Mon, Aug 23 2010 4:00 am |
16 year old Pat Casey is an unbelievably talented rider who placed on the podium at Warriors of Wood earlier this year, then made it onto the Dew Tour and into the Nike 6.0 HB BMX Pro contest. Needless to say, he’s on the up and up. We caught up with Pat at Woodward West for a quick session in the bowl where the threw down some serious bangers. Check it.
Video by Fat.
Name: Pat Casey
Location: Placentia, CA
Sponsors: Volume, Demolition, Vans, Fox
Give us the basics… How long have you been riding, and how did you get into it?
I’ve been riding for about 6 years. The way I got into BMX is my dad got a quarter pipe on my driveway from a friend, then it was too small and really limited, so he built me a half pipe in my backyard, and that’s pretty much how I got into BMX.
When did you decide that you wanted to be “pro” and start hitting contests and stuff?
I started riding amateur contests at about 11 and just really liked it and wanted to continually progress. Then I decided I wanted to be pro when I started winning armature contests.
Your family seems super supportive, how has that been for you as far as riding goes?
My family is definitely very supportive of my riding. My dad built me a ramp in my backyard and my mom helps me figure out all my expense stuff.
What are your ultimate goals as a rider or a pro?
My goals as a rider are to always just be having fun on my bike and continually progress with my own style. If I could eventually make a living off of something I love to do that would be a dream come true!
What riders do you look up to?
I look up to Mark Webb, Scotty Cranmer, and a bunch of other riders I can’t really think of.
What are your favorite tricks to do, and what is a trick you can’t do or don’t like to do?
My favorite trick is a dipped 3 ’cause they just feel real good, and a trick I can do but don’t really like to do is a 720 because it just feels out of control for me.
What are your local spots, and who do you ride with?
My local spot is my ramp, Ben Snowden’s house, the Chino Skatepark, and for trails I usually hit up riverside pros. I mainly ride by myself, but I ride with Ben when I ride his house and whoever locally is down to ride.
What do you think your life as a rider would be like if you didn’t grow up in Orange County?
I think it would be greater or less depending on were I lived, but overall it’s been pretty good riding here over the years.
Since you are just about to start your junior year of high school, how do you plan to balance riding, school, and traveling this year?
School will probably be kind of hard to balance this year with traveling and stuff, but if it gets too bad I’ll probably go into independent study to be able to ride whenever.
All photos by Fat.
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