Rim Nakamura started riding at a very young age as his father was also a BMX lifer and showed him the ropes. The last few years Rim has skyrocketed to the top (sometimes literally) and is the main candidate to represent Japan at the 2020 Olympic Games if you ask me. Rim recently was in Eindhoven, Netherlands to ride the 040BMXPARK (Area51). We met up, took some photos and fired over some questions. Let's see what makes the BMX-er from Kyoto tick.
Name: Guy Scroggie Age: 17 years of age Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland Sponsors: Substance bmx / BSD forever
The FAT Favourites list:
Favourite Spot: Kelvingrove skatepark Bmx video: BSD living for the city Website: Substance / BSD Web video: Alex D. Home Turf Food: Spaghetti or Thai food Twitter: Don't have Twitter Instagram: jamiessed Travel destination: Thailand/Sweden Riders to ride with: Ya boys Jack Campbell, Cammy Harkins, Thomas Roulston, Luc Lynch Rice.
What does it feel like to jump out of a helicopter with your bike? Kriss Kyle has done it and explains how it feels. He also got to ride some giant slides of a waterpark in Dubai. Interview number two on the project. Worth a read.
What did you think Dubai would be like before you went? Kriss Kyle: Before I went to Dubai, I didn’t really know what to expect because you see it on tv and it looks like this incredible place. Everything looks so high-end. I have thought about riding there in the past but I didn’t know it would be possible. I saw the skating video We Are Blood so I knew there would be amazing spots, but they had security helping them access all the spots.
We asked Kriss Kyle some questions what it's like to jump out of a helicopter with his bike and the video projects he gets to do with his sponsor Red Bull. Boil some water for that tea and enjoy the read.
How many views in total did your kaleidoscope video get? Kriss Kyle: Almost 5 million now!
So, how was recording the video Kaleidoscope compared to the new one? Kriss Kyle:I guess, recording this video, compared to Kaleidoscope was completely different, because
Name: Moritz Kuhn Age: 12 since few weeks Hometown: Aalen / South-Germany Hook-ups/Sponsors: Kunstformbmxshop, Mum & Dad, I‘m very proud to be a part of the Kunstform-Team since two years.
The favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Homespot, Heidenheim, Hard (Austria), Lake Constance, Skillspark Winterthur and many other nice spots -BMX video: Harrymainia 2 -Website: kunstform.org -Web video:https://youtu.be/5S0nle6fPXg -Food: Pasta, swabian ravioli (Maultaschen ;-) -Twitter to follow: Don‘t use it -Person on Instagram: moritzkuhnbmx -Travel destination: Corby UK
Name shop: Signature BMX Location: Vantaa, Finland Years in business: 13 years on January Employees: 2, Mikko Suni full-time, Antti Huotari part-time.
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a (BMX) business or did you just 'send it'? Signature BMX: We just sent it and still are sending it. We first thought of having a clothing brand and started selling some bmx bike parts to cover the cost of clothing side. Sales started to pick up before we even had much of a clothing available. Just some shirts under the name of Signature. That’s pretty much what ever happened on that side. We focused on selling bike stuff. It was just a mail order/webshop at first. We pretty much ran it from our home. Our real warehouse/shop/distro came to life after a couple of years. So I guess we’re still learning day by day something new.
Were your BMX industry contacts already made before you started your shop, or did you meet more people along the way? Signature BMX: I knew Niels Thanild and Joe Rich and a few others before the business came along. I went to Interbike the next year as we started and made a lot of contacts there.