“Today I filmed the last bit for my Source edit coming out soon. And I don’t know why but in my true fashion nearly killed myself by crashing the Harley and going over the cliff. Crazy but I’m still here in one piece. Bikes ok too, just bent bars and a broken mirror. Any way I’m of to America for 3 months. Nearly missed my plane this time.” FIDS
While on Instagram the other day I noticed the above post from Fids @thefids Luckily all was fine and the bike only suffered minor damage. What a legend though, still killing it and as stoked as ever on BMX after all these decades. Fids has been riding for S&M now for something like 20 years! True inspiration.
We put together a few choice Fids sections from over the years, we even got Marc Moore at The Source, Dean Hearne at 4Down and S&M veteran Alex Leech to give us their favourite sections too, all voted BMX Inferno and here’s why…
S&M BMX INFERNO
“The Fids special to flat bottom over the dirt spine, feeble to nosepick to land in shit, no footed toothpick to chain snap, beads, sheep hills, skating and tons of rad riding, this section had it all.” Dean Hearne
“My fave might have to be the section from S&M BMX inferno. Nice mellow tune, good vibe, lots of laughing and plenty of comments from amazed onlookers. All his variations are SO stretched. As though that was all that mattered, he’d worry about landing it after. The crashes helped make that point too, but never bad enough to keep The Fids down. I also like that he was rockin a front brake, and KILLING IT as well! Tech mini riding on a big midi ramp!
I think it was that trip to the USA when Fids broke his coccyx. He didn’t get his feet back after a nothing, landed sitting down, and pushed the seatpost up through the seat into his back. At A&E a doctor was inspecting his lower back, prodding it about. Fids grabbed the doctor’s hand and said “Look, that fuckin hurts, alright!!”
A few months later I was riding with Fids. I noticed that the seat guts he was using weren’t the type that couldn’t slide all the way down, and they weren’t even done up that tight. It didn’t seem to bother him in the slightest!” Alex Leech
“I think my favourite section has to be BMX Inferno. Probably just because that vid came out at about the same time i started riding with Fids at Sidley Woods – I was just a little 12 year old trail rat at that point and he seemed real old even then. I like the way the section starts off with a laugh, a ridiculous crash followed by more laughter – a winning Fids formula to this day and one which cant ever really be avoided; I remember back to when we filmed our Deal With It DVD with Fids who hadn’t really had a section on anything for a while and the end result, without planning it, came out pretty much the same as all his sections, badass tricks, retarded crashes, a bit of skating and plenty of laughing.” Marc Moore