Name, Age, and Hometown?
Stephan August, 19 years old, Northridge CA.
How long have you been riding? And what got you started?
I've been riding for seven years now! What got me started was my older brother and all his friends skated, and one day out of the blue they all got bikes. My 13th birthday was just a couple days before that so I spent all my birthday money on the best bike I could from the local bike shop. And a couple days after that bikes were "lame" again, my older brother and all his friends went right back to skating (which I was terrible at) so I just stayed with my bike. I just liked it a lot I guess!
Does your brother still skate? Did you guys session spots together over the years?
Yeah every now again he skates not to often though, he's the master technician at 9k Racing here in SoCal these days so he's onto newer and bigger dreams! We've occasionally shredded over the years, but always skating though it's just something we both grew up doing together and share in common!
What was your very first exposure to BMX?
The local skatepark, my older brother and his friends!
Who was the first pro you saw in person? Did it leave a long lasting impression on you?
Andrew Jackson man, shouts out to that guy for being the nicest most humble dude ever! Meeting him made a impression that'll last a lifetime. I didn't even know he was pro or sponsored when I first met him. He just rolled into the skatepark so smooth and stylish, so like any other kid I walked up to tell him how pumped I was on his riding and he just started talking to me which turned into us riding all day. When he left some kid came up to me and was like "Do you know who that was!?" to which I answered "yeah Andrew haha" then they dropped the bomb that he was pro for WeThePeople and it blew my 13 year old mind!
How many days a week do you ride?
I try to ride everyday, but if not as many times a week as possible, roughly five or six.
How often are they solo sessions?
Ahhhhh man solo sessions haha, they happen more often than I'd like thats for sure!
We were out riding during the Super Bowl and you remarked that you couldn't imagine choosing to watch a football game over being on your bike. Did you play any organized sports growing up?
Nah I actually can't say I did, my dad was never a team sports kinda guy so I grew up fishing, camping, hiking, and things of that nature.
Do you still get out hiking and camping much these days?
Yeah definitely, they're some of the things I love doing most so I try to keep up on them.