25th Jun 2012 @ 10:28
Written by Amy Sav
“Hey man what’s up? Oh sorry, I thought you were someone else”
The amount of times that I have tried to catch up with 81 Customs’ Brad Ackerman at events and walked up to the wrong person is outrageous. Luckily I managed to grab him at The second to last stop on the Razor Global Domination Tour at XC in Hemel Hempstead, I used this time to ask Brad some questions about his riding and experience in the scootering scene. But, before i did, I asked him to give me his opinion on the razor tour so far.
Brad: I suppose its going good. The comps in the UK are better because I actually get the chance to ride with all my friends, on terms of the atmosphere I think that it is very pumped up. Riders from all across the UK are travelling to most of the tour stops and I think that they’re all stoked to be riding with a mixture of ability.
Amy: How does it feel to be considered as one of the best riders in the UK on the scene at the moment?
Brad: Its kinda weird because I remember riding my scooter down my local park with Corey Wakeman and Perry Grant, it was just a laugh. But now I’m travelling across the whole of the country representing my sponsor and getting paid for what I love doing. I guess I never imagined myself doing what I do now, it was a bit surreal at first, going to comps and getting people coming up to me who I don’t even know but have somehow heard of me and my riding! It’s just crazy.
Amy: So, you’ve been to pretty much every stop on the Razor Tour so far, and are also attending the final stop, NASS. You’ve placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at all of them, how does this feel?
Brad: Its feels like, weird like last year I was barely even qualifying and I never even saw myself in the top 3. But over the past year or so I guess my progression has got me to where I am today. I know sometimes putting in all this extra effort can be really tireing, and if I don’t land a trick it can sometimes frustrate me! But in the end when I see my name written on a check and I’ve been called up because I’ve riden well and scored myself enough points, I feel so proud of myself and all the hard work has paid off.
Amy: In terms of events, what have you got planned for the rest of the year? And what are you most looking forward to?
Brad: This year I want to go to as many events as possible. Hopefully 81 Customs are going to organise a European tour soon, then in September we will hopefully plan to go to Australia to ride the JJ4 comp, then in January 2013 we will be going to Woodward, in America. I’m so stoked! I’m most looking forward to going to Australia, mainly because the scene in general out there is so good and all the riders are just next level.
Amy: Thank you for your time Brad, and we will be sure to see you at the last Global Domination Tour stop, NASS!
Interview conducted by Amy Sav.