Who are your sponsors?
Verde Bikes, Ipath Footwear.
What year did you start riding and why?
Around 94-95 my wheels were a mid-grade mountain bike, whose wheels I would destroy every other week launching off anything I passed which looked like it could propel me into the air. A friend of mine who raced at the local track provided the final necessary influence to abandon the large wheel jalopy and take up freestyle bmx.
What was your first bike setup?
This may not have been the actual first set up but is the one that remains the most memorable. A GT pro series, three piece GT crankset, tall GT bars, GT stem, Tioga gum tires, sharkbite pedals and translucent blue Ati pistol grips. Interesting enough I cant’ remember what became of that bike, I would like to think it’s hidden in some family storage unit, but that’s a bit fantastical.
Who were your top 5 favorite riders to watch in 1998?
There were certainly riders I saw on TV or in bike videos that I would extol with friends as we were planted in front of the tube. Now, I must list others as my favorites, because they were both more influential and also were the ones I was eager to meet up with to share riding experiences. Mike Burgamaster (Burger), Weasel, Matty Branscombe, Zack Smith, and Joe Grimaldi.
Who are your top 5 favorite riders to watch in 2010?
Clint Reynolds, Sean Burns, Garret Guilliams, Mark Mulville, Jason Willis.
Who do you ride with the most?
Tom Arkus, Chris Doyle, Jason Willis, Ryan Popple, Mark Polanski.
Name one thing that you wish would disappear from BMX.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you?
Vegan, am I?
Favorite spot of all time?
Spot/country/city that you’d most like to visit?
Cement parks have been made so well over the past few years they are becoming the object of desire for travel. The northwest of the States and also europe (Belgium) hold some trannied gold I have not yet carved.
Top 3 favorite movies?
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Eyes Wide Shut, Return of the Living Dead.
3 bands that you currently listen to?
The Beatles, Radiohead, Deerhoof.
No session would be complete without _______?
What would you like to see more of in BMX?
More occasions that bring the riding community together outside the contest environment.
What goes through your head when you’re about to do something scary on your bike?
Am I going to do it, am I not going to do it, repeat until a decision is made. If no, move on to something else, if yes, I don’t think of anything, just start making moves.
Name 3 people that you wish could be on every trip with you.
Derrick Girard (circa 2000), Clint Reynolds, Jim Nutter.
Funniest moment so far while filming for Anthem 2?
Once having miscommunication with Stew I though he was positioned too close while filming considering what I wanted to do, but I figured he must have plans on moving back out of the way. In reality he supposed that I was doing something completely different and did not move back at all. Out of some five foot cement tranny/bank I aired over Stew’s head with likely only a few inches of clearance. For a bit he stole my Captain Stress identity fuming about almost getting blasted. I don’t blame him at all, but I found the situation hilarious. Sorry Stew, no hard feeling? (editor’s note: no hard feelings, Brian).
How did you get into photography?
Interest in photography blossomed during my first year of college taking intro to photography as an elective. Being shown the multitude of types, processes, techniques, etc. changed photography into something that I could make fit into my own partialities, and it could also be something I could explore to help shape my style as well.
Who is “Captain Stress”? Any idea what your blood pressure is?
Captain Stress is my alter ego that appears when it’s necessary to purge all the tension that has built up inside. I wish that I could be exonerated from all his actions but he is part of me. It has been the best way i’ve found to deal with frustration, at appropriate (sometimes) moments when it feels like every cell wants to detonate as an H-bomb. I let the floodgates open and with luck, a few seconds of screaming tantrum will end with a smile and appeased cells.
In an average year, how many tires & tubes do you go through? And why?
It’s likely that every other cement sesh, or any terrain with coping or sharp edges, I will get a flat. So, enough. I need to stay in the woods more to stop filling the local dump with deflated rubber.
How is it balancing your riding and photography?
It’s a challenge since I can only focus on one at a time. As much as I struggle with it the two work well together as long as I have good judgement on which is best to engage for each moment. Sometimes I am able to make a conscious choice and other times i’m driven by what passion my ego chose for the day.
If you had one super human power what would it be?
Maybe some Wolverine advantage, super-healing powers, more time in action less on the bench.