Catching up with...Bryce Hudson
Photos By: EVDphoto - Evan Van Dun
After doing 50in100s with a bunch of Canadian FMXers, I had to see who this Bryce Hudson kid was they were talking about! According to some of the best FMXers Canada has to offer, Bryce Hudson is the real deal. So after looking into it, I can tell you a few things about him: Bryce has made it on the podium at both AFMXA events, he can rip at your local demos, he throws down for charity, and he can whip it like no one's business!!!! Pictures do not do justice to how upside down Bryce can get it.
1 Handed Whips are clearly not a problem either!
DMX: Bryce, first things first!!! Every Canadian FMX rider I have talked to says that you have the biggest whips they have ever seen. I am thinking X Games Best Whip this year...should I start petitioning?
Bryce Hudson: Awesome, it’s good to know I can hold a reputation down...even in Canada! I would love to get into X Games Best Whip this year and I am working my butt off to get there. I just hope somebody notices and puts in a good word for me. It’s very tough with the amount of talent out there. To even get a shot at riding it would be a dream come true. Start the petitioning please!!!!
For the readers that are discovering you for the first time, let’s give them the quick rundown about you and your FMX career so far.
I started riding when I was about 10 years old, I just rode out at the local tracks and did some freeriding in the desert. I was always the kid cutting the track to do jump after jump and avoided the bumps, ha-ha. Destin Cantrell eventually convinced me to get off the track and go hit a freestyle ramp. That was almost 2 years ago, and I have never looked back. My first contest was the first AFMXA national event in 2009, where I placed 3rd overall in the amateur class, and 1st in best whip. This past year in 2010 I placed 2nd overall. Other than those major contests, I just have been doing some demos locally and trying to have fun.
KOD in the California sky.
If I am not mistaken you arranged a ride day not too long ago. Can you tell us a bit about that and what it was for?
Yes, back in October of 2010. There was an annual ride day called “Ride for the Cure”, to help raise money for women struggling with breast cancer. One of my good friends, Laurie Cary, is the coordinator of the event, and asked if I would be interested in producing a FMX demo to attract more people. I was pumped on the opportunity, and was glad I could set up the show and ride in it, it was all for a good cause! Cahuilla Creek Motocross Park came through with an awesome course for us to ride. All in all, we raised over $16,000 to donate to charity. Check out the website at www.mxrideforthecause.com and be sure to check into it for updates on this year’s event, you won’t want to miss it! Look for even bigger things to happen in 2011.
Where do you think FMX is at as a sport and where do you think it can go as far as progression and popularity?
Oh man, I think FMX is the gnarliest sport in the world right now and I do not see an end to the progression. The limits will continue to be pushed. I still feel there are so many tricks that can be done, you just have to be creative and think outside of the box. Unfortunately everyone knows our sport is kind of down in popularity but I believe it will pick back up once the rest of the world does…then I see more shows like Nuclear Cowboys being produced, as that’s where most of the popularity is at and then we will bring back more contests!!!
You will never get tired of watching Hudson lay it over...
Where do you think you are at as a FMX rider and what kind of goals do you have for yourself moving forward?
I still have a ways to go to be a top competitor in this sport. There is an extreme amount of talent out there, but I am ready to work my butt off to try and make it to the top. I know that I have the skill and determination to do it, it’s just taking the time. I want to be known as a well rounded rider in all aspects on a bike and as a guy that goes go big! I want to make it to all the major contests and be riding next to the best in the world.
Right on, so as far as 2011 goes, what can we look for out of Bryce Hudson?
Well I don’t want to claim anything, so I will keep quiet, but I am going to keep hucking my whips as big as I can and see if that gets me anywhere ha-ha! I am just going to have fun and enjoy riding my bike. I've found if you’re not having fun you never seem to progress. Why else do we ride anyways? I am going to be shredding as hard as I can and keep pushing myself every day. I’m ready to go to the top. Lookout!
Thanks Bryce. Is there anyone you would like to thank?
There are definitely a few people out there I need to give a shout out to. Mike Metzger has been a huge help with his Mob Syndicate team. Sean Chamberlain over at ‘Over the Edge Consulting’. Mad Racing for keeping my bike running like new. ‘Ryno Power’ for hooking me up with their supplements, my buddy Ian for always keeping me in check, and to everyone out there that supports me and what I do! Thanks everyone.