Spotlight: Karla Wright

Saturday, October 31, 2009
When I first bought my BMX bike in 2005, I searched long and far (Google) for other female riders such as myself, it wasn't long until I found duo Nina Buitrago and Stacey Mulligan. Today there's definitely a lot more female riders across the continent, meet one of them - Karla Wright from Cambridge, United Kingdom

How has riding changed your life?
A lot! It's given me something exciting to focus on in life. I'm constantly meeting new people, going new places and making new friends. It's great. If I didn't love bmx so much I'd probably still be skateboarding or a musician... but yeah i'm a BMX head through and through!

Who are your role models?
Ahh... is the bit where I'm supposed to mention someone famous or something? Well to be honest I really don't know... thinking about it though it's got to be friends and people i see loving the sport for what it is and riding with a passion and for the thrill not just trying to gain attention, to be the best or trying to get hooked up - I hate that in people. So just have fun and chill...

Do you have any goals that you are trying to work towards?
At this moment in time I'd just love to get about more, ride some new and exciting parks, and no hander airs... I'd love to dare take my hands off on the local ramp :)

Do you go to school? what outside stuff do you do?
No I don't go to school... I think 20 is a little bit old for all that ;)

Spotlight: Cory Coffey

Friday, June 12, 2009
Cory Coffey, originally famed for being the first female to do a back flip on a bike, also holds two BMX World titles under her belt. Today, she's traveling all over to attend camps, to help young generation of girls get involve in BMX. Now recovered from her injuries, Cory is back to defend her World title in Germany, read on to learn more about Miss Cory Coffey.

My name is Miss Cory Coffey and I am from Ojai, California. I'm currently in the process of celebrating my 27th year in life, which happens to be my golden year.

Sponsors: Truth, Fluid, Women's Sports Foundation, Redline Bicycles, and Pryme Gear are my sponsors for 2009.

How did you get into riding BMX?
I started riding BMX when I was 14. There were some kids in my neighborhood that raced, so I started riding the local bmx tracks. I raced for three years then started riding an amazing indoor skatepark called Skate Street. RIP

What style of riding would you say you have?I would label my riding style as pretty chill. I love to just cruise around a park, pick fun little lines. I would prefer to just ride fun dirt stuff rather than parks.

When I started riding, my female role models were you, Nina Buitrago and Stacey Mulligan, apparently you never had one, has that changed at all today? May there be a rider that you find really inspiring to watch?
Yeah, I didn't have a role model growing up. I do admire quite a few riders out there, and just seeing people push the limits. It's pretty rad to see all the women out there shredding especially the ones from the land down under!

Ok, I gotta add this one in, you met Laila Ali, what was she like?
Laila Ali was definitely a cool person to meet. I remember standing and looking at her, admiring all that she has accomplished and thinking how rad it was that she could probably take out anyone in the room. I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet many women athletes through the Women's Sports Foundation. When I meet another woman that shreds at something, it inspires me to keep doing what I do.

Laila Ali, otherwise known for her famous father, also holds a record of 24 wins and 0 loses. Even with an impressive record, she’s been criticized to have purposely avoid challenges from other women boxing champions. Being who you are, you have obviously faced some criticism yourself, would you care to share some of them and how you’ve dealt with those who criticize you?
Criticism is going to happen to everyone at some point in their life. I think the best thing to do is just roll with the punches, not let it get to you.

It seems like for a bit I didn’t see much media coverage on you, what’s up with that?
I was laying low for a long time because I endured over ten knee surgeries which have caused me to be in and out of bike riding. I also went from a teenage girl to a young woman and have had a hard time figuring out how bicycle riding will play into my future. It's a hard thing to try and explain. I also had a bad mt. bike accident where I flew off a 100 foot cliff. Then last year, I smashed my face in riding at Woodward in the winter. That left me with a new grill, a racked brain, and wouldn't stop repeating in my head for quite some time. I basically have had to reevaluate bicycle riding in many ways and come up with some sort of goal, like be able to walk when I'm 30. I don't really know which injury has been the worst, but I know I never want to smash my face in again

We’re looking forward to your return in July for the Worlds in Germany, do you have any expectations for yourself or the competition?I am definitely looking forward to Germany in July. I have big expectations for myself. I'm training everyday now to build muscle so my silly knees feel good so I can give it my all. I just want to be healthy, strong and up to par for the Worlds. I'm super excited for the contest, should be one of the biggest turnouts for girls! A rad time to hangout, meet new riders, hunt for the jaguar shark, explore and play on bicycles in other countries!

Is there anything you want to plug while were here or someone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank all my sponsors: Redline, Fluid, Truth, Women's Sports Foundation, and Pryme. Also thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without You, life would be meaningless. Thanks to my friends, family and the one who broke my heart.

images: Miss Cory Coffey

Spotlight: Crystal Shepherd

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's your name, who are you, and are you old enough to get drunk?
I am Crystal Shepherd from Port Macquarie Australia. I am 19 years old so yes old enough to get drunk here.

My sponsors are Eastern Bikes (Dirtworks Australia) and Graham Seers Cyclery.

Any relation to Peta Shepherd or is it just a huge coincident that you both ride and rep the same last names?
There is no relation to Peta Shepherd, it is a coincidence but I think its pretty funny how it turned out like that.

How did you get into riding?
I got into riding when my brother and I went to a park a few minutes from our house and saw some guys building jumps and doing tricks on bmx bikes. I use to ride skateboards but changed to bikes when I saw how much fun it looked. I kept with the BMX riding and it's been amazing.

What was your worst injury and for what?
My worst injury would be breaking my collar bone on a flip. Definitely the most boring 6 weeks of my life.

With the Worlds in Germany coming up, do you have any expectations for yourself?
Worlds in Germany I'm not real sure about so no expectations for it at the moment.

Is there a contest in mind that you really want to compete in one day?
I haven't really thought about contests much I guess going in one overseas would be pretty cool it would be something different.

In what direction would you like to see BMX in 10 years?
BMX in the next 10 years I would like to see more tricks you don't see much anymore big seatgrab indian airs etc and a bigger scene.

Do you have any tips for new riders?
Tips for new riders, definitely get out there have fun riding with friends and traveling to new places. Practice and practice don't give up on tricks you want to learn.

"Out of all the tricks you've learned which one took you the longest to master? Which one is your favorite to do?" - Dominique M
The trick that took the longest to learn would be a turndown. Favourite tricks to do are ones that feel floaty like a big disco over a box jump.

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