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Back in April at The Kitchen Skatepark Stand For Scotty Pro/Am there was a ton of top notch shredders. There was a couple people that traveled hundreds of mile to get the this competition! Nick Akerman was one of those riders, from New Jersey to Indiana. I am glad he made the trip because he stomped a huge front flip over the last booster in the middle section! Nick has learned some tricks that pros do in contest settings such as double backflips and others! Nick’s progression is rad and his love for BMX is astonishing. I can’t wait to see what Nick has inshore for 2018. Follow him on Instagram (@the_albatross_402) to go and follow his journey in BMX!
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How long have you been riding? I’ve been riding for roughly 6 years.
What got you into riding? It’s kind of a crazy story. When I was real little I use to go over to my friend from baseball’s house, and one day we went to the park where his older brother was building jumps out of mulch. And my friend Colin was jumping them on this little 16 inch bike from Toys R Us, and I was thinking to myself “Wow this looks like so much fun” I wanna try, I started off jumping dirt dirt jumps in the woods and building little ramps in my street out of 2×4’s and plywood, before I knew it I got a real BMX bike and from there it took off, and I fell in love with the sport ever since.
What inspires you to ride? My biggest inspiration in BMX is seeing the impact I can make on people. Whether it’s teaching a kid a backflip in the foam pit at my local too signing autographs after doing a stunt show at a school, or even responding to DM’s on trick advice from other riders. I guess you could say I’m inspired by Inspiring other’s, and motivating kids to go out and push themselves.
When you go to ride do you have a idea for new tricks or just go there and whatever comes to you, you try? Most of the times I’ll make a list of tricks on my phone and as I do them I’ll cross them off, but usually when I go to a local park I try to focus on 2-3 things to work on a session, so I don’t take on too much at once. But when it comes to filming I usually wing it lmao.
What is your biggest accomplishment in BMX so far? My biggest accomplishment in BMX would have to be 2 moments. The first one is being the 3rd youngest kid in the world to land a Double Backflip (I did it at 15, Nicholi Rogatkin being the 1st at 13 and Ryan Worten being 2nd at 14) and the other would have to be getting 1st place in Monster Energy’s Recon Tour in my age division. Those two moments were some of the best feelings.
What is the biggest problem in BMX that you have noticed? How do you resolve that problem? I think the largest problem in BMX currently is the lack of income these riders are making. Most of these pro’s are risking there life doing these tricks and they aren’t getting as much as it used to be. I think that this sport needs more sponsors and more exposure, hopefully after the olympics BMX makes a huge comeback like how it was in it’s prime in from 2008-2011.
Are there any place you plan on traveling to soon? Yes! I’m going to florida in 2 weeks for a family vacation, and on the way down and back up me and my brother are stopping at DDASC because it’s on the way, I’ll also be riding local parks in Fl there so stay tuned for a lot of pics and vids from there! Then winter break I’m going to The WheelMill, Rays, and Chenga park on one big road trip! Then a winter weekend getaway at WW in February and then Toronto Jam in march.
What is your favorite place to ride? My favorite place to ride is all my local parks in new jersey, my favorite place to train is Woodward’s cloud 9 facility. And my favorite park of all time would be the Animal House in Greenville, North Carolina.
What is the dream place to ride? My dream place to ride hands down has to be Adrennaline Alley skatepark in Corby U.K., Park looks unreal, and I’ve heard it’s got about 8 rooms too.
What is your favorite web edit or video part? My favorite web edit of all time is Logan Martin’s 2013 web edit. But what I watch to get pumped up to ride is any Chad Kerley edit or Devon Smillie vid from TCU. The music and cinematics get me pumped to ride.
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Who is your favorite rider? Why? Logan Martin is, His riding is so on another level then all other pro’s and his instagram clips get me so motivated to progress. It’s like I challenge myself, I look at the tricks he does and I go “Damn, I wonder if I could match this one day.” And it motivates me to push myself.
Do you like your BMX scene Where you live? New Jersey has some great parks! But no one rides like they use too, so I usually ride alone and put my headphones in and focus on progressing. It would be great to have a full on session with new people, so if anyone in the area is down to session hit me up and we can chill!
What is some advice you would give to a BMX rider that is kinda falling out of BMX? My biggest advice I can give to someone who’s struggling in BMX is too think about it like this: Think back to the reason why you started, you did it because it was fun and you had had a good time riding. Just don’t get to competitive with it early on and if you have mental blocks learning new tricks take your mind off of it and switch it up a bit. Trust me I’ve been there before, just don’t burn yourself out and remember why you started riding in the first place.
What was one of your most memorable BMX memory?
There’s honestly been so many. But one that has stood out more then the others, I would say is landing my first backflip ever. I remember I worked on them so much in the foam pit at my local park and it took about 3 months to get consistent enough, and my parents had finally saved enough money aside so I could go to WW (I was 12) and I remember I practiced them all week in the foam pit, and on the 3rd day I finally sent it and landed it and that feeling it gave me I still can remember to this day 5 years later.
When you get a Injury how do you attack it mentally and physically? Thankfully I’ve been extremely blessed to not have any to serious injuries yet. But I’ll use my most recent serious injury from February last year, I partially tore the ligaments in my ankle and I couldn’t ride for a few months. Whenever I get hurt I try to focus on letting the rest of my body recover (Because I usually never let myself rest and thats a problem in itself) And I try my hardest to focus on staying positive the best I can. Physically I just either take ibuprofen and rest and either wrap or ice but other that I just focus on staying as happy as I can when I’m off the bike but sometimes it’s hard.
What is one thing you love about BMX? The #1 thing I love about BMX is traveling to different skateparks and everywhere you go it’s like a big family of riders, everyone takes you in under there wing like your there brothers. It’s truly amazing how big of a family I have in this sport and I’m truly thankful for it.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to in BMX? Favorite place I’ve ever traveled to for BMX would have to be California. Riding aside it was the farthest I’ve ever traveled and the scenery, culture and people were so different then from where I live. First off I live right by the ocean so everything’s flat. Cali had so many mountains ahaha, and the people were soo much more chill then in New Jersey. But the parks were amazing, and I was honored to have the opportunity to ride the markit ramp at Dennis’s dads house. It was unreal getting to have a “Chill” sesh with Chad and Dennis.
What is one thing you look forward to every year in BMX? The biggest thing I look forward too every single year is Woodward Camp! Because its like entering a dream world, you’re in the middle of nowhere and you get to ride 22 of the best skateparks ever designed, you get to ride with people all over the country and make friends with them. And you get to ride with some of the best pro’s that come from all over the world.
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