So this edit started with my friend Sam asking me if I wanted to be apart of a new
edit he wanted to do. It was going to showcase some local riders and he wanted to
shoot a couple clips of each rider. I was stoked and down for it but, at the same time
I was thinking I barely ride nowadays and what could I do that would be edit worthy.
Right away I knew I would have to really push myself and I hope my body would keep
up with what I wanted to accomplish.
I never thought two wheels would take me so far in life. I have met some many great
people and have ridden so many different types of bicycles. I remember when riding
a 44T mega nuke sprocket with a motorcycle chain and Alex triple wall wheels was
the best thing ever. I honestly never thought I would make it this far, especially when
I think back to all the riders that have quit BMX over girlfriends or having a car. This
journey behind two wheels has been a great memory but for me it is coming to an end.
My body, mind, and will has finally reached its limit. I am thankful for still being here
to write this passage in one piece because I know their has been many times my life
could've been cut short. Thankfully for my job I can still live the dream and watch
others start theirs.
- Here is a photo of the wall gap I did which was the first clip I did for the edit.
- Above is a photo of what happened when I landed it and this is what I rode with
for the rest of the edit not fun.
During filming this edit I tried to make use of my time off work to film something
I would be stoked on but it seemed impossible. Just simply pedaling my bike
seemed awkward. That is what I had to expect considering I was only riding every
once in awhile. I am no longer 14, riding all day everyday; I am a grown man
working with responsibilities. Then there is my 27 year old beat up body that can
barely hold up to what I was putting it through. Yet I still have no regrets and
would never change anything because through it all. I know riding a bike saved my
life. If I wasn’t riding I would probably be a very angry person and not in the same
position as I am in today.
In this edit I tried to push myself and for the last time. In some clips you can see me
trying my best to hold onto my bars because of the pain I was in. It seemed like every
time I tried to film a clip I would hurt myself even if I landed it but with every attempt
or trick I would just try to push the pain away and focus on what was in front of me.
I remember thinking, in the end I will be so stoked I just need to get through it. I am
going to be honest their were many times during filming this edit I wanted to quit
because I couldn't handle consistently hurting myself and then going into work for the
rest of the week in pain. The edit wasn't worth the discomfort during work or the idea
of not being able to work.
In the end this is what BMX is when you fall down you pick yourself up and when
you can no longer keep up it is time to put it down. This is my farewell to BMX it
has been a great ride and I am so grateful for all the memories. I will forever be
apart of it because it has given me so much. I will just not be giving it anymore of
my blood, flesh, and tears. This is my sentence and this was my life behind bars.