Travis Pastrana has ridden his motorcycle hundreds of times along the trails and over the jumps he created on his Davidsonville property.
Pastrana had never done so with his wife on the back of the dirt bike while both were naked, with a camera crew filming and photographing their every move.
That is what happened when the couple agreed to appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's sixth annual "Body Issue," which hit newsstands Friday.
ESPN initially asked Pastrana to appear in the Body Issue last year. He said he would only do so along with his wife. Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, a professional skateboarder, was pregnant, so the shoot was delayed a year.
"It's really an honor to be part of it. Not many athletes are selected each year," Travis Pastrana said. "We're grateful to have the opportunity to represent the action sports community."
Five-time Wimbledon tennis champion Serena Williams, record-setting swimmer Michael Phelps, champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, professional surfer Coco Ho and America's Cup sailor Jimmy Spithill are among the 22 athletes in this year's edition of the "Bodies We Want" feature.
Pastrana, 30, is one of the most successful motocross riders of all time, having won numerous amateur and professional championships. The Annapolis native's popularity soared as a result of the X Games, in which he has captured 11 gold medals in Motocross jumping and Rally Car racing.
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, 24, is a pioneer among female skateboarders and has eight X Games gold medals under her belt. She captured the first X Games medal at age 14 and is the first woman to land a McTwist 540 in competition. She also competes in snowboarding and rides dirt bikes for fun.
ESPN conducted the photo shoot at various locations around Pastrana's estate off Governor's Bridge Road in Davidsonville. Most of the photos used in the magazine were taken while Travis and Lyn-Z were riding together on a Suzuki motorcycle - dirt and mud covering their nude bodies.
"We had an awful lot of fun that day," said Travis, who in a video segment to promote the shoot is seen sitting on his favorite dirt bike and proclaiming "I don't know why I feel so cool naked!"
Lyn-Z was asked if the couple was at all nervous or self conscious about being naked in front of a director, multiple photographers, video cameramen and lighting technicians.
"A little bit at first, but you get over it fairly quickly," she said. "The funniest part was that the production assistants seemed more embarrassed. They were always coming up with towels or bathrobes and looking away."
Travis said, "I'm normally against photo shoots," but agreed because ESPN The Magazine is such a widely read publication and it provided good publicity, which always is appreciated by sponsors.
"The photogs wanted more static shots, but I don't pose well so I kind of insisted that we do stuff on the bike," he said.
While the couple went out of the way to be cooperative, they drew the line at the suggestion of a family shot with their 10-month old daughter Addy Ruth.
"I kind of thought it would be a bit awkward and weird to be standing there naked holding our baby," Travis said.
X Games history
Having first met at X Games, Travis and Lyn-Z began dating after participating in a promotional event organized by the Zumiez clothing store chain. Travis proposed to Lyn-Z during one of his Nitro Circus shows and the two were married in October 2011.
Travis and Lyn-Z spend most of their time these days conducting Nitro Circus Live shows all over the world. Travis created the Nitro Circus brand and partnered with Godfrey Entertainment to create a hit series on MTV.
Nitro Circus Live, which features a touring cast and crew of 150 along with 250 tons of equipment that must be hauled in 16 semi-trailers, has sold more than 750,000 tickets and grossed nearly $70 million during its four years in existence.
A 12-date tour of Australia was completely sold out while such notable U.S. arenas as Madison Square Garden and the MGM Grand have hosted Nitro Circus Live, which is two hours of stunts with daredevils performing on motorcycles, BMX bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and even wheelchairs.
"Nitro Circus is our main focus right now and we have an absolute blast doing it," said Travis, who also has returned to Rally Car racing following a two-year stint on the NASCAR Nationwide Tour.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun