Three years since their last video, and with almost an entirely new team, Kink’s new video Safety First is finally out and was totally worth the wait. Jason Owens, Sean Sexton, Albert Mercado, and Chris Doyle all put forth a big effort for this video and here’s what they had to say about filming for Safety First.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens kind of came from out of nowhere (Tempe, AZ, actually) with some awesome style and unique tricks. He landed the cover of
Ride 149 with one his sweet tables out of a curved wallride, and he lays a few more sweet flatties and a bunch of other solid tricks in Safety First.


Jason gives us a taste of his tables in Phoenix, AZ. Photo: Zielinski

Other than your own, which was your favorite section, and why?
That's hard--the whole movie was awesome, but I'd say Sean and Doyle's parts were both ridiculous. They both put there lives on the line for there parts!

Which trick or line took you the longest to pull?
The long feeble to180, but I ended up winning a bet with Doyle and got a free dinner.

You guys traveled around the country filming, where was one of your favorite stops, trips, etc?
Every trip was awesome, but I'd say Boston has the most to offer in every aspect--great riding spots, cool people, and a good vibe.

Small town Arizona boy taking his first plane flight and all that, how has it been filming for a video for a big brand like Kink?
It's been awesome! I've been able to do a lot of things I've never done, like fly in a plane and travel. I'm very grateful for being part of it.

Have you ever screamed the word "Feeble!" so loud in your life?
No, I haven't, but in that situation it was more than needed.

Were you ever scared during filming... either something you were doing or when someone else was riding?
Yeah, some things were scary, like Aaron's rail hop of doom and Doyle's bangers. I knew they had it, though. You can't be scared.

What is your mindset when filming? Do you like pushing yourself? Do you hate the pressure?
Not too hard, but I don't hold back--I like to try things I haven't done. There's no pressure when filming, I just focus on having fun and just ride.

Sean Sexton
After taking a bronze medal in X Games 14 Street and having a bunch of solid magazine coverage, I was pretty excited to see a full-length section from Sean and with tons of variety and zero filler clips, he did not disappoint.

From clicked turndowns, to flairs on street, and everything inbetween, Sexton’s got ’em. Photo: Zielinski

Other than your own, which was your favorite section, and why?
Darryl Tocco, because when he rides it makes me want to ride. He's awesome.

Did Darryl ever blow a shot?
Plenty of 'em.

Which trick or line took you the longest to pull?
I tried a lot of things a sh-t load of times that didn't actually make it into the video, but probably trying to 360 tuck no-hander off a wallride in Huntington Beach, CA, that just kicked my ass.

What is your mindset when filming? Do you like pushing yourself? Do you hate the pressure?
I just love to ride with my friends in new places. Filming can be a pain in the ass at times, but when you can film with people you get along with and have fun with, then filming is no sweat. I never push myself too hard, I just want to do my best and make good sh-t.

You guys traveled around the country filming, where was one of your favorite stops, trips, etc?
I really love California and riding trails there at Lonnie's house, so I'd say that's my favorite.

How jock'd out is Aaron Smith?
Oh, hell yeah dude…

Albert Mercado
Lots of cool spots, unique tricks, and some original lines makes Albert's section a must see for any rider who enjoys a good weekend session in schoolyard.


With a quick drop-in, Albert gets inverted over a gap into the street. Photo: Zielinski

Other than your own, which was your favorite section, and why?
I enjoyed everyone's part. I would have to say Darryl's would be my favorite, though. He has so many original moves/lines and lots of incredibly tech stuff that will blow your mind.

Which trick or line took you the longest to pull?
There was the [double] pegs to hard 180 towards the end of my part that kicked my ass. The result was lots of bumps and bruises and an inner tube.

You guys traveled around the country filming, where was one of your favorite stops, trips, etc?
The first East coast trip for sure. Boston was by far my favorite stop. Also traveling up and down the East for the first time was amazing! So many good spots and plenty of amazing people. The only downside to that trip was separating my shoulder and not being able to ride/film.

How was your first plane flight? I heard you brought a pillow because you were scared.
Oh man. For some reason my bag was over 50lbs. so they told me to take out something so the first thing I took out was my pillow. Then they weighed it again and it was 45lbs. So they took the bag and I was left with a pillow. (Laughter) My first flight was amazing!

How far off is the riding in your part from your daily riding?
Pretty accurate, but I do more crankflips on a daily basis.

What is your mindset when filming? Do you like pushing yourself? Do you hate the pressure?
My mindset is basically the same with or without a camera. I just try to have fun. It's just frustrating sometimes when you get in repeat mode when trying the same line.

Do you have a story that stands out in your mind from any of the filming trips for this video.
Getting drunk and crowd surfing in the van. (Laughter) Basically all the dudes are awesome and I have too many good memories to narrow it down to one. Thanks for the great times guys.

Chris Doyle
Unless you started riding yesterday, you better be well familiar with Chris Doyle. He's one of the best dudes to ever mount the pedals of a BMX bike and his ender section in Safety First just cements that fact.


Whether it’s over the middle set during an X Games, in the middle of the woods in PA, in the middle of a Los Angeles ditch, Chris Doyle has no problem with letting a 360 whip fly. Photo: Zielinski

You have a lot of video sections under your belt, how did filming for this compare to other parts you've filmed in the past?
The main difference with this video is that, I was the oldest guy on all of the filming trips.

Did you feel like you had something to prove, since this was your first video part for Kink?
No, I never feel like I need to prove myself in any circumstance. I just wanted a part that I could be stoked on.

The title is Safety First so what were you thinking when you did that crazy curved rail?
(Laughter) I honestly didn't think it was gonna be that bad. The first time I tried it, it went pretty smooth even though I bailed. On the second attempt is when I slammed and realized that it wasn't gonna come easy.

Other than your own, which was your favorite section, and why?
Hard to say. I liked Tony Hamlin's a lot. I like when video parts show personality and I thought Tony's part reflected a lot of the character that he is… from music to riding to freaking out. Not to mention, he had about half the time to film that everyone else had.

Which trick or line took you the longest to pull?
That damn curved rail. I still don't know if it was worth it or not. If I hadn't slammed as hard as I did I don't know if the clip would have been as good.

You guys traveled around the country filming, where was one of your favorite stops, trips, etc?
Probably our trip in the Southeast. We started in North Carolina and made our way through Georgia and Tennessee. I love riding in Chapel Hill, NC. Chapel Hill's been good to the Kink team--we always seem to get good stuff when we're there. Our Cali trip was pretty sick, too.

I don't want to ruin the banger's banger, but do you think you used all your luck up on that one?
I mean, accidents happen, but that was unreal. It's funny you mention that because after the curved rail excursion, I actually said, "I must've used up all my luck in Chapel Hill." (Where the clip had been filmed a few days earlier). I probably would've taken that as my "real" ender, but I slipped a pedal and didn't want to take it. I love Jason Owens' reaction when that happened, I think he was happier than I was. "Feeble!"

Did you ever do anything and then not tell Corey?
(Laughter) I don't know what you're talking about.