Name: Kevin Jacob
Location: Lyon, France
When did you start riding? Why ride flatland above other forms of BMX?
I think I started in 2002 or 2003 (I don’t remember). I think I ride flatland because my friend Jean show me a video called IMPRUDENCE (a street BMX video) with some big crash and I said I don’t want hurt me like that. Seriously, flatland, because you can create your own links with your own tricks and your own style. You can express yourself beside your tricks and flatland look so nice when is smooth. I was psyched about that when I saw flatland for the first time of my life. Now for me BMX is life.
How often do you ride?
I ride 1 or 2 hours after my work and I try to ride 4 or 5 hours each week end.
Do you ride contests? If yes, what has been your biggest success? If no, why not? (It’s interesting to find out people’s views on competition…)
Yes, I ride contest. I like meet new riders, see guys killing the spot. Is a big motivation for me to see different style of riding and share with person you can see only thanks to BMX. I like the party after the contest too. My biggest success was in Bordeaux for the Vibrations Urbaine in 2008 where I took the third place in pro class (not a big level but I’m happy about that). I don’t care to be first or last I just want to feel the good vibe of the flatland family.
Where do you ride?
Now I ride at the small place in Lyon. This spot is very slippery but when we love him, it loves you. I miss my spot in Issoire (centre of France).
What is the riding scene in your town like? Are there any other flatlanders?
In Lyon you can find 10 riders. Every one with their own style and tricks (more rolling tricks). Love these guys for their originality and for their good vibe. I think Lyon is the biggest scene in France, and is very underground, I like that.
If you could take a flatland world tour, which 5 places would you like to visit for riding and why?
Japan (of course): awesome riders, beautiful spot, food, culture and more. I hope to go to Japan one time in my life.
Germany: Deep BMX and beer.
England: Green Miles and the rolling tricks of James White.
Finland: for ride with the BOSS.
USA: for see this amazing country and see guys like Stephen Earn and Gabe Kabmiri.
Is there a goal you would like to reach concerning your riding?
A perfect control of my bike and my body for making the hardest tricks I can do. Continue to make my own links with a little of my style in all combos. Of course my ultimate goal is to ride in pro class and don’t stop my progression. Live thank to your passion is the best work in the world (dream make strong).
Which trick/combo are you working on at the moment?
Actually I work on different variant on jumplash (very hard but so good!!).
What kind of music do you like? What are your 3 favourite songs?
I listen all types of music, just depend how I feel. But principally trip hop, electro, French rap, soul, rock.
My 3 favourite songs:
Digitalism: TV TV
Kid Cudi: Cudder is Back
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: 40 day dream.
Tell us 3 things you like and 3 things you don’t like
I like: Chill, Music, Beer
I don’t like: Rain, Snow, Stupid people
Do you work or study?
I work at K-124 House Lyon since 1 year now. I sell different parts for BMX, unicycles, scooters... I love my job.
Do you have any hobbies besides flatland and do they influence your way of riding? (For example music you listen to, another sport, whatever)
Hum...I just like chill with my friends after a good session with a beer in my hand. I like to see a good movie that gives you a big punch in your face. Listening to music (a world without music would be so sad). I like to travel, meet people from different culture and share. I just enjoy the little things of the life. All that is the best motivation for me.
Frame: A Bad Thing Slim Fit ST
Bar: A Bad Thing
Stem: Try-All CNC
Fork: A Bad Thing (prototype)
Front rim: Primo Balance
Front hub: Coalition
Rear rim: Primo Hula Hoop
Freecoaster: KHE Geisha Lite
Front tire: Primo Comet 1.95
Rear tire: Odyssey Frequency G 1.75
Crank: A Bad Thing
Sprocket: 24 Bicycles Honeycomb
Front pegs: A Bad Thing V2
Rear pegs: KGB
Seat: A Bad Thing Limited Edition
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC
Grips: K-124 Soft
Have your say: This is the place for shoutouts, wise words or whatever you would like to tell the world!
I would like say thanks to my parents of course for bought my first BMX. All my men from Clermont Ferrand (Jean, Rodolphe, Gaetan...I miss you guys). My boss Djeep for my job in K-124 Lyon (thanks to this man one of my dream came true). Thanks to all the riders from Lyon (Rémi, Romain, Babar, Gaz, Doriane, Benoit, Nico, Mika) who are so nice with me when I move to Lyon. (Don’t forget the big contest in Lyon on 3 & 4 September called Com’In Lyon. All the riders here are so good and so funny. Lyon is the place to be!!!) Thanks to Martti for your crazy video and the motivation that you give me. Thanks to Akira for your ZAI video. Thanks to my homies of the BAM Crew (Jean, Rémi, Matthias). Thanks to Global Flat for this interview. And thanks to flatland for what it gave me.