|Inside the empty arena watching practice sessions|
It was fantastic, we hadn't expected to see any of the show and had prepared Ryan just for a quick meeting with Travis.
|Ryan meets his hero Travis Pastrana|
Ryan had thought of some questions that he wanted to ask Travis:
|with Travis Pastrana and Josh Sheehan|
Oh my god! I don't think we could believe it! Ryan said 'Travis can I meet Lyn-z please?' and so while everyone was waiting Travis took Ryan into a changing room where Lyn-z was setting up her skateboard ready for the show. Ryan had been waving to her during the practice and they had a quick chat before the three of us and Sally and Travis and about 9 of the Nitro Circus crew walked through the corridors backstage towards VIP area. Along the way we bumped into other members of the team and each time Travis would stop them and introduce them to Ryan explaining what did in the show. For me this was the best bit seeing Ryan walking next to such a huge super star gazing up at him and the look on his face said it all.
Then we had to take the lift up to the VIP area. To be crammed in a lift with such famous, yet down to earth, people was a very surreal experience.
|with Jolene Van Vugt|
Ryan saw the reaction of the crowd when Travis walked out into the VIP area and waited excitedly for him to return. The show started at 7.30 and so eventually the time came for Travis to leave us. I had worried that Ryan might get a bit upset but he didn't, he gave him another hug and said Bye, and just before Travis disappeared into the VIP lift Ryan shouted 'Bye Trav' and they waved a final goodbye.
We cannot thank Travis Pastrana, the Nitro Circus crew and Make-A-Wish enough for giving us all this opportunity of a lifetime. Seeing Ryan bursting with happiness was the best feeling ever and this day will give us all a good feeling for a very long time.
To end : Ryan telling his friends about his experience. Ryan: 'I saw TRAVIS yesterday!!'