Joe Ferguson aka Fergy is one of those naturally talented bike riders who can seemingly pull any trick he can dream up. I remember the first time I saw him ride, my mind drew a direct comparison to Kevin Peraza – he’s got that kind of smooth confidence on a bike that makes the toughest tricks look both easy and fun. It’s quite a knack. Adam Lievesley spent some time with him recently as he built up a new frame and tested it out at Hyde Park in Leeds.
Interview and photos: Adam Lievesley
Q&A with Joe Ferguson
– Who is Fergy? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 22, I’m from York in (you guessed it) Yorkshire and I’ve been riding for what will be 11 years this Christmas. There’s not much else to it really!
– What’s your usual ritual for riding? Where do you go? Who with?
I don’t really have a usual ritual any more and I’m a bit all over the place now! The scene where I’m from is pretty much dead and I’ve always felt myself going further afield to ride new places and with new people since I was young. Through that I met many great mates that I still ride with today! I end up traveling further to ride as my local skateparks aren’t the greatest and I’ve ridden them all my life. I have been going to the Asylum most regularly with Ben Towle before lockdown hit us, I love that place so much.
“We have just built a mini ramp in my garage which is pretty tight and sketchy but it’s the only indoor skatepark in Yorkshire we can ride for the rest of the month!”
Now we’re in lockdown again I’ve been hitting up my more local outdoors, the likes of Hyde park, Thornes Park and others. This question is hard for me to answer because I’ve just felt myself being all over since the beginning. We have just built a mini ramp in my garage which is pretty tight and sketchy but it’s the only indoor skatepark in Yorkshire we can ride for the rest of the month, so we’re pretty stoked!
– How old were you when you started riding and who did you look up to?
I was 10 years old when I started riding and I would say I used to mess around jumping them Halfords kicker ramps on little kids bikes since I can remember like most of us. I got my first BMX for Christmas of ’09 and that was it. I’d say my first hero was Chase Hawk when I started riding but I’ve always had so many heroes I’ve looked up to, the likes of Pat Casey, Harry Main, Dennis Enarson, Mike Varga and Simone Barraco, the list goes on.