Intro by Greg Illingworth
Photos and Qs by Robin Pearson
Stuart Loudon is a name some of you may be well aware of already – he’s a celebrated rider in South Africa, sponsored by Mongoose and has appeared in previous Ride UK features. Consequently, this is less of a ‘First Look’ and more of a ‘Shine Time’ piece, as Greg wanted to use the Vans Hijack to properly introduce Stu to the UK scene now he’s here…
“We’re leaving in 30 minutes” I say, knowing full well that we’ll leave an hour. 40 minutes later I shout, “I’m packing the car, let’s go!” I chill for a bit.
15 minutes later I’m standing at the car as everyone comes out to pack… Followed by Stu, who looks at me with a straight face and says,
“Are we leaving now? I’m just gonna take a quick shower and brush my teeth.”
We all load the car and wait for him. 15 minutes later I go back in to find him… Still in the bathroom…
“Stu let’s go!”
“Sorry dude, I had to shit and shave quick.”
That might not be 100% accurate but it sums up Stu’s laid back ‘it’s fine’ attitude that I love about him. It’s strange to be introducing Stu, he has been at the top of BMX in South Africa for years. He’s made amazing video parts, been to pretty much every contest around the country for more than 6 years… usually placing top 3 whether it was street, park or dirt. Thinking back on those times with him, what I remember the most is creasing with laughter every time I was around him.
Stu is a giant, but he’s one of those friendly ones that makes you laugh a lot and rides good. I’m sure the SA scene is sad that he’s has moved over here but I am selfishly so stoked to be riding with him again! –Greg Illingworth