This week we have three interviews for you with some of the dopest street riders out there right now—Rob Wise, Nathan Williams, and Chase DeHart. All three interviews feature overflow questions that you guys asked a few months ago. We couldn’t fit everything into their Pro Q&As in the mag, so the questions and answers that didn’t make it ended up here.
Chase DeHart Pro Q&A Interview Excerpts
What are your plans for the future with BMX?
For now my only plans are to continue riding as much as possible until I can start to picture myself wanting to slow down with riding. I don't think I'll think of much else, haha…just won't even let myself—it's good and bad I guess.
Is there going to be a Dehart frame from Cult? I'd love to see one!
Thanks a lot man, for now we are all fully content on the frames Cult has out, but who knows…
What is the most outrageous stunt you have performed on a manual pad?
I have no idea, haha. Nothing crazy…manual-to-180 G-turn? I'm not sure if that's the best, but that's all that pops into my head for now.
Four pegs? Opinions on them?
Four pegs are awesome man. I love grinds. The more grinds people are doing the better, but for now it's just not for me. I like how two pegs feel and I still have a lot I want to learn with them.
Sup? First off I have to say you got the nicest whips ever. I saw you ride when you came to Vancouver with the Lotek crew, and ever since then all I've ever done is ride everyday all day. What motivates you to keep riding and progressing?
Man that is awesome to hear! Seriously, thank you. What motivates me to ride and keep progressing, is bike riding is still what I want to do every day, and what I think about. I have no idea how, but it's still the most fun thing for me…even just to ride a manual pad. I get so hyped and just want to stay out and ride it, so I guess naturally you're going to progress or get better at what you're doing.
Tell the back-story about knife incident you tweeted about…
Ok, so we are at this park in Arizona, not a skatepark, but you know, a park. And Sean Sexton was trying to film this line, and these three bum ass dudes walk up and set up to play dominoes right where Sean was trying the line, so he asked nicely if he could sit at the next ledge down, and they were like "No, we sit here everyday." and Sean’s like, “Come on, I just want to get this trick and then we will be out of your way.”, and the dudes just had a shitty attitude and started talking shit. Obviously Sean is already kind of tight since he can't get what he wanted to do, so he starts saying shit back, so the one dude stands up and starts to square up. This dude was like 6' 5″ and jacked, haha. He wasn't f-cking around, so his two boys got up, so we all dropped our bikes and squared up like f-ck it, this is happening, let's do this I guess. But you can tell the dude wasn't really sure he wanted to get into it because we had more people and he realized we were all getting ready, so be broke out his knife, and Sean was like, “Nah, f-ck that. Put your knife away." And the dude was over it too—is wasn't worth it to any of us, or them either, so they all sat down, and we all just stayed by them, had a few small words, and then just continued to ride a little bit and filmed a littler more. Then we headed to a new spot a little while after. No big deal really.
All your tricks look so dialed; I'm wondering if there is that one "trick" that gave you the hardest time to learn…
I appreciate that man. I'm kind of a perfectionist, so any trick that I do learn I just keep doing it and doing. I don't like to just do things, I like to figure them out and actually know what I just did. The trick that gave me the hardest time to learn I guess would be barspins? Even though I learned them, that is still just a trick for me that is always a work in progress. I can land them when I try them, but I've never been able to take them to everything I want to, so it's just one of those tricks that has always felt like a work in progress.
You were one of the first riders to bring style to street by making something as simple as a half cab look oh so sweet, so what's it like when you see youngsters imitate your prestige?
In my opinion there were a lot of dudes making street look nice since forever. Everyone has their own style, but thank you man. I think it's awesome if kids are into my riding and taking it into their own. Seeing that kind of stuff gets me so hyped. Probably the best feeling, and I really appreciate them.
Hey chase, when did you start riding? I heard somewhere that you dropped out of school, is this true?
Yea that is true man. I dropped out of school pretty young. I gave up on school even younger, but legally couldn't drop out until I was just about to be 16. They gave up on trying to make it work with me because I had missed the entire year. School just wasn't for me. It was to a point where it was effecting everything around me, so my parents let me make my own decision, and I don't think they regret letting me do that.
Etnies over Lotek? Psssshhhhh. If they dropped Morgan Wade and Jamie Bestwick do you really think you're gonna have a long run with 'em?
Yea, I mean, Jamie and Morgan both had good runs with Etnies, but nothing lasts forever. But thanks for the thought man. I made the right decision for me, and am happy with it.
Chase why did you gravitate towards insanely tech ledge stuff instead of Chase Hawk type riding?
I just have always done what feels fun for me, and I do whatever comes to my head. I love watching Hawk ride, but I like to do what I like to do, which really isn't just tech ledge stuff. Whatever is in my face is usually what I have fun riding. I'm not too picky when it comes to what I ride as long as it's outside.
What are your thoughts on Chase Hawk?
I love Chase Hawk (n/h). That's like my brother, man. I have known Hawk for forever even though he lives in Texas and I live in New Jersey. We used to go to each others house like it was down the block. I would spend like nine months out of the year on trips and living with him. We know each other’s families well…all that. That's my brothe,r man. He's a good kid.
Hey Chase, first of all, mad respect. Second of all, you do some crazy awesome stuff. How do you get psyched up to do something huge, crazy, or scary?
Thanks Alex! Seriously. I've never left the house saying I'm going to do something. Tthat is just setting myself up for too many thoughts and some of those thoughts can push me away from what I want to do. I always just ride, and whatever comes into my head then I just do it. If I'm scared of something, then it just isn't time for me to mess with it. I always ride on instinct and not whether if [Ryan] Navaz is around or not, because one day something won't seem bad for you, and you're like “I definitely want to do this it makes sense,” then maybe a month later you go back and you're like, “What the hell was I thinking? There is no way I can do this.”, so I just always try to ride on instinct, if I'm telling myself I can do something, it's usually for a reason. And if I'm telling myself I can't, it's usually for a reason.
Chase, which dudes do you think keep it the realist in BMX, and why? Shout outs from my boys over in Ohio.
Shouts back to Ohio! Who do I think keeps it the realist? CULT CREW, haha. Nah because I know them so well, I know they are real and have good intentions, I know where their head is at and it's in the best place to me. Animal too…just from what they enjoy riding alone should show you the appreciation they must have for everything. They are the real deal over there. East Coast…Plenty others man, but I have to keep it kind of short.
Chase, your rep didn't seem to take as much of a hit with the kids as some of the other guys who left Fit. Do you guys (on Cult) ever talk with each other about the endless sh-t talk that goes on down the nets? What is your opinion about it all? So stoked to see you get the ender in Let 'Em Talk.
Thanks Andy…not sure if it was deserved, but I'm so happy about it. I couldn't believe when Navaz told me I had the ender. As for the sh-t talk…it sucks when you come across something that hits you a little bit, but really we can't be bothered with it. It's definitely not what's important. Just doing our thing and riding and having each other’s back is all that is important.
I fell in love with your riding style when I saw it in the Cult video and I was even more stoked to see you ride in the Red Bull Trick Or Treat Jam in Brooklyn and get your autograph. My question is: You've been known to turn spots that are not rideable into rideable spots…What goes though your mind when you roll up to a non-regular street spot?
I don't know man. I have spots by my house, but anything legit is usually a hike, so I just hit whatever half the time. Whatever I can find to mess around on in my area. After a while you start making shit up and start seeing that in places everywhere. I just always try to see something…whatever to convince myself it's worth riding, haha.
How do you ride with your pants down that far? Can't imagine how you even keep them from sliding down further…Anyway, I know a lot of people who are annoyed by the looks of it, haha.
That's all right, man, but believe it or not, they always start off at the top. Then as I'm riding they make their way down. I wear bigger sizes than my actual size. It doesn't bother me…sorry to hear it bothers your friends.
Hey, I know some people ride grips in and others grips out, but you've taken grips in to a ridiculous level. Why not just run narrower bars?
Yeah, I feel you man, but I don't like narrow bars. I like holding on the inside and having the ends there in case I want to slide my hands over. I move my hands around when I'm riding…I like the option I guess. So having a smaller grip or narrow bars won't feel right. I don't like or hate how it looks…it is what it is.
It's no secret that you’re not one of those riders that does crazy flips and triple whips, but yet you're still one of the most idolized riders in BMX. What's your outlook on this? And now the cold weather is here how do you beat it?
That is the beauty of it—a nice bunnyhop 360 is just as rewarded as a 360 double whip. Shit, a hop 360 might even be more rewarded, haha! To me, that is awesome. I mean, it's just whatever is impressive and appealing to you, and who cares what anyone likes about bike riding? It's all what you like about it…that's the best part about it. How do I beat this cold weather? I don't! Maybe once a week I get anxious enough to tough it out and put on enough clothes to last outside, but this is usually when I travel the most and try go back and fourth to warm areas.
Rob Wise Pro Q&A Interview Excerpts
Have you learned hang fives yet? I've always wondered since that day we rode in the 2Hip Bikes show eight years ago. I showed them to you and Mike Stanger when we were playing bike Frisbee before the parade. Do you remember that day? How did that and all the shows/demos with Bingham Cyclery influence where you are today?
All the best!
Haha, yes I do remember that day. That box jump was crazy. I think I'm cursed with hang fives—I can't seem to figure them out for some reason. Doing shows with Binghams was a good experience for me. They let me work there when I was 13 for parts, and I thought it was the best job ever. I got to hang out with all the older guys that killed it. They all took me under their wing, I guess you could say. After I worked there for a while they started doing these box jump shows at schools and they wanted me to join in on the action. I really looked forward to doing those shows. It was so fun riding with my buddies and feeling like a superstar, so to speak, haha. I just loved that feeling of other kids that were so excited to just watch us ride our bikes. After doing the shows for a while my friends and I got into filming and making videos, and it just took off from there. Now that's my favorite thing to do—go out filming and watching clips at the end of the day.
Twitter: good or bad?
When are you going to do a 180 fakie tooth hanger to 360 out? What about fakie icepick up rail? Maybe a 360 over un-Luc-e over hard three out? When are these going to happen?
As ridiculous as those tricks sound, I won’t be surprised when kids start doing them all the time. I'm sure it's going to happen a lot sooner than we think!
First of all, mad respect. Second of all, how do you bunny hop so high? Do you inhale helium before hopping? Also, never ride three pegs please…
Haha, nope…no helium involved. I like to hop so, I do it a lot and it's just like anything else…the more you do, it the better you get at it. Well, hopefully you don't have anything against four pegs, Alex, because I'll be riding four for a while.
I always wondered…did you always want to be a street tech rider? Or did you just come upon it when there was nothing else to ride? Because you can shred anything! Ha
When I first started riding I rode a lot of trails and ramps, then gradually got into street riding. I was just happy to be riding my bike—I didn't care what I was riding as long as it was with my friends. As time went on I really got into street and I slowly stopped riding trails and ramps and spent all my time in the streets. I still love to ride a good set of trails or a skatepark when I get the chance, I jus’t cant do all the tricks I use to be able to do simply because I don't do them as often (or ever). So I'm pretty rusty at that, but it’s the best feeling just flowing through a good set of trails. It’s good to be a well-rounded rider. Why would you want to limit yourself as to what you can do, so wherever you may be you aren’t limited to what you can ride.
When are you coming out to Bethlehem with the 5050 team for an epic trail session? I know you are a street dog, but a lot of people don't know how bad you can kill it on the trails. We can do some epic Cobra trains. It will be like hitting the style jump at the Ogden trails! YOU MISH! Congrats on all the success!
Yoda! I've missed you, buddy. I sure hope we can make it out there for this summer. Elf is working on another video, so maybe we can get the crew out there. I'm sure they would all love to shred the trails with you too. Oh man, Ogden style jump sessions were amazing! I learned a good handful of ticks that I've only ever done on that jump…it’s kind of funny. You need to find your way back to SLC where you belong. You would trip at all the wild things Matt has going on at his house. Hope all is well, friend!
Do you like riding styles like Mike Aitken? Or contest styles where they do flips, whips, and spins? Don't get me wrong, they're all on another level and earn my respect, but which would you rather watch if you were out riding?
I think I speak for most people when I say there is nothing better than to watch Mikey go through a set of trails. His part in the Anthem II was ridiculous—everything is so smooth and effortless. All in all, Mikey is the king of style, hands down. I really like watching the park contests as well because the skill level that everyone has these days is out of this world. I know I'm never going to do a flip double whip or a cash roll, but it's cool to watch and to know people are definitely pushing the limits. But at the end of the day I would say I'm all for the style cats.
Would you rather score the cover of BMX PLUS! or Ride? Have you ever been to jail for riding? Do you drink milk every day?
I would be stoked to get the cover of anything really. Getting the cover is a big deal, and if they wanted to use me for that, then hell yeah, I'm stoked. I've never been to jail, but I have gotten way too many tickets to count. I'm hoping to stay out of jail, although I wouldn't be surprised if it happens some day. I believe I do drink milk everyday. I love milk—mostly chocolate milk.
Nathan Williams Pro Q&A Interview Excerpts
Why are icepicks and hang 5s so fun? And have you ever tried bars to nose manual?
I'm not real sure, but you are right. There is something about locking into an ice that just feels awesome! I haven't ever tried those…don't think I would be too good at them. I think I'll leave that for someone else, haha. Thanks, Dylan.
What is your record for number of bikes fit in the minivan?
I would say maybe six or so. Not as many as you might think. Might push the limits soon though! Thanks, Mike.
What's up Willy? I was just wondering why your grips turn my hands pink? And would you say Corey Martinez is a father figure, or a long lost brother?
Haha, hmmm…I would guess you have some abnormal sweat that reacts with the rubber and produces the pink color. I'm no doctor though, haha. The red ones have never turned my hands pink—sorry man! I would consider Corey a great friend. I can be real with him, and he can be real with me. I already got a Dad, haha.
Hey Nathan your a hella good rider in the streets and park, but do you ever put in down in dirt? If so, I think you need to flow a track in a future edit and roast some high airs!
Haha, I don't think I'm a very good candidate for a dirt rider, but it is really fun to just go through a set of trails (small ones) and not have to really hop anything every once in while. Maybe one day I'll do an all-race edit…and fail horribly, haha. Thanks, Jesse!
Hey Nathan, do you like it here in Cali? Or do you like Nashville better?
Gene, I love California. The spots are insane! I'm starting to get to know a lot of really good people there, the weather is always, without a doubt, perfect. It's not home, though. I grew up in Nashville, so I will always have love for that place! Plus, I do miss my friends and family back there. Thanks for the question.
What's scarier? Big 360s or big 180s? Respect, your style is crazy!
Thanks Chance, I really appreciate that. It kind of depends on the day, but most of the time it's the 180s. My ankles aren't that good, and landing fakie tweaks them.
Dearest Nathan, I was just wondering if your lovely wife ever yanks the chain and tells you that you ride too much and spend too little time with her?
Josh, honestly, no. Katey is so rad with all of the traveling and what I like to do. She's super supportive of everything. Couldn't ask for a better girl, dude. One in a million, for sure. Thanks, dude!
I don't know if you remember me, but I met you in Phoenix at the Cinema demo. I was the one with the Nathan Williams shirt! I thought you guys were the coolest and nicest dudes ever. What did you think of Arizona and the spots we had to offer?
Yo dude! Yeah, I remember you, for sure, haha. That demo was so fun; all you guys were so rad. I really like Arizona; the spots are always on point. Drew Hosselton showed us around to some of his spots, which was really nice of him. And it seemed like everybody we met was so nice. Arizona in the summer time is rough, though, haha.