7 Questions with Austin Bull, BMX Biker

By Jonathan Reyna

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Austin Bull sending a flyout Tail Whip, kicking the bike 360 degrees around while staying in the air. (photo / Jonathan Reyna)

Bull sending a flyout Tail Whip, kicking the bike 360 degrees around while staying in the air. (photo / Jonathan Reyna)

Dos Pueblos junior Austin Bull is bringing BMX to the masses and paving a path for amateur BMX riders. His devotion to BMX has been passed down from his father’s love of downhill mountain biking. Bull adds his BMX and MTB backgrounds to form his unique style of riding.

Q: Who influenced you the most to ride BMX?

Trying a very difficult Flair onto mattresses, a Flair is a backflip 180 landing back on the ramp (photo / Jonathan Reyna)

Bull trying a very difficult Flair, or 180 degree backflip, onto mattresses. (photo / Jonathan Reyna)

A: “I used to watch Cody Bowers and Nick Castillo ride all the time and they were the best local guys around, so I wanted to take their style and add my own taste to it. Also, the best pro currently is Stevie Churchill. I love his style of ‘go big or go home,’ it motivates me a lot.”

Q: Does being sponsored by Fillosophee Clothing and winning contests push you to step up your riding?

A: “It makes me feel like I can accomplish a lot more and it gives me that feeling of pushing myself further into the sport. It’s a confidence booster for sure. Riding for sponsors makes you feel like you’re not just doing it for yourself. It’s like you’re doing it for the whole team.”

Q: How did it feel to participate in the Atascadero contest and come out on top?

A: “Amazing. It made me realize that all the hard work and painful injuries paid off in the end. The feeling of winning a legit contest beats every injury I’ve gotten from BMX.”

Q: What do your parents think about you riding BMX?

A: “They were super excited and they just tell me to do the best I can and not hurt myself.”

Q: Do you have any plans on filming a new 2015 edit?

A: “I’m hoping to start filming for a new edit soon after my body heals a little more and [I] hope to have more time to travel and ride with everyone this summer … my last edit was in 2013, so I have a lot of new stuff to film. [I’m] just trying to get everyone together to ride as one big crew again.”

Clicked TableTop, almost keeping the bike completely horizontal while airing a quarter pipe. (Photo / Maxwell Heitmann)

Bull doing a Clicked TableTop, keeping the bike almost completely horizontal while airing a quarter pipe. (Photo / Maxwell Heitmann)

Q: How has riding affected you throughout your life?

A: “If I didn’t have the friends or parents to support me, I don’t think I would be where I’m at today … I’m also grateful for everyone who’s inspired me to ride every day and keep doing what I love to do.”

Q: Do you have anything to say to other teens trying out action sports?

A: “Wear a helmet, stay safe, know what you’re getting into and just have fun with it … It doesn’t matter how many falls you have, it matters how you get back up.”

 

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