Name: Björn "Bommel" Mager Age: 04.02.1985 (23) Hometown: Berlin, Germany Sponsors:Mankind Bikes, Unity BMX, Profile, KingKong BMX, etnies, RooF-BMX, T-Mobile. FATBMX: What do you like to ride most? Bommel: I like to ride all stuff but the best thing for me is having
Name: Mike Spinner Age: 19 Hometown: Miami FL Sponsors: Mirraco bikes, Monster Energy, Ballpark Franks, Nike shoes, Bell helmets, Maxxis tires, Albes Mailorder and Woodward camp.
Over the last 2 years your life has changed a lot. You have seen a lot of the world already and made some money riding BMX. If you would not have been riding BMX, what do you think you would be doing now? Spinner: Right now I would be in my second year of College, probably trying to go in a more business direction for sure.
You're from Amsterdam, people generally think that you guys get stoned and have sex every day. How ture is that? Barry: Hahaha! Come visit Amsterdam and see for yourself! It's the truth though...just kidding!
What sort of stuff do you have to ride in the Amsterdam area? Barry: When it's dry we can ride, otherwise only on Wednesday at the local parc! But when the weather is nice we have several spots. Street isn't the best option, but we have a couple of pretty fun pools and some ramps. Have to say that the Marnix pool and the new mini on museumplein (15mtr. Wide + spine) are the local spots this summer. And don't forget about the 020-trails, trails I arranged with the city, is gonna be sick in the summer. Thanks to redbull as well for that!
Name: Karl Quentin Poynter Age: 20 Hometown: New Castle, IN U.S.A. Sponsors: Hardcore Sportz, Sunday Bikes, The Shadow Conspiracy, UGP, Beloe Footwear, The Last People
When you started riding, did you think it was important to get sponsored? Karl: When I first started riding bikes 10 years ago I didn't even know about the sponsorship stuff. I rode bikes because it gave me a feeling of joy and fun and that's the same reason why I still ride today.
Did you keep on riding with sponsorship in your mind or did you just ride?
You do get some flow from several companies, do you still go shopping or has the time at the mall been reduced now that you get free stuff from Nike and Levi's? Ronnie: Hahah, ya it has definitely reduced, but I still go to the mall with some of my friends to get some food or just for the ride.. but I mainly just go for the best pizza ever hahha.
You ride for a German bike company, how did that work out? Ronnie: Well it all kinda happened the first year I worked at Woodward Camp. I am really good friends with Matt Miller at DK/System and I talked to him like everyday for the whole summer online and one day he called me and was like "Hey I was wondering if you would try out
Name: Nathan Wessel Age: 31 Hometown: Centre Hall, PA
You have a lot of things going on Nate, the ramp building, the riding, the family and Team Blowin' it. Let's start with the ramp building. How many days a year are you on the job building ramps? Nate: 472 (what) Sorry I never was that good at math. I’m really not sure but I do know that it is way too many days. This last year was probably my busiest yet. It is good and bad. Good because I have work, but bad when I am away from my family.
What are some of the ramps that you built in 2007? Nate: I designed some stuff for the Simple Session event in Estonia, 2 20,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor area, plus a simulated ski hill into an aerated pool, The X games Vert ramp, X games BMX park course
Name: Mark Vos Age: 23 born 08-03-1984 Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands Sponsors:ETNIES, SIMPLEBMX
New bike sponsor, how did that come about? Mark: A while ago in Vegas, a very friendly dude jumped in our van when we were on a roadtrip in California, knew him from the Simple Session a few years ago: Niels Thanild. Got to learn about his views on life and the tech side of bikes, really loved it but I had a free frame from Mankind at that time. Later on in Holland, at the moment the Soulcycle team dropped, Markus Wilke at Khe contacted me. Really thanks for that, but I also spoke to Niels about maybe becoming part of the Simple minded people. That worked out, and just before the X games in Dubai I got the stickers thanks to Paul's Boutique. When I got back we worked things out. I JUST BUILT UP A NEW ENIGMA and am so stoked.
The FATBMX archive is getting bigger and bigger. You can look up a lot of things by using the FATBMX search button just below the header in your top right. Simply type an event, a name, a word and it will take you to FATBMX articles that you are looking for. Make sure to hit the SHOW ALL RESULTS link because there are probably more results than the five that are showing. In 2007 we posted quite a few interviews. They're called profiler on FATBMX and are archived there.
Here is a list of ten interviews we posted in 2007. Bruno Hoffmann's interview received most hits but we also have interviews up with