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“I’m a father, I’m a son and a BMX rider. Me writing anything about who I am will only provoke people to question/test that perception that I’ve painted of myself. I am as you see me.”
3rd - X-Games Real BMX
BMX-wise, tell us about your major accolades and what they mean to you…
When I started to pursue BMX, I set goals for myself. Some of those goals were, get sponsored, film a video section for a DVD, film a closing section for a DVD, have signature parts, travel and get a medal in the X Games. I have accomplished all of those goals. I have a bigger list of short- and long- term things that I’m working on now, but I consider everything that I’ve been able to earn in BMX and life an accolade.
What do you consider to some of your standout video parts?
I’ll have to say my sections in The Finer Things and Volume 1, and my first Warhorse video part. For me, those video parts were documented in a direct reflection of my riding and life at the time. The Finer Things was my first real video part—it showed how hungry I was to make it. Volume 1 set the tone for how I wanted the BMX world to see me. My Warhorse video part let me promote the frame and parts I had earned from the effort I put in; it was a pure representation of my appreciation for those things.
Thoughts on getting on GT?
Honestly, I never saw this coming. Now that I’m on GT, it gives me a nostalgic feeling of when I got my GT Dyno when I was fourteen. It just feels right.
Do you have any hopes for being on GT?
I hope to inspire people that look like me to be more optimistic and go for it! I believe with the help of GT, I will be able to reach a broader audience of people. I hope to travel to many places that I’ve always wanted to visit. I hope to participate in projects that take me out of my comfort zone.
You mentioned "projects that take me out of my comfort zone.” Would you mind elaborating on that a bit?
Some things that stand out to me of being out of my comfort zone is speaking to people about bike riding. Whether it’s an assembly for kids or a commercial, I would love to take that stuff head on!!
You and Albert Mercado ride together on the regs. How does it feel to be teammates now as well?
We do ride together all the time. To a degree, I feel like we’ve always been teammates. I am always feeding off of him when it comes to riding and ideas. He’s very optimistic, selfless, artistic and a great bike rider. I value those things about him a lot. It makes being on the same team with him that much more awesome.
Speaking about teammates, the GT team is a mixed bag of styles and personalities. Overall, what are your thoughts on being added to the squad?
I’m very thankful to be part of such an iconic brand along with all these iconic figures in BMX. Being on the same team with these guys is unreal! I’m looking forward to traveling with the guys, and I look up to and Albert who happens to be one of my best friends!
Anything else you want to mention?
I just want to thank everyone that support me on and off the bike. You know who you are!