Broad St.) - the first stop on their North American tour.
Thanks to my buddy Steve Christini, owner of Philadelphia-based Christini All Wheel Drive motorcycles, I met backstage with Canadian-born Jolene Van Vugt, a/k/a "Nitro Girl," the first woman in history to ever backflip a dirt bike.
In their first interview since announcing their news, Travis (who's currently with his NASCAR Nationwide Series race team in North Carolina) and Lyn-Z (who's at home in Carlsbad, Calif.) talked baby names, diaper changes and how their lives will change once they welcome a new little bundle of chaos into the world. I'm a little bit late." We kept joking, "Better late than pregnant! I woke up early and couldn't wait to take the test, but I had to wait all day for him to be able to talk on the phone. Lyn-Z: It'll be such a joy to see this little being grow and develop. Where does "having a baby" rank on the scale of scary things you've done in your life? He was like, "It's going to change your life." It's been amazing how many friends have called up genuinely excited for us. He supported me, but the second I didn't show interest in something, he was like, "Great! Lyn-Z: My mom and dad supported me in anything I wanted to do. Travis: Lyn-Z will be the go-getter, getting them on bikes and boards early. Lyn-Z is good at conventional sports, but I never learned how to throw. It will be interesting to see what path they choose. We want to give them the opportunity to learn things on their own without forcing it. I was doing laundry at 6 and packing my own lunches for preschool. I don't want my kid going to college not knowing how to do laundry … Travis thinks if we have a girl first, we should stop. I think it's cool to name your kid after influential people in your life.
I finally texted him a photo of the positive test, but it was an hour before he saw his phone. And then there will be this kid and it's walking and talking and learning to high-five and play sports. Travis: The scariest things I do are when they involve other people, when I have responsibility over someone else. But it's a wild feeling thinking I will have responsibility over another human being. Travis: I didn't do a very good job of keeping it a secret. I just threw it into conversation and tried to throw people off. Travis: So many of my friends' wives are pregnant, and a lot of the Nitro guys have kids now. Lyn-Z: I've been talking about having kids in the next few years for a while. I played soccer, swimming, diving, gymnastics, basketball, Girl Scouts. I want to give our child the same opportunity and I hope they play traditional sports, and great if they want to ride a skateboard and BMX and moto. We agree on a lot of things about how we'll raise our child, but the main thing is, whatever floats their boat. What else are you looking forward to teaching your kids? Travis always looked up to Mat Hoffman, but his middle name is T and Travis doesn't like obscure, funky names.
She also competed in many prestigious motocross events, such as the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National and the Trans Can Canadian Amateur Grand National Championship.
From 2006 Van Vugt has been part of the television show Nitro Circus, originally a mini series broadcast by Fuel TV that became a full series broadcast by MTV in 2009.
I am a little responsible for Lyn-Z, but she can take care of herself. We've been traveling so much that everything had to be over the phone. My dad -- if you know my dad, this will not be a surprise -- I told him and he was like, "Well, Lyn-Z always thought she wanted a kid. about the football pool." Lyn-Z: My mom was so excited. She's seen me love kids my whole life and be super maternal. A lot of friends had opinions and said we should wait. He deals with them all the time in autograph lines and sees kids get annoyed when no one spells their name right.
Lyn-Z: I made my mom a little onesie that said, "Gramma's bundle of joy." Our friend Cam Mc Caul, who's a mountain biker on the Nitro tour, and his wife, Bonnie, made the cutest announcement when she got pregnant, so then I had to start thinking of ideas for ours. When I was in kindergarten, during spring break, I would go to the school and help with the little kids. But then they were all really excited once we told them. That would be the meanest thing possible to do to your child. There's a theory in motorsports that having children slows drivers down. Travis: I think you have to take a certain amount of risk to live and that is something I want to pass down.
"No, there just friends." Someone said that they are dating as a previous answer, but that is wrong.
She's normally seen doing backflips on her freestyle motocross bike.
She attended Friday's show and came onstage - with a patch over her eye and her arm in a sling - to say hi to the audience at the beginning of the show. "Unfortunately, yes, part of our job does entail injury, some a little bit more extreme than others. "I'm addicted to what I do and I love what I do, so I will most definitely be back.
On June 4, 2011, at a Nitro Circus Live show in Las Vegas, Travis Pastrana committed what he called his most daring stunt to date: He asked his then-girlfriend, skateboarder Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, to marry him. Lyn-Z: Travis wakes up sometimes and says, "I just had a dream of a crash reel of my life on dirt bikes. Lyn-Z: People always hand babies to Travis in autograph lines and he doesn't know how to hold their neck. He wants to take a class to learn how to change a diaper and hold a baby's neck. Lyn-Z: If it's a girl, her middle name will be Ruth after Travis' grandma Ruth Pastrana.
A year and a half later, Travis, 29, and Lyn-Z Pastrana, 23, have cooked up a stunt that makes that night look like child's play: They're going to become parents. Travis: We were in Mexico with Andy [Bell] and Jolene [Van Vugt] when Lyn-Z was like, "Um … Lyn-Z: After Mexico, I flew to San Diego and he flew to North Carolina to do a press day announcing his partnership with Roush. I don't want our kid to ride." Then he gets over it a few minutes later. Lyn-Z: We're both big on being respectful and truthful and we want our kids to be independent. It's good he's planning to do that instead of waiting until the baby, as he puts it, is "sturdy." Have you talked about names yet? Travis: Lyn-Z -- I mean, she spells her name with a dash -- she likes cool names. If she has one one-hundredth of the awesomeness his grandma had, we'll be psyched.