Nick is 20 years old and has been putting in hours on a BMX bike for close to fifteen years. I met him as a soft spoken, enthusiastic eight year old who would come back to the local trails and jump whatever the older kids were digging. In his early years riding he had style and control, and he quickly progressed going higher and further on whatever obstacle he rode.
As he got older, Nick and I became close friends and I was always inspired by his dedication to the sport and his determination to challenge himself as a rider. Once I started driving I would take Nick to the indoor skatepark I worked at and let him ride for free just to marvel at what he learned each day.
Eventually I moved away, and fell out of touch with Nick. He continued to ride, win contests, and gain sponsorship, but a back injury and a cracked frame became a set back, and put him out of the scene for a while. With a lack of exposure Nick lost his sponsor, but not his drive. After a year of getting healthy, finishing high school, and getting back on his bike Nick starting going after some of the biggest tricks in BMX.
Over the past few months Nick has won some big competitions, and doesn’t plan to slow down soon. He is the first rider in Allisports Free Flow history to win multiple disciplines in the same year. He won First Place in BMX Park in Ocean City, Maryland, and First Place in BMX Dirt in San Francisco, California. He is currently competing against the top pros in the world at the Dew Tour BMX Dirt Championship in San Francisco, California.
Nick took first place in the Free Flow Dirt Finals in San Francisco! After winning, he was invited to ride against the Pros in the Dew Tour Dirt prelims. He currently sits 6th out of 15, and gets to ride next in the semi finals!