Family man and BMX hero, Gary Young is one of the best all-around riders in the game. Coming out of southern California by way of San Diego, he is a steady podium finisher, an X Games Gold medalist as well one of today’s street riding icons. Known for his powerful, smooth and consistent riding style, marked with epic video parts and the respect of his peers; Gary is quite simply, ‘The Man!’
WHAT SHOE DO YOU RIDE?
Half Cab Pros
WHAT SHOE DO YOU CHILL IN?
Checkerboard Slip-Ons – what Spicoli wore.
WHAT’S YOUR BIKE SET-UP?
Sunday Soundwave with Odyssey parts. It’s setup to go fast and since I hate working on my bike, everything is built to last.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
A road trip up the West Coast with a bunch of my friends. We just camped wherever we ended up that night.
WHAT IS THE BEST STORY YOU’VE EVER HEARD OR BEEN TOLD?
Cory Nastazio is at a gentlemen’s club and it’s dark in there. He looks to his right and sees this ripped guy next to him, and tells him that he has a nice arm. The guy gets offended and punches Cory. Cory jumps up and gives the guy a quick one-two punch and suddenly, Cory gets dragged out of the club by security. Security asks him why he got into a fight with a one-armed man -- Cory is in complete disbelief at this point. It turns out the guy that he got into the fight with only had one arm, so that guy thought Cory was just making fun of him.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
My father passed away when I was 10.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BMX?
Surfing, cars, electronics and economics.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ OR MAGAZINE YOU LOOKED AT?
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and RIDE bmx Magazine.
FIVE SONGS THAT HAVE TO BE ON A PLAYLIST?
Dirty Sweet – “Delilah”
Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song”
Black Sabbath – “Iron Man”
a-ha – “Take on Me”
Jay Z – “99 Problems”
FIVE ESSENTIALS FOR ANY ROAD TRIP?
Bike, phone, sleeping bag, headphones and travel pillow.