The squad is at it again, this time with some TF fire from the winter months. T-bone will x-up grind anything, GH will air it, Jake will 60/40 it, Krupa will bar it, Andrew will smith hard it, Chuck will fuf it and Lee will whip it.
“Ft. kyle the ginger, trent barkner, andrew white, charlie c, greg h, lee dennis the menace, rahlin rigsby, nick and justin dadbois skate squad, jake montgomery, jordan krupa” -Chuck
Greg Henry has been investing in a ton of really expensive camera gear to ensure fridge tape was nothing short of a visual masterpiece. It does not disappoint. A movie about 30 year olds drinking in alleys and filming clips on a iphone 6s.
Greg Henry has been a part of the Canadian BMX scene for well over a decade now. As an OG BMXFU member, an awesome biker and all around bad ass dude with pretty much the best attitude ever, we hit him up for our second 9-5 installment.
What is your 9-5?
I work as a residential plumber / gas fitter. I can’t really describe what my regular day is like because it varies so much.
What made you decide on that trade and what kind of schooling/ knowledge did you have to do for it?
I spent a lot of time before construction working in kitchens. I loved it, but realized the hours and the life style didn’t work well with also trying to be a productive biker. I realized construction trades would be something I could do, make decent money and still have time to ride kids bikes. Plumbing is a five year apprenticeship.
Was there ever a time that you weren’t working or studying, only riding?
No, I’ve have always worked full time or been in school full time.
Does your work schedule give you a good amount of biking time?
That’s the best part of my job. I work 8-430 mon-fri. Most my BMXFU brothers have a similar work schedule so we always get a few mid week sessions in after work. During the summer we try to get out of town to ride street somewhere different each weekend. And as far as work and going on trips goes. As long as I give reasonable amount of notice I’m always good to go.
Do you view having a job/career throughout being a sponsored rider as a positive or negative?
That’s a weird question because I never considered not working as an option. Even though I’ve been riding for a long time I was never really natural good at the beginning. I just gave’r really hard. I didn’t get my first real sponsor until I was I think 21. Past the days of day dreaming about being a “pro bmxer”. I genuinely still really love riding and I always have. I’d be doing all the same shit if I never got hooked up. I don’t think work has ever held me back as far as riding goes. If anything it makes you value your free time. If I didn’t have to work I’d probably just send it and get hurt a lot.
What is a typical day in the life in your work?
25% coffee 10% BMXFU group chat 25% talking about work 40% work
What’s the best BMX trip you’ve ever been on?
Way to hard of a question. Any BMXFU trip.
What advice would you give younger riders who aspire to be sponsored?
If your riding right now only because you want to get sponsored you should probably quit. If you ride because you love the act of riding and the places you go and the people you meet through riding. Keep doing it. Ride as much as you can. You’ll probably get good. Maybe someone will give you a free bike and pay check for a few years. Maybe they won’t. But it’s ok! Because you can get a job so you can get what ever bike you want, go on what ever trips you want and enjoy your life and be thankful you got to be part of the coolest subculture / hobby ever. BMX
Merritt, MacNeil, BMXFU, Repset, parents, girlfriend
What’s in the plans for 2016?
Work hard, play hard. Also trying to get sponsored by faxe and Meet Justin Trudeau
Photos by Trent Barker
Greg Henry is a tank. A 200 LBS greasy Italian tank. He also kills it on a bike, as you probably already know. Watch some of Greg’s latest stunts put together beautifully by none other than Chris Cadot.
Last Saturday January 9th, the first annual Joyride 150 X Northern Embassy Canadian Street Invitational was held.
The idea was simple, invite 10 amazing Canadian pros who live in the Ontario/Quebec area and watch them destroy the street room of Joyride 150. We although thought it could be awesome to host an Expert jam before the pros where each pro team would choose one expert.
The experts killed it and two were chosen: Cole Ramseyer and Austin Karker.
Dillon Lloyd (injured)
Both teams went off but team 1 would be named the champs. The overall vibe/atmosphere of the contest (if you even want to call it that) was amazing. Non competitive, just people stoked to be riding together and chilling together, which is the best. 2017’s will be bigger and better, start planning to come out to next years!
We can’t thank Joyride 150 enough for allowing this event to happen there. If not for Joyride’s expansion and creation of the street room years ago, many Ontario riders would suffer all winter having no real indoor spot to go to. Also thanks to Joyride for whipping up a new rail for the contest. Huge thanks to MC Prashant and Paul Hoerdt, filmers Chris Cadot, Joel Fortin and Mason Gray, all the riders who came out (especially Mike Gray/ Dilllon Lloyd for delaying their trips back to Cali for this event). Last but not least, a huge thanks to all of the sponsors: Haro, WTP, Vans, Eclat, Radio, The Boiler Room, Merritt, Fiend, Federal!
See you next year!!
The experts killed it, Zack St Clair, Matt Stiehl, Stephane Sum, Mike Depetrillo, Spencer Longo, Jason Kearnan, Lee Giroux, to name a few. Cole Ramseyer got picked by Mike Gray’s team and won a sick Haro SD frame kit, Vans shoes and more. Austin Karker also killed it and got picked by Dillon Lloyd’s team winning the WTP Patron frame kit, Vans shoes and more WTP goods. Both also got the opportunity to ride with the pro teams.
Dillon Lloyd woke up Saturday morning with an unfortunate infection in his finger Saturday which didn’t allow him to ride but Greg Henry stepped into his spot and absolutely killed it, in greasy italian tank fashion. The pros groups were ridiculous, team 1 consisted of Mike Gray, Dean Hartley, Justin Hughes, Spencer Ryan, Gabe Truax and Cole Ramseyer and team 2 consisted of Brandon Webster, Ryan Eles, Eli Taylor, Chijioke Okafo, Greg Henry and Austin Karker, with Dillon coaching. Team 1 (Mike’s team) took the win but both teams absolutely killed it. A few insane NBDs were done, crazy lines, a ton of variety, a tone of rad stuff.
A huge thanks goes out to Joyride 150 for allowing this event to happen in their amazing street room (and even for welding together a sick new rail for the event). I think we speak for alot of Ontario street riders when we say that winters would be completely brutal without Joyride 150’s awesome street room. Not to mention there’s something special about never having to worry about skateboarders or scooters in the way. Thanks for every guys!!
A huge thanks goes to the riders for making it out to this, our judges (Chris Silva, Jeff Evans and Justin Skinner), filmers Chris Cadot, Joel Fortin and Mason Gray, announcers Prashant Gopal and Paul Hoerdt for holding it down on the mics, all the experts who rode, everyone who came out to check it out and of course our sponsors who truly allowed this event to happen: WethePeople, Haro, Vans, Eclat, Radio, Merritt, Federal, Fiend and the Boiler Room.
Check back in the coming weeks for the offical edit of the madness!
The Merritt team rolled through Toronto in July, in typical Merritt fashion. If Eli Taylor, Mike Brennan, Greg Henry, Chijioke Okafo, Joel Fortin, Brandon Begin, Charlie Crumlish and Justin Care aren’t reason enough to watch this, Ryan Navaz put this beauty together so hit play already.
“Merritt American team riders Brandon Begin, Charlie Crumlish and Justin Care hit the streets of Toronto with their Canadian buddies Greg Henry, Eli Taylor, Joel Fortin and ChijIoke Okafo. The crew of shit disturbers crushed spots all over the Greater Toronto Area and produced this bad ass video. Shout out to Toronto ex-mayor Rob Ford for his support! Ya don’t wanna miss this one, EH! ” Merritt