It is an exhilarating feeling like no other; speeding a dirt bike towards the take- off ramp, knowing full well the risk involved once you have launched off it and then flying high through the air.

There is a suspended moment in time as you get even a foot of air between you and the ground, where initial fear, excitement and achievement all mix with the knowledge that you made this happen – you were responsible.

‘Do More. Learn More. Encounter Success!’ sounds like something more from a corporate business world than recreational dirt biking, and it is.

The team at Encounter Success has taken the best of both worlds to create a very successful and professional enterprise, which empowers corporates to do more through learning and encountering success as a result.

Encounter Success will teach you and your team how to safely ride a dirt bike in one day, as a team building activity or a half day social event. The team has developed a proven step-by-step process which takes complete novices from learning how to kick start a motorbike through to doing jumps on a motocross track.

Under patient and caring guidance, even the most timid and inexperienced riders develop their skills and finish the day with both wheels off the ground. Those who already have some riding experience have also benefited from the professional coaching which the Encounter Success team provide.

From a business perspective, there are so many applications in dirt bike riding relevant to life in the 9 to 5 environment, which means the principals learned through Encounter Success can apply to any workplace.

A lot of regular daily activities have perceived risk which many of us avoid, effectively crippling our potential to succeed. When it comes to riding a dirt bike however, the risks are tangible and you have to take responsibility for the controls. When you have a supportive team and are taught to control the dirt bike correctly, the risk becomes calculated and you can unleash the power to start moving forward.

These skills and experiences can be taken back to the workplace and applied there, for the improvement of both the individual and the organisation. Just like in the workplace, when a team is working supportively together, the potential is unleashed in each individual in your team.

With the support of Suzuki NZ in the provision of modern and reliable DR-Z125 motorcycles, Encounter Success can take a group of ten participants for their team building days. A complete set of safety gear, tutorial and catering is provided, along with team building facilitation from the experienced staff.

After getting the bike’s power under control, changing gears to get more traction and learning how to take the corners effectively, it is getting your body into the strongest riding stance of ‘superposition’ that is needed to release the rider’s optimum potential.

There is a high goal set by Mary and her team and that is to get the participants who embark on the day flying high, yes you read that correctly, flying high. Holding a current world record distance jump herself, Mary knows the risks involved in this goal, but is very confident that with this one day encounter, she and her team can empower and teach participants to safely get both wheels off the ground.

“I can guarantee this will be a day of self-discovery and a great experience for you personally and your team” says Mary. “The day is finished off with prizes and shared memories of each other’s experiences and successes to strengthen the group’s connections.”

Comments from some of the attendees show that Mary and her team are doing exceptional work giving newbies the incredible experience of riding a dirt bike. “I was a bit scared of motorbikes in general, as I had zero previous experience but after today (my first day riding) I was riding fast (for me at least) through all the gears, and even jumping,” explained Jeremy. While Greg pushed the boundaries even further. “The day was amazing. From struggling to start a bike at the beginning of the day, to jumping a bike and flying high by the end. The staff are amazing and incredibly inspirational.”

The social events are more casual, offering a relaxed atmosphere for the group with added options, such as catering and even DJ’ing. These can be for anyone who gets a group together of people who want to have the adventure of riding Suzuki DRZ125 dirt bikes.

It is much like a go-karting session and provides the opportunity for some friendly competition of timed laps with full tutorials for learner riders to get everyone going safely.

These events are suitable for work places wanting a fun activity which allows them to form greater internal connections or for a bunch of mates wanting to celebrate an occasion.

In Business For Good

This purpose-driven initiative – trading under the Youth Encounter umbrella – is run as a ‘social enterprise’ business, which means that in addition to serving the corporate world in general, there is a significant element of empowering young people.

Youth Encounter is the only organisation in NZ using dirt bikes to deliver an exciting and engaging way to develop the potential of at-risk youth. Of course, safety is a paramount consideration for the organisation who’s coaches pride themselves on their professionalism and commitment to achieving the highest industry standards. In fact, the team is accredited with an OutdoorsMark certificate for this.

There are three locations around the North Island which Encounter Success can use, making the experience available to the greatest number of organisations. For further information visit the website for more info or check them out on Facebook: