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Nate Adams just broke his wrist in qualifying racing Supercross. You guys ride together. Does that make you want to try it out?
It definitely motivates me. Knowing he was in qualifying position when he got hurt. He would have qualified for sure. It motivates me, but at the same time, every year I’m like “Yeah I’m going to ride A1,” and then it starts raining and I’m like fuck, I wanna go out in the hills and shovel some jumps and have some real fun!
I would say I’d love to ride Supercross, I’m almost sure I could make the night show, but I don’t know. Maybe it will happen one day, maybe it wont. I’ll never know. Every year I’ll say I’m going to, and I have a lot of friends that say “Just try it, you’re faster than most of the dudes out there.” Yeah, guarantee I could make a night show. But at the same time it’s a touchy subject, because, yeah, I want to do it, but do I really have the heart to do it now? I’m not 18 anymore. I don’t need to. But it would be fun. We’ll just have to see one day.
What was the last embarrassing thing that happened to you? Probably when I farted on Maddison’s mechanic’s face and he licked it!
True story!? True story, real life! No, I can’t really remember the last embarrassing thing.
(Buddy, Maddo’s mechanic, reminds us of Twitch throwing his bike on the ground and leaving the stadium at X Games). I don’t really think that was embarrassing. I thought that was funny when I watched it on TV. I thought it was really funny! It was hilarious walking out of X Games kicking and punching everything. Shit like that happens. When you’re that motivated and that focused on winning and something happens to your bike and it’s not even your fault. I’m surprised I didn’t break more shit!
What did happen to the bike? I still don’t know. We fixed the bike and it makes the same noise now. So I threw it in the corner of the garage and sold it to Maddison and he hasn’t even picked it up. It’s been here for like three months and he already paid for it! I don’t even want to deal with that bike, or talk about it. I was seriously bitter for a good two months. For two weeks nobody could talk to me about X Games. I’d get so mad and go on a bad one. That’s what happens when you work your ass off and shit happens. That just gives me more motivation to go back there this year and kill it.
What do you think is the next big trick? I’ve been doing one-handed kiss of death flips in the foam pit. Yep. And I’ve been doing rock solid back flip to double grab indy to no hander lander without checking. I seriously have my game going. I’m doing back flip body varials. Shutting Loza’s trick down hard. He does body varials, I’m doing back flip body varials and landing sidesaddle one- handed, with my new foot peg hook.
So that’s what you’re learning in the mountains while snowboarding?
Yeah, I’m getting my acrobatics down right now! Naw, I don’t really know about big tricks. We’ll see what happens this year. I know the flair was starting to be a big thing, but on the low-down I heard there ain’t even going to be a quarterpipe at X Games this year, so I’m not really working on that.
I like the quarter pipe, it’s sick. But they want 10 grand for a ramp and I’m over spending 10 grand on one ramp. I think a lot of guys are over spending that. I think the only guys with a quarterpipe are Rebeaud and Red Bull.
Any superstitions when you’re riding? Yeah, I always put the left side of all my gear on first. Always do the same stretches and always pray right before I get on my bike, then I’m good to go.
What’s the best rumor you’ve heard about yourself where you’re just like “Where the fuck did they come up with that?
The best rumor I heard lately, my buddy Logan Darien, Nate’s roommate, was getting his hair cut and this chick behind him, talking to her hairdresser, saying “Yeah, my boyfriend and Twitch just beat this guy up yesterday. They got arrested and they’re in jail together.” I thought it was really funny because I wasn’t even in Temecula at the time and I don’t even know this girl’s boyfriend. Supposedly I beat someone up inside Temecula Motorsports! So, that was a pretty good rumor going around for a while. She said after she was done getting her hair cut she was leaving there to go pick up me and her boyfriend from jail…we were just getting out!
You definitely hear some funny rumors, some stupid ones for sure. It’s like, ‘How the fuck did somebody think that up?” It’s weird.
Temecula is a small town, eh? I just think it’s weird people have to tell stories to try and fit in.
So it’s you, Susan, Katrina and Taka in the pad here? Yep, got the family and the ninja livin’ here. I don’t even need an alarm system. I got a built in ninja that lives at my house! He’ll sleepwalk and throw snap kicks in the middle of the night and knock your ass out. When he’s here I just turn my alarm off… I’m all good.
Ari gato! I just had the whole team Japan over here. Dice, Ego, Kazi and Kenny Chung. This dude’s name is Uki, but they call him Kenny because he wears the same helmet as Kenny Bartram… all opened up. So everyone in Japan knows him as Kenny. I thought that was pretty funny!
What are the plans for the house? I’m getting ready to get the foam pit fixed. I’m gonna build another landing on the other side of it, get my gate finished, get my driveway paved because I’m tired of living on a dirt road, paint the inside of the house, and get some tile and wood floors, and I think that’s the extent of that.
Any concerns with all the legal stuff going around with riding out here?
I’m concerned for sure! I want to be able to ride on my freakin’ property—that’s why I bought it, ya know? Now that I can’t, well I’m going to ride anyways because it’s what I bought my house for. This is my job. Where am I going to go practice if I can’t even have jumps at my own house? It’s not like you can just go to a track and throw your ramp out to a landing.
Pretty much all the freestyle guys are getting shit right now and getting shut down. It’s not like we annoy people. We’re not riding all day motos, pinned 4th gear through the whoops! We’re in 2nd gear. We creep around a corner, hit the ramp, turn around and hit it again. At the most there are four or five guys riding together. It’s just stupid. That’s our job and what are we supposed to do. How are supposed to practice, if we have nowhere to ride and we cant ride on our own property? It’s not like they are going to set a designated spot and say, “Here ya go, build all your jumps and ramps and here’s water and tractors.” I’m just building my shit back up and I’m going to ride, because that’s what I do and that my job. So I’m riding… at my house!
What are some lame funny trends you’ve been seeing lately? The tight-ass jeans! I think that shit is gay as hell when you have jeans on tighter than my wife. You really need jeans to where you got a male cameltoe? That ain’t cutting it, dude! I can’t stand when dudes wear the tight-ass shirts and shit like that… just not my steez!
What about the expensive-ass jeans everyone is into right now? Oh, I got some expensive-ass jeans. Those are the only jeans I wear! They just fit good and they’re comfortable and why not?
And the really cool embroidery? I don’t care about no embroidery, I just like the way they fit. They feel good and I run ‘em. Yeah, I’m a victim of the expensive jeans.
Even when you could get a million for free? Yeah, I wear all my sponsors other clothes. I just like designer jeans.
Well there ya go. Where do you like to go travel for fun? The Bahamas, dude! With the wife and kid and just go! It’s fun as hell. You can just chill and relax. I would have to say that’s the best place.
You guys have that beach house in Malibu? No, we just have a little house out in Hermosa Beach right on the water, it’s pretty sick. It’s going to be sick in the summer and during X Games I’ll have somewhere to stay now and I don’t have to worry about getting a hotel. It’s like 10 minutes from X Games. I’m pretty pumped. Seriously when I get out there I don’t even want to come home out here. I’ll be like, “Yeah I’m going out there for the weekend” and end up staying a whole week! I have everything out there so I don’t even need to pack a bag, just go and chill and ride beach cruisers all day.
You’ve been traveling all around the world with your best friends for years, there’s got to be a million funny stories. What’s one good one?
I don’t know…there’s too many. I’m trying to think. There’s so many you just remember bits and pieces. I think some of the best are when me and Ronnie were in Sturgis. Like every year we’d always mess with each other. I’d always go downstairs and eat breakfast, lunch and diner and charge it on him and Deegan’s room. I’d always charge all of my shit to their room!
When they would be out riding their choppers, I was the only one that didn’t have a chopper, so every year we were there, they would go out riding and I’d be stuck at the hotel by myself, bored as hell! So I started going in Ronnie’s room. I’d take the bag out of his trash can, poop in the trash can, and then put the bag back in it and fill it back up with the trash so he didn’t know where the scent was coming from. Did that a couple times. I pooped in the sink once. Left it there and opened up all the blinds so the sun shined right in and it stunk really bad. I was probably like 18 or 19 at the time and back then it was funny. Still funny, but I just haven’t done it in a long time.
That’s fucking hilarious! So what’s up after riding is over? After riding…I don’t know yet. There is a lot of stuff I want to do, but I don’t know what I’m going to do. I need to hurry up and figure it out just so I can get it ready now and when it comes to that point I have something I want to do. I just feel like I need to focus on what I’m doing now to be the best. I don’t really want to be thinking about any other stuff besides just riding and being one of the top dudes. That’s my job right now and that’s what I want to worry about. But, at the same time, I need to worry about my future, but, I don’t know… we’ll figure it out!
Is it weird being in the public eye, going out to dinner or shit like that?
I never thought it would get to the point that it has gotten to, ya know what I mean? Sometimes it’s weird. Sometimes I just sit back and think, “Dude, people know me just from riding my dirt bike.” It’s something I love to do. I would still be riding my bike today if I never got paid to do it. I’d still be doing the same shit and riding just as much. I just cant believe how many people recognize me now just from riding my dirt bike, and just being me and having fun.
I think that’s the one thing… people can pick me out of the crowd. I’m not just one of the average Joes. I have a little uniqueness. I still find it crazy that people remember me from riding my dirt bike and doing what I love to do. Definitely pumped. And getting paid doing it so that’s a bonus!
What would you say are some of the perks and disadvantages?
Just being a known dude. I’d be lying, any freestyle guy would be, if he said he didn’t like being recognized or noticed. Our job is to go out and show off. That’s just how every single dude is in our sport. I guess that’s a perk.
The downfall, sometimes you seriously get stuck talking to people for sooo long. I try to be cool to every single one of my fans. Without my fans I wouldn’t be doing this. That’s why I have a job is because of them. But sometimes you get that fan that just asks you the dumbest stuff. They want your phone number and address and want to come hang out. It’s like, “Dude, when I’m not on my bike I’m a normal person just like you. I just ride my bike, that’s my job and I was just in the right place at the right time. It’s definitely cool to have fans that are cool as hell, and most of them are. But you get that select few that are just overboard. I’m still cool to them. I ain’t gonna be a dick to anyone. I’ll talk to any single person that comes up to me. I remember being younger and Jeff Stanton shining me when I wanted an autograph when I was like eight years old. He had some noodles hanging out of his mouth, and he’s like “Nope, not now.”
Ever since then I was like “Fuck Jeff Stanton!” I used to be pumped on him but ever since that day at autographs and he did that shit to me I always had that in my head. I said I won’t ever be like that dude. If I’m eating, if I’m in a grocery store, having a romantic diner, I’m going to sign an autograph. I just remember how devastated I was as a little kid. It pissed me off so bad and I just hated him. I don’t ever want to do that to some little kid that looks up to me. What if he looks up to you so much and that could have been the point in his life where you change him, changed his life because you were a dick and he goes on the wrong path? I definitely don’t want to be that dude.
Speaking of crazy fans, what are the craziest requests from people? “Let me get your bike.” “Give me your helmet.” A helmet to me is like, sentimental! I love my helmets. I have every single one of my helmets I’ve ever had. Every single helmet I’ve crashed in, got knocked out in, won something in, I keep. Some people are like, “Well you get them for free, blah, blah, blah.” It ain’t like that. That’s my trophy to me. Even I can go to an event and win the trophy, if I can keep that helmet it just brings back so many memories when you look on that shelf in your garage and see the helmet you won X Games in, won LG in, first no handed flip, what I got knocked out in, I just think that’s so cool. Trophies you remember some, but a helmet you remember the whole time you wore the helmet.
Don’t ask Twitch for his helmet! Don’t ask me for my helmet because I will look at you like you’re stupid!
What’s your favorite Twitch ad? Hmm, there is one shot I really like that Mulisha ran with me on my 250F with no graphics on it. Just doing a fat ass whip over this hip and it has me there with my shirt off. I like the shot ‘cause it was a natural terrain shot. I’m over getting an ad that’s a trick, a Kiss of Death flip, a no handed flip, I want something that’s sick and shows the terrain in the background and how gnarly the jump is that you’re hitting and what you’re doing. I’m more pumped on ads like that for sure.
Pretty sure that was my shot! I agree, you want to see the jump. That’s how skate and BMX are… you can see the whole scenario. Sure, you want to see where you are and what you’re doing. Every freestyle guy gets ads doing tricks. I’d rather have an ad doing a sick-ass whip.
We’ll remember that. Any good events coming up? I still want to have my own event! My event, if it ever happens, is going to be freakin’ retarded!
The Twitch Invitational? The Twitch Invitational, and there won’t be one ramp there, it will be all dirt. Tight rhythm sections like BMX jumps, hips and quarters and tranny everywhere—just so many different options. We’ll see. I’ve been talking to a couple of my sponsors and they all seem pretty pumped on it. It’s just getting it down, cracking the whip and getting everything going. Still trying to figure out a year and month, so we’ll see.
What music are you listening to lately? Right now I got some Skid Row goin’… Def Leppard. What’s this one? “No One Like You,” The Scorpions!
Can’t go wrong with the 80’s hair metal. Yep, 80’s hair metal lately. And I always got hip-hop on my iPod. That’s mainly what I listen to, hip-hop. But lately I’ve been on the 80’s rock. My lady loves 80’s rock. When I’m in her car I get so used to hearing it that I just started putting it on my iPod again. I haven’t listed to that stuff forever. It’s pretty cool. Brining it back. Something different.
You got a couple new tats… I got a R.I.P. LUSK tat on the Mulisha skull. I got “Big Worm” on my hand. I used to call Lusk “Big Worm.” That was his nickname. He reminds me of the fat ass black dude from Friday. I always called him “Big Worm,” from the day I met him I called him “Big Worm!” And I got the cross on the face… show my love for Jesus. I figured I can’t hide anything I have now, so why not get a little piece on the face? It’s not like I’m going ridiculous and doing the whole thing. I’ve been wanting to get a face tat for years and wife’s been like “no don’t do your face!” Then finally me and Luke Urek were talking about it at dinner one night and she was into it. So I finally got the “ok” and I went for it! Gotta keep the wife happy.
What’s next for tats? I might get a new Bible verse. I’ve been looking at a couple that are pretty sick. But I don’t know. I’m just waiting. I’m being patient with my shit now. I’m going to start getting my arms redone now because I hate my arms.
I got shit on my arms back then and it was like “Do this, do that!” I was just young and wanted tattoos and I wanted sleeves at the time. Now, with my neck, my stomach and chest I’ve thought about it. Everything I’ve thought about I like. Everything else it’s like, “Ehh, I wish I didn’t get that.”
There’s so many different things I’d tattoo on me now. I’m just being smart about it and think about it now. If I want something I’ll wait a couple months. If I still want it, I’ll wait a couple more months. And if I still want it, then I’ll get it.
That’s about it. I’m just chillin’. Gonna start riding… so I can be on top and make all my fans pumped this year. See me at X Games you better say “What up!”
Thanks for your time bud! No problem dick sniffer!
"I’d take the bag out of his trash can, poop in the trash can, and then put the bag back in it and fill it back up with the trash..."
"I got a R.I.P. LUSK tat on the Mulisha skull. I got “Big Worm” on my hand. I used to call Lusk “Big Worm.” That was his nickname."
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