BRAND OF THE YEAR
Another strong year for BSD, which resulted in our readers voting you their brand of the year again, how much does it mean for all the hard work to pay off and to get such positive feedback?
“It’s really amazing to get this award again, it’s a big honour that Ride readers take the time to vote for us and we couldn’t be more stoked.”
Your riders seem really dedicated and loyal to the brand, as the owner of the company, how do you maintain such a solid team?
“I think it’s just down to BSD being a good group of riders who are also mates who like riding together and having a laugh, it’s just BMX at the end of the day so that’s what it’s about.”
Any plans to expand the team in 2016 or is it about keeping it tight with what you have?
“The BSD team is currently stacked and we’re not currently looking for anyone else but honestly who knows what’s round the corner.”
What do BSD have in store for us for 2016?
“Well in between the usual edits we have been filming for a big project for quite a while now which will come out later this year, hopefully we’ll have more news on that soon.”
Anyone you’d like to thank?
“Everyone who works at BSD, Rachel, Dave and Cadge, the whole team and everyone who watches our videos, buys the products and takes the time to vote… Thanks to you all. BSD FOREVER!!”
This seems like it was well overdue Fids, you have had a lifetime of achievements! What moments of your career really stand out?
“The one that stands out the most is Texas toast and getting the MVP Award, that one totally blew my mind, it was an amazing contest and weekend, I loved it. And coming up to 21 years on S&M, that’s amazing
The more I think about it, I’ve done a lot of things because of BMX and it’s all been amazing.”
You’re showing no signs of slowing down though and you’re still going strong, what’s the trick?
“I don’t know… I think I have way more fun riding these days, because I don’t really care as much as I did back in the day, that’s what’s good about getting old haha! And I think I have a bit more self-control than I did back in the day.
My knees are totally knackered, it sucks that when I’ve had a good session they ache so much, sometimes after I’ve been riding all day and then drive home, it’s hard to get out the van, Ha! But they still recover the next day so I’m just going to try and keep going.”
How did ‘The Fids’ first get into riding BMX?
“I was always trying to do wheelies and jump off the curbs on my hand-me-down rubbish bike trying to be Evil Knievel. BMX was just starting at this time, well for me anyway. And in 1981 when I was 11 years old, I got my first BMX for Christmas; it was a silver fox, from the catalogue. It didn’t last long before I’d broken it. Then one day, 82-83 ish, I went to Gillingham skatepark and could not believe what was there, and from that day on, it changed my life forever.”
Do you think it’s moulded your life?
“100%. I’m so thankful for it. I’ve got to meet every walk of life and travel so much from it, I’ve met all my best friends and continued to meet cool people and see amazing places.”
BMX is in a weird space right now, you must have seen many fashions, trends, ups and downs in BMX throughout your career, what advice can you offer the industry and young riders getting into it?
“Yeah, it’s like anything, as it gets older, it goes through changes for good and bad. I would say find what you like and just get on with it, if you’re having fun then you’re doing good.”
Do you have any people you’d like to thank?
“So many, too many.
S&M, for 21 years of giving me splendid bikes and parts. 4down, Dan Brown and Ian Morris for always having my back and hooking me up.
The Source for keeping it real and always putting back in to BMX, they have done soooo much for the local scene and even more now with new park. So many good things in the works.
Leland Thurman, hahaha. My best friend, we have done some crazy things and continue to do more.
Everyone at Epsom trails, a big thank you for creating the funniest place to ride and hang out and for always pushing me, I can safely say that I’ve had my best times there.
All my friends in Austin that always make my times there so much fun. And any one that’s let me ride at their spot, thank you so much.”