We woke to the tragic and shocking news today that UK BMX scene legend Craig Stevens lost his life in an accident whist heroically working as a volunteer firefighter in his adopted home country of New Zealand.
It was only recently that we'd shared Craig's COMPASS video (below) which gave a fascinating insight into his life.
"A lot of long-time UK viewers will recognise the name Craig Stevens as a stalwart of the UK scene during the epic and influential early 2000's era. Beyond that however people might not know too much about him.
In 2022 Craig got together with Ryan Sherman (a long time Soletech filmmalker and colleague of the legendary MIke Manzoori), to put together this amazing biopic about his growing up in South Africa before moving to Bristol UK, and finally ending up in New Zealand. It's an intimate look at the life of a BMXer and and it will strike a chord with older riders everywhere. This truly is a love letter to BMX.
Compass was premiered as an official selection at the 2022 Bicycle Film Festival."
We like to send our love and condolences to Craigs family and friends across the globe. R.I.P.
"We went to many skateparks, saw bands, and listened to lots of music. I'm not really sure if he was like my son or my brother, but he was always my guide and mentor. He grabbed life with both hands and shook it into submission, no matter what the situation. He said that his mum told him to walk into any room like he owned the place, and he sure did do that." - Alex Leech (Long-time friend)
"We are shattered to say goodbye to Craig Stevens, who died from injuries sustained after being caught in a landslide in New Zealand while serving his community as a voluntary firefighter. Craig was a dedicated and loving husband and father, an incredible friend, and a longtime rider for Profile Racing. He was a great story teller, compassionate and protective of his loved ones, resolute, and incredibly tough...his energy was contagious and it never, ever waned.And his riding...that spoke for itself. Our hearts are broken for his wife Lucy and their two sons and the rest of his family as well as his friends across the globe. Craig was an amazing man and it is impossible to put into words how much he will be missed. The Profile family sends their deepest condolences.Rest in Peace Craig....we love you." - Profile Racing (Long-time sponsor)