Derek at the Mulisha X-Mas party
Derek Garland stopped by the office on Friday to hang out and pick up some new etnies gear. I busted out the digi recorder for a couple minutes and asked the Metal Mulisha / etnies rider some questions….
So, Garland what have you been up to lately?
This past couple months I’ve just been riding a lot, about a month ago I landed my first backflip on dirt so I’ve been super pumped. I’m basically just trying to step up my game for this year. I got the flip now and just working on new combos, so hopefully I’ll be doing good in these contests coming up in the summer time.
Nice. You were just up in Oregon, right? Tell us a little about that.
Yeah, that was cool. Twitch, Faisst, Potter, OX, Homan, myself, all put on a show up in Redmond, OR. It was sick, sold out both nights. I think the venue actually sold out of booze, also. I’ve never heard of that happening before so that was pretty cool. Yeah, that was the first show of the year and so far so good.
What are your plans for the year?
Basically just ride as many shows and as many contests as possible, do as much as I can and just practice a lot, learn some new shit and make some money and have fun. That’s about it.
The imposter pulling babes with Garland's looks.
Around town I’ve been hearing there is a Garland imposter showing up at parties that looks just like you….
[Laughs] I don’t know man, yeah, I go out of town for the weekend and all my buddies are saying “Oh, I saw you at this party last weekend, you looked smashed!” And I was like “What?” I had to double check and make sure I wasn’t really there. Then I saw photos on MySpace of an imposter with my face going around hitting on chicks. [Laughs] I don’t know what’s going on!
90' step up to a Clowers style landing.
So you came up here to pick up some clothes and stuff today, what are you favorite etnies shoes?
Have to go with, definitely, the Metal Mulisha Deegan model, and also I think the Cinch is pretty cool. Yeah, those two.
What were you and Fluffer up to today to bring you up this way?
We actually just ran some laps out at the Elsinore track. Hadn’t been on the bike in a couple days and just wanted to get some good bike time in, and thought we’d stop by to bother you and Chapman and grab some stuff.