BMX for me is more about the people than the actual riding. I can’t think of any other sport that is so inclusive.
I recently took a trip to Norfolk with my girlfriend. She is a wedding photographer and has a camper van she stays in when out on weekend trips. She asked if I’d go with her and then spend the day after the wedding to explore the area.
“Although I was three hours from home I knew people that I could ride with. What a great thing to be able to do”
The day of the wedding, however, I had time to kill. And although I was three hours from home I knew people that lived in the area that would I could go ride with. What a great thing to be able to do. So I hit up Joe Embrey to go ride and potentially shoot a couple of photos. I’ve known Joe for a number of years now, we often end up hanging out at jams and contests etc. This time I was looking forward to getting to chill and ride instead of rushing around shooting images of the day’s antics.
Firstly we hit up his good mate Ollie’s unit. In it was a fresh half pipe built by Four One Four as a self made kit. We sessioned that for a couple hours whilst the morning rain dried up. After a sick session we headed out to Bury St Edmunds park, where we met a couple more riders. Again, I was surprised I knew so many people so far from home. The park was super fun and the riding was top level. I hope to do this more often, just driving miles from home to go and session with old friends and make new ones!
BMX is rad but the people in it are radder.
Words & photos: Adam Lievesley