The latest and greatest Dan’s Comp print catalog is out! If you haven’t received yours yet, you can check it out online right here. Within the pages you find thousands of awesome items for every part of your BMX life! The Late Summer catalog features tons of new shoes and clothing to get you geared up for back to school, so give it a look and start making your wish-list or simply start adding product to your shopping cart and email it to someone willing to pay for it, like your parents!
Dan’s Comp team young gun Broc Raiford graces the cover with an epic schoolyard tabletop. Here’s his TOC interview from the catalog.
Catching up with Dan’s Comp team rider Broc Raiford.
Broc, you’ve had a pretty big year with signature parts, lots of travel, tons of coverage and new sponsors, tell us about it.
- I am so stoked on everything that’s going on right now. I just got back from a Dan’s trip in Toronto and I had an absolute blast. Having signature parts come out is an absolute dream come true and I can’t thank my sponsors enough for allowing me the opportunity!
2013 also started off with some injuries that slowed you down a bit. Care to elaborate?
- The beginning of 2013 was a rough one for me. I had hurt my ankle pretty bad in California before the new year and it had just healed before the TCU Y&R trip. I was so pumped on being able to ride again, and then 3 days into the trip I broke my scaphoid in my wrist. To say I was bummed would be a complete understatement. This extended the time off my bike for another few months. However, it did give me time to focus on moving out to California which couldn’t have been better timing. Bittersweet, I think they call that. Ha ha.
You recently moved to Southern California from Louisiana and you’re living with your Dan’s teammate Devon Smillie, as well as photographer Brandon Means. How did this come about and how is the move working out?
- I hit up Devon about possibly moving out here and he said that they weren’t really looking for anyone at the moment. A week or so went by and Devon called me back and said he now had an available room in his apartment. Too stoked to even talk, I said yes and started planning out the move. I actually paid rent for a few months while still living at home due to not being able to move out right away. My dad and I packed up his 12 passenger van and towed my car on a U-Haul dolly. I absolutely love it out here. The sun is always out and I can ride everyday and hangout with good people. I do miss home at times, but I am here to stay!
Your dad traveled with you on the move and he rides a bit, correct? What role do your parents play in your BMX life?
- My parents are the reason I am where I am today. They supported me by bringing me to contests and letting me bring my bike on all our vacations to ride. They’d bring me to skateparks and I was even lucky enough to have my dad to ride with. He’s been riding since he was younger and is the reason why I started riding BMX in the first place. My dad driving me out to California is just an example of both his and my mom’s support. I couldn’t ask for better parents.
You put in serious work for the upcoming Dan’s Comp DVD and produced a substantial amount of footage for the project. What was your motivation and how do you feel about how it all worked out?
- My motivation was being injured and unable to make the first few trips I was invited on. That alone gave me the drive to be absolutely sure I had enough footage for the DVD. I couldn’t be more stoked to have been able to film for the Dan’s DVD and am really pumped on the clips I got. I can’t wait to see the whole thing because the whole team kills it!
You are on the cover of the Dan’s Comp Back To School catalog and in the photo you are riding at a school. It was not that long ago that you were still in school. What are your thoughts on all of this school business? How do you feel about being on the cover?
-I finished high school about a year ago and plan on going to college at some point. As for being on the cover, I am absolutely speechless. This is my first cover and I couldn’t be happier. Those chairs were really fun to ride and I’m pumped I’m not making a weird face in the photo! Ha ha.
What are your short and long term plans for your BMX life?
- As of now I want to ride as much as humanly possible. I love riding my bike no matter where or when. It will always be there for me and I can’t thank those who support my love for BMX enough. I’d like to go to college when the time is right. I think being an art teacher would be pretty cool, or even try to be an art director for a BMX company. But for now all I really want to do is focus on riding. I don’t think I’ll ever quit riding. I’ll stop when my body doesn’t allow me to move anymore.