How have things changed since then?
A lot, and that´s a good thing I guess. Change is always necessary company-wise or maybe WTP would´t exist today. There are always some upsides and downsides, but the main point is that the company goes in a good direction, bikes are awesome, trips are fun, teammates are cool and in the end that´s all that matters. As for me personally, there is just too much that has happened in the last 10 years to tell all the stories. But I want to say that BMX has taken me around the world quite a bit (and it still is), for which I will always be infinitely grateful.
If you had one piece of advice for the youth, what would it be?
First: Love BMX for whatever it means to you, don´t let anyone change that.
Second: If you have the chance to get a good education and/or nice job outside of BMX, take it. It does have advantages over getting a job in the BMX industry (although I do not want to downplay a fact: jobs in the BMX industry can be super fun). Once you don´t have to worry about a salary or the course of an industry that is heavily influenced by the taste of 14 year olds and energy drink sponsors, enjoying carefree riding might be easier on you.
What do you prefer, bank life or trying to make money from BMX?
Well, I have done both of these things and they are both fun. However, I love BMX so much, I would rather not want to depend on it for a salary. BMX to me is the freedom to do anything I want on my bike anywhere and off my bike if I am around the BMX scene. If I depended solely on BMX for my sustenance I would be afraid to get sick of seeing it 24/7 or to find out that working with some people in the BMX industry might be really difficult. Also I might have to do stuff that I normally wouldn't want to do…