The HARO BMX teams are facing some injuries these days. It sucks to be injured but every rider has to deal with it at some point. It hurts when 5 members of the HARO team are injured at the same time. Jason Richardson is out with a broken femur, Ben Hennon broke his shoulder blade and dislocated his right shoulder, Ryan Nyquist folded his hand underneath his body on a crash and broke it and Ben Shenker and Colin MacKay broke bones while they were in a foreign country. How do they deal with the injury? what do they do to kill time? Are they getting back on the bike before the doctor tells them? Those are a few questions we asked. You're probably curious now aren't you. Before we start we'd like to wish every injured rider on the team a speedy recovery. To everyone else on the HARO team (Rob Darden, Senad Grosic, Derek Betcher, Greg Romero, Daniel Dhers, Chad Roberts) be safe.
Name: Steven Paul Woodward Age: 24 Hometown: San Diego, USA
You ride for wethepeople, a German company. Have you ever met the guys? Steve: Well I haven't met all them. I got the chance to meet Klaus and he was a super cool guy, and I have heard Rob is quite a personality.
Does your deal go through Tip and who do you deal with there? Double D? Steve: I think they send a lot of the stuff through Tip, sometimes straight from Germany, I have no idea who to talk to at Tip.
You're from the San Diego area, are you a Dirtbro? Steve: Yes indeed, part of the new chapter that faded out for some reason. I guess there are new sprockets and stems in the works from what I hear.
Name: Corey Bohan Age: 24 Hometown Northern Hemisphere summer: Corona, CA Hometown Southern Hemisphere winter: Brisbane, Australia
How do you enjoy your BMX Pro lifestyle? Corey: It’s just been like a wet dream, I'm still waiting for my alarm to wake me up and me be pissed off. haha.
Do you believe it's weird making a living riding a BMX bike? Corey: Not so much weird but lucky I think. It’s pretty cool to look at your bike and see what it has done for me and the places I have taking it. Its small and the general public don’t understand how much fun it can be. I love the death stairs from business men while riding street or something, if only they new how much fun us bmxers are having haha. As Mr. T would say “I pity the fool"
Name: Ryan Jordan Age: Just turned 25 Hometown: Lynn,Massachusetts
Biz was out with a knee surgery for a long time, how did you deal with the down time? Biz: Ah now that I look back on it I don't know, I guess a lot of TV and that's about it, oh wait I guess I worked out an did therapy an stuff.
How does the knee feel now and what do you do to protect it? Biz: It feels real good, my doctor did Travis Pastrana's an Jamie Thomas' knee and a bunch of other crazy dudes so I knew I was in good hands. I just wear a CTI brace an try not to land on it, I guess that's all you can do.
It was good seeing you back in the magazines in the last few months. Was it hard to get back into it or did you start with tricks like Surfers first?
Name: John Heaton Age: Born September 20th 1980 Hometown: Now Vancouver BC Canada
You recently switched from Macneil to Volume. How hard was it to make that decision? it really wasn't that hard, Jay and I had long talks about the future for me and it seemed that I might fit a little better over at Volume now. Don't get me wrong I think I did fit well on Macneil in the beginning but I just think things changed and I think I need to do something different now. Jay and all the guys out at Macneil/Tenpack and I still get along great and there are no hard feelings....I want to add that kids think that I did this move for money.....I make the exact same over at Volume that I did at Macneil. The only difference is I have room to move up at Volume.
Name: Jamie Bestwick Age: 34 Hometown: Derbyshire, England
What has daddy Bestwick been up to lately? Jamie: Well apart from being a dad to my fantastic son Samuel, alot of traveling, just got back from the etnies photo shoot in CA, working on a few new ventures that I am passionate about, and trying to get a new bike together. (ed note: He's off GT)
Have you moved your family over to England permanently? Jamie: No they are here with me in PA at the moment, I don't want to be too far away from them, as the contest season is coming around again, we are just commuting back & forth at the moment, but still spending the majority of the time here in the States.
-You changing sponsors from S&M to HARO came as a surprise for some. How did it materialize? Rob: Pretty much just got a call one day from Tony D asking me if I had anything going on for next year. He called me back a few days later telling me what he could do and it sounded good. I've always stayed with Haro guys at all the comps, couch surfing. We're all really good friends and live in the same town. I just thought how good it will be to travel the world with your best friends. Now I have a chance to do that, so I went for it. Don't get me wrong, S&M was great!! But Sometimes change is good.
-You've been around for quite a few years now, what have been your biggest results?
Hometown: Nuenen (small town near EINHOVEN DE GEXTE!, Holland)
Congratulations on the signature frame. When did you hook up with KHE?
Bram: Thanx! about a year ago I got in contact with Thomas of KHE, that's when it all started! About 3/4 months ago we started working on my RIP signature frame.. and it just arrived!
Did you always have your own ideas as far as products are concerned?
Bram: HELL YEAHH!! I'm a product freak hehe. Well.. I'm doing a technical education so that's where my interests are at. I'm also the kinda hardcore rider that fully goes for it and breaks the smallest part on the bike. So for me it's really important that the parts are well made! That's why I chose for KHE.. and I'm happy they also chose for me!
Kari Olandese is a young lady who was born in Germany while her Father was in the military and after living in quite a few States now calls San Jose , California home. She works at Whole Foods market to pay the bills and studies full time. She is also a part-time artist , full time Aunt and enjoys knitting. Kari also rides freestyle BMX.
Q : What are some the events in your life that have happened solely because you were on a bike ? A : A lot of broken bones---medical bills---frustration and bliss---offer to be in Tyson Chicken commercial yikes!... my trip to Portugal for the Worlds freestyle contest in 2003--- autographing kids clothing....demo for Dew tour in Colorado---GLTR class in Portland, OR.---meeting amazing females & males that ride from around the world---contributions to Emerald Nation Zine....