There’s a good chance that Chase Hawk is your favorite rider’s favorite rider. I don’t think there’s any way to deny the raw flow, steeze, and boost possessed by the Austin, TX local. Chase had one hell of a year which included an X-Games gold, being honored with an official “Chase Hawk Day” in Austin, TX, and culminated with the awarding of a Nora Cup for best ramp rider of the year. Read on to get inside the mind of one of the best to ever do it.
While you're certainly known for your dirt and transition riding, you also hold it down in the streets and have been for some time now… Do you go through phases where at times you seek one terrain out more over others?
I would say a few years ago I definitely leaned towards one over the other, but now I just choose to ride whatever I want and is available. I like changing it up and not feeling restricted. Ultimately, I pretty much choose to ride however I am feeling that day and what I will enjoy the most in that moment.
Just prior to Texas Toast and Nora Cup you dropped an 11-minute whooper of an edit for Cult, slaying transitions throughout the northwest. What was that trip all about?
That trip was purely about having fun and enjoying time with good friends. I knew right from the beginning when I was approached by Robbie to make a frame promo how I wanted the video to be – raw and natural. I didn't want Veesh to concentrate on perfecting clips and I didn't want to focus on getting the perfect clips. If I filmed something I was hyped on it was a plus, but if I didn't it wasn't a huge concern to me. This trip was based on the idea of how I like to ride, which is in stress-free environments and with good friends. The edit came out exactly how I imagined it and I hope that shows to others.
How's filming been going for Etnies' "Chapters" and do you have anything else currently in the works?
Filming has been amazing and is an honor to a part of such an incredible project alongside everyone involved in it. I don't have anything big planned at this moment other than a Cult trip to Hawaii and preparing for a few contests this year. My main focus is to film as much as possible for the Etnies' "Chapters" because it's aiming for a Spring 2016 release.
I think your riding catches people's eye because it's usually fast, high, and smooth… It looks good, which means it must feel good, and so people want to follow in your footsteps. Of everything you do, what trick would you say feels the absolute best to float over a dirt jump or out of a quarter?
When it comes down to my riding I just want to ride the way that feels the best and most natural to me. A large list of tricks is not my goal in BMX, but more to refine the few that I do choose to a tee. If I had to pick an overall trick that would feel the best to me it would most likely be a good ol’ tabletop, which i’m sure is not a surprise to many.
When you're at home in Austin in between trips, what ramp, bowl, or park would you say you ride the most?
I would say I split my time at House Park and T1 mixed with other parks scattered around town.
Who, in your mind, is the best "ramp rider" of all time?
It's a close tie between the Daves – Freimuth & Osato. I think there is no denying how much these two have done for BMX and inspired so many people's "favorites" in the same way.
While on stage you mentioned that all of the nominees are dudes who you look up to… how does it feel to be voted a Nora Cup win from a bunch of guys who inspire your own riding?
It makes me feel honored. It seems unreal to categorize all the best ramp riders in the world to five guys and then choose the "best" one. It's such an amazing feeling because it seems like such an impossible title to achieve. I meant it when I said all the nominees are dudes I look up to because it's true. We all have our own styles and preferences, but that doesn't mean we don't respect one another in what we do.
With a RideBMX cover, an addition to the legendary Etnies team, winning gold at X-Games, and even being honored with an official annual "Chase Hawk Day" in Austin. What could possibly be next for you in 2015?
Just going to keep the momentum going and try to have an even better year. My main concern this year is filming for the Etnies video so a good amount of my time will be invested in to that project. I want to make sure this part is something that I will always look back on and never have any regrets.
This is the Cult edit filmed in the Northwest and mentioned above… If you’ve somehow yet to peep this gem, now is the time.