AI – Jacob Theim

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          BMX is a family. When you meet somebody that is on a two wheeled machine you have a connection with them. I met Jacob during my time a Camp Woodward a few years back. I just learned flips on res and every time I would send them Jacob would applaud me even when somebody would do a better trick. He sees progression in each individual in their riding. He is a supporter for the sport of BMX and his own progression continues to amaze me. After not seeing him in over a year, we showed up at The Kitchen Skatepark together one day and had a gnarly session. Jacob Thiem shows that BMX is a family.

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How old are you? I am 16 Years Old

How long have you been riding? I have been riding for about 10 years

What got you into riding? What got me into riding was first just messing around in the neighborhood with my cousin, until later on when I moved and met some friends that rode as well.  After that we all just kept going to the skatepark as much as we could.

What inspires you to ride? What inspires me to ride is knowing that you can always motivate and inspire others to keep progressing and having fun with the sport.  Another thing that inspires me to ride is the fact of knowing that you can always progress and get better on and off the bike.

Coming off of a injury, do you have anything that helped your recovery mentally or physically? Some things that are helping me and have helped me recover mentally and physically include:  I have been watching a lot of old riding videos of not only myself but other riders, such as instagram videos, edits, going to shows, etc.  Not only that but I have been training really hard in the gym these past few months just kind of getting ready for when I am able to ride again, knowing I am back 110%.  I have also been seeing my Physical Therapist three times a week for an hour to two.

When you go to ride do you have a idea for new tricks or just go there and whatever comes to you, you try? Usually when I go to have a session I just try to dial in all of the tricks I usually do, but I also have tricks in my head that if I feel good that day, I might end up sending it!  I just try to get everything clean and smooth, having fun!

​What are your winter plans for BMX? This winter I actually plan on staying with the Roberts family in Indiana for about a month or two, riding The Kitchen and what not.  The dates aren’t exactly settled but I plan on doing something like that, which has me really excited to get back on the bike.

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What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far? I would say my biggest accomplishment in BMX so far would be…  Talking to people and other riders and having them say that they love to watch me ride and that I motivate them and just being able to maybe inspire people and knowing they like to watch me ride and what not is an accomplishment itself.  As of a trick accomplishment I would have to say that the twix is a huge accomplishment to me, because I had tried it before a couple years ago and slipped a foot on it and then kind of couldn’t get closer and just kept falling on it for awhile and then pulling it just felt so good.

What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem? I would say that the biggest problem in BMX is trends.  I feel personally that people are just too worried about “what’s in” and not really focused on what they like and enjoy.  Another thing that isn’t really a problem but something that should definitely be taught is park etiquette.  This is all just my opinion.

Who is your favorite rider? Why? I would say I have multiple favorite riders.  A few of those include Colton Walker, Nick Bruce, and Brian Fox.  I would say they are some of my favorite riders because I feel like their riding motivates me and makes me just want to go ride and push myself as much as I can.  All around amazing dudes.

What type of rider do you consider yourself? I consider myself to be a bike rider.  Not just to be consider a park rider, street rider, or a dirt rider.  I love to ride BMX and I enjoy to ride anything as long as I am just on my bike.

Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? The BMX Scene where I live is amazing.  Everyone around here is so friendly and motivating.  Each session is just so much fun and there are so many new kids starting to ride which is amazing.  No matter where you are riding or who you are riding with, the sessions are always a blast.

Are your sponsors? I am supported by Nowear BMX, Mudslingers Bike Shop, and XS Energy.  All amazing and genuine people.

When did you find out you were riding for Nowear? The very first Cornhuckit Jam was my first time out to the Compound.  I was 13 years old and I knew only a few people there.  I rode all day and hung out and my mom let me stay the night which was awesome.  I actually ended up sleeping in a sleep bag under one of the Pull up tents in the pouring rain, hah.  A few weeks later I had went on a trip with Karl, Kian, and Noah down to the E-Cow ramps in Page, Nebraska.  At the end of the trip before we left, not having any clue this was going to happen, Karl had talked to me for a little bit alone and he ended up putting me on the team!  I had so much fun riding and hanging out that trip!

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Photo Credits: Dipped 360 – @tjl_photo

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