BMX bandits are California dreamin'
AIDAN Montero and Jake Fahey sat on their bikes at the top of the quarter pipe, deliberating about what trick would look best for the camera.
The pair would have been there all day if they were given the option, based on how many stunts they have in their repertoire.
Back flips, tail whips, double tail whips, front flips, flairs, grinds, manuals — they can do it all.
Fahey, 17, and Montero, 16, have ridden together for less than two years, but quickly realised they had the skills to potentially make some serious coin out of the sport.
Their best chance of doing this is to get themselves, and their bikes, to California’s Camp Woodward Skate Park.
It is the stuff of dreams for the likes of Montero and Fahey — more than 15 indoor and outdoor skate parks, populated by professional riders and coaches looking to sign the next big thing.
“Andy Buckworth from New South Wales did it. He just headed over and was spotted by a sponsor.” Now he lives there and gets paid to ride,” Fahey said.
“I’ve never been much of a worker; I just want to get paid to do this.”
Their mates at the local skate park begrudgingly say that these two are the best going around.
Skaters would rather they move out of the way and give them more room to ride their boards, but do not mind sharing the space when they see what Montero and Fahey are capable of.
They practically live at the park now, but know that staying in Bundaberg will not help them achieve their dream.
“We need bigger jumps and better parks to practise and develop our skills.
“That’s why we need to head to Woodward and ride there,” Montero said.
This weekend they will compete in Brisbane’s DK King of Dirt competition.
Riders go flat out towards a series of three huge dirt jumps and call on their best tricks to impress the judges and win the cash.
“It’s a lot different to riding on the concrete, you get a lot more air on the dirt jumps and really have to pull out your best tricks and hope they stick,” Fahey said.
A win would give the boys a nice addition to the California kitty, but they have put the word out to anyone who could assist them.
“We would be grateful for any help we get, so if you think you could help us out please do,” Montero said.
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