Yesterday I had the privilege of hanging out with Terry Adams all day while he was in LA for a Red Bull demo and a television commercial shoot.I was fascinated by how much he has going on and thought a timeline of his day would be a great alternative to the standard interview. Read along as Terry’s day unfolds and get a since of what a professional rider does while not riding or at a contest.

The man himself, Mr. Terry Adams.  credit: Fat Tony

2 am: Terry leaves his luxurious trailer in Hammond, Louisiana and makes his way to the New Orleans International Airport.

5:30 am: Plane leaves heading towards Los Angeles, California, stopping for a layover in Houston, TX.

9:12 am: The plane lands at the LAX airport. After exiting the plane and picking up his luggage, Terry is shuttled to the Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica where he assembles his bike.

After traveling so much, Terry has gotten accustomed to flying with his bike and reassembling it quickly. Here, he puts it together in the parking lot at the Red Bull headquarters before putting on a show for the Red Bull employees.  credit: Fat Tony

12:00 am: A Red Bull athlete representative gives Terry a tour of the new building and brings him to the warehouse where he picks out new shirts and hats.

Inside the new Red Bull headquarters, visitors are greeted by a monstrous rolling ramp. No one is allowed to touch it, but I’m sure it is just a matter of time before a rider breaks it in.  credit: Fat Tony

1:15 pm: With no warming up or practicing, Terry puts on a ten-minute demo in a rough parking lot for the Red Bull staff.

Red Bull always knows how to have a good time. This DJ was spinning during the demo and while everyone ate in the courtyard.  credit: Fat Tony

1:45 pm: Terry leaves the Red Bull building and drives to Hollywood, getting lost in the process. (Editor’s note: I was driving and it was my fault — LA is nuts!)

I didn’t get to shoot any photos during the demo because I was announcing it, so after the crowd left I got this quick snapshot of a wheelchair glide.  credit: Fat Tony

2:40 pm: Terry changes clothes and urinates in a bottle inside a parking garage before being greeted by another shuttle that brings him to 204 Studios for a commercial shoot. He was told Hillary Duff would be in the commercial, but unfortunately she is not at the shoot the same day he is.

Locked and loaded, heading to thetudio.  credit: Fat Tony

3:05 pm: The wardrobe team goes back and forth about what Terry should wear and if he will be wearing a helmet and pads. After looking at their choices, they decide on the jeans and sleeveless shirt he came in.

3:45 pm: Terry fills out paperwork in a waiting room and eats snacks from the studio’s hospitality table. Dried fruit, chocolate rice crispy treats, beef jerky and Gatoraid are all on the menu.

5:00 pm: The producer of the commercial enters the waiting room and informs Terry that, for legal reasons, he will need to wear a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. Terry is not pumped.

Terry looking bummed about having to wear pads to ride flatland in a TV commercial. The producer paid me $70 on the spot for my pads.  credit: Fat Tony

5:37 pm: The director, producer, art department and wardrobe team all debate on what Terry should wear. Even though had they already decided on something two hours ago, they change it up from pants and a sleeveless shirt to shorts and a button-up shirt.

5:41 pm: Terry goes onto the set and the director asks him to change his shirt. Terry changes from a blue undershirt to a grey one. At this point there are several people running around like crazy. No one is sure what is going on.

5:51 pm: Two stage hands are putting the finishing touches on Terry’s bike. They are wrapping the entire frame in orange vinyl stickers so it is brighter and more youthful than the original silver color. Terry likes the cosmetic changes and says he will keep the tape on until it starts to peel off.

6:13 pm: Terry sits down in the hair and makeup room. The lady who comes in to do his hair is immediately appalled. She asks him things like, “When is the last time you had a haircut?”, “Do you wash your hair?” and “Do you even shower?” Terry tells her he will be wearing a helmet and she decides to leave his hair alone. Before the makeup artist even arrives, a frantic man runs in and yells at Terry to get on the set.

The hair artist was less than happy to be touching Terry’s dirty hair. She tried to give him some tips on personal hygiene, but I don’t think they got through to him.  credit: Fat Tony

6:24 pm: The director yells “action” and a few short seconds later, “cut.” Everyone in the room stands around stunned at how easily Terry stepped into the position and spun his bike around. They all look confused, as if they should do a few more takes just for the hell of it — even though he did it perfectly the first time.

I was told I couldn’t shoot photos on the closed set, but snuck my camera in anyway. This shot was accompanied by a fake cough (to muffle the sound of the shutter) and was taken while the camera was at my side. Not too bad for having no clue what I would get in the frame.  credit: Fat Tony

6:44 pm: After doing another trick for the camera and a few “setup shots” that consist of Terry simply riding in a straight line, taping is finished and Terry can leave the studio.

8:03 pm: Terry stops off at a drug store and buys several “get well quick” remedies. He fears he may relapse and get sick and wants to make sure he catches it early. He has several trips planned in the coming weeks and can’t afford to get sick.

8:50 pm: Terry arrives at the Santa Monica Pier to shoot a How-To and some photos.

10:18 pm: After an extremely long day, Terry is finally done for the night and is heading back to his hotel for some R&R.

Top 5 Nominees As Voted by the Pros
(Listed in alphabetical order)

Number One Flatlander
Terry Adams
Martti Kuoppa
Justin Miller
Hiroya Morisaki
Simon O’Brien

Photo by Fat Tony.  credit: Fat Tony

Terry will have a day off then go to another Hollywood commercial shoot the following day and fly home the night of that shoot. He will only be back for five hours before his next plane leaves for Oklahoma City where he will put on another demo for Red Bull. When he returns home from Oklahoma, he will be home for one week before flying to Missouri for another Red Bull demo. From there he will fly directly to Wisconsin to put on yet another demo. After returning home from Wisconsin, Terry will leave the next morning and head to Paris, France for the Flatring contest. studio.

8:03 pm: Terry stops off at a drug store and buys several “get well quick” remedies. He fears he may relapse and get sick and wants to make sure he catches it early. He has several trips planned in the coming weeks and can’t afford to get sick.

8:50 pm: Terry arrives at the Santa Monica Pier to shoot a How-To and some photos.

10:18 pm: After an extremely long day, Terry is finally done for the night and is heading back to his hotel for some R&R.

Top 5 Nominees As Voted by the Pros
(Listed in alphabetical order)

Number One Flatlander
Terry Adams
Martti Kuoppa
Justin Miller
Hiroya Morisaki
Simon O’Brien

Photo by Fat Tony.  credit: Fat Tony

Terry will have a day off then go to another Hollywood commercial shoot the following day and fly home the night of that shoot. He will only be back for five hours before his next plane leaves for Oklahoma City where he will put on another demo for Red Bull. When he returns home from Oklahoma, he will be home for one week before flying to Missouri for another Red Bull demo. From there he will fly directly to Wisconsin to put on yet another demo. After returning home from Wisconsin, Terry will leave the next morning and head to Paris, France for the Flatring contest.