I recently got the chance to hang out with Terrell Gordy during my last few days at Woodward before I headed back up to New York. We had made some plans to link up one morning at the coffee shop when he was working on a project with Haro Pro Seth Klinger. They were filming for an upcoming how-to feature that I’m sure you will end up seeing sooner than later. Terrell has been in the filming game for a while now and knows what he is doing behind the lens. He spent about five years working pretty much exclusively for Haro so I’m sure that most of you reading this are familiar with his work. It’s not easy to stand out as a filmer in 2013, but the truth is that Terrell works hard, knows his shit, and puts a huge amount of effort into each project no matter how big or small. That’s how you make a difference and that’s how you stand out from the crowd. Check out what we got into and take a few minutes to learn about one of BMX’s well-respected filmers.
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Alistair Whitton is a rider that I’ve always looked up to. He’s always had his own unique style, and his own way of doing things. Being from England and being stuck riding inside gave him the drive to progress and eventually make his way to the states well over a decade ago. He actually came to America for the first time as a Camper at Woodward. That eventually led into being an employee, and then after proving himself to be worthy as a rider, he became a live-in pro. He’s had quite the career in BMX. He has ridden nearly every major contest across the globe, road tripped more times than he can count and currently has his sights set on stunt work at the moment. Alistair is looking to move to the next stage and use what skills he has gained from riding over the years while he is training hard to learn new techniques to put to use as well. He has already done work in a few big name movies and plans to continue on the fast track to being a legit stuntman. When you hear him talk about it you can tell that he wants to make it happen. He’s the type of person that I would take his word on it, especially after seeing what he can do on a BMX bike. It’s only a matter of time before we’re all at the theatre stoked to see a fellow BMX’er on the big screen chasing his dreams. I ended up cruising over to his house yesterday morning and hung out while he was making breakfast and getting his day started. I asked him what kind of interview he wanted to do; he said just hit record so that’s exactly what we did and this is what came of it.
One thing that I have noticed in life is that it’s much more enjoyable if you take risks, actively pursue your dreams, and constantly strive to better yourself. With that being said, I have recently had the urge to tell a specific story about a photo that I shot last October in Utah and feel like it’s the perfect time to do just that. As always, I try to keep the reader’s of this column interested and on their toes as far as what to expect week after week. I have an entire archive of photos that I could sit and write stories about but not every one stands out amongst the pack the way that this one does. It’s got a unique tale to tell and an ending that is incredibly bitter sweet that might catch many of you off guard. It serves as a constant reminder to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and to always expect the unexpected.
Jeremiah Smith is one of those riders that has been putting in work year after year and it’s finally been paying off. He has a major bike sponsor, travels on a pretty consistent basis, rides exactly how he wants to ride, and just recently finished on the podium at X Games in Los Angeles. He ended up in third, right behind Garrett Reynolds and amongst the top street riders in the world. It’s not every day that you get to line up with nine of the best riders in the world on live T.V. but he’s no stranger to laying it down when it counts. He’s the type of person that knows what he wants, and does what he wants. He has his daily routine pretty dialed and rides more than most people that I know. I caught up with him as soon as he got back from the X Games to talk a little bit about riding, life and the future. Keep on reading to find out what he does in his downtime, where he plans on moving someday and what projects he’s currently working on.
This week’s column happened as organically as any. It was one of those things where I was waiting until the last minute to see what happens and luckily I recently ran into one of my good friends Mark Mulville and decided to sit him down and get him to share some facts about himself with the BMX world. We spent some time in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania chillin, getting some coffee and putting this piece together. It’s always a good time running into old friends and in true “TTL” fashion, I had no idea what I was going to do for #76 until yesterday. It wouldn’t really feel right if I didn’t wait until the last minute to commit to a column and every time it makes me realize how hard it can be to keep up on this series week after week. On that note, Mark has been killing it lately… traveling, filming, enjoying life and sharing positive vibes along the way. Take a minute to learn about one of the best riders out there and find out a few things about Mark that I can guarantee that you didn’t already know and enjoy the first-edition of “Fact Check.”
Well, this one is kind of an important column for me. Not only is it number 75, but it’s a piece that I was really stoked to share. Ben Hucke has been someone that I have enjoyed hanging with, shooting with and riding with for years now. He’s got a unique style, does things his own way and has a positive mindset on the regular. He has taken his own path in life, lives each day like it’s his last and truly understands how awesome BMX is. One of the few people who really get it and one of the few who will leave his mark within the riding world. He’s constantly busy raising his son, filming, shooting and working on multiple projects to keep his sponsors happy. His hustle is something that I can respect and on that note, here’s to number 75. It’s been a wild ride and I really appreciate every single person out there that has taken the time to read my column, share my column or just simply enjoy my column. When I get reminded of the fact that there are people out there that look forward to each piece I feel truly grateful to have had this opportunity. Thanks to Kurt, thanks to you, the readers, and thanks to BMX for shaping me into the person that I am today. On that note, let’s learn a little bit about Ben Hucke and show some respect to someone who’s in it for the right reasons.
Every once in a while a rider will stand out to me as unique, original, and passionate. One of those riders happens to be Chad Johnston. He is a flatland legend, has been around since day one and has always stuck to his guns. He rides his bike exactly how he wants, and sets trends along the way. No brakes, and no pegs are necessary for the style of riding that Chad does and as of late he has been breathing life back into the flatland side of things over at S&M Bikes and has been working hard on a signature line of flat specific products. As always, this column is forever changing, evolving and progressing. As time goes on, I try to keep things interesting while creating content that will appeal to the masses. Take a minute and get to know a little more about a rider that has been here, there and back again and keep an eye out in the future for the next original “Bio” piece.