Name: Anthony Watkinson
Hometown: Liverpool, UK
Sponsors: DK bicycles, StayStrong, Premier shop, Rampworx
Likes: Travelling with friends riding my bike.
Dislikes: Ignorant, bad mannered, ungrateful liars.
Years Riding: I got my first bike when I was 15 I’m pretty sure.
SteelSmash: How and when did you start Riding?
Anthony Watkinson: My friend let me borrow his bmx to do my paper round when my mountain bike beast broke, that was it really I started riding with him. He quit and I could never.
SS: Do you still remember your first BMX Bike? What about your first BMX Sponsor?
AW: My first bmx was a Haro revo with chrome bars, it was sick. First sponsor was twenty bikes/padded cell. Thanks again Hitchox, he did alot for me back then. He’s the man.
SS: What was the very first trick you’ve learned? What about the latest trick?
AW: I mean first trick I learned properly was probably inverts, I used to try them seriously every day.
Latest? I just started playing around with crank arm slides, they are fun.
SS: You’re part of the DK family for some years now. How did that all come about? Do you guys have anything in the works as far as trips, filming, or anything like that goes?
AW: It’s crazy because it feels like not so long ago I got the call from catfish asking me about joining the family, it’s been right around 4 years now. Couldn’t be happier right now with where dk is and where it’s going, lots of amazing things planned for the future. Keep an eye out.
SS: So much talent, tailwhips all over the spots and insane bike control, You got it all. Who were your biggest influences in BMX?
AW: thanks mate, that really means alot. Honestly my biggest influence to me and I think to the whole of bmx has to be Ruben. The man, hands down!
SS: You’ve been in Portugal several times, in tours and in the final stage of the Portuguese BMX Series , what’s your opinion about Portugal, as place to Ride and Live?
AW: Portugal is amazing, I love it and hope to come come back soon.
SS: What’s the best memory you have from Portugal?
AW: Best memory has to be the trip we done with a bunch of our friend, I was a late addition to the trip and so glad I decided to go because it was the best time.
SS: In which point of your life did you believe you could make a living out of something you love doing, like riding. Did you have any other plans for life, in case this never worked out?
AW: I played football up until I rode bmx so maybe something with that, I still live a kick about now. I am so grateful for everything I have up until now and to those who have helped me.
SS: What do you think you would be doing if you had never picked up a bike?
AW: I hate to think what I would be doing, not having as much fun and have the friends I have now. That’s for sure.
SS: Where are some of your favorite places you have been able to visit and ride?
AW: There are seriously so many, My home park rampworx I haven’t rode there in over 6 months and I’m excited to get back there and see everyone and have a ride. Austin, Portugal, France all over the USA are also some of my favourites.
SS: Who is somebody you have never met that you have always wanted to?
AW: Jason Levy, haha he seems wild.
SS: Looking back over the years, what would you say BMX has made you?
AW: It has definitely taught me way more than school ever did, it’s helped me see the world and I’ve made some of the best friends ever through travelling an riding my bike.
SS: Everyone has that trick that they just can’t figure out or land. Is there a trick that is nearly impossible for you to land?
AW: I hate that I can’t turndown air!
SS: If you could load up a Van with riders to ride with, who would you bring and where would you go?
AW: It would have to be a huge tour bus because I have too many people to name to bring along.
SS: Other things besides BMX? Tell us something people might not know about you.
AW: I’m a fully qualified carpenter?
SS: What plans do you have for the future? Where should we be expecting to see you pop up?
AW: Well we just got done with a dk trip to Texas and that was sweet, can’t wait to see how that article and videos come out.
SS: Thank you for this opportunity Anthony, anything you wished to add before we wrap this?
AW: Just like to apologise for taking so long to get this done and thanks. Thanks to everyone at dk, marco at stay strong everyone at rampworx and all my friends. Cheers.
In name of SteelSmash, i would to like thank Anthony Watkinson for making this Interview possible and all the support he gave us!
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