TWIN FALLS, Idaho--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--REO Development Group said today that it has responded to a Twin Falls Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to produce an event involving a jump over the Snake River Canyon. The jump features local resident Miles Daisher in a Rocket Bike leap that will span more than 1,700 feet from the City-owned site of Evel Knievel’s jump in 1974 to a piece of private property REO has acquired on the other side of the Canyon.
“Every drive past a certain infamous mound of dirt … there is the calling: Jump that Canyon!”
ABC-TV is committed to broadcasting a commemorative Snake River Canyon jump on or around the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s 1974 attempt. REO believes that its plan for the jump meets ABC’s stated priorities for “partnering with a jump team that can ensure a safe, lawful and orderly event for both the jumper and any spectators.” Daisher hopes to accomplish his leap next September (2014) coincident with the Knievel anniversary.
The jump vision that REO presented to the City of Twin Falls is the one that seemed destined to remain on the drawing board when the State of Idaho leased its Endowment Lands property in Jerome County to be used as a landing zone by another jumper.
But REO principals were undaunted by the turn of events. When Twin Falls opened the door for considering all versions of the jump based on “qualifications,” REO went to work and ended up buying a parcel of land within the Endowment Lands known as the Breckenridge Oregon Trail Subdivision.
The subdivision is a 12-acre tract that Daisher and his flight engineering team have scouted extensively. “We can land safely there for sure,” Daisher said.
“From the onset, we’ve been focused on talent, technology, and community engagement as the keys to our effort,” said Hud Englehart, one of REO’s Managing Members. “That led us to Miles and to an assemblage of top tech, event and business people to help create this powerful, image-building experience for Twin Falls.”
In the preamble to their submission, REO described Daisher’s passion for the attempt to clear the Canyon on a cycle. “Every drive past a certain infamous mound of dirt … there is the calling: Jump that Canyon!”
Now, 39 years and 40 days from the last attempt to leap the chasm from Twin Falls to Jerome County, the preamble says, Daisher is seeking permission from his neighbors to go before a worldwide TV audience and “daish” his way across the Canyon on a Rocket Bike so he can produce “a lasting new image for his town, his state, his generation of Idahoans.”
The REO team features Daisher, a United States Air Force brat and world renowned base jumper who made his first solo skydive at 25 and his inaugural BASE jump two years later. He is a member of the Red Bull Air Force and recently jumped Hellhole Bend in Arizona for Degree Deodorant. He teaches skydivers to BASE jump, and he and his wife Nikki also organize the annual Perrine Bridge Festival that has raised over $150,000 for special needs kids in Twin Falls.
Daisher is joined by Luke Aikins, the skydiving consultant for Red Bull's incredible 128,100 ft. Stratos dive, who will serve as technical lead on the project. A professional skydiver with two decades of experience and more than 16,000 jumps to his credit, Aikins has a lifelong history of tackling aviation challenges that are out of the ordinary. He worked hand-in-hand with Stratos jumper Felix Baumgartner to develop parachute configuration, drogue deployment and flight posture for the jump.
Pete Moran, Owner and President of Rezin Marketing and former sports marketing manager for Red Bull, will work with the team on developing partnerships. Moran is a long-time colleague of Daisher and Aikins whose company currently manages endorsement deals for athletes including Kasey Keller (ESPN Commentator, Former US National Team goalkeeper and three time Soccer Athlete of the Year); Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks; Jeremy Jones, Pro Snowboarder; Josh Brown, New York Giants; and many others.
BeCore, an experiential marketing and event company, has been retained by REO to produce the event. BeCore is California based and has staged major events for Red Bull, Nike, Microsoft and other major corporations. The company was responsible for providing a Mission Control & Media Center for Red Bull’s Stratos project as well as maintaining premises over the course of several months in Roswell, New Mexico.
REO's Chicago principals include former Chicago Bulls marketing head Dave Rosengard, Beacon Advisors Managing Partner and former Hill and Knowlton PR executive Hud Englehart, and attorney Timothy Okal. The three have been at work to develop a Snake River jump for several years and are intimately familiar with the requirements – technical, governmental, financial – to accomplish the leap.
About REO Development Group, LLC
REO Development Group was formed in 2012 by three Chicago entrepreneurs for the sole purpose of securing the talent, technical resources and financing needed to conduct a motorcycle jump over the Snake River Canyon at the locations once used by world famous daredevil Evel Knievel. The company's principals formed the enterprise determined to adhere to two overriding principles: pilot/crew safety and community involvement. The company is located in Elmwood Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Follow us on Twitter: @SnakeRiverDaish.
Key links for the REO group include Miles Daisher – Jumper, Hellhole Bend jump; Luke Aikins – Stratos Consultant and Technical Leader; BeCore – Experiential Marketing and Event Management; Rezin Marketing – Partner Development; and REO Development – Project Management.