photo by Mike Parenti
— It seems that your style of riding has aged quite well. What type of things did you focus on? Did you just have tricks that were fun to you, and just try to do them the best you could? Aside from the famous can cans, what were/are some of your favorite tricks?
Thanks! I can’t say that I focused on anything in particular, other than trying to get as high as I could, and to try and stretch and hold variations as long as possible. That’s what makes me happy! I got a lot of magazine shots doing can cans, but I also loved no handers, inverts, lookbacks, turndowns, one foot inverts, no foot can cans, candy bars, 540s… all the classics! I was one of the first to get tailwhip airs wired in 1989 while I was on tour, I used to love doing those.
— What do you think of the way BMX has progressed? Who are some of your favorite riders to watch now?
I’m completely blown away every time I see new riding footage! It makes you wonder how far it can go. The Mark Webb videos online are amazing! I just saw Bruno Hoffman on TV, that was impressive. As far as the vert guys; Simon Tabron, Jamie Bestwick, Chad Kagy, Jay Eggleston and Kevin Robinson are some of my current favorites. I’ve known Simon forever and he blew my mind at the reunion; no handed 540 to barspin, perfect 900, everything super smooth. I still really enjoy watching old footage from my era, some of my all time favorites are Mike Dominguez, Ron Wilkerson, Brian Blyther, DaveVoelker, Mat Hoffman, Joe Johnson, Craig Campbell, Dave Young, Neil Ruffel, Carlo Griggs and Mike Canning, but I could go on and on… there are so many great vert riders.
— How often do you ride these days?
Not enough! Usually about once every month or two. I have a torn muscle in my arm right now and haven’t ridden since Woodward. I’ve taken a year or two off now and then, but always end up back on my bike. My problem is that I lack self control, and usually end up getting too crazy!