AI – Brant Moore

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What got you into riding? My neighbor Dustin is responsible for me wanting to ride and my parents made it possible. Dustin is 4 years older than me and we would always ride around on bikes, scooters, or whatever even before we rode for real. Things got serious when he got a real bike and then later on we went to the skatepark for my first time. At the time I was on a chrome Pacific with a platform that I thought was awesome because my dad and I got it at a swap meet for 50$. It had a BFR laced to a Bullet Proof BMX hub that we had to get when the unsealed front hub locked up. That first night at the park for whatever reason we rode from the skatepark to the local shop, Bikes Trikes & Boards, and the shop owner ended up telling me to call my dad because he had something to talk to him about. He owed my dad some money for working on his car and knew I really wanted a bike after seeing them all. I had a birthday coming up so the timing was perfect. All that being said, I rode back to the park on a brand new 2006 Fit Team complete bike that I used to learn how to drop in both ways and hit the spine that night. From that night until now I’ve done nothing but eat sleep and breath BMX.

What inspires you to ride? One night when I was 14/15 I was watching a UFC show. They were interviewing a fighter and he said how he spent his Friday nights training and never got caught up in drinking, smoking or partying. He didn’t have a ton of friends or participate in conventional sports, all he did was train and practice fighting. The second I heard that I knew I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to one day be able to say that about riding. Not about training or practicing, just about how I spent every waking second possible on my bike and the time off of it doing something related to BMX. I wasn’t going to ever let anything else get in the way. Hearing that interview was like the tumbler in a key lock aligned to turn on a light or something; serendipity. Coming up riding I didn’t watch many videos and not one dvd/full length. I constantly made videos though and even made a full length with parts for all my friends at 16.  I was so obsessed with just riding every single second possible and filming everything I could that it didn’t even occur to me that others were making things too. Nowadays there’s a little more to it than just the raw obsession keeping me going. Things are a little more focused now. I still film almost every time I ride but it’s also more about that never ending quest to capture “what’s next”. 

When you go to ride do you have a idea for new tricks or just go there and whatever comes to you, you try? There’s a trick list a mile long of random crazy stuff in my notes app, but the truth is that when I’m riding I completely forget all of it. Haha. A lot of it is spot specific stuff that I’m just waiting to find.  Usually though I have just one thing in mind that I want to do and that’s enough to be satisfied for the session. Most of the time that one thing isn’t possible or doesn’t work exactly the way pictured but something else randomly happens and a whole new trick idea comes from it. So I guess it’s both. There are always ideas there but it usually ends up being whatever comes to me.

What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far? I’d say winning BACO Best Trick in 2015. That was a huge surprise and it’s an honor to be among the others who have won it.

What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem? Oh this is a doozy… When it comes to the industry: There are so many Professional BMX riders that aren’t Professionals in any sense of the word other than being talented at riding and getting paid for it. I could go on but I’m not exactly a professional either and I don’t have any influence as far as the industry goes so all I can really do is try to be the change I want to see in the BMX world. On a personal level: People are sometimes afraid to be themselves or base too much of what they do on what others think.I try to carry myself in a way that opposes that and I try to let people know that outside of the people you really care about, what others think doesn’t really matter. It’s okay to be yourself. The right people think yourself is cool.

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What is your favorite web edit or video part? I’ve always come back to the 2006 Dirty East contest video from The Flow. The first time I ever watched that video I was mind blown and didn’t know who anyone was and now it’s amazing to think about how I’ve become friends with so many of them.

Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? 691 Wooster Ohio and Apple Creek Trails has the best scene anywhere. There’s a certain vibe you get from certain people when you can just tell how genuine/awesome they are. Everyone here has that. Come ride with us!

What is one thing you love about BMX? Everything it’s taught me about life both directly and indirectly.

What is one thing you look forward to every year in BMX? All of the firsts! First session at Wooster Park, first dig at the trails, first ride at the trails, first day at Ray’s.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to in BMX? Florida because of the beach and the brick quarters.

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What was one of your most memorable BMX memory? Looking up on the deck of the 8 foot quarter after the box jump at Evolution Skatepark and not knowing who any of the guys were but watching them go crazy every Friday. Then thinking about how I know most of them now and ride with those who still ride. Those kinds of things are the most memorable to me and really show how different our sport is than others.

Also the biggest of shoutouts to my girlfriend Victoria for always being down to travel halfway across the country at a moments notice and believing in me enough to film me trying what feels impossible for hours on end.

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