Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc 9529
25 Jan 2019

When Hucker Met Jonathan

Keeping it Moto in Quito

Words and photos by Hadrien Picard

Jonathan Camacho is one hell of a rider who has been living his entire life in Playas, a small village on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Coming from a very poor family he had no choice but work several jobs to be able to afford the cheapest bike, that even then he had to share with a friend. Despite such humble beginnings, Jonathan has went on to became one of the best riders to ever come out of South and Central America. 

Jonathan would love to travel worldwide more often to compete at international contests but it's a lot harder for him than a regular Pro. Obviously the money is tight so he has to find places to stay on trips, but even getting a Visa is difficult as some rich countries think he is coming to settle rather than visit as an athlete.

I was amazed by his level of riding and his story, so that's why, along with Mike Hucker, we decided to visit him at home and see this incredibly raw talent for ourselves. 

https://feverup.com/m/163363

The trip started in Quito, which at an altitude of almost 3000m, is the 2nd highest capital in the world. It’s a place where it rains a lot of the time, and where some people have difficulty breathing.

 Usually the first couple of days on a trip are kind of like of ‘warm up’ days; you don’t go crazy to keep you body in good shape for the rest of the trip. Not for Jonathan though. Whether it’s was street, ramps or trails, he rode like there was no tomorrow. I watched Hucker look-on with a mix of amusement, fear and amazement when he was watching Jonathan riding... and crashing. He would crash hard, but like a cartoon character he would get straight back up... all with threadbare shoes and a bike that had seen better days.

 We spent the first days trying to avoid the rain, cruising throughout the city and watching Jonathan going in battle mode on every spot. We also hit an infamous old-school concrete park that’s located literally in the centre of Quito. It has a crazy snakerun that finishes in a full pipe (that Corey Martinez Dropped in on a few years ago with United...) and you can guess that Jonathan killed there. Let’s just say that seeing him do a full-pipe flair whip with no helmet a Hawaiian shirt is something that I won’t forget. Jonathan’s riding is raw, tech and stylish, all at the same time... and he definitely has some of the best whips in the game.

Related Video

Jonathan Camacho - Playas Is My Land

Hucker visits the Ecuadorian warrior - More Info

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc 0089

Flair whip with no crash-mat at Jonathan's bumpy local park in Playas.

"He's like a cat, he's got nine lives and he's still pretty young, but jeez man... he's a warrior!"

- Mike 'Hucker' Clark

After Quito the plan was to head south towards Jonathan’s hometown, hitting spots along the way.

The first spot was a set of trail’s owned by Popin, a really nice welcoming guy. The jumps were in bad shape but after a couple of hours of digging the soft dirt, Mike and Jonathan managed a quick session before the return of the rain.

 It’s funny to see some countries are so used to rain that the riders aren’t even bothered about being wet. England and Ecuador are in this category. This was evident in our next location, Guayaquil where the kids were skating riding in the skatepark in pouring rain without any problem. We somehow got lucky managed to have a little dry session for a couple of hours where Jonathan was doing tech  burly lines and Mike was blasting stylish airs and doing hang 10’s forever.

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc 0039

Hucker is far from being a street rider but he couldn't resist this wall ride transfer in Quito.

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc03862

"Despite such humble beginnings, Jonathan has went on to became one of the best riders to ever come out of South and Central America."

- Hadrien Picard

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc 9461

Hucker with a timeless superman at Popin's trails.

Hucker and Jonathan seemed like friends from the first minute that they met. Mike doesn’t speak Spanish, and Jonathan shouts a very basic/funny version of English, but somehow they seemed to understand each other almost perfectly. It’s the kind of thing that make me love BMX; regardless of which language you speak, if you have a bike we are friends.

 After a long trip we finally arrived at Jonathan’s home in Playas and met his family. It was very interesting and touching to see where he really comes from. Knowing he’s from a poor family is one thing, but actually seeing it is a different story altogether.

 His Mom is such a nice person and welcomed us with a amazing meal of iguana (yep!). We enjoyed the last few days there surfing and riding at Jonathan’s local park nearby. It was amazing to see where he learned all those big tricks too, as all the ramps were so rough, bumpy, sketchy and slippery.

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc 9002

Not a typical spot to do a flip. Jonathan in Quito during his epic first day.

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc03595

"Jonathan really is an amazing character and maybe just the nicest crazy guy I’ve ever met."

- Hadrien Picard

Jonathan knows his basics : Stretched no hander in Guayaquil.

Wallride to 180 in Quito.

Jonathan really is an amazing character and maybe just the nicest crazy guy I’ve ever met. His drive to become a Pro BMXer is impressive beyond words so lets hope the rest of the world bets their chance to see him ride in person too.

 Thanks: Red Bull for this opportunity, Mike who is like always the perfect guy to travel with, Jonathan, his family, and all the local riders, especially Chaso!

Jonathan  Camacho Hucker Roomies Hadrien Picard Dsc03844

Johanthan is supported by our Official DIG Partners: KINK | Vans

Hucker is supported by our Official DIG Partners: S&M | Demolition | Vans 

Previous

Corey Walsh - Our DIG 2018 'Rider Of The Year'

A roasting hot breath of fresh air

Next

Up Close And Personal - On The Road with Colony

From Newcastle to Melbourne and Everything In Between

Related Content

Kink Camacho Riviera
Play Button

KINK - JONATHAN CAMACHO & MATTHIEU NOE

New Setups On The French Riviera

25 Jun 2018
Mike Hucker Clark Building His Dream
Play Button

Mike 'Hucker' Clark Is Building His Dream In Orange County

Part of Complex News mini documentary series The Blueprint

26 May 2016
Mike Hucker Clark With A One Foot 360 At Sheep Hills
Play Button

At Home With Mike 'Hucker' Clark

In Huntington Beach

2 Mar 2016
Jonathan Thumb 2
Play Button

Jonathan Camacho - Playas Is My Land

Hucker visits the Ecuadorian warrior

25 Jan 2019
Jonathan  Camacho  Trick  Fix
Play Button

Jonathan Camacho - 9 Trick Fix

A day of hammers in China

25 Feb 2016
Hucker bmx portrait D98 -AW

Re Print: Mike 'Hucker' Clark - Trail Reflections

"they didn't want to watch me ride 'cause I was so sketchy. It kind of bummed me out."

2 Apr 2015
https://cinemabmx.com/collections/wheels

Latest Content

Lqwf6 XJ Aw F Yhqdefault
Play Button

MONSTER ENERGY 'CASH UP JAM' - HAMMER & NAILS FEST

Closing out Day 2 with a bang

26 May 2024
K5g Ny Ln Pbzwhqdefault
Play Button
L Wk K5h8 L60ghqdefault
Play Button

DEVON SMILLIE VS CASEY STARLING - THE GAME OF BIKE INVITATIONAL

Devon and Casey battle it out

25 May 2024
D YO Zj Af Q5uohqdefault
Play Button
W Fu JFE R Mk Ahqdefault
Play Button
J Wfad UDFF Ehqdefault
Play Button

WILL JACKSON - IN THE BARN - 2024

42 and still killin' it

24 May 2024
0 Wnt5 B Npiq4hqdefault
Play Button
Sa Kg Onb H Edwhqdefault
Play Button

"EMBALSE" - DIG LOCALS

An Argentinian Trails Video

23 May 2024
6q T Ca0 P3t K8hqdefault
Play Button

Colony Road To ACT Jam

Nothing beats a BMX roadtrip

23 May 2024
8w Wh LD Lqd 8hqdefault
Play Button

HEDY GUERRA - DIG LOCALS

"REMEMBRANCE"

22 May 2024
T0v Eo X Ffs N Qhqdefault
Play Button

SPINE FINALS - FISE MONTPELLIER 2024

12 of the world's best

22 May 2024
St L2yk8e Sv Ehqdefault
Play Button

CASEY STARLING BIKE CHECK - DIG BMX SETUPS 2024

The whip that takes quite a beating

21 May 2024

DIG Partner stores

More Features

Jamie Pipe Tribe

A Brave New World - The history of KHE Bikes, Part 2

Taiwan, a pornstar, and innovation in a can

18 Apr 2024
Garrett Reynolds feeble oppo feeble 540

PROJECT X

This is Project X - This is BMX

9 Apr 2024
WILL JACKSON SOUTHPORT OLDHAM SESSION SHOT BY KANO KANE 2

WILL JACKSON - THE 'MUSCLE MEMORY' INTERVIEW

"I got my first WTP frame at the back end of 2001. Half a lifetime ago."

21 Dec 2023
Simple session 2023 boyd hilder 9

Simple Session 2023 Photo Journal

23 years and counting...

27 Sep 2023
BOH RAIL JAM 2023 47

Battle of Hastings - Photo Journal 2023

From the beach to the basement of Source Park

12 Sep 2023
Trey Jones Pocket Air1 Aguilar 2023
20230804 DIG GLASGOW 0028

30 YEARS OF DIG EXHIBITION & BSD Jam - In Photos

Jammin' and premierin'

11 Aug 2023
20230421 OHIO 0218

Postcards from Ohio - Photo Journal

3 cities, hundreds of spots

9 Jul 2023
45 dig 93 by dolecki LYNN 250 POSH

Trails Closed - The End of Posh Woods

Why the legacy of Posh will absolutely endure

14 Jun 2023
2nd angle Zack Scott DIGBMX 4

The "Full Coverage" Interview

Never underestimate the camera guy!

8 Jun 2023
Robin in Split Croatia Photo Kieran Cooper 7

Robin Bourhis “From Engineering to Riding”

The story behind his WTP 2023 Video Part

26 May 2023
Darty burnslow digbmx 12

Darty in the Ditch 2 - Catching up with Brett Silva

Austin comes together to ride and remember...

23 May 2023