Professional Demonstration Teams

Inspirational displays of guts and athleticism by both dogs and humans!

BMX Stunt Bikes
If you need a break from trying all the different outdoor activities at OutdoorX, grab a drink and a bite to eat and head over to one of our amazing professional stunt team shows and demonstrations. Watch as BMX riders, kayakers and dock dogs electrify the crowd with spins, flips, jumps and other jaw dropping, awe-inspiring maneuvers.

Inspired Stunt Shows BMX


2017 Schedule

Saturday 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM, 6:00 PM

Sunday 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM

The Inspired Stunt Shows team, led by Pro BMX Rider Kevin Teets, will wow you with entertainment throughout the weekend. Be sure to check out the high flying action as the BMX pros show us some of their amazing skills. Watch as they take to the box and jump, flip, tail whip and Superman across the sky. You won’t want to miss it!

Ride with the Pros Class

Saturday 6:30 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

  • Bring your own BMX bike and helmet and you can train with the best, during this limited opportunity, audience skills class. Training will include activities such as slalom control course and slow race. Get your start with the pros! Participants must have wristband as proof of signing a waiver to participate.

Freestyle Whitewater Kayakers



Mad River Run Schedule of Pro Shows, Competitions, Clinics, Games, and Workshops.

Visitors can enjoy whitewater freestyle shows and educational demos throughout the day with professional whitewater boaters thanks to Whitewater Warehouse. Come out to the Mad River Run, Dayton’s first whitewater feature, to see if you can spot cartwheels, loops, mcleans, pirouettes and much more! Have your own boat? Between shows, check out the run for yourself! NEW THIS YEAR: demos are only a part of the fun, check out the full lineup of events and competitions.

Pro Boaters

  • Eric Bartl
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Luke Hopkins
  • Erica Mitchell
  • Shannon Thomas
  • Bernie Farley
Eric Bartl Bio


Eric Bartl is a pro paddler from Cincinnati, Ohio and has been a member of Team Jackson.



Lamar Jackson Bio


Lamar Jackson from Cincinnati has been a fan favorite at OutdoorX for over a decade.

Luke Hopkins Bio


Luke Hopkins is a top athlete in the outdoor industry as a standup paddler and board sport guru. He has over 20 years of experience in the Paddlesports industry as a product designer and innovator, professional athlete, as well as a creative sales and marketer who strives for mutual success in all relationships and partnerships.

As someone who is exploring the limits of where to go on a SUP, here are just a few of his stand out experiences…

  • -1st descent of the New River Gorge on a SUP
  • -1st descent of the Lower Gauley on a SUP
  • -1st Place at the Go Pro Games in SUP Cross
  • -1st Place at the Dominion River Rock SUP Cross

Erica Mitchell Bio

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Erica Mitchell started kayaking when she was twelve years old with her family in Cincinnati. She was mentored by Jeryl Yantis and Bernie Farley of Dayton, OH, who taught her how to roll and read whitewater. Erica began competing in freestyle kayaking at age 16. Two years later she made the US Freestyle Kayaking team. In 2001 she won the Women’s Freestyle Kayaking World Championship in Sort, Spain. Erica, along with the other top females in the Sport at that time (Jamie Simon, Tanya Shuman, and Jamie Cooper to name a few) helped pave the way for women in the sport of whitewater freestyle kayaking.

Today, Erica works as a Registered Nurse in Cincinnati. She is married to Arborist Jay Butcher and has two children Sophia (9) and Rowan (3). Her focus has shifted, and now life is all about the kids. Erica still enjoys recreational paddling and helping others learn about the sport.

Shannon Thomas Bio


Shannon Thomas is an expedition and whitewater SUP paddler from Dayton, Ohio Shannon-Thomas-1and spends a lot of time rock climbing, traveling, and backpacking.   Shannon paddles for Badfish SUP. 

Bernie Farley Bio


Bernie Farley co-owns Dayton paddlesports specialty shop Whitewater Warehouse withBernie and Jeryl_photo Jeryl Yantis.  Bernie has been a driving force in his hometown of Dayton for many years that has seen the paddling community take off including the addition of the Mad River Run and RiverScape River Runs in recent years.  You can find Bernie paddling throughout the rivers of the region when he isn’t on his home water of the Mad River.

Jeff Lenosky Mountain Bike Trials Stunt Show


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Show Times: Saturday 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM  Sunday 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, & 3:00 PM

A legend of mountain bike freeriding and trials riding, Lenosky is a veteran Giant rider who travels the country competing and performing demos. A native of New Jersey, he is a pioneer of MTB street and urban riding and he holds the world record for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches).

Today Lenosky spends most of his time showing off his skills at group events and also competing in trials, dual stunt and other events such as the Odd Couple MTB/BMX contest at Ray’s MTB Park in Cleveland. In a typical year, he performs more than 150 shows all around the country. In addition to competing and riding, Lenosky helps created, design and construct competitions and courses.

Special Ride with the Pros Class (Saturday 12:00 PM; Sunday 1:30 PM)




Team Zoom Disc Dogs presented by Best Breed


Show times will be in between UpDog Challenge Competitions throughout the day.

Team Zoom will perform high flying disc dog maneuvers, choreographed acrobatic routines and long distance catches throughout the weekend.

Wonder how these amazing dogs stay so energized? Perhaps with great all natural pet food like you can find at the Best Breed booth! Watch Team Zoom disc dogs in action between innings of the Dayton Dragons games:



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Backflips, front flips, butt bounces, yoga on the line, and more!

Professional slackline athletes are limited only by their imaginations and are sure to get resounding oohs and ahhs from the crowd while balancing and bouncing on a 2-inch trampoline line!


Try your feet at slacklining all weekend in our Try-It Area!

Pro Slackline Demo Schedule

11:00 – Trickline Demos
12:00 – Midline Yoga
1:00 – Slackline Rigging Clinic
1:30 – Trickline
2:00 – Slackline Yoga Workshop
3:00 – Waterline Demos
4:00 – Slackline Rigging Clinic
4:30 – Midline Demos
5:00 – Slackline Poses Workshop
6:00 – Trickline Duels
7:00 – Intro to Slackline Workshop
8:00 – Trickline Workshop
9PM – Slackline Yoga Demos


11:00 – Highline Demos
11:30 -Trickline Demos
12:00 Waterline Demos
1:00 Slackline Rigging Clinic
1:30 Trickline Duels
2:30 Slackline Yoga Workshop
3:30 Trickline Demos

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Liz Thomas Bio


Liz Thomas

Video Bio

Liz is a skilled slackliner and a well-liz_photo_3rounded performer, adventure athlete, and yoga teacher based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is most commonly found walking a highline, rock climbing, or playing on aerial silks. She also likes to spend her time playing with flow arts such as poi, and hula hoops. Liz has a multitude of talents, but most people will say their favorite thing about Liz is her smile. Her upbeat attitude is infectious, creating a fun and invigorating performance and workshop environment.

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Marcus Nelson Bio


Marcus Nelson

Video Bio

Marcus passion is slacklining in all its Marcus_slackliner_photoforms. He competes in tricklining, however, he also enjoys highlining, waterlining, and longlining.  Marcus is 6′ 5″ tall and was the tallest athlete to compete in the Tricklining World Cup where he proved his worth placing in the top 10.  Marcus is an easy-going down-to-earth guy who simply loves the outdoors.  Look for him high above the ground traversing the canyons of Colorado.

Ben Schneider Bio


Ben Schneider


Ben Schneider is a champion professional X games slackliner, and at just 20 years of age, is one of the youngest pro slackliners in the world. Ben travels the world showcasing his amazing skills, which seriously have to be seen to be believed.

When he isn’t on a slackline he also enjoys rock climbing, and all things related to the great outdoors.

Ben has been “wowing” audiences for several years at OutdoorX.

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Jeremy Beard Bio


Jeremy Beard

(Appearance Status: Tentative)


Jeremy is an Ohio native that has competed in tricklining but also enjoys waterlining and midlining.


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