FATBMX provided Cathy Bluem with a media pass to visit the Arby Action Sports Awards up close. She caught up with BMX Award winner Ryan Guettler and talked about the victory, tricks he's got in the works and his plans for next year. -How does it feel to win? It feels fantastic, I know you guys all voted as much as you can. To be honest when they told me I got nominated for two events, I didn't want this, I wanted to go home (to Australia) it's winter here and I'm getting a cold, this was like two weeks ago, and they told me that I better stay. They couldn't tell me if I won or not but they told me I was nominated and I should stay. Which hinted to me that I might win one of them. The first award came, Comeback of the Year, I really didn't care about that one because it basically meant you crashed and got back on your bike. I wouldn't know what to say for that one so when I lost it to Brian Deegan, it was okay. But for this one (BMX) I didn't know who I was nominated against, so when they were announcing the nominees, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Nyquist and Anthony Napolitan I figured there was no way I was gonna win this, I'm having such a good night anyways so there's no way I'm gonna win this. Then the chick turned around, and I was like woah, then walking up to the stage, it was the coolest feeling ever.
Name: Anthony Pill Age: 38 Hometown: Basingstoke, UK (Amazingstoke)
You pretty much ride everything and are pretty damn good at all BMX disciplines. Why did you not choose to be a vert only rider for instance? Pill: Because I get bored very quickly, it's all about the process of learning something new for me. And a lot of the time I'll spend weeks learning a trick, pull it once and then never do it again! move on to the next thing. So, I would get very bored only riding one discipline (if that's the right word for it).
You don't seem to care too much about contest results but more about your personal run. If you pull your tricks, you're happy regardless what placing. If you don't, you're livid. Are contests your way to bring new tricks to the public?
Name: Mike Miller Age: 18 Hometown: Tadley, UK. (the centre of the universe)
You seem to be getting around alright, who's helping you out? Mike: I've had alot of help and support from a few different people,, but mainly Carlo Griggs at Proper Bikes.. also my parents and grandad have helped out alot. So thanks so much for that!
What are a few contests you entered in 2006? Mike: In summer there was alot going on. I got to go to so many places like... Sprite Urban Games, Nokia FISE, the Suzuki Masters, The Rebel Jam and then recently the Etnies Backyard Jam and V.U (Pessac) just a couple of weeks ago!
Do you feel the traveling is part of what BMX is all about or are you hating life when your carboard bike box is falling apart again being in transit?
Name: Matt Pingel Age: 36 Hometown: Bayreuth, Germany
Who is Matt Pingel? Matt: The whole story, Bart? Hmmm. These days it's a guy who still tries to be creative in all kinds of live. Be it job or photography, building bikes and parts or writing.
You were a strong part of the 'zine - scene in the eighties - nineties was that a right fit for you? Matt: Most definitely. Zines, the xerox art, that whole era definitely had a foundation of my today's lifestyle. It was a time when no computers existed, the bmx scene fell apart, because the only medium, " Freestylin " magazine, faded away, Spike Jonze, a strong force behind it became a video artist. Andy Jenkins went into the Skateboarding biz, so the main people that made the worldwide Freestyle newspaper were gone.
There's the awesome party crew in the States that seems to be a crazy bunch. It's unbelievable they haven't gotten more press so far. FATBMX thought it was time for a change and caught up with Joe Gall. Let's bring it on! Team Young BMX, how did it all start? Team Young: It all started with a road trip to Florida one winter with Mark Flipowitz, Chris Hatfield, Matt Sivilelli, Evan Malburg, Josh Steir, and Myself (Joe Gall). The last four guys listed thought of themselves as the "young ones" and started shouting Team Young when the older dudes wanted to sleep. We were all about riding everyday, partying every night. After the trip the name stuck and eventually the website was created.
What is it that you guys do? Team Young: I guess our mission is to bring the scene together through parties and jams. We document the BMX lifestyle and bring out the positive in people.
You've been riding for Free Agent for a while, how is that going? Tom: Couldn't be better- great communication, they're always willing to do whatever they can for me, and there's a perfect combination of professionlism mixed with friendship. I can honestly say I've never been more content with a sponsor.
Do you miss the time spent on the road doing shows?
Why BMX and no soccer? Because I pretty much hate soccer. A stupid game with their stupid fans. I hate coaches except the real Coach!
What's your record eating at McD's? Haha, uhm 47 Mc Nuggets. One day I had a little competition with some guys of my school. I ate 5 Mc Kroket (only in dutch Mc Donalds), 2 Mc Chicken, 1 Mc Flurry, 1 big banana milkshake and 3 big Coca Cola. And sometimes I eat a Big Mac in three times, did it again in Berlin because Barry Köhne wanted to see it.
For young talented Motocross riders around the world the Grand Prix series is where it's at. With most GP races being held in Europe, that's probably where your home base will need to be during the season. South African Tyla Rattray made the move a few years ago and is still hunting that MX2 world title. He's been close, but not close enough so he'll give it another shot in 2007, once again riding for the Factory KTM/Red Bull squad. Tyla rides some BMX in his spare time so use that as the connection for his interview on FATBMX.
Name: Josh Harrington Age: 23 Hometown: Greenville NC, USA. You're quite the versatile rider doing street/park, dirt and vert. How often do you grab that full face helmet getting some practice in? Josh: I ride vert a couple times a month, It's super fun to just blast airs and just flow around. Vert is at a crazy level right now and you really have to ride it all the time to stay comfortable. I try to ride all the Dew Tour comps and a few overseas.
With so many street riders and so little vert riders these days, do you think the prize money should be divided differently as it's harder to make the cut in street/park?