Date of Birth:

Colony BMX, Back Bone BMX, FTE Collective

How long have you been riding?
Roughly 14+ years.

What got you interested in BMX?
My younger brother and I would ride around the street jumping off of gutters, we eventually found a little trail spot behind a school and were in awe of the kids hitting the jumps, from there we were hooked!

Biggest influences in BMX:
Early days my influence in the way I rode was definitely based on the local crew, in particular one of my very, very good friends Jack Gruber. Jack and I were so hyped on BMX, we would be at the park everyday trying to learn as much as we could. Nowadays the influence still comes from the locals I get to ride with!

Where are you living at the moment? And where did you grow up?
Canberra born and raised! Currently in the Woden area which fortunately has a super fun skatepark!

What does a regular Saturday out on the bike usually consist of?
Summer time i’ll be chasing a 5:30am/6:00am session to beat the heat, will usually get a few hours in the morning then later on in the day see where some of the crew is to meet up and ride a park. Winter time in Canberra can be painfully cold, so I will chase a midday session with the crew at a park, ideally filming clips or shooting photos!

What are you doing for work these days?
I work for a local business that specialises in Data Centres, being a tight family-run business there are a few hats to wear but typically I will work with customers and manage projects. Outside of that I’ll shoot content for people/brands.

Top 3 places you’ve ridden over the years:
I’ve been fortunate to ride a bunch of places, My top 3 memorable / pinch myself spots i’ve been able to ride would be: SMP Skatepark in Shanghai, China, Kona Skatepark in Florida, USA & A full pipe in the middle of California, USA that I can’t remember the name of haha.

What are your interests outside of Riding?
I enjoy shooting photos, whether that be with a drone, DSLR or film camera. Hanging with family and friends, I also get around the Cricket in the summer and the Rugby League in the Winter (Up the Milk!).

Tell us something about your local scene:
It is growing at the moment, which is sick! There are heap of kids coming up that are riding everday and are just stoked to be riding with their friends. We are fortunate to have Back Bone BMX who are always stoking the CBR scene with the ACTJAM, Coaching and smaller jams.

What motivates you to go out and ride all the time?
Apart from being something that is ridiculously fun, I think that it is important to do what you enjoy / love as much as you can, while you can. Lifes responsibilities can change how much time you get to ride, so the motivation is to get as much time in before those responsibilities eat the time I do have now!

Favourite place you’ve travelled to and why?
BMX wise, my favourite place has to be Florida in 2017, not for the location but for the memories. I somehow timed it with the first Swampfest and met some of best people who I now travel with yearly.
Non-BMX wise, Yosemite and Arches National Park in the USA. Its hard to describe both locations other that they are beautiful!

Good meals to eat:
The Zambrero Burrito above all else.

Give us some bands/musicians you are into these days:
It chops and changes almost weekly, some artists and bands that have been getting a run recently are Gang of Youths, Cottonwood Firing Squad, Javie Bahama, LureDivision, Clairo, Queen and The Kid LAROI.

Favourite Colony product?
The Swarm Freecoaster Hub, I really enjoy doing fakie trick and having the confidence that the hub wont engage when I’m going backwards makes it easy to focus on whatever I am trying backwards!

What BMX has taught you:
I could write a book on what it has taught me, but i’ll keep it short. BMX has shown me that putting the time and effort into learning something you enjoy is definitely worth it, staying true to what you enjoy is the path to being happy!

The usual thanks…
Obvious thank you to Mum for everything!
Clint & Cooper for letting me be apart of the Colony team, still pinch myself!
Thank you to Rhys & Tyson at Back Bone BMX, not just for what you have done for me but what you do and continue to do for the scene, we can never repay you!
A lot of friends to name, but you know who you are. Thanks for the sessions and memories!

Instagram account:
BMX things – @troyharradine
Drone things – @harradinetroy