has joined fellow action enthusiasts on dirt bikes, skateboards and even wheelchairs pulling off insane stunts around the world.

He's back at home relaxing in the middle of a month-long break before returning to the ramps as part of an Australian regional tour.

He'll be gone only on weekends as part of the four-month tour and will even perform for a home crowd when Nitro Circus comes to the Sunshine Coast in May.

"I never thought I'd do this," the 18-year-old star said.

"I did it because it was fun and all of a sudden I can go around the world riding my scooter.

"I'm living a dream. I never thought when I started I could be where I am today."

Ryan caught the attention of Nitro Circus creator Travis Pastrana in a YouTube video in 2011 showing off his scooter skills.

It went on to gain more than two million views.

"They saw it and they threw me on the first stop of the next tour they did," he said.

"I landed a double front flip and that was the first time they'd seen that.

"After that I was on every show."

Ryan's scooter skills have taken him to New Zealand, Europe and America.

"It's amazing. Not only do we do shows but we also make TV shows as well," he said.

"We fill in our time by doing crazy stuff like caving and whitewater rafting."

The scooter was not his first toy of choice.

He was a rollerblader for years until he turned 12 and saw his friends riding around on scooters. He would borrow theirs before eventually buying his own.

Ryan's journey to fame hasn't been entirely smooth though.

He's broken bones in his hands and feet and his skull twice.

"I still consider myself lucky when it comes to injuries," he said.

"I'm going to do this as long as I can. It's the best job in the world if you're having fun."


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