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?
Name: Anthony Napolitan Age: 20 Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Hmm, you're not living in a particular BMX mecca. Where do you ride on a regular basis? Anthony: Well I currently live at Woodward camp, so when I wake up everyday I can choose from about 10 different skateparks to ride at, but usually I ride lot 8, the rock and the 7ft mini ramp at outdoor street on a daily basis.
Woodward seems like a place that helped you progress. What's your favorite part of the camp? Anthony: Woodward definitely was a big part in my progression over the past year. My favorite part of the camp is the variety and diversity in ramps all over the camp.
Name: Nate Berkheimer Age: 23 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
You're doing a bit of everything. Do you feel racing helps your park and dirt riding and riding park/dirt benefits your racing? Nate: I guess they kinda work together, racing helps my other riding in times when you only have a short runway or you need more speed, and riding park and dirt makes a bmx track way more simple than they already are.
There are not too many riders who have done both. Who come to mind as overall riders? Nate: Definitely Brian Foster, he was my hero as a younger rider. Robbie Miranda also does both racing and jumping. There aren't very many riders that can be competitive at both, racing takes a lot of strength training and dirt jumping takes a lot of balls. I just try to give it my all at everything I do.
Name: Chris Doyle Age: 25 Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
What's your sponsor situation like at the moment? Chris Doyle: I ride for DK bicycles, DC shoes, Pro-Tec Helmets, Square One, Bicycle Union, Maxxis tires, and Sun Rims
You've been loyal to your sponsors, can you explain why you're like that? Chris Doyle: Well, it's a two way street. I have a good relationship with all of my sponsors, but as we all know, good relationships take time and patience. All of my sponsors have put a great deal of faith in me over the years and shown alot of loyalty towards me... It's only appropriate that I show them the same kind of support that they've shown me. I'm not one of those pros that's always on the prowl for the bbd (bigger, better, deal). I think it's better to have a relationship with my sponsors that is based on trust... not money.
You've been involved with BMX since age three. How good has it been for you?
Stephen Murray: I just want to thank my parents for supporting me and getting me involved in BMX. Not only getting me involved but keeping me involved! You go through ups and downs as a young kid and are sure to get some bangs, bruises, cuts and other things that could quite easily shy you away from a sport like BMX. They have been there since day one. Through the highs and through the lows and I am still riding the same roller coaster they put me on 23 years ago! I don't know any different, BMX has always been a lifestyle for me and I have never took a break and gave it up for a while, like you would with other hobbies as a kid. BMX is my life and has given me more than I could ever have dreamed of. Thanks!
How hard was it (paper work) to move from England to the USA?
Stephen Murray: It is a whole bunch of bulls**t. Getting into the USA is definitely a mission. I mean immigration just don't make sense to me you know!