Meet the contenders for Real BMX
"I've ridden in a number of contests over the years, and have even podiumed at a few major street events. However, I've always put most of my energy into filming my video parts," says four-time NORA Cup "Street Rider of the Year" and two-time X Games BMX Street medalist, Van Homan. "'Seek and Destroy' and 'Criminal Mischief' launched my career." Homan also won a NORA Cup in 2014 for "Video Part of the Year" for his segment in Fit's "Holy Fit."
"My passion is BMX, but I was never able to make a living off of it," says Colt Fake, the only rider in Real BMX who has never competed at the X Games. "I've worked for my dad's production company since I was 16, building props and stages for Universal Studios. Five years ago, I found out about a job opportunity at Universal, being a stunt performer and entertainer on an extreme pogo stick. I was on break at work one day when I got a phone call with this amazing opportunity to be a part of Real BMX, and show the world what I love to do, which is travel, ride BMX and make videos out of my journeys with my friends."
Garrett Reynolds is the most dominant street riders to ever step on a BMX bike. The only X Games BMX street contest he didn't win (he's got eight gold medals total to his credit) he took silver. He's won the NORA Cup "Street Rider of the Year" award seven times, and in 2015 he won NORA Cup "Web Video of the Year." "The feeling of riding my bike is something I can't live without," says Reynolds. "I'm always fiending." (Reynolds runs his own BMX bike company known as Fiend.)
Dennis Enarson is one of the best all around BMX riders in the world. The eight time X Games medalist competes in both Park and Street, and recently took gold in BMX Park at XG Austin 2016. "Me and my friends were always riding and doing crazy stuff around San Diego. It wasn't long until we started playing with cameras and filming all the randomness we were doing," says Enarson of his foray into film. "I guess we are still doing the exact same thing we always naturally did. We just grew up a little and have nicer cameras."
Former motocross racer Devon Smillie got his first proper X Games invite in 2016 (he'd been an alternate previously), and came in a respectable fourth in BMX Street. "I've been riding BMX for 20 years and moved to California four years ago to get more in the mix," says Smillie. "I try to just stay riding and filming as much as possible and put out new content to better my last project."
"I've been obsessed with the art of filming video parts since the early 2000s," says three-time X Games BMX Street medalist and 2015 NORA Cup Street Rider of the Year, Dakota Roche. "The feeling of getting a trick you're stoked on is the best, but it's even better when you've been working on a part and everything is starting to come together. I like to put everything I have into my parts, heart and soul."
Enarson's filmer: Doeby Huynh
"Doeby is the new bad ass filmer in San Diego and it's always so casual working with him," says Dennis Enarson of his Real BMX filming teammate, Doeby Huynh. "I pick Doeby up. We film and bs all day. He sends me the timeline that night. The dude is dialed at what he does, and really fun to work with. We are definitely on the same page when it comes to putting together a project."
Reynolds' filmer: Tony Ennis
"Tony has passion invested in every project he works on. His filming speaks for itself," says Reynolds of his filmer teammate, Tony Ennis. "We both are into more of a raw look. Working with him, we both know what we want, and he's down to put in the time any time I want to film. Having that helps keep me motivated to make something we can both be psyched on."
Homan's filmer: Ryan Navazio
"Ryan and I have been friends for over 20 years. We met riding PA trails as teenagers," says Homan of his filmer teammate Ryan Navazio. "As my riding progressed he continued to film and edit a number of self-funded projects and earned a reputation in his craft. We've worked on a number of things together over the years but, surprisingly, this is the first time we've filmed a section together in its entirety."
Smillie's filmer: Mike Manzoori
"Mike is one of the most well known filmers in skateboarding," says Smillie of his filmer teammate, Mike Manzoori."He's such a great dude to hang out with. We work super well together."
Roche's filmer: Richard "Veesh" Krumm
"Veesh and I have been good friends for a really long time," says Roche of his filmer teammate Veesh Krumm. "I remember him starting to have an interest in filming/editing soon after I meet him about 15-ish years ago. More recently, him and I have worked on quite a few projects together, all of which I've been super stoked on the outcome. He's a hard worker and he has a vision -- two of the most important qualities, in my opinion. We work closely together to make sure we're both amped on what we got. It's awesome."
Fake's filmer: Darryl Tocco
"I just recently worked on a project with Darryl for Monster Energy," says Fake of his filmer teammate, Darryl Tocco. "He has the highest quality of filming and editing of anyone that I have gotten to work with, and he also rides BMX. It makes riding and filming a lot less stressful when you are working with someone you can connect with on multiple levels, and trust that they are going to get the shot and make you look good."