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Interview with FMX EAST rider Brody Wilson
Interview by Tobias Hannig | pix by Tess, Olli Franke, Justin Keena

We haven’t heard a lot of FMX EAST rider Brody Wilson in the past. What a shame - this guy is one of the top guns in the IFMA Series and in the actual IFMXF Series he placed 2nd at his 1st IFMXF Contest and 5th at the NOTJ in Beograd. We talked with Brody about his passion FMX and his plans for the future ...

First of all, tell the guys out there some basics about you - where do you come from, how old are you and what is your mission? I’m 23 years old from Templeton, Massachusetts and I’m trying to make it to the top of the sport and ride dirtbikes for as long as possible.

You are 23 now. Almost every rider has a cool story how he started with MX. Do you also have one?

How and when did you start riding MX bikes and what affected you to do FMX? I started riding when I was 14 years old. My dad bought me my first bike after I rode my cousins around.

I started racing that same year. Freestyle was just starting to get bigger then and me and a friend of mine would always just mess around and try tricks off some jumps on our practice tracks. Me and my dad built a ramp one year and things kind of took off from there.

Training is one of the most important bases of FMX. Do you have your own FMX compound and how do you train? Yeah I have a wicked nice FMX compound at my house in Massachusetts. Right now it has five ramps, two funboxes, a wallride and a couple big dirt hits. It’s set up kind of like a track where everything just flows into each other. I try to ride everyday I can. It just depends on the weather, its usually not bad though. Except for winter, I can’t ride here from November to March. It sucks! So I’ll end up going south and riding at some friends spots.

You are doing great Flip tricks, but you are also doing awesome nonflip tricks, like Ruler Scorpion, Double Hart Attack Lookbacks etc. Do you think the people hype the Backflip to much and the judges are score them to overpriced? Yeah I do think backflips are to hyped these days, with the exception of a few gnarly flip combos. But a lot of “standard” tricks are harder and more technical. As far as judging goes it seems like some events are definatley overscored for just doing a bunch of flips but other times they seem to score on variety of flips and standard tricks. I guess it just depends what event you’re at.

How do you like the 360° and is this trick on your to do list? I think the 360 is a cool trick. I’d like to be able to do it someday.

Adam “Foam Free” Jones is learning new tricks without a foampit. What do you about his attitude?

I think it’s a good thing not relying on foam pits to learn tricks. I don’t really have access to a pit haven’t been in one in over 2 years. I’ve been learning my flip tricks to dirt, but they’re nothing huge though haha.

I think it will make you a better rider because you’ll learn how the bike will react if you don’t extend the trick all the way and know how to correct it. But I guess if I had a foam pit I would use it to try and learn some of the bigger tricks. Much respect to Adam for learning without one though.

What are your plans for the upcoming season and the future?
Are the Red Bull X fighters and the X games on your to do list? Yeah I would really like to ride X fighters and X games. I doubt I’ll be at those events this year but hopefully in a couple years I’ll make it there.

Do you have another job apart from FMX?
No riding FMX is my only job.

What are you doing in your freetime except FMX? In my free time I just hang out and relax. I ride and travel a lot so I kind of enjoy not doing much when I’m home haha. I do like to workout a few days a week though. And I just converted a CRF450 into a street legal super moto bike so I’ve been riding that a lot too.

I read you are long boarding and mountain biking. Are you riding MTB DH/ BikerX or XC? Tell the guys more about it.

Yeah I’ve been mountain biking quite a bit this year, a lot of cross country riding and some downhill. There is a lot of good trails in the surrounding towns to ride and some mountains just a couple hours away with fun downhill sections.
I like the XC riding to help stay in shape for FMX. Me and a few friends also go long boarding a lot too. We usually go late at night to a nice downhill street or parking lot and just skate around. Riding them is really smooth, it’s kind of relaxing almost.

You are also a great snowmobile rider – what are you doing: racing or freestyle? I race snowmobiles for 5 years. I started in the junior classes and made it to the Semi-Pro classes. I haven’t raced in the past couple years cause of FMX. There’s just not enough time to do both and get really good at either. So I gave it up for FMX. I still ride snowmobiles when I’m home and there is snow. I like it a lot and wish I could do it more.

Your last words – do you want to say something to your fans, friends? Just want to say thanks to everyone that’s watched me ride or cheered me on! And to my parents and family for supporting me in all this.

Okay, now our classical word association. Give me the first word that pops into your head:

Ramps: Fun
Sponsors: 2feetsouth, Universal, Amsoil, Ogio, Utopia Optics, SevenFour Design, Robs Dyno
Favorite Website: Myspace
Goonriders: Jason Rowe, Casey Higgins, JJ Romans
Double Flip: Risky
Natural Terrain: Funner
Tattoos: Addicting
50’s: Broken Collarbone
Best Trick: Indian Air Flip
Biggest success: 2nd at first IFMXF contest in Germany
Movie: Quentin Tarantino
Travelling: Awesome part of this job
Girls: Distracting

Right on thanx Brody!

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