After ten years on the West Coast, Brian Foster relocated back to the Northeast this past August.With a couple of months back there under his belt, I figured it was a good time to throw ten questions at him about his move and the changes he’s had to deal with…

1. What has been the hardest thing to get used to moving back east?
Not knowing where everything is. I lived in California for ten years and knew my way around pretty well. I carried a map for the first couple of weeks because I got lost a lot.

2. What has surprised you the most about your move?
The amount of leaves that I had to rake this fall.

3. What new spots/things have you been riding and who have you been riding with?
When I ride these trails, I ride with these people. When I ride those trails, I ride with those people. There is a new public cement park real close that is bike friendly. It is such a relief to ride without looking over your shoulder for cops. Rob Dolecki has been my main tour guide.

Airtime at this year’s X Games at Woodward West.  credit: Keith Mulligan

4. How has your riding changed since moving to New Jersey?
It’s only been three months and I’ve ridden more trails than I have in the last two years. The trails, along with the cement park, have improved my flow and I care less about learning tricks.

5. From what you’ve seen so far, how would you compare riding and the scene on the East Coast versus the West?
It’s all the same. No matter where you go there are kids that rip that you have never seen or heard of.

6. After having all of the great Northeast trails to ride whenever you want, why would you possibly go to Sheep Hills on your first day out to California on this trip?
It was pure coincidence. Robbie Miranda picked me up at the airport and after I put my bike together I wanted to go eat at one of my favorite places. Since Sheep is on the way we cruised down to see what the jumps were like. Instead of looking at the jumps, we rode them. The jumps are garbage but they’re still fun to me. They don’t compare to east coast trails but {at least} they will be running in January.

Mini ramp session in San Diego from earlier this year.  credit: Keith Mulligan

7. What do you miss about California and what don’t you miss?
I miss seeing my brother’s kids grow up. I also miss good Mexican food and riding the Primo ramps. I don’t miss the traffic or the overabundance of people. It’s also good to be far away from the soap opera-style drama that exists out in California.

8. How are you preparing for your first winter in ten years?
I haven’t ridden any indoor spots because I want to save them for when it gets real cold. I also called Fox and got a winter kit sent out (sweatshirts, jackets, beanies). I’m also planning some trips to get out of town when it gets too cold.

9. What could riders learn from visiting the opposite coast that they live on?
I think everyone lives with a “grass is greener on the other side” attitude. Your scene is what you make of it. It sucks everywhere and it’s great everywhere. It just depends on how you look at it.

Going for the full-pull during a run at the Woodward West CFB comp.  credit: Keith Mulligan

10. What are your plans for 2004?
Ride, travel, progress, dig, search, and have fun. Thanks to Fit, Fox and Primo for supporting me.