Eric Watkeys

 

How long have you bee­n riding?
I have been riding on and off since I was a kid, I tried skating for a bit but I end up back on my bike. Between work/adulting/work..I have had long periods where I haven't ridden like when I first joined the Army I didn't ride for a couple of years.

 

What got you interest­ed in BMX?
Always loved BMX, when I was a kid and we lived out of town I would build my own jumps when it would rain I would play Dave Mirra freestyle BMX on PS1 that would always keep me keen.

 

Biggest influences in­ BMX?
Dave Mirra, Ryan Nyquist, Chris Doyle, Van Homan, Mark Webb.
The people that I ride with.

 

Where are you living ­at the moment?
Wodonga, Victoria...until June.

 

Wh­ere did you grow up?

Grafton, NSW

 

What does a regular s­ession usually consis­t of?
Keeping an eye on my 4 year old Xander and teaching him new stuff.
If he's not there I like to flow around for a bit and Fuf everything, once that's done I start working on old stuff or new stuff....trying not to get hurt.

 

 

Top 3 places you’ve r­idden over the years?
The Village...the mini there is awesome.
Grafton Skatepark.
Fairfield Skatepark in Brisbane.

 

Tell us something abo­ut your local scene?
I wish it was still Brisbane. BMX is a very small scene here in Wodonga.
Favourite beverage?­
Beer or something Grape

 

Favourite food?­
Pizza

 

Bands/musicians you a­re into?
I like a lot of different music.
Tech Nine, Twiztid, 5 finger death punch, disturbed.

 

Pegs yes or no?­
I get so bored without pegs, I don't know how people do it.
Mainly run 2, atm 3 I dabble with 4 every now and then.

Shout outs?
Fungus bike Co for giving me the opportunity to ride for them. Chris Courtenay , Brock Horneman Nathan (Lanky) Philips, Josh Hellwege, Nick Brown, Leeton Kleingeld, Ben Thompson and everyone else I have met and ridden with through BMX, most of all to my wife Amy for putting up with me.


Garf

 


Gypsy

 


Luke Bailey

 

How long have you been riding?

Been riding since about 16, when the local was built!

What got you interested in BMX?

Dunno, guess I was no good at skating!
Biggest influences in BMX?

Biggest influences easily Ruben, Aitkin and Nastazio

Where are you living at the moment? And where did you grow up?

Melbourne
What does a regular session usually consist of?

Regular session, beer, laughs, Metallica and good fucken times!
Top 3 places you’ve ridden over the years?

N/A
Tell us something about your local scene?

Local scene is ok, handful of good dudes, mainly vaginas on scooters!
Favourite beverage?

Fave beverage is obviously not water
Favourite food?

N/A
Bands/musicians you are into?

Bands, any 80s thrash, plenty of good bands  making their mark in Melbourne

Pegs yes or no?

Pegs, I don’t run them... personal preference, I don’t hate on dudes that run them!
Shout outs..

Shoutouts hmmmmm, shoutout to fungus for keeping it real, shoutout to any other cunt that wants to ride bikes for good times with rad dudes, dudes that wanna take the fun away, fuck you and your shitty attitude!


Matt Mercer

How long have you been riding?

I have been mucking about on my bike for the last 7 years on and off. But I grew up racing bmx before destroying my knee put an end to riding for a few years.
Biggest influences in BMX?

Mat Hoffman from day one, I know that's a super cheesy one to pick but I can't get over how much he has done for the sport and how much his body has been through all in the name of pushing what's possible. These days I look to Chris Doyle, Clint Reynolds, Nasty, Aitken, Scotty Cranmer, Bohan and a few others to keep the stoke alive.

Where are you living at the moment?

As of June this year I made the return to farming in North Waikato and I'm loving it! I get to work with animals, and rip around on bikes and other machinery. What's not to like? It's also pretty cool to work in a job that is essentially limitless in ways of progression and approach, just like bmx.
What does a regular session usually consist of?

These days a regular session at the local park involves playing music on my portable speaker, catching up with mates and riding as fast as I can, trying to open up new lines. Every now and then I try land some new tricks and I'll probably go back to that mentality when the brakes go back on and Tailwhips get less sketchy.
Top 3 places you’ve ridden over the years?

Manukau skatepark, not necessarily for the park itself but the scene there when I started riding again was pretty rad. Massive thanks to all those guys for being so cool. Chris Beverlands house was my favourite place in the world for a few years, just a decent sized roll in into some sweet jumps. His first jump has a decent kick to it. The old Waiuku bmx track was probably the raddest place I ever rode. In the early 00's there were so many pros there to look up to and the track itself was sick!
Tell us something about your local scene?

Local scene is ok, handful of good dudes, mainly vaginas on scooters! ( Scooter Kids )
Favourite beverage?

Waikato draught, closely followed by double brown. Very closely. Special mentions to rum, coffee, and good old water.
Favourite food?

Anything that involves doing the least dishes! As bad as it is for me, I love a hearty lasagne packed full of fungus haha!
Bands/musicians you are into?

Metallica obviously, Lamb of God, Gojira, Tame Impala, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Rise Against, NOFX, Pennywise, Deadmau5, Knife Party, Pendulum, Bloody Beetroots.

Pegs yes or no?

Yes pegs are mean. I have trouble running them as I put them on the left and they loosen my front wheel constantly. Love sending an icepick down a rail when I'm feeling ballsy though.
Shout outs..

My mum for driving me to all those races and buying me great bikes when I was a kid and still letting me ride after all the crazy accidents. Lawrence and Brad Day, father and son combo, letting me dig in the front paddock and building pretty much whatever I want. Daniel Puha and Ryan Dando for hanging out and looking after me while I was tripping down south, now looking to make that trip as often as possible. Chris Beverland! Ethan Macintosh for being a good mate and a sharp rider, Jon Riddle, Brad Webb and Lewis Jones. Best sessions at my jumps have involved those dudes. Lewis is crazy! My son Ronnie, a constant reminder to keep it on two wheels and try not to cop anymore head injuries haha. Of course I have to mention fungusbikeco, been sending me little care packages and spinning yarns for a while now and I couldn't be happier to be involved with great New Zealanders like Garf and Knoxxy riding for a progressive company that isn't all about commercial success and actually gives a shit about the core riders. Sorry if that's a bit long, I really appreciate all my friends for keeping the stoke alive.


Tyler Knox

How long have you been riding?

Well i started riding bikes at 6 or 7 years old but didn´t start doing tricks until i was about 10 so at least 16 years haha


Biggest influences in BMX?

Would have to be my brother Brodie Knox i´ve all ways looked up to him from a young age and when i saw him riding, thats what got me into it. He has all ways pushed me with it. Scotty Crammer, Morgan Wade, Cory Nastazio and Ryan Nyquist are some of my other all time favourite riders


Where are you living at the moment?

I have just moved back from Brisbane and am living in Nelson New Zealand


What does a regular session usually consist of?

I like to ride pretty hard most sessions and do all of my biggest tricks other wise i don't feel like i've had a good ride but some times i like to just chill an just talk shit with the boys haha.


Top 3 places you’ve ridden over the years?

Would have to be Farmjam dirt jumps fairfield skatepark in Brisbane and the local Motueka park


Tell us something about your local scene?

Really chill dudes who kill it on the bike but don't take it to seriously and like to enjoy a beer or 2 which is what bmx is all about i reckon!


Favourite beverage
?

Banana milk, Long whites. Gray goose vodka and Fresh up big fizz


Favourite food?

kfc, butter chicken, cheese cake and doritos 


Bands/musicians you are into?

Wilkinson, The Upbeats, Netsky, Shapeshifter, Eminem and 2pac 


Pegs yes or no?

I've never run pegs not that i don't like them its just not my style i just like doing big jumps haha.


Shout outs?

I'd like to send a shout out to my brother for getting me into riding and all ways hooking up bike parts when i was to poor to get new ones haha. Garf for being an all round legend and putting in the good word for me with you and you for giving me the chance to ride for Fungus Bikes as well as Puha who i know would get a kick out of getting a mention.