Q&A with Brad McNicol
– You just joined the Wethepeople team. What’s the deal with that, how did it come about?
“Rob Andrews from Moore Large hit me up about the opportunity to ride for Wethepeople and I was keen! Dave Paterson at wemakethings has been super friendly and helpful from the start. I think Dave and Rob had a chat before and apparently they were already keen to put me on the brand. The new frame and parts are great. Stoked!”
– How do you go so high out of that wedge quarter?
“Haha… Because, at my old local skatepark, the old Transgression in the shopping centre, they had that kind of quarter after the box – it was just like that, like a wedge. So that’s pretty much what I learnt to air on, something like that. And then I started pushing it on this quarter here at Saughton. The wedge has more forgiveness! It’s harder to land flat or hang up because there’s more surface to land on.”
“The Vans shop tour came to that old park with the first wedge quarter. Chase Hawk and Sean Sexton were chilling on the deck and I was all stoked, I was about 15 at the time, really stoked because all these pros were at my park, especially Chase Hawk. So I just sent it… and I literally was like that far away from the roof. The roof wasn’t that tall but still, I was so close to it. It was pretty sketchy. I did a table, they panned the camera to Sean and Chase and both of them looked really stoked about it. I didn’t see that in person but when I watched the video back I was juiced!
– Do you still work at Transgression?
“I work there 4 or 5 days a week and run my car valeting business the rest of the time. That’s just kicking off, I’m doing that part time. Whenever I have a day off, I do car valeting because everyone I ride with is at work anyway! I might as well be productive, I don’t like riding on my own but I also don’t like just sitting about. So the valeting is a good way to keep busy and earn extra money for trips.”
“I might as well be productive, I don’t like riding on my own but I also don’t like just sitting about.”
– You’ve got a college course coming up, you’re gonna be a numbers man?
“Yep. The valeting business is a short term plan – it makes me enough money to save up to do cool things, but it’s very physical. Sometimes when I finish that, I’ve got no energy to ride. So I’m going to college to study accounting – I’m good with numbers and I can see myself doing it. I thought I should find a job that still pays alright but isn’t physical, so I can ride more. I want to put all my physical effort into BMX.”