Are you planning to come to New Zealand to ride in the comps here?–Alistair Potts

Right now, I don’t have any plans to go to New Zealand. If the opportunity ever came up where I had the chance to go, I would jump on it. I’ve been told that it’s a beautiful country and the people are very friendly.–Chris

I noticed that a couple years back, you decided to make the move from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Why did you decide to make the move in the first place, and what makes you stay around the area? Thank you.–Adam Volinchak

When I first moved, I just wanted to try something different. I had lived in North Carolina for nine years and just wanted to see what else was out there. Pennsylvania seemed like a good place to move; I have a lot of good friends up here and the riding is amazing. Right now, I have no reason to leave. I see myself being here for a while; however, it’s still good to go home to see my family and friends and escape the cold winter for a few weeks.–Chris

I’ve been studying your riding lately and it’s unbelievable; the smoothness, style, and perfection of it can’t be matched. You are known for being one of the best-ever trail riders and you can even kill it on park too, but where on earth do hang fives come from? You can do hang fives and do them very well; doesn’t that seem like a completely different end of riding? In my opinion, it’s awesome. How long did it take you to learn them?–No name given

Thanks a lot. I learned them a long time ago when I was like 15 or so. I remember it took about three weeks or so for me to actually get to the point where I could balance without flipping over. It wasn’t until recently I started taking it to ramps. I dabble around with flatland from time to time, so I don’t think it’s that out of the ordinary for me to be doing hang fives. They’re fun, and I highly suggest them to anyone, but give it time–it doesn’t happen overnight.–Chris

What motivates you the most to ride?–No name given

You can gather motivation from anything: videos, magazines, music, good sessions, etc. My heaviest motivation probably comes from good sessions with friends when everyone’s getting along, goofing around, and having a good time.–Chris

Ever since I first saw you ride in Road Fools 8 I thought you were nuts, now I know you are. You can do turndowns more clicked than anyone out there. How does it feel to be able to place in the top three in almost every contest you enter without ever having to spin more than three hundred sixty degrees or go upside-down or anything like that? How long did it take you to learn tailwhips? You are one of the best bike whippers out there.–Tom Boyd, Minnesota

Thanks Tom. I really don’t know how most contests are judged. I think that so many people are doing flip tricks nowadays that the judges like it when you do something a little bit different than what everyone else is doing. I don’t know if flip tricks are harder than 360 tricks but, in my opinion, I think 360 tricks just look better. Maybe the judges think so too. It took me about two weeks to learn tailwhips and then a couple months to get them dialed in. Thanks for the compliment!–Chris

What type of brake cable do you use? I notice you do whips and double barspins with no detangler! It doesn’t seem to hurt your flow. Your frame kicks ass!–“Skier” J. Eichhorst

Hello Skier, glad to hear you’re still enjoying the frame. I use a regular inner cable with a derailleur cable housing. The derailleur cable is not coiled like a brake cable, which keeps it from binding up and grabbing your brakes. The bad thing is, it only lasts about two months, so you should buy a couple feet at once so you don’t get stranded without a cable.–Chris

Do you ever get bored with your ever-so-famous turndown? Also, how long did it take to get them so clicked? Thanks.–Stu F., Wellingborough , UK

urndowns are awesome. It’s one of those tricks that I’ve never gotten tired of, no matter who’s doing it. If someone wants to take a picture of one or film it, I’m not going to stop them. I think you learn a lot through repetition; I do a lot of turndowns and I think eventually I just started doing them better and better with each one. Once your tire starts buzzing your jeans you know you’ve got a keeper.–Chris

You have awesome style and totally rocked in Props MegaTour and Road Fools 11. Do you have any more plans for road trips this year?–Marco Ginafra

Thanks Marco. Road trips are the best, especially ones done by the guys at Props. I’m always going on road trips. However, most of them you’ll never hear about–I usually just pile into the car with a couple friends and we’ll head out somewhere. Square One is planning a big trip for the end of August and I’ll be on that for sure; other than that, I have no idea. See you on the road!–Chris

What’s up? Do you still want to be a weatherman? Does your mom still call the State Police when you don’t call home?–Rory

S’up Rory? I don’t really want to be a weatherman anymore and no, I don’t have to call home when I go out of town anymore. When that happened, I was 16 and had never really traveled too much and my mom was really worried. I was in Arizona and hadn’t talked to her in five days. I think anyone’s mom would have been worried.–Chris

Blasting the hip in Nasty’s old backyard.  credit: Keith Mulligan

At what age did you start riding, and at what age did you first start to become serious about your riding? Props for your crazy riding.–Ben, Gold Coast, Australia

I started riding at around age 11 or 12. At around 14 or 15 is when I started riding a lot and learning new things. I wouldn’t say I really took it seriously, but that was about the time I started riding every day.–Chris

Does being sponsored have much effect on how you ride? Does it feel like you ride for a job or because you like to? Well, keep it real.–Matt

I’m really fortunate to be able to do something that I love for a job and I think that being sponsored only helps me ride more, which is a good thing. The more I ride, the happier I am. I try not to waste my days by sitting around, and I look forward to riding each and every day.–Chris

Is it strange or awkward riding in contests like the X Games when you’re mostly a trails rider, knowing that trails and the X Games jumps are a lot different?–Kevin Doherty

It’s not really awkward anymore. I’ve been competing for over six years now, and I realize that you can’t build a contest course in three days and expect it to be as good as trails. However, the jump builders at the contests work their asses off making sure the jumps are good, and if the jumps aren’t good I work with what I’ve got. Given the right amount of time, you can adapt to anything.–Chris

Hey Doyle, why don’t you do 360 x-up tailwhips you fruitcake?–No name given

I’m working on it; give me a break, man.–Chris

What’s the most embarrassing outfit you’ve worn? Most famous celebrity you’ve ever mingled with? What kind of art is hanging on the walls of your house? What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever gotten for free?–No name given

I once did a show at a bike convention in Chicago, and some guy came up to me and gave me some MTB leathers to wear. He wanted to sponsor me or something. I said thanks but no thanks, and he gave the leathers to me anyway. They were disgusting–bright yellow and super tight. I wore them as a joke and did a bunch of goon runs. It was really funny. I once hung out with Mini-me from Austin Powers; he was really cool and we had a good time. The walls in my house are pretty bare because I just moved in. The best thing I ever got for free was an iced tea maker I got for my birthday from my friend’s mom. I use that thing more than anything.–Chrisin Powers; he was really cool and we had a good time. The walls in my house are pretty bare because I just moved in. The best thing I ever got for free was an iced tea maker I got for my birthday from my friend’s mom. I use that thing more than anything.–Chris