When you're quitting school and pack your bags to move to a scene that is happening, you must be pretty dedicated. Australian Matt Fairbairn made the move to Europe because he wanted to ride vert with more people and wanted to visit more events with his bike. We sat down with Matt and found out what makes him tick.
FATBMX: All the regular stuff please Matt?
Matt Fairbairn: I'm 29 years old and I'm from Newcastle, Australia. I've been riding for 18 years, a long time, a lot of that was racing. My sponsors are Volume, Demolition, Armour-dillo, Etnies and SpinLikeHell.
You're over here in Europe for a while now, how does that work out with your sponsors?
Barry Kohne is one of those riders who lives BMX. Besides being one of the talents that Holland has to offer, Barry works in a bike shop, started organizing contests and is working on a clothing company. Being a BMX-er also means taking risks. Barry is currently out with a messed up ankle. We asked him some questions for an article on FATBMX. How's your ankle and what happened exactly?
My ankle is getting better. Despite the fact I have to chill and can’t ride for the coming 4 to 6 weeks. I have got a cast now so I'm kind of immobile and that sucks! It happened at the first round of the XLseries in Heerlen....the first contest I organized. I did this handplant transfer from quarter to quarter, but it didn't work out that good. I slid out and twisted my ankle resulting in a broken calve and some torn ligaments.
George Dossantos is a killer street rider from Northern New Jersey. As a BMX-er yourself you might be aware of that. What you might not know is that George is a killer bass player too. He's in the "Words Away" band. We fired over some band/BMX related questions. When you're done reading that, you can listen to a few songs of the band and watch their video of the song Move On.
What is your occupation at the moment?
Stefan Geisler is doing flatland shows on his HARO flatland bike as you read this. That might come as a surprise to you but Stefan started off riding flatland, then learnt flips, truckdrivers and tailwhips on street before he moved on to the big vert ramp.
That's where his love is at the moment. Stefan travels around to ride as much vert as possible. Sometimes that means he's taking a plane to England to go ride with Simon Tabron. Other times it's driving up north to Achim Kujawski's indoor RedBull ramp but in the wintertime OBG can be found at Woodward camp so he can continue to ride.
Don't let the tattoos scare you, he's a nice guy.
What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
Premo sent in his answers regarding the Pro BMX website check up. This leaves Derek Betcher with the Slacker title but we still want to hear from him too. After TL, RM59 and Holmes explained some more about their site, it's now time for Greg Romero:Who is the first one you think to respond to this, and who is last?
TL...Or Dale if he's not out on a hot date rolling the benzo! I think I wil be the last since I've started this new bike company and starting an "All Womens" gym here in Edmond, OK..
Is that the same way it would be on the track? On a fair race with the 5 of you on the gate, what would be the results?
Well it depends if it's rodeo racing or downhill...If it was downhill it will
The UK breeds a lot of good riders. One of them is Anthony Pill, member of the European HARO team since the beginning. Although he's not afraid for adventure and travels a lot, his airmiles account has zero miles on it. Pill simply can't be bothered. What does he care about? What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
I'm not embarrassed about any of them.
Are you a daredevil?
It depends what sort of mood I'm in; sometimes I can be a bit scared to do things, but other times I can be a total psycho.
Dale Holmes has impressed me with the number of uploads to his site. To be honest, when he started his own site a few years ago, I wasn't sure it was going to last. How many failures have we seen? Not www.daleholmes.com, if you want to know "What's the latest", visit Dales's site. He's the third racer to respond to the FATBMX questions. Buckle up.Who is the first one you think to respond to this, and who is last?
Out of this list, Todd Lyons was the first rider with his personal website.
We're giving each one of the racers a chance to comment on their own and the other riders' websites. TL was the second to respond so here's the lowdnown on www.toddlyons.com
A few pro BMX-ers have been running their own personal website for a few years. They get uploaded on a regular basis with race reports, news and....bitching at one another. We decided to ask Derek Betcher, Todd Lyons, Dale Holmes, Greg Romero and Robbie Miranda a few questions about their site. The first one to reply was Robbie Miranda of www.robbiemiranda.com. Robbie is using his website to sell his BMX instruction video at the moment but has been a big influence and help for the other riders to get their websites up and running. Here goes......
Mat Hoffman is one of our living legends. No need for a detailed introduction. We caught up with the Condor to see what he has been up to.It seems like you've been off the radar a bit lately (latest update on the site is from 24 June 04). What have you been up to?
It’s been pretty crazy like alwaysâ€¦ I’ve been riding, flying, being dad and many other random things that I cross paths with. I apologize for being so slack on my site, but I am working on an entirely new site that will be up in a couple weeks with all new content from my past year of activities and explorations, i.e. WildBoyz trip in Mexico, a 9 day camping trip with DMX, Cameron Diaz, Rebecca Romijn, Extreme Makeover Home Edition appearance, the new OKC park shows, shows and more showsâ€¦ I’ll try harder to keep this one updated.