The Friday Interview – Firsts With James Foster

James Foster was the first person to ever do a triple tailwhip on a BMX bike, which he pulled on his first trip out of the country...Check out theses firsts and more with James in this week’s Friday Interview.

Name: James Foster
Age: 25
Location: Greenville, NC
Sponsors: KHE Bikes, SRH Clothing, Staff BMX

james-foster-bmx-01

Check out the gnarly foot (mis)placement...James stretched this suicide no-hander so far during Dew Tour practice that his feet slipped off. Even though it looks like he's about to die in this photo, somehow he managed to get back on the bike and roll away smooth. Everyone one the course was freaking out about this trick for the rest of the afternoon. Photo by Fat.

First time you rode a bike…
When I was about 4, I think...in a tennis court.

First BMX race…
I was 10 when I saw racing on TV, and told my dad I wanted to do it. I convinced him to find me a used BMX bike, and after we got it we went to the track at Lake Perris. I think I won my first novice race, either that, or I was in the lead then crashed...I don't remember. It was one of the two.

First trick you learned…
Well, it would have to be a one-hander, I guess. I think I learned, one hander, then one-footer, then no-footer, then x up, etc...

james-foster-bmx-02

Super clicked lookback over the lofty hip in Portland. Photo by Fat.

First famous riding spot you rode…
Sheep Hills. I think I rode there the first time when I was about 13, so that would have been ’98 or ’99. I rode these incredible trails in Redlands in Socal where I'm from every day after school, and the guys that built them were all older and really good--guys like Jacob Lenta...Anyway, I think they told me or my dad where they were and I got my dad to take me out to Huntington Beach, which is about an hour from Redlands. It took us a minute to find them, but when we did I couldn't believe it. I think Shaun Butler and Barspinner might have been there the first time I went.

First bad injury…
Probably the first real bad injury was when I broke my leg when I was 14. It's hard to say...I've been hurt so many times. I broke my ankle when I was 16 at Point X, and if you know where Point X was, it sucked trying to get to a hospital.

First sponsor…
I think it was Haro flow when I was like 14. Pete Demos hooked it up.

james-foster-bmx-03

James his this trick on lock over big jumps...360 barspin to downside tailwhip. Photo by Fat.

First time you traveled out of the country…
Canada in 2005 for Elevation...best contest ever, hands down. Whistler is such a fun place. The jumps were like nothing I had ever ridden before, and I sent a triple whip on that last set and pulled it. The last jump was like a seven to eight foot lip, must have been a 12 to 14-foot landing, at least 20 to 25-foot gap. It was a monster, and I figured there was no other jump I would ever have enough air time to even get close.

First time you met a real pro…
Damn, that's hard to say. I had seen pros before, but the first time I remember talking to any was when I was 15 at one of the KOD Core Tour dirt contests. My first real pro contest. Everyone was there...Nyquist, Doyle, it was awesome. I think I met pros before that, but that sticks out in my mind.

First time on TV…
I think that KOD contest when I was 15 I was on TV. I'm pretty sure I got seventh place. I forget what I did on the first jump (360?), and I did a one-hander no -ooter to whip, and they played it in slow motion on TV. I was psyched.

james-foster-bmx-04

Paying tribute to Big Daddy with an x-factor. You can always count on James to do something goofy when the cameras are out. Photo by Fat.

First bad trend you followed…
Wearing women’s jeans. That was a horrible idea. Who the hell started that?

First kiss…
When I was in middle school, I must have been 12 or 13. I don't really remember. Some girl. I don't think I ever talked to her after.

First major purchase…
I bought a new car when I was 18. I had a decent job and decent credit, but $2,000 down on a new ’03 Ranger Edge in February 2004. Got a really good deal on it. I was psyched. Six months later I really wanted a fast car so my mom took over the payments on my truck because she needed a new car, and I put $3,000 down on a new ’04 Dodge SRT-4. That car was a lot of fun, and almost got me into a lot of trouble a few times. I sold it a year and a half later because I couldn't afford the payments anymore and got some beater.

james-foster-bmx-05

Flip Whip - Photo by Fat.

First car you drove…
My dad’s truck, I think. He had a F-150. I'm sure he let me drive it when I was 14. Once I turned 15 and got my learner’s permit, I just pretended it was a license and took his truck all the time...until I got pulled over. Luckily my friend was with me who had a license, and they let me go, and he drove home.

First tattoo…
Pretty recent. I got "Stay What You Are" across my chest a few months ago. To me it means don't try and be someone/something you're not. Stay true to who you are, and think for yourself. Brian Lee here in Greenville tattoos a lot of riders and he did a great job...it came out better than I even expected.

james-foster-bmx-06

Double Whip - Photo by Fat.

james-foster-bmx-07

Double Truck - Photo by Fat.