Name: Martti Kuoppa Age: 29 Hometown: Helsinki Company: Kuoppa Gomez Bikes
You have been in business with KGB for some years now. Has the brand established and are things running smoothly now? KGB: Few years back me and Viki Gomez started the company without any experience from other work or studies. Only the attitude "go for it" in our pockets and little bit of money. Then we faced a lot of difficulties with chinese people taking care of things for us on the other side of the world. We made a lot of mistakes, lot of hard times and closed the production for 1.5 years due to the reason of changing the agency in Taiwan. We basically started the company over again, smarter, more experience and all those things. So, this is the first year in the existence of KGB that we have things under the control the way we wanted to have since the beginning.
Name: Terry Adams Age: 24 Hometown: Hammond Louisiana Sponsors: Red Bull, Odyssey, Abadthing, Lotek, and Raising Canes
You seem to go where people have not gone before. Do you like to visit new places and face new challenges? Terry Adams: I guess the answer to that would be yes. I always tend to pick places that I have never been to before. Its awesome to put a different stamp in my passport from time to time. I love facing new challenges.
At one point you were the hottest talent in flatland, then you decided to stop doing contests, what happened? Bram Verhallen: Hehe, well… That’s a long story which seemed to be hard to understand for most people. I cannot really deny that I’m one of the talented riders but hey, do you really think that’s what makes you happy? Contest riding feels like riding for somebody else or for the show. Is that what I am riding for? Yeah, maybe you get more money, clothes, shoes, whatever! But I am not riding for those things.. I am riding for fun! The reason why I started riding street is so that I could start all over again. Riding as a beginner is more fun than riding as a pro!
You even had your own signature frame from KHE, how did that work out? Bram Verhallen: Actually that worked out great! Lots of people gave me good feedback so I’m happy for them to enjoy their frame. My passion for the past few years has been designing.
Has it sunk in that you will be the first South African to race BMX at the Olympics? Sifiso Nhlapo: It hadn’t sunk in while I was at home during my 10 day break after Worlds, but when we drove to the airport for me to leave for my last 8 weeks of training leading upto the Olympics it home and I felt pretty proud.
Currently on the road with WeThePeople for the Ride UK Ride To Glory road trip throughout the UK, Sam Lowe is the latest member of the Canadian contingent of the WTP crew. Take a minute and get to know Sam.
Name: Sam Lowe Age: 22 Years riding: Since I was 13 or 14.
If you are wondering how you pronounce his name its "Jay" and he is another rider from Australia that goes big. A quiet guy who rides loads and hopefully someone we see more of.
Q: Is this your first interview? A: No this is not my first interview. I have done some interviews for some bmx mags and sports mags
Q: You will be back in the States this weekend. What will you be doing there? A: Yep back in the States finally this year. I will be going to Woodward East for the first 2 weeks, then I will be doing the open qualifying round for the Dew Tour and during that time I will be staying with mates to ride all the local stops and haven a good time Q: What was it like to ride that insane Red Bull dirt pipe? A: The Red Bull Dirt Pipe was insane! Turned up there and was like, I knew it was gunna be big but not this big, probably the scariest
Andrew Jackson is Wethepeople's California connection. Friend and riding partner of Wethepeople legend Brian Terada, Andrew is part of the new school of riders that got way too good in a short period of time. He also managed to keep a humble outlook on himself and his riding. In between classes, Andrew took the time to answer some questions about himself and this thing we call BMX. Take a few minutes to get to know wethepeople's Andrew Jackson...
Mike Spinner recently released some killer tricks. He is the first rider to pull a 720 double tailwhip (on the resi) and Mark Losey shot some sequences of Mike doing a triple whip on a quarterpipe and also a triple whip over a hip. All at Dave Mirra's warehouse where shit goes down! Oh yeah, he learnt flairs too. We caught up with Spinner for a Top 5 list.