Beauden Barrett has become the latest Kiwi athlete to sign a sponsorship deal with Red Bull and he was quick to find his wings thanks to an entertaining initiation high above the ground.
Barrett was taken for the ride of a lifetime by aerobatic pilot Dario Costa in Sulzberg, Austria, shortly after wrapping up the 2018 season at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco.
The All Blacks star was asked simple rugby questions but struggled to answer them as Costa performed aerobatic trips.
Instead of answers, Barrett let out squeals of excitement until finally he was allowed to ask Costa a question.
"How long are you gonna keep me here for?" he asked, prompting laughter from Costa.
Once back on solid ground the first-five said he has one of the energy drinks before a work out but "all in moderation and at the right time".