What is your very first memory of BMX?
I must have been in 2 nd or 3rd grade when the movie, RAD came on television. I remember watching it and just being blown away. Like most kids my age, I already owned a BMX bike but I had no idea that there were people out there doing the things I was seeing on my TV.
When did you first start riding?
I started riding around the age of 11 or 12. In the town that I grew up in (Cary, NC) there were, literally, hundreds of kids that rode BMX. There was a huge undeveloped piece of land in the center of town that had dirt jumps and me all my dirt bag friends rode there on the daily.
When did you start hitting the skateparks?
I turned pro at the age of 16 primarily for dirt jumping. I really didn't start riding skateparks until the age of 17 or 18. Funny, I was already considered a professional bike rider and I could barely jump a spine or air a quarter.
Did your parents push you as a kid to perform in school or sports or did you motivate yourself completely?
I was raised by my Mom in a single parent household. My mom never pushed her children in one direction or another. However, she was always supportive of anything her children wanted to do. Her main goal in raising us was to make sure that we were independent, hard working, and self-sufficient. With the tools that she gave us, it was easy to be self-motivated in whatever I was doing.
Which riders inspired you early on?
So many. Brian Foster and Taj were the guys I was most excited about meeting in the beginning. I was heavily inspired by both of them. Also, I really liked Joey Garcia and Kris Bennett growing up.
Nowadays who are your favourite riders to watch?
Lately I've been really into watching Matt Cordova and Kris Fox ride. Larry Edgar is sick, too. I always enjoy watching Dennis and Garrett too, but who the hell doesn't?
For some riders their bikes mean freedom to them, what does it mean to you?
BMX is my ONLY creative outlet. I can't draw, paint, play music, etc… but through riding I feel like I'm able to achieve the same feelings of creativity that come with the more accepted forms of art.
What do you think has driven you to continue with riding?
Passion. Through all of the injuries and bullshit, it's my passion for riding BMX that keeps me coming back after all of these years. I still lay awake at night thinking of tricks I'd like to do and things that I'd like to film or shoot. The motivation has always been there and I dread the day that it's not.