The Dan’s Comp 2015 Summer 15 Slim Catalog is out now. Although it’s a scaled down version of our upcoming back-to-school catalog, it still packs a bunch of awesome product, including sneak-peeks of incoming new goods. Recent Flow-team addition Nathan Sykes is on the cover, and you can check out his TOC interview below. Hit www.danscomp.com for everything you need for BMX!
Nathan, welcome to the cover of the Dan’s Comp catalog! You may have set a record for the shortest amount of time on the team and getting a cover. How do you feel about that?
First off, I’m very honored! It’s pretty surreal to think of having a cover on a Dan’s Comp catalog! I have been getting these for so many years and now to think a photo of myself on it will be coming to kid’s doors is hard to take in.
You just joined the squad a few months ago, but you also got the bump up to the Colony pro team around the same time. How are things going with your new, sponsored status?
It’s been a really great year so far! The bump up to Colony pro has been amazing. I love working with Clint, Cooper and Keith and doing anything I can to keep pushing and growing Colony in the States. And of course working with Dan’s has been such a treat too! Being able to have another company to push and to keep me motivated and stoked on riding. All smiles here!
Back to the cover, this shot was part of a series taken by your Colony cohort Cooper Brownlee for a feature in Ride BMX. Can you give us a quick breakdown of how it all came together?
Long story short. We built this ramp in one day and somehow managed to get it into Matt Cordova’s truck and drive it up the mountain. All we wanted was an epic sunset and for no one to tell us to leave! It all came together so well and we ended up with some great shots and a video that Ride BMX was stoked on.
You recently made the move down the coast from Oregon to the BMX hotbed of SoCal. How’s the transition been?
I miss home and my family and friends. And there are days that I definitely would love to be back riding concrete with all the locals, but also I’m very thankful that I made the leap and came down to SoCal. Being here has opened so many doors and helped me step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person.
Speaking of transitions, you seem to be able to blast extremely high out of just about any transition, no matter how rough or sketchy it may be (kinked pools, DIY banks, dirt quarters). Do you intentionally seek out crappy stuff to ride or is it a lack of good spots!
I love riding anything that I can. And to be able to do things or go higher than the spot should allow is always a treat! I like to seek out different spots because it keeps BMX interesting. It keeps me motivated to stay creative and down to ride anything.
Your own Locals Only clothing brand seems to be gaining momentum. How did it come about and is it really for locals only?
This is a long story but I’ll try to keep it short. I have been doing clothing since ’09 and have gone through a few different names of companies and I had a Locals Only design that I had created just sitting in a folder. My good friend had a fashion show that he wanted me to do clothing in and at the time I wasn’t really doing much, so I went ahead and did a whole line for the show and called it Locals Only. From then on, Locals Only Brand has been growing. And to answer the second part of this question Locals Only Brand is a lifestyle that anyone and everyone can live. No matter where you are from you are a local. And that’s what I love about this company! You’re able to be your own individual and let your unique style shine.
I want to thank God first off for giving me the passion to ride! My family for always being supportive of this dream and the whole Colony family for believing in me! And all the sponsors for helping my dream stay alive day in and out!