BMX star Dane Searls critically injured in non-riding accident

BMX star Dane Searls is hospitalized in critical condition after attempting to jump without his bike from the balcony of a popular night spot in Queensland, Australia, into a pool.

The incident on Sunday night occurred at Billy’s Beach House in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. The world-renowned dirt jumper remained comatose Monday morning, according to reports.

Unit Clothing, which sponsors the athlete, issued a statement confirming that Searls was “badly hurt in a non-riding accident” and asked that his many fans send their “positive energy, prayers and strength.”

News.com quoted Unit owner Paul Everest as saying: “On the weekend he had been performing 60-foot BMX jumps with backflips and other tricks and doing them comfortably, and now to think he’s been hurt like this.

“He does some amazing stuff on these dirt jumps, real Guinness world record-stuff. But now we’re really looking for a miracle at the moment.”

Searls soared into the BMX spotlight in August of 2010 when he debuted in Part 1 of the “Giants of Dirt” Internet video series, which featured the rider soaring over a series of progressively taller jumps. (The video is posted above.)

Searls’ Facebook page and Twitter pages of BMX riders and Searls’ many fans have offered messages of support.

— Image of Dane Searls soaring over a dirt jump is courtesy of Unit Clothing