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2018 Highlights through the eyes of Dean

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Let BigAirBag introduce to you “Dean Sombroek” the man who has accomplished over sixty installations in 2018 alone! Travelling all around the world with nothing but his tool kit and passport, Dean is our top all round installer. If you are lucky enough to sit next to him on a flight, he has a backpack full of stories and already a lifetime of experiences. Not only does he successfully install and maintain the products we offer, Dean sees himself as “chief BigAirBag test pilot” living by the motto:

“A backflip a day, keeps the pain away”

What’s more, Dean has one of the most important roles within BigAirBag as he takes care of the consumer, listens to the needs of our clients and makes sure that every customer is left with a smile on his face. It does not matter if he has to use a translator to communicate or work through the night using a torch, Dean is reliable and will get the job done!

In 2018 alone he conquered half the world from North to South America, China to Europe and the Middle East to Australia. Through different time zones and extraordinary cuisines Dean barely remembers what his own bed feels like!

We managed to tie Dean down for a couple of hours and ask him about his life as a BigAirBag nomad. Share some of his experiences, talk about his most memorable installations and find out what he encounters on a daily basis?

The most impressive installation of 2018?

Silk Road Ski Area – Urumqi, China

Consists out:

  • Big LANDING: 50m x 20m
  • Medium LANDING: 28m x 12m
  • Small LANDING: 20m x 10m
  • ADVENTURE: 10m x 7m
  • REVOLUTION: 15m x 15m
  • 2 MAXAIR trampolines

Silk Road Ski Area in Urumqi, China! Like nothing seen before, it offers a fantastic training platform for Skiers and Snowboarders of every ability. They have utilised the revolutionary BigAirBag technology and provided the ultimate educational facility. Specialised for up and coming athletes to practice new tricks and push their limits. Silk Road Ski Area provides six completely customised and functional BigAirBag’s all of different shapes and sizes. Dean has installed a REVOLUTION 15m x 15m and a LANDING 20m x 10m.  This unbeatable Snow park is set to open this winter season, which means Dean has a little more work to do, especially on the 50m x 20m LANDING bag weighing in at over 8000kg set to be constructed early next year!

Efficiency at its finest!

All in the space of one-week Dean flew to the Middle East and installed six diverse airbags within three different Trampoline parks. He travelled between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates literally “jumping” between locations.

The Middle East is becoming a vibrant area for Trampoline Parks as they offer an exiting indoor play option in a very unique environment. Four of the FOAM PIT BigAirBag’s were installed in“JumpUp” a Trampoline Park constructed by Walltopia with the materials from Continental Sports UK situated in Jeddah.  Two other bags were installed within the famous franchise “BOUNCE” who have recently introduced the first All-Female Trampoline park in the world located in Saudi Arabia.

Freestyle Motor Cross “aka” FMX

The Legendary FMX rider André Villa organised one of the biggest action sports contests in the world. On the 16thof June Ullevaal Xtreme was hosted at the national Ullevaal football arena in Norway. The local hero constructed a state of the art track combining his knowledge on course maintenance and his years of experience riding FMX. The prize money and athlete hospitality is remembered as being one of the most professional in the industry. Top athletes from all around the world within FMX, Supercross, Kick bike, BMX and Snowscooter spoilt the audience with breath-taking stunts. This transformed the experience into one of the largest motor and extreme sports events in the history of Norway.

BigAirBag teamed up with Ullevaal and sent Dean to install the innovative BigAirBag LANDING with an additional wedge and resi layer on top of the bag. This is an updated model perfect for impact absorption. Its revolutionary design adopts the contour of the landing area it covers, providing fall safe protection. It has a fully customisable shape and design that is booming in the action sports industry. Optionally, adding the resi liner converted the airbag into an ultra realistic landing platform, meaning it was fully adaptable for all action sports. The additional crash barriers ensured that the safety of the riders was optimised to the max!

““André Villa was epic! He personally invited me to stay longer with my girlfriend and ensured that my experience in Norway was memorable. I was fortunate enough to witness the show and some of the most impressive tricks I have ever seen””

MTB Enthusiast!

Dean himself is a big MTB enthusiast and one of his absolute highlights of this year was the installation in “The Dome Adrenaline Zone” located in Sweden.  This state of the art facility is one of the largest extreme indoor arenas in the world!  Where top athletes from all four corners travel to train. Athlete’s such as Martin Söderström, Brett Rheeder, Tom van Steenbergen and Jesper Tjäder (seen on pictures) have all trained in The DOME.

“It was amazing to upgrade the training facility and provide the worlds best MTB riders with a BigAirBag LANDING. I could not resist testing it myself, joining my heroes was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I was not going to pass up”

The Dome is not only a unique training zone for professional athletes. It also offers a great variety of recreational activities for both children and thrill seeking adults.

BigAirBag Test Pilot!

Every BigAirBag that has been installed small or large has to be tested before people can use them. This is definitely a safety aspect but also one of the most enjoyable moments of being an all-round airbag installer. Dean has never given up an opportunity to try out some of the worlds best training facilities. He has learnt tricks on Snowboards, Trampolines and of course his beloved bike. So we asked him:

“Dean what is your best trick on a BigAirBag?”

“Definitely a Cork 720 on my bike. I landed it on a BigAirBag and the next step is the dirt. Having an option of a BigAirBag removes the mental barrier and allows you to push yourself to the absolute limit”.

After a successful busy 2018 we can not wait for what 2019 will bring!

让BigAirBag 向大家介绍一个我们的成员 – 迪恩桑姆布鲁克,他今年一个人完成了在全球超过60次的安装!一个人,拎着行李箱,带着工具和护照,向着目的地走起!迪恩是我们这最顶尖的安全气垫安装人员,如果你在飞机上碰巧遇到他,准备好啦,因为他有一肚子的故事和经历和你分享。不单单有超高的安装技术,迪恩对极限运动有着很大的热忱。用他的一句话说:



在2018年, 迪恩去了很多地方安装,从欧洲到南美洲到中东亚洲。穿梭 在时差和各个地区的美食中,迪恩都快忘了本来生活的感觉!



丝绸之路国际滑雪场 – 新疆乌鲁木齐


  • 50m x 20m 大号着落气垫
  • 28m x 12m 中号着陆气垫
  • 20m x 10m 小号着陆气垫
  • 10m x 7m 勇敢者气垫
  • 两个蹦床MAXAIR

位于乌鲁木齐的丝绸之路国际滑雪场,结合了BigAirBag的安全性能以及雪场的教育器材,专为自由滑雪和单板滑雪者提供完美的训练场地。雪场提供了6个不同形状的安全着陆气垫,这些都是BigAirBag为他们特别定制的。迪恩搭建了两个气垫,一个是15m x 15m的旋转飞扬式气垫,一个是20m x 10m的着陆气垫。这个巨无霸冰雪公园即将要开园迎接游客,这就意味迪恩要加快脚步完成安装。 50m x 20m,重8000千克的大着陆气垫会在明年年初完成。



兴起的室内冒险公园是整个中东地区变得很有活力。我们为坐落于沙特阿拉伯的吉达的“JumpUp”冒险公园安装了4个泡沫坑。除此之外,我们还为特许经营的“BOUNCE” 推出的“女生冒险公园”中安装了两个跳跃气垫。


FMX 传奇飞车手André Villa 组织了一场大型竞技体育赛事。在6月16日,这场赛事在挪威国家Ullevaal足球场举行。当地英雄结合了他对课程维护的知识和他多年的FMX经验,构建了最先进的赛道。FMX、Supercross、Kick bike、BMX和Snowscooter等来自世界各地的顶级运动员以惊人的特技给观众带来视觉冲击。这场比赛可以算是在挪威体育赛事历史上画上了浓重的一笔。

BigAirBag与Ullevaal合作,并派我们的迪恩安装了创新型BigAirBag LANDING,并在气垫的顶部增加了一个楔形和RESI层。这是一款非常适合冲击吸收的更新型号。其革命性的设计是使用防护层来覆盖着陆区的轮廓,以提供防坠落安全保护。更重要的是,在气垫上添加RESI衬里将气囊转换为超逼真的着陆平台,这意味着它完全可以承受所有动作运动带来的冲击。添加额外的防撞栏确保了车手的安全性可以到达最大化!

“André Villa简直是帅爆了!他亲自邀请我和我对象在挪威待上一段时间确保我们有一个令人难忘的经历。我很有幸见证他的精彩绝伦的表演以及技巧。这次挪威之旅真是棒极了!”


迪恩自己就是一个不折不扣的山地车爱好者,他今年在瑞典为一个叫The Dome Adrenaline Zone 的室内体育场搭建了气垫。这个体育场内设有世界先进的极限运动器材,许多运动员都在这训练,像是Martin SöderströmBrett Rheeder、 Tom van Steenbergen  Jesper Tjäder 都在这个运动场训练过

“加入了BigAirBag LANDING 大气垫为设备整体提升了技术含量。完成安装时,我禁不住也要尝试一下,能加入到我的英雄战队中是一个千载难逢的机会,我不会放弃”




迪恩,你在BigAirBag 上最拿手的特技是什么呀?”

“ 那还用说,肯定是在飞车上做720度旋转呀。我先是着陆在大气垫上,随后一冲而下,感觉棒极了!在BigAirBag 上练习有一个好处就是,我可以尽情发挥,然后不用担心会因不当坠落儿受伤