Big call you may say, but if you have watched top Bmx competition for the last few years, you will agree with me. Known as much for his huge, tweaked out tricks, as for that infectious smile always plastered on his dial. For the podcast we took a look at why he has such a happy outlook on life and why Bmx makes him so happy. A big reason he is on the Monster Energy, Mongoose and Vans A teams.
Lockdown Mind Games
Going from riding Bmx every day, which he still does, albeit in the parking garage, whether park or street – the lockdown has seriously impacted on Kevin‘s life. While surfers can still go ride the waves in California, all skate and bmx parks are closed. Good time to be Pat Casey with the most epic backyard setup, but KP in lockdown at his apartment.
Kevin Peraza loves South Africa
Well he does, he was about to board a plane to SA for Ultimate X, then the lockdown was initiated and he still has the tickets. His first few trips were to Cape Town and the last 2 have been to Sun City. (KP makes a very good Game Drive guide btw) Check out the seal diving trip we chat about below. He reckons as soon as travel allowed, he is coming back to SA!
With Ultimate X 2016 just over a month away and the athlete list announced already, I thought it would be a great idea to feature one of the International athletes coming out each Wednesday. As the host of the event I want to introduce you to some of the insane riders heading our way. The BMX field is looking off the charts with greats like Kevin Kalkoff, Pat Casey and Daniel Dhers on the list, not to mention our own Greg Illingworth, but today we feature last year’s standout rider, Kevin Peraza, from Mexico. This guy brings a whole new bag of tricks to the table and in his latest video you get to see just a pinch of his bag of tricks.
While most riders make the move to Southern California, Kevin is happiest at home in Tucson surrounded by family and friends. For the last year he has ridden his local spots, visualising new lines and tricks on the familiar ramps. When it came time to put it on camera Kevin was unstoppable. Whether it was coming up with a way to create green fire, building a massive wall ride or pulling never been done tricks, when Kevin sets his mind to something he always gets what he wants.
Every year in mid summer a plethora of Bmx stars from around the World head for Cape Town due to the many big riding events happening close to each other. This year our local hero, Greg Illingworth, brought his fellow Mongoose team mates along for a trip and they quite literally slayed the local Cape Spots. I got to take them down to the secret bowl and watch Greg slay that which was pretty incredible live. So sit back, relax and watch some Bmx carnage as riders Kevin Peraza, Paul Ryan, Greg Illingworth and Stu Loundon slay the Cape…
Our favorite travelling Ginja Ninja, Greg Illingworth, has released the teaser for his new film project, Make it Happen. Staying true to his roots, it is all filmed right here in South Africa, with more of his international antics to be released later. Greg has been making name in Europe, japan and the USA and will be representing South Africa on the Dew Tour in the USA. Keep an eye out for cameos from some of SA’s top BMX guys and I will let you know when more teasers drop!