Brisbane, Australia’s own firecracker, Jason Watts is a favorite at the annual Van Doren Invitational in Huntington Beach. His high-level of riding goes on display naturally in the streets, trails or bowls or anywhere else he might end up. Jason is one of the bright young stars in BMX bringing good times and positivity to every session, making it look stylish along the way.
WHAT SHOE DO YOU RIDE?
Old Skool Pro or TNT SG’s.
WHAT SHOE DO YOU CHILL IN?
Chima Pro’s or Chukka Low’s.
WHAT’S YOUR BIKE SET-UP?
Frame: Haro SDv2 frame with Haro Lineage bars, forks, stem and cranks. Shadow wheels, seat, chain and pedals.
TELL US ABOUT THE OVERNIGHT POOL MISSION YOU HAD WITH JUSTIN KOSMAN RECENTLY OUT FILMING FOR THE VANS BMX VIDEO?
Well Kosman was telling me about this pool that had an amazing transition in it, something you could easily get 6-8 foot out of so I was beyond stoked to go check it out. Only catch is it’s a 2-3 hour drive into the desert and no one had been there for a couple of years, so chances were it might not even be there.
I said “Stuff it let’s go check it out anyway.” The next day we drove all the way out there and it was still there but someone new had purchased the land and moved all this bee farming equipment to the lot, but the pool was untouched! (stoked!)
Long story short somehow Kosman being the man that he is, got in contact with the owners of the property and they met us out at the pool. They turned out to be two of the raddest farmers! They were more then keen to let us ride the pool. Too bad it was so windy we could barely ride it. We decided to camp for the night in this little town in the desert. We ended up going to the movies and we played Big Buck Hunter for at least 2 hours I’d say haha. We got up early the next morning to perfect weather and had an amazing time in this pool shooting photos and clipping up for the Vans BMX video. The transition was so good, which is so rare to find in a pool. I was beyond stoked to be able to ride it.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
So hard to pick one because everyone on the team are not only the most amazing riders, but they are the best people to chill with too.
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
I definitely wish I wasn’t goofy footed so I could do big Tailwhip airs and 360 whips like Chris Doyle’s haha.
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
Worst thing was getting hit by a drunk driver on July 4th and breaking my collarbone in the car crash. I had to miss out on the 2015 Van Doren US Open Bowl contest, it was such a bummer because that’s by far my favorite contest.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BMX?
I love just doing any sport with me mates but one of the top things is playing Golf.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ OR MAGAZINE YOU LOOKED AT?
Ride BMX magazine.
FIVE SONGS THAT HAVE TO BE ON A PLAYLIST?
Metallica - Seek and Destroy
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Torche - Believe it
Metallica - Master of Puppets