If Nate Wessel Built It, They Will Come

Huge fan of paying tribute to the guys behind the scenes that make things possible. One of those people, is definitely Nate Wessel, who is surely responsible for building some of the most progressive, unique parks and courses in both BMX and skateboarding over the last 15 years (or maybe more). Check this video courtesy of Red Bull paying tribute to the hammer, nail, and Wessel…

Check out the full interview with Nate over on Red Bull…

A couple of two-by-fours cobbled together made for a simple boardslide rail. That basic skate obstacle back in 1984 was the first thing Nate Wessel ever built. It filled a need for something to shred, and in the process triggered a desire to build better and build more. Influenced by magazine photos and videos, Wessel next brought faster-sliding materials into the mix, as well as a need for air and launch ramps. Although he didn't know it at the time, building ramps would turn from a riding necessity into his burning passion and a creative outlet that would change BMX, skateboarding, freestyle motocross and the stunt world forever.

Wessel's dad didn't let him keep those skate ramps in their Ohio home's driveway, but he did help with some building fundamentals and gave Nate his first tools. “My parents didn't understand what I was doing,” Nate remembers. “They grew up differently and didn't understand action sports, but they backed me in everything I did.””