Turns out, growing up in a skatepark lays the foundation for unbelievable talent on gravity fed trails.
This week’s guests (Skander Anderson & Grayson Festerling) are both 14 years old. They grew up spending countless hours riding and competing on freestyle scooters at skateparks throughout the country. Today, they are “retired” from freestyle scooter competitions and both pursue other passions like weightlifting and basketball.
However, if you put these boys on capable mountain bikes, with lift assisted, gravity fed, flow and jump lines, you learn very quickly that “air awareness is air awareness”, regardless of the sport. Just don’t ask them to pedal, ain’t nobody got time for that…
Throughout the episode the boys take us through their skatepark history, tell stories of bad crashes, injury, recovery, and ultimately transitioning to BMX dirt jumping and gravity riding. They discuss their approach to gravity fed mountain biking and how with what appears to be very little effort, they clear double black diamond jump lines and advanced features that very few of us would even attempt.
These boys are funny, entertaining, and probably better than you on a mountain bike, as long as you don’t ask them to pedal.
Angelfire Bike Park
Cult - BMX Dirt Jump Bikes they ride
Premises Indoor Skatepark (where they grew up)
Woodward West - Action Sport Camps
Chilli Pro Scooters (Skander’s old sponsor)
MGP Scooters (Grayson’s old sponsor)