The Late Spring Dan’s Comp Mini-catalog is out now, with a nice selection of product from the Spring catalog and some awesome new arrivals. Dan’s Comp team rider Chad Kerley is on the cover and you can check out his TOC interview right here.
Chad, welcome back onto the cover of the Dan’s Comp catalog. How have things changed in your life since your first cover two years ago? Thanks, I’m honored to be on here again. Since the last cover, I’ve really been doing the same thing as far as riding. Recently, I bought a condo in San Diego that I’ve been stoked on. It’s like a new chapter in my life and man, I’m thankful. I just turned 21 too, so life’s been more fun!
This photo was shot by Justin Kosman on what looks like a super fun hip. Tell us what went on with it. We were out shooting photos one day for Rockstar and came across this OG spot in SD with hips that are super fun. We ended up getting a few photos, including this one.
Your name appears on more than one serious team roster, how do you balance your schedule? I’m definitely thankful to be apart of them all. All the companies that I ride for are good about communicating with me and the squad to make sure everyone is free when it comes to scheduling. Stuff gets a little hectic in the summer, but I love it.
How’s life in San Diego? It seems to be growing as a “hot spot” for BMX riders–not that it hasn’t always been, but more than ever in the last year or so? Life in SD is so good with the weather and stuff to ride, which is why it has become such a hot spot lately. I think it’s awesome that riders want to live out here. There are so many homies to ride with–It’s definitely poppin’ in San Diego right now!
What do you do on your non-BMX time (if there is any)? If I’m not riding I’m usually hanging out with the homies, doing normal stuff ya know? I got a little French bulldog named Coco from my parents for Christmas, so I kick it with her a lot.
You’ve become a Dew Tour athlete in the last couple of years as well. Has this elevated your status in the public eye? Do “regular” people recognize you in the real world? Dew Tours are dope, I love going out to those events. Honestly, I feel like I don’t get recognized too much. There’s times when that happens for sure, but I think that happened more when I was younger on that Camp Woodward TV show.
What is the key to maintaining true street rider status as well as being a top level “athlete” in the organized version of BMX? Honestly man, you gotta stay in the streets. Filming, shooting photos, being productive on social media and what not. Keeping it pedaling everyday and being on the bike is what matters and helps me maintain.
You have a racing background. Tell us a little bit about that? Yeah I got into racing when I was four years old at the Kearney Moto Park race track. It was my first obsession with BMX and I’ve been pedaling ever since. I won some championships I’m proud of and got to travel to cool places and hang out with cool people. Traveling at a young age was so awesome, my Pops and I bonded a lot. Eventually, I had to tell him that I wanted to quit racing and wanted to put my focus towards the freestyle rather than the competitive racing side.
Any new signature products in the works with any of your sponsors? Premium and I are working on a CK v2 frame and some other parts I’m really looking forward to riding.
Big plans for the rest of 2015? DVDs, trips, contests? I have a new video about to drop with Doeby that I’m hyped to let out this year filmed around SD. I’m also going to continue filming for my Cinema part with Will Stroud. Other than that, I’m sure I’ll be hitting up a few contests and in the streets working on some more stuff with the Markit fam.
Shout-outs/thanks? Thanks to Dan’s Comp for the cover and interview. Shouts to my sponsors Nike, Rockstar, Premium, GoPro, Cinema, Dan’s Comp, and MARKIT. And thanks to everyone that supports me!