Your Criminal Mischief part is ranked pretty high in people’s minds. Were you aware that you were putting together an amazing part at the time, or were you just a young kid going for it and it all worked out?
I really didn’t realize it would be a big deal. I just wanted to put out the best part I could. All I did was ride and I was really motivated, I guess it just worked out. Derek came through with the solid edit and thanks to Stew for the song suggestion. It could have never come together without Derek, and it’s hard to picture that part to any other song.
Looking back, how do you feel about that part now?
I’m pretty proud of it. I have progressed since then, but I feel like some of the footage is timeless. That is my favorite kind of riding. Timeless riding could be a Brian Foster tabletop, or a Chester Blacksmith roof to rail that’s in the new Dig. No matter how much time goes by, that stuff is still going to be good.
Are you driven by filming? Your video parts over the years have been pretty consistent.
I love filming. Thanks. I love riding everything, but street is where I love to push myself. You see setups all the time. I just want to see ideas become reality. Filming is just fun. Trying to make all these goals happen, and then putting them all together to produce something you can be proud of.
Speaking of, how are you approaching the new Fit project? How is that coming along?
Australia went really well. I’m trying to keep on top of things, but injuries and the new store have been slowing me down a little bit. I am about 1/3 of the way there I think, so I just have to ride hard through the summer, and I think I can have a solid part.
How do you feel about web videos? Is there a point where you would hold back on doing something if you’re just filming web stuff?
Maybe I’m just old fashion, but for me, web is for the stuff you wouldn’t bother to put in a video, but it’s still fun to watch. When it comes to putting out a solid full length part, I don’t really want to do that for the web.
Do you think web videos should be approached differently for a pro rider, considering any kid out there can put out a web video?
To each his own I guess. Times are changing. I’m not going to tell someone what they should do with their footage.
What kind of effect do you think the internet has had on BMX? In some ways, I feel things have become less precious since there is so much information all the time, but you can’t really argue with all of the positives too. What’s your take on it?
Yeah, it’s just the fast paced world we live in now. Things are here today, gone tomorrow. I guess we just have to except it. Like you said, there are a lot of positives; it’s just hard for us old men to get used to the changing times, haha.
Do you think your riding style has changed over the years?
I think I have progressed, but I think my style has generally stayed the same.