You've been riding for Free Agent for a while, how is that going? Tom: Couldn't be better- great communication, they're always willing to do whatever they can for me, and there's a perfect combination of professionlism mixed with friendship. I can honestly say I've never been more content with a sponsor.
Do you miss the time spent on the road doing shows?
Why BMX and no soccer? Because I pretty much hate soccer. A stupid game with their stupid fans. I hate coaches except the real Coach!
What's your record eating at McD's? Haha, uhm 47 Mc Nuggets. One day I had a little competition with some guys of my school. I ate 5 Mc Kroket (only in dutch Mc Donalds), 2 Mc Chicken, 1 Mc Flurry, 1 big banana milkshake and 3 big Coca Cola. And sometimes I eat a Big Mac in three times, did it again in Berlin because Barry Köhne wanted to see it.
For young talented Motocross riders around the world the Grand Prix series is where it's at. With most GP races being held in Europe, that's probably where your home base will need to be during the season. South African Tyla Rattray made the move a few years ago and is still hunting that MX2 world title. He's been close, but not close enough so he'll give it another shot in 2007, once again riding for the Factory KTM/Red Bull squad. Tyla rides some BMX in his spare time so use that as the connection for his interview on FATBMX.
Name: Josh Harrington Age: 23 Hometown: Greenville NC, USA. You're quite the versatile rider doing street/park, dirt and vert. How often do you grab that full face helmet getting some practice in? Josh: I ride vert a couple times a month, It's super fun to just blast airs and just flow around. Vert is at a crazy level right now and you really have to ride it all the time to stay comfortable. I try to ride all the Dew Tour comps and a few overseas.
With so many street riders and so little vert riders these days, do you think the prize money should be divided differently as it's harder to make the cut in street/park?
Name: Dustin Guenther Age: 26 Hometown: Vancouver BC, Canada
Who did you grow up riding with? Dustin: When I first started riding it was with Nathan Penonzek & a couple other friends just outside of Vancouver. Then, when I moved to Vancouver it was Ron Mercer then down the line to Osato, Miron, Enns, Rob Sigaty & a lot of the badass's around Vancouver.
Do you feel you've been in the shadow of Miron, Osato, Enns as far as coverage is concerned? Dustin: I wouldn't say I feel shadowed by those guys, each one of those guys is an amazing rider with different talents. I'm not the most competitive person in the world so I'm psyched to be able to have the chance to ride with all of them.....to be honest I've never thought about it.
Name: Cameron Blake White Age: 22 Hometown: Wamboin, Australia
Can you take us through your BMX career briefly? Cam: This is my 3rd year in America. I love travelling and seeing the world and riding my bike. I've only ever won one contest and that was the CFB in Oklahoma, this year (2006), I was stoked on that. I live in Las Vegas and ride TJ Lavin's yard most days. Those who aren't scared of it, should come ride it, it's amazing. When I'm not here I live in Canberra and it's good to be home, even if it's only for a few months of the year.
Did you grow up with any of the other Australians who are now living in the USA? Cam: Nah I didn't really grow up with any of them, but I hung out a lot with Guettler and Parslow before I came over here, so it's a good time when we're all together.
My full name is Kealoha Duroy Rosecrans. "Kele" became a nick name for me cause people could not pronounce my name right. I am now 35 years young and I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. This is a heavy stroll down memory lane for me right now, many of the things I write have never been written or thought of in decades so this is an honor to have a chance for new guys to hear some of my tales and random thoughts of a pivotal time in BMX freestyle and skateboard history.
My first trip to a bmx event was in 1979 at the age of eight. My dad was sponsoring [url=//fatbmx.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=688]Tinker Juarez[/url] and he invited us out to watch him race. My brother and I got our first bikes from Tinker, they were Mongoose bikes all set up for track. At that time my brother and I were already U.S. champions in skateboarding and doing demos all around the country for Vans.
Name: Ryan Barrett Age: 25 (turning 26 May 10th!) Hometown: Raleigh, NC
You've always traveled a bunch, but now you've taken it to the next level. How many dyas have you spent on the road in let's say, the last 12 months? Ryan: I would say at least six of the last 12 months I have been traveling. I recently moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Portland, OR and took a month to drive across the country. Also, in the fall I was gone for 3 straight months camping and riding. So that's 4 months in those two trips alone.
Okay, you do ride a bike, and are pretty good at it but we're gonna go into the travel hobby a bit here. What sort of tent do you have?
Name: Tom Haugen Age: 29 Hometown: Minneapolis, USA.
You've been on Free Agent for a couple of years now, how was that change from the GT days? Tom: There is no emphasis on me having to do shows with Free Agent. They just want me at as many events as possible. I have a much better exchange of communication with Free Agent as well and they really value my opinions.
Do you still do a lot of shows? Tom: When I can. With the hectic contest schedule it can be hard to find the time, but if I'm not busy I'm always willing to do them.
What sort of things does your bike sponsor ask you to do?