Interview with Kyle Painter by Iva Kancheska 25/07/2011
Q: How did you get your nickname?
A: Hahahahaha my nickname came from an incident that happened in school a long time ago its pretty explicit.
Q: What prompted you into extreme riding?
A: I started to ride around the age of 11 because of a neighbor that was around the same age racing BMX and I got into that. That lasted for about a year, latter on I went more into freestyle street and park riding.
Q: Do you have any favorite athletes that had influenced you in the past years?
A: Well, my favorite riders are my friends that I ride with, and the friends in other places that I had the chance to ride with and get motivated.
Q: Extreme or sometimes called aggressive bike riding have been always taken as weird hobby. What are your thoughts about this?
A: Hahahaha! I ride my bike the way I like to ride it and the way its fun for me. I'm not all about going out to "train" and try to learn all the hottest tricks, I ride the way I want.
Q: I bet some people are even scared to try. How long you've been riding?
A: I've been riding for about 10 years solid.
Q: How much time was necessary to get into this great level?
A: Well, I guess 10 years. I ride almost everyday with my friends. We push each other to do better and better and beers definitely help with that stuff too.
Q: What is your favorite trick?
A: I would say do wasted 360s of stuff or turn downs and pedal grinds.
Q: Is there anything you won't try?
A: I'm not a big fan of bar spins or tail whips or flips. I hate when someone makes bike riding all about flips and whips and bar spins that's not me.
Q: What is your favorite bike memory?
A: It's a pretty recent one. Just got back home from a 2 month trip to Boston MA. The dudes I stayed with and rode with, were absolutely amazing. Some of the best dudes I've met and the best trip I've ever been. Thanks guys!
Q: What is the weirdest thing you've ever done?
A: Oh man, I don't even know. I've done a lot of really weird and wild shit when I'm drunk, so lets just say there's to much to try, to pick the weirdest or wildest but If you want one of the top of my head... I've throw a Molotov cocktail at a friend wile he was riding to make the footage better and it worked out perfect and I've fallen in a bonfire and burned my ass off hahahaha
Q: Have you ever been hurt?
A: Just a few knock outs, broken fingers and toes and heels and color bone and a few bad shin gashes.
Q: It's well know that although as a great form of exercise, riding a bike, in-line skating, or skateboarding is not allowed everywhere? Have you ever had a problem with the cops?? Please feel free to share some funny stories?;)
A: We got kicked out from ... Almost everywhere. Usually, we run or let them tell us to leave. We've gotten a few close calls to going to jail from it but they let us go.
Q: I suppose you're traveling a lot. Where is the most amazing place you've ever been riding?
A: The most amazing place was definitely Boston. It's a good city, good friends, good spots to ride and its a wild scene.
Q: What things are driving you insane and gives you the biggest adrenalin?
A: I'm an adrenaline junkie. Getting instantly motivated and doing it is the best adrenalin and accomplished feeling I've ever had.
Q: How many often you go on extreme sport contests? Please feel free to share some of the best experiences.
A: I don't go on contests so much. I ride to party with all my friends and people I know. The wildest story would be at one of the dew tour contest. I was wondering every were with every one, got drunk as hell every night, woke up on the roof of the bar, got in everywhere under 21, broke a glass table with my head, and only had $1 for the whole weekend hahahahaha
Q: Besides the crazy riding, your a tattoo fan. I've noticed you have a couple of tattoos on your body. Can you tell us about their meaning etc?
A: All of my tattoos are just pick and pokes. I did a few on my self with only a needle. I show someone how to do it like that and make sure they got it and let them do the spots I can't. None of my tats really have any meaning just stuff I think is cool or funny.
Q: What advice can you give to all the kids and even adults who wants to try this amazing sport?
A: Just go for and try it out. It's the most fun I've ever had and It's my entire life. I wouldn't be where I'm, without my bike and the BMX scene.
Thank you for the interview.
Kyle, As I said It was a great pleasure to talk with you. Thank you for your time. Keep rocking. ;)
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