Day in the life -- Volume Bikes pro Broc Raiford
Broc Raiford day in the life
Broc Raiford is part of the new breed of Southern California BMX transplants, having made the move from Louisiana to Huntington Beach, Calif. These days, as a pro for Volume Bikes and Odyssey, Raiford spends his time skating, riding, video gaming and visiting his sponsors. Here, Raiford walks us through his day: "I like to start these sunny California days off with a nice bowl of cereal and a quick scroll through the Internet to catch any new edits or news. During that time I usually text my friends to see what they are up to and try to catch a session," says Raiford.
"I've been on a kick lately about starting the day early, so after breakfast I'll usually cruise around on my Fairdale until one of my homies hits me back to ride. I'm really into riding bikes of all sorts, so riding around on my big bike keeps things fresh. Josh Clemens ended up replying and we set up to meet at 180 Distro (Volume Bikes warehouse) later."
"Meanwhile we decided to head down the road a ways to Volcom skatepark where I roll around on the ground trying to skateboard. I skated a lot when I was younger but BMX was always more natural. We ended up having a pretty rad session and getting a quick feeble on the tight quarter. I don't usually try to ride there because the locals are against bikes."
"After all our morning activities, we worked up an appetite. We started to head back towards my area to brainstorm where to eat. We ended up at Freebirds, which is a really good burrito spot. We indulged in refried beans and Spanish rice."
Ping Pong session
"Josh met us at 180 Distribution and we had hopes of possibly catching a quick session. Unfortunately we found out the ramps were locked up and the key holder was absent that day. That didn't stop us from having an epic ping-pong session for a bit. I love ping-pong."
Full Factory session
"Realizing we had spent a great deal of our sunlight inside playing table tennis, we rushed to Full Factory Distribution. Luckily it's literally right around the corner from 180 Distribution. We hopped out of the car and put our helmets on to ride the ramps as the sun went down."
"Jim Bauer was in house and allowed us into Willy Wonka land for bike parts. Jim introduced me to Odyssey's "Aloha" pedals a while back and I was biting at his ankles to get a pair as soon as possible. I didn't know which color to chose so I ended up holding all three for 30 minutes until I could decide."
Call of Duty
"The sun had gone down so that was the end of our riding/skating fun for the day due to lack of lit skateparks and traffic. We all ventured back to my apartment and kicked it until traffic was over. Josh ended up leaving and I went straight to my room to catch a "Call of Duty" session with Devon Smillie."
"I usually end up getting frustrated with playing COD and will stop playing before I start screaming obscenities at the other players. How do I relax you ask? I pull out my watercolors and paint up a new flash sheet. Tattoos/painting have become a recent passion of mine and it's a good way to close out the day."
End of the day
"Once I'm done with my painting or have had enough of that for the night. I'll usually cook myself something. When I moved out I didn't know how to cook, but that quickly changed when eating pizza rolls every night started to gross me out. After eating I usually hit the sheets to get some sleep for tomorrow. Thanks for checking out my day in the life!"