Kriss Kyle: Kaleidoscope – We Saw It Coming

World Firsts and Optical Illusions

Kriss Kyle is a name that has become synonymous with creativity in BMX riding. He leaves most of us scratching our heads by the way he can interpret obstacles into lines in a different way to anyone else out there. He has always pushed his riding, but this really is something else. Kaleidoscope sees Kriss living out a dream of bespoke transitions, some static, some moving as he rides them. These custom set-ups allow Kriss to pull a number of NBDs. And as we watch him navigate this extraordinary ‘skatepark’ our perspective is constantly challenged and warped through Ben Scott’s clever use of illusion.

This is a massive production, certainly one of the most polished BMX filming productions ever undertaken. With lots of extra content surrounding the main edit, it’s well worth watching the other videos and reading this interview for more of an insight into what it was like on set, how they designed and prepared the ramps, and what was going through Kriss’ mind while filming.

About three years ago, Kriss told me how he had been dreaming about doing a grind to flair. It’s so good to see him smash his goals! Looking back through our archive and even Kriss’ Instagram feed, we can spot other ideas that have now involved into the world of Kaleidoscope – he’s obviously been thinking about many of these tricks for years.


Kriss’ cover shot from Ride UK issue 190 – street tranny to barrel roll.
Photo by Joe Bailey.

Training for the above…
Photo by Joe Bailey

Curved wall / bridge ride - the precursor to the 'corkscrew' curved wall? Photo by Joe Bailey.

In his own words, “the best curved wall I have ever rode!”
Inspiration from Tel Aviv.

The curved wallride to barrel roll, refined from Rush Skatepark into Kaleidoscope.

Another from his Ride UK interview. Interesting transitions seem to have informed the landscape of Kaleidoscope.
Photo by Joe Bailey.

Kriss showing his keenness to build new set-ups in The Warehouse Project 2012. Photos by Nathan Beddows.

Kriss can flair practically anything. Street flair flyout from a BSD shop tour, shot by Fred Murray.

Photo by Joe Bailey.

At the root of it all, Kaleidoscope stems from a fine appreciation of transitions. Kriss has ridden some of the best spots the world has to offer, and can now be proud to have designed, created and ridden his own. Now go and watch it again!

Kaleidoscope photos by Rutger Pauw


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