Who are you ?
Name: David Lunquist
Location: Eksjö, Sweden
When have you started riding?
It all started about 6 years ago when my friends dad had a bikeshop where we used to hangout. Sometimes helping but most of the time checking out magazines he had. Thats how we came in touch with the BMX-culture and ordered our first video (Deadsailor). After seeing Ruben Castillo and Trevor Meyer bust out we started riding. At first we did just have two bikes so we used to switch those around while learning forkglides. About a month later that year I got my first bike, a Dyno Detour -98. I think thats when I got more seriuos about it. At that point I knew I would ride for along time. I fell in love with the feeling I got of riding my bike.
How often do you ride?
During the summer I ride whenever I feel like it, meaning somewhere around 2-3 hours at a time, 5 days a week. I try not to push myself in to riding because then I lose my motivation and dont learn a shit anyway. Winter is kind of hard here and cut you out of riding for 4-5 months straight. Though we have been fortunate enough to have a indoor spot we can ride once a week all winter but its still not enough. It's depressing not being able to ride as much as you want during those months. Thats why I will try to go abroad this year to ride during some of those months.
Do you ride contests?
I`ve been to some contests but never dared to compete. I guess I am kind of a shy and not that competetive as a person. But I would at some point like to try it out, maybe next year. Time will tell.
I mainly ride at this spot called Storegård which consists of two tenniscourts. To me its the perfect spot. Smooth asphalt, enough space, quiet and peaceful. Sometimes I also go ride at a place known by the locals as Millen. Its a little slented but it has some supersmooth asphalt and its close to where I live. Also every now and then I go to a large parkinglot not far from where I live to combine some rollingtricks in straight lines. I love the kind of flow you get when doing that. Just balancing tricks brakeless.
Millen: supersmooth asphalt
Storegård: two tenniscourts
Can you tell us a bit about the riding scene in your town?
Well the scene is pretty much the same as when i started riding except for one or two quiters. We are 3 riders from my city and then there are 2 guys from nearby Vetlanda. This crew was pretty solid for a good 3 or 4 years but are now spliting up due to studies and work. Though we get together every now and then to ride and have fun. I would like those days back, where we sessioned every weekend at Njudung-Parkinglot. Someone always had some new shit going on and it was always so much fun. Guys you know what I am talking about!
Imagine you could make a flatland world tour, which 5 places would you like to visit for riding and why?
First of all I would like to go to Flatland mecca, Japan. To see whats the scene all about and ride with those crazy japanese. At the same time I also like to visit a KOG contest. Then I would fly overseas to New Orleans to ride with the southriders. They seem to have a good vibe going on and I have never been to the states. Then i would hit a plane over the atlantic ocean and back to europe. To be exact to Ajka in Hungary for the yearly jam. I like that riding spot and the Hungarians are killing it. After that i would like to hit a jam that is long forgotten. The great carhartt jam which used to take place in the city of Köln. Those Jams were the best. Nice spot and super cool atmosphere. After that I hit the plane back to Sweden to ride togehter with my best friends at Njudungs parkinglot in Vetlanda.
Is there a goal you would like to reach concerning your riding?
Well i don't know. I guess just to have as much fun as possible, travelling and riding with diffrent riders around the globe. At some point it would also be cool to get some coverage in a big video or magazine.
Which trick/combo do you work on at the moment?
Combining crackpacker turbines with some switches. Crackpacker bodyvarial to halfhikerspin and some other stuff.
What kind of music do you like?
I like to listen to alot of diffrent music but lately I`ve gotten more in to hiphop and soul. I dont like that gangster shit, I am more in to the melodic and flewent hiphop like Embee, Hilltop hoods, Promoe, Puffra, Looptroop and Nujabes. But I do listen to alot of different music due to which mode I am in. Every now and then I like to dress up in some slim pants and tight top and dance my as off to Britney Spears! ;)
What is your job / what do you study?
I graduated one year ago and this recent year I`ve been working at the local school as an assistent. My work is basicly to help and assist troubled kids to work their way threw school. Nothing exciting or anything but i like it.
What are your hobbies besides flatland and do they influence your way of riding?
When I am not riding I like to take photos, travel, surf the net and hangout with my friends and girlfriend. I think almost everything I do comes out in my riding. Because no matter what feelings I have before going riding I always leave the spot with a great feeling of relief and inner peace. I wouldn't say I am happy all the time after riding thats not it. But it helps me put perspective to things and widening my thoughts. I guess riding to me is a break from my everyday life that i need to feel good inside.
Frame: Ares EN ghetto painted with dark silver
Fork: Odyssey Flat Fork
Headset: FSA Pig
Stem: Hoffman Momentum
Handlebar: KGB Sarvet 7,3 rise with spacers
Grips: ODI Longneck
Brake Levers,Seatclamp, Bar-Ends: Some cheap one from the local bikeshop
Seatpost: Odyssey Intac
Seat: Primo Hemorroid
Crank: Odyssey 41 Thermal
Sprocket: KGB Trilogy 28t
Chain: Some cheap from the local bikeshop
Pedals: Ares Eight pedals
Front Wheel: HB Momentum Wheel 14mm
- Tire: Odyssey Elmstreet 1,85
Rear Wheel: HB Momentum Wheel with Nankai Freecoaster 10mm
- Tire: Odyssey Elmstreet 1,85
I basicaly did the movie for my own future viewing pleasure. A memory and something to show family and friends what i do. Then I thought why not put it on the net to. Give a little something back to the community I feed of!
Length: 9 minutes
Filesize: 89 MB
Codec: WMV 9 (www.microsoft.com)
Click here to Download
I would like to thank Robin Eriksson and Jimmy Eriksson for being good friends and helping me out with the movie and alot of other stuff. I`ll pay you guys back in some way! I also would like to thank my family and girlfriend for always supporting me in what ever choice i make. Then also all the swedish and finnish riders for motivating me to ride! At last I would like to thank global-flat for doing this interview and hosting my video! Take care everybody and keep riding!
Photos by: Robin Eriksson and David Lundquist