I had heard Daniel Dhers was a funny dude. What I didn’t realize is that he is a super funny guy. He has a ton of hardware from the contests that he has been dominating lately, and a attitude towards things that is even more impressive. This interview should have been done long ago. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Anthony’s House for half this interview, Woodward’s bike Shop for the second half.
DC Shoes, Red Bull, POC Helmets, Albe’s, Team Blowin’ It, Woodward.
What was it that first got you into BMX and what keeps you into it day after day now?
The adrenaline and the challenge, the feeling off surviving that gap or new trick.
Clearly your sponsor list is long, so I will keep this to one question. How are things going with the sponsors? Do you have any big trips planned, signature parts, video parts, web videos, or anything cool like that in the works with any of them?
I’m so stoked on my Sponsors right now, they are super helpful with everything and always open for ideas. For right now i did some web videos for Red Bull riding back at home and trying to show more of my background, there’s some talks about some road trips with DC. I’ve been planing a South American trip for awhile but i think i’ll get a better idea when Im done with the season because i wanna plan something good and not just an average road trip, then i might do a European trip sometime by the end of the season but everything is still in the air.
Obviously it is contest season for you and you have been dominating the Dew Tour this year. What are your plans contest wise for the rest of the year? Anything your getting really excited about?
I’m always looking forward to the AST stops, the Salt Lake Course looks good and different, i hate when the park looks like from ’98. i also wanted to go to Metro but I need a visa for Canada and is a lot of paper work i don’t have the time to do, then i’m looking forward to that T mobile comp in Germany and X Games in Dubai.
Do you have any new big tricks in the works that you can tell us about?
I have a bunch of 720 Variations in the works, barspin combos and such. I just learned 720 can cans, it might be a silly trick but fuck it, I’m just doing what ever, Im not always trying to learn the gnaliest trick out there, i like some variarity when im sessioning at home so ill go from nac nac flairs to opposite 360 flips.
Your travel schedual is insane! Where have you been in the last 6 months? and where are some places you have planned to be?
This year it has been insane, i went to Estonia, Caracas, Russia, Cuba, Orlando, Joplin, France, Baltimore, England, Germany, Cleveland, Woodward, Vegas, Italy and just recently New York, I haven’t been anywhere for more than 2 weeks at the time and is going to be like that for the rest of the year.
Is there anywhere you want to go that you haven’t had the chance to go to yet?
Dubai sounds crazy so im looking forward to that, i also want to go to Australia.
You have a pretty rediculous riding style, do you work on that at all or is it natural?
I guess it goes both way, sometimes i just learn stuff one try and sometimes i learn stuff in 3 months, just go fast and land flat.
What is one trick you cannot get dialed in for the life of you?
360 flips probably, i learn them and lose them all the time.
Do you have a riding spot or crew that you ride with on a more regular basis?
We have been riding cloud 9 a lot back at camp, Anthony Napolitan, Jeremiah Smith, Jorge Jovel, Bestwick, Mccann, Kagy, etc to name a few are usually in the everyday crew.
What is the injury list looking like for you? I can’t imagine you have never gotten hurt doing what you do.
This year i sprained my thumb and sprained my ankle really bad, hit my head a couple times, dislocated a toe, but years ago i broke my lumbar bones, fingers, ribs, teeth and sprained a bunch of other shit i probably can’t remember.
What is the best part about being a BMX “professional”?
Get to travel a lot, free stuff. Bitches and money are always a plus.
What do you think you would be up to if you never got into BMX?
I’d probably be working with my family, maybe traveling a little bit and probably doing some other sport but i can’t really see myself without BMX.
What are you up to when your not on your bike?
Talking shit, being on the internet, on the phone, gym, beach, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
You spend a lot of time on planes and in airports. How do you kill the time?
Play PSP, read, watch movies, and rubik’s cube.
What is the scariest thing you have experienced in your life?
A plane ride to Joplin, MO it was the shadiest plane ever. And people pointing guns at me to take my bike back at home.
If you could be sponsored by any company that has nothing to do with BMX, who would you pick and why?
Probably Apple, i like their product and it’ll be good publicity, maybe i get to run over the Windows guy on their commercials, that’ll be sweet.
What are some things you would like to accomplish in the next few years?
Stay on top of the game, get a reality show, try to bring more people to BMX cuz i want my sport to grow.
Do you ever get burned out on what your doing? Constantly riding, traveling, and pushing yourself?
I get burned out from time to time especially from traveling, it’s cool but is such a hassle, i sometimes get burned out from riding so i stop riding for a few days until i get anxious to ride then and i’m good to go again
What kinds of music are you into? Any you suggest people to check out?
Lil’ Wayne, T.I, Young Jeezy and Kanye are probably my top picks right now, i also listen to a lot of spanish rap because it reminds me of home. As far a suggestions Lil Wayne will make your head spin.
Seen any good movies lately?
Batman the Dark Knight, i watched it 3 times in 2 weeks, such a good movie, i wanna be like the Joker when i grow up.
Do you spend much time on the computer? Any favorite websites?
Myspace, http://maddox.xmission.com/ (aka the best page in the universe) and then every BMX related it website, especially the shit talking ones.
What super power would you pick if you could have any and why?
Fly, it’ll be easier to go to places.
Who or what have been the biggest influences in your life?
My family, being away from them it has been a learning experience and motivation to keep riding, my friends, they all have taught me something important in some point or another, Bestwick and Mirra with their support.
What is something about yourself that nobody really knows?
I’ve got my own signature condom, i talk a lot of shit, speak 3 languages, I’ll fuck your bike up if you mess with me.
What is some of the best advice you have ever been given?
It don’t matter how hard it is at the end is always worth it.
What kind of advice do you have for kids just getting into BMX?
Wear your pads, don’t listen to the new hardcore kids! what’s better? to blow a knee or get used to pads?
Do you have any shout outs or thanks?
Thanks to my friends and family, ridaz and my sponsors, haters, bitches and anyone else i forgot sorry, i have short memory span…
Anything else you would like to say?
Ridaz gotta ride!