Basketball tricksters shoot world’s highest backwards hoop in Stratford

Trick shot specialists How Ridiculous at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Picture: Lucozade

Trick shot specialists How Ridiculous at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Picture: Lucozade - Credit: Lucozade

A world record-setting trickster group from Australia landed on British soil for the first time to share their basketball talents in Stratford.

How Ridiculous, made up of three friends, have been shooting hoops from ridiculously insane angles for six years.

The trick shot group, that has gathered a global following thanks to their popular YouTube Channel, set a new Guinness World Record in June, after shooting a basket from the top of the 415ft Gordon Dam in Tasmania.

And two of them decided to pay a special visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to show off their talents.

In a two-minute video, Scott Gaunson and Derek Herron can be seen making their way to the Olympic Park before climbing to the top of the Orbit to throw the world’s highest backward shot.

The successful trick, which was organised in partnership with Lucozade Energy for the Find Your Flow Campaign, has collected 281,677 views since being uploaded on September 2.

Scott and Derek told the Recorder that they were excited to come to the United Kingdom to perform the trick.

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“This was our first ever trick shot in the UK so it was extremely exciting for us to do it at the Olympic Park,” a statement from the YouTube Sensations read.

“We did a front and backwards basketball shot from the top of the tallest UK sculpture.

“I think it was around 80m high. We have had a great time over in the UK and will definitely be back to try our luck shooting hoops from other iconic London buildings.”

The group, which also includes Brett Stanford, first came together in 2009 and have since shot basketballs into hoops from several buildings and landmarks in Australia.

The group added: “We were procrastinating from doing exam revision in Year 12 – we had to get outside and do something in the back yard – so we thought why not throw a basketball and get the camera rolling!”

They use their skills and videos to help support the international not-for-profit organisation called Compassion, which works with local churches in developing countries to help fight poverty.

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