Hide Your Handrails
Jack Kelly & Jake “Dizzy” Deering
My knowledge of Australia is next to nil. As far as I’m concerned, Australia’s chief export is BMX talent—and it’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Riders proficient in riding transitions and dirt seemed to break into the scene over here first, and although it took a little while for the street scene to follow, it’s been steadily happening in recent years—and in a big way. If I had to single out one thing that most Australian street riders seem to have in common, it’s their ability to shred handrails. And Jack Kelly and Jake Deering are no exceptions. If there were a rail connecting Melbourne to Los Angeles, these dudes would just crook their way here. I got the opportunity to meet them both when they were in LA with the Colony and Division dudes and I witnessed their skills firsthand. I was blown away by how they devoured rails in a completely confident, yet casual manner. But hey, why take my word for it when you can watch their latest videos. But make sure to stick around long enough to read this quick Q&A about their recent filming trip to the US and get to know this duo now, because you’re sure to be seeing a lot more of them… —Jeff Z.
Dizzy, it was your first time in the US and I believe your first time traveling overseas for BMX. Did it live up to your expectations after seeing all the spots in videos for so many years?
It was awesome to see and ride a heap of the spots I’ve seen in videos. It did live up to my expectations.
Getting over to the States means you get to link up with Colony and Division Brand team guys you usually wouldn’t get the chance to ride with, what’s that like and does it make you ride any harder than you would back in Australia?
Dizzy: It was awesome to catch up with the guys that I have previously met in Australia and also meeting other team riders was really good, too. I feel like it made me want to push myself harder than I would normally would.
Jack: Getting to meet the international dudes is cool—I’m always down to meet new people and catch up with friends. I wouldn’t say it makes me ride harder, but it does make me ride more because I prefer to ride in a fun session than for people to just watch me try to film something.
What was your favorite spot you rode?
Dizzy: My favorite spot would have to have been Moorpark, it’s just amazing how many sports there are at that university.
Jack: Probably Moorpark, because that place is like something out of a video game.
Personally, what clip did you find hardest to film and why?
Dizzy: It would probably be my last clip in the video. Just trying to balance going down the and then being ready to spin off it. It took about two and a half hours to get it done!
Jack: The crooked grind to crank arm on the kinker. I tried to film that clip for about an hour with two bruised heels, but the rail was too wobbly, so Chris Bracamonte and I took a trip to Home Depot to get some garden stakes and tie wire to fix and I got it the next day.
Any injuries while you were filming for this video part?
Dizzy: The only injury I got was that I split my eyebrow open when I head butted my fist under rotating a hard 360.
Jack: Early on I hurt my shoulder and one of my fingers, but it didn’t really stop me too much. I landed on my head when a wheels down a rail went wrong and I bruised my heel. Later in the trip in an effort to not land on it while riding, I bruised the other one as well.
How do the spots and vibes in California differ from when you’re at home in Australia filming?
Dizzy: The spots are really good! Lots of nice rails to ride. The vibe just felt like I was back home with the boys. Just talking shit and getting pumped on things.
Jack: Spots in California are more abundant, so you can be more-picky with them, if the spot isn’t perfect, there’s always another one just like it.
Are kick-outs and interactions with strangers more brutal in one place over the other?
Dizzy: In Australia I think it’s a bit more relaxed riding spost and not getting harassed by the police as much like in California. I felt that it was a bit more nervous knowing the police could come at any moment.
Jack: Maybe more laid back in Australia, US security guards take their job a little too seriously it seems and threaten to call the cops more often.
What were you looking forward to most about your trip to the states, and were your expectations met?
Dizzy: I was really looking forward to having Mexican food. All the boys say it is a lot better than back in Australia—and it was. And not having to work for the time I was over there. Just riding bike with my mates.
Would you grind a rail into grass in the States? Or is that only acceptable in Australia?
Dizzy: [Laughs] Yeah, I would definitely grind a rail into grass if we came across one, but there are so many perfect rails with concrete landings in California, so why not just ride them. I feel like it’s acceptable in Australia—as there are not as many rails with concrete landings.
Jack: I still would, but probably wouldn’t film it, because as I said before there’s always a similar spot, most likely one with a concrete landing, where as back home we gotta take what we can get.
Do you plan to head back over anytime soon? Are there any other states/cities you’re really keen to get out and explore?
Dizzy: If the opportunity came up again I would very much like to come back over. The cities I’d like to go to are San Francisco, LasVegas, and also the east coast as well.
Jack: Arizona looks like it has some cool spots. Texas looks fun too, but I’m not really familiar with what states have the best riding, soI would go anywhere.