On August 20th, Redline’s BUBBA HARRIS was in Beijing, China – tearin’ it up on the official Olympic track. In practice, he looked to be the guy to beat; as he breezed thru the course and set the pace. But during the first run of his time-trial, disaster struck. Coming out of the second turn on a TT-winning split time, Bubba wobbled at the entrance of the rhythm section and was launched sideways. With his left foot still clipped in, he landed to his right and tumbled down the steep side of the jump, coming to rest in the infield with his left foot completely dislocated from his ankle. Now, 70-some days later, the 3-time ABA No.1 Pro is back on his foot, riding and training, and getting ready for what we predict will be the Greatest Comeback in BMX history. Since Bubba’s injury and healing process has been off the BMX radar these past two months, Redline thought this would be a great time to catch up with Bubba and see how the road to recovery is coming.
Question : How did Megatour go for you ? Answer : Megatour was awesome. However, the first night in Greenville we got to ride The Unit, and in the first fifteen minutes I got carried away with a tailwhip, bailed, and broke my wrist. My flight home left from the last stop in Atlanta, so it wasn't like I could just leave. I spent the rest of the trip caddying around photo gear and pretty much just being a tourist. I rode a little, but it just wasn't happening. I tried to make the best of it though. It was cool to see some of the South for the first time, and meet new people on the crew. Being on a trip with Ron (Kimler) and Chad (Kagy) was crazy enough; I would have never thought I’d be on a Props trip with those guys.
Q : What was your first experience like being a camper at Woodward? A : It’s crazy how often I think about that week. It was definitely epic for me at that age, just the scale of the place blew me away.
For Jarrod's interview I gave him a few key words and he elaborated on them. We had about 2 hours to shoot some photos so we were limited to one spot : the Fun Spot. The photo taking process was hindered for a few minutes by an obtuse Santa Cruzian asking me odd questions about cameras. He easily could have been the grandkid of the Zodiac killer. The park itself is right next to the beach so the weather was really warm and there is always interesting foot traffic going past. Afterwards Jarrod went home to pack for the European tour he was about to go on with musician Jason Mraz and I headed to the airport to pick up a friend. About 2 months later here is Jarrod's interview.
Mraz: is one hell of a good person and one of the best musicians in the world. It's too bad his label restricts him. Check out his websites jasonmraz.com. Also, we made a couple vids of our trip to Europe. (which are here)
And of course Tobias Wicke had some questions as well for Ben Hennon...
Tobias Wicke: What do you mean when you say "I wunnu go nuts un thu munurump"? - Ha ha, it means that it's on so watch out German
Wicke: What comes next after Bmx for you? - I am really excited to start a business with my trade. Wicke: Does your lady know that your jumping the spine 30ft without a breathmachine? - She loves it , she thinks it's awesome how high I can go.
Wicke: Is there something you can't stand at all? - People who are rude. It is the one thing I hate
Name: James Willis Foster Age: 21 Hometown: Redlands, CA
Where did you grow up? James: I grew up in Redlands, CA. It's a little town about an hour east of L.A.
Who was there to ride with? James: I started off racing when I was about 10 years old, and as I got older I just started building dirt jumps with my friends around town. There were incredible jumps in Redlands, the local riders at the time were all really good dirt jumpers and they were all a lot older than me, and I just hung around them all the time and rode their amazing jumps.
When we went up the mountain this morning we saw mama bear and her three babies. It was amazing, riding next to a few wild bears.... Practice tomorrow starts at ten. Let's see if some bears show up. One guy who can't wait to ride the course is Ryan Nyquist. Here's what he has to say about the Red Bull Elevation comp:
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Over the past 2-3 years, Elevation has quickly made itself into the premier dirt jumping event of the year for us.
Adam Baker recently had a good part in the etnies Grounded video. Adam is not afraid to dig. In fact, it's part of riding trails. Adam understands, that's why he appreciates contests like the Red Bull Elevation. Adam might not make top three if he cruises over the last big set but you can count on Adam having fun on the dirt course.
Jay Miron offered Bibi a ride at the 2000 X-Games in San Francisco. Bibi didn't know what had just happened to him. His hero asked him to ride for him. Since then Bibi has been around. He has his own model at MacNeil too. Riding for Macneil has its perks when the boss puts on international (invite only) contests. Bibi isn't complaining, he never is. Are you sure he's French?
1) What does the Elevation comp mean to you? Hopefully it mean big jumps, a good time with good friends and why not some new ones, good partys, the sushi village, for me seat and see the other good riders...and tons of other good stuff. 2) Do you fancy riding real trails going down a hill? Fancy mean funny??? oh yeah, if it’s not too dangerous I’ll like that. I like to be scared and riding fast.
3) Have you seen photos of the 2007 dirt jumps yet? I saw some videos of Nick and it looks really dope. But I know Nick, he is really good and smooth, so it looks easy, but when you are on the top, it’s not the same