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Stunts his special field of expertise

WHILE most people see death-defying stunt making as a daredevil business, for Rosebank-raised Jack Field it's a family tradition.

The world champion trials motorcyclist's dad was a professional road racer.

"We'd go in the side-car with mum and dad - that was our runabout to go to the shops," Field said.

With motorbikes in his blood, hopping on his first bike at the age of four was a natural progression.

Soon he was spending every morning and afternoon practising tricks at the Lismore skate park, an easy ride from Lismore High, from where he graduated in 2005.

"My mum would come in at 7am for work so I'd come with her and spend an hour at the skate park before school, then I'd ride from school to the skate park and she'd pick me up from there," he said.

"Weekends we were always doing competitions, travelling up to Brisbane or down to Sydney."

He was first paid for doing his stunts at the tender age of 12. Now 27, he's living his dream - travelling the world showing off his exquisitely honed craft - performing intricate motorised tricks with balance, pose and perfect timing.

One recent week was spent riding in front of 80,000 people in Jakarta; two days later to 50 in a dusty down 10 hours west of Brisbane.

Then it was off to France, to a festival with 500,000 people coming through the gates.

He said the secret to his success was coming up with "imaginative" stunts; his signature trick involves back flipping off a tiny 30cm jump - his head millimetres from the ground mid-flip.

Later this year Field and his team are planning to bust open the Guinness Book of Records with a whole swag of record-breaking antics.

It looks dangerous, but Field is adamant that it's safer than it looks. The bike weighs only 75kg, so it won't crush him if he falls, and he's not racing around an arena at high speeds either.

"If I don't crash a few times in one day I obviously didn't try hard enough or push the limits," he said.

Visitors to this year's 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show at the Lismore Showgrounds can see Field in action for themselves this weekend.

 

HIGHLIGHTS today @ the 4WD Caravan Camping and & Marine Show

Flair Riders Freestyle Show: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Errol Gray Bush Poet: Saturday 10am, noon, 2,30pm, Sunday 9.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm.

Fishing Australia's Rob Paxevanos: Saturday 1-2pm, Sunday 11am-noon.

Yamaha Super Tank Fishing Show: Daily from 9am to 4pm.

Reptile Display: Shows every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm

Helicopter Simulator: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm

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