When did you start to ride mountain bike? Who was your inspiration in that time?
I always have been riding bikes a lot. It was a simple thing. We were lucky and had a pretty good single trail close to us, it went around a beautiful lake. Until today I really like to spend time at the lake. But after riding that trail a few times it became boring and we started to build the first small ramps. After that the father of a friend gave us the possibility to build jumps on his property. I was 17 at that time. That basically was the start of it. I can´t tell you who has been my inspiration during that time. I would say that we pushed each other and that was our motivation to ride. Back in that time the new world disorder parts have been amazing. But I can not tell you a single rider. We have been living in our own bubble. When I came to Hamburg, I met Hendrik Tafel, Alessandro Izzo, Simon Pfreundschuh and Andre Vogelsang. It was crazy, I learnt so much in a short amount of time.
Who is your inspiration today?
This is easy for me. The people that I ride with and the people I meet at other spots inspire me a lot. They give me the motivation to keep on riding and digging. To be honest in the last years I have been really close to quit riding.
if you want to have names of people who are my inspiration, I would say Andreu Lacondeguy and Larry Edgar, this is pure style on a bike.
I find it remarkable that you name a mountainbiker and a BMXer. What do you think about that topic? Sometimes I meet you and you are the only dude with big wheels at the spot.
Everyone that knows me, also knows that I don´t care about the size of the wheels. The important thing is that it has pedals and a bar. From time to time I spontaneously pick a BMX of a friend and have a few laps on it. I do that to show that there seriously is no difference. The only thing that I am not at all interested in is street riding. Most probably because I suck at street.
For those two names I said before, I simply love the style. It is not about putting the fourth tailwhip in one jump or to put the tenth barspin in one line. I just really like to push the limits on every single jump, going high and land nice and again. Off course you can throw in a few tricks here and there however you feel.