Ben Wallace is arguably one of our most successful exports. He’s had a seriously impressive career so far, winning contests left, right and centre and has rightfully earned respect and a good reputation in BMX the world over.
From a strong skatepark background, Ben has moved on to find his true calling: dirt. If you organise a big dirt contest and invite Ben, expect to see him on the podium. It’s as simple as that, he absolutely rules on big jumps. In fact, he’s gone so far in this area that I’ve heard him complain about the jumpboxes in various skateparks being nowhere near big enough. He wants to do the big tricks and combos that shouldn’t be rushed – Ben demands serious air time.
That Cali lifestyle seems to suit him nicely as he now has access to plenty of big dirt spots nearby, including the Stay Strong compound at Stephen Murray’s house. With Ben back in the UK recently, we found some time just before Christmas to hang out and ride Rush – a skatepark that he helped build.
A lot has changed since Ride UK’s last encounter with Ben. Driving around and riding with him on a wintery day, we covered a hell of a lot of ground, conversation-wise. It’s clear Ben spends a lot of time considering and reflecting on his career, lifestyle and outlook on life in general.