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TOM SANDERS INTERVIEW.
How's it going in the big smoke? Do you miss hull at all?
Things are good in London I finally got a new job sorted out after bumming about on the dole for the best part of five months. Aside from the new job the weathers on the up so I've been riding as much as possible. Yeah I definitley miss Hull when I first moved away I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing as I've got a good group of mates back home. I try and make trips back when I can, last month Me, Marv, Coxie and Benson made the trip up so managed to hang out with everyone then.
There's been a real resurgence in UK street vids recently which is awesome,with the likes of Strangeways/Antidote/Savour/Super Monaco etc. what's your opinion on the state of bmx in 2014?
In my opinion it's in a pretty bad state at the moment, I think it goes for alot of things though. The bigger and more popular something gets the wider the range of people get involved, it becomes no longer a small minority of like minded people. I don't really feel that how BMX is portrayed by the mainstream media is really a good thing I know it's got nothing to do with what I surround myself by and involve myself in. The release of all these DIY scene videos is a reassurance that BMX is still as great as when I started, it's just a bunch of mates mooching about.
How's your bar spin game treating you?
I'm still to figure out how to play that game haha!!
Killed any mice in your abode recently?
Things have gone quiet on the rodent front although my house mate John did open a draw the other day to find that one had found its way into the humane trap... but this must have been sometime ago as the trap didn't really stand up to its name, the little guy wasn't looking too great. This brings the scores to HOUSE 4 - 0 MICE.
Your dance moves are stuff of legend, you shown anyone up in your new territory?
Haha...nah I've been pretty reluctant to drop a swayze recently.
It seems you've always got something going on, whats next?
Aside from working and everyday shit I've got a few projects that I'm part of at the minute, United have started to film for the new full length video which I'm hoping to get a good amount of footage for, after having injury's over the last few video projects it'll be nice to work on a section over a lengthy amount of time. Coxies on with the Antidote video which has been a slow start with the weather and how spread out we all are, but we've just sorted out a trip to Germany in the summer so i'm looking forward to getting away with everyone. Marvs always got the camera on him so we're always getting bits towards his next video project.
You've fallen asleep and your bikes been assaulted with the removal of pegs,a brakes gone on and your stand overs 2" tall,Ring the police?
Waste of time, theirs only two boys in the business who would sort that sort of villainy out. They hold a similar style to Riggs & Murtaugh or as we know them as Carlos Wood & Jamie Carr.
Where is Donn Reen?
That's one thing I wish I knew! What I do know is whatever it is he's doing and wherever he is doing it he'll be carrying it out in the crazy Donn like way we all love him for!!
Hull Locals and all good customers of ours!,Psyched to see this,Good work.
Jack Henderson,Harry Pool, Alex Withers, Adam Wilkinson, Harry Douglas, Harvey Walker, Alex Almond and Joe Foley. Edited by Jack Henderson
Nath how's it feel being across the water?
good man just had a brutal winter here so didn't really get to ride much, but i'm looking forward to a good summer riding here. Got some amazing spots and a rad bowl to ride which is 5 mins away from my house,Canada is a great place to live if you can deal with winter.
you've been riding a hell of a long time and have seen alot of people come and go in the Hull scene, is that weird?
Not really, people move on to do different things in life. People stop riding but i don't think BMX ever really leaves them, They're around the scene one way or another.
what's the yorkshire tea situation out there?
hahahaha my nana sent me a few boxes out,but we found a spot that sells it, so we're all stocked up now!
Your riding style is definitely your own,...who were your main influences growing up?
Lots of dudes, the big ones got to be Tom Blyth, we started riding together and we both still ride now. I think watching props and all the dudes on road fools was a big one for me. Martin Towler was another guy,and all the other Hull dudes who came up in the scene were all rad!
What's pat on with?
ahahahaha He thinks he's the wolf of wall street, proper del boy now!. Used car salesman that wears $2000 suit which costs more than the cars he sells.Pat's good though, doing well for himself.
Coaster still on or cassette?
Nah coaster went about a year ago, i had a really good time on the coaster but i'm over it. Cassette feels so much more solid.
If you started riding right now instead of back in the 90's you think you'd still dig it?
Ermmm,.. it's hard to say, it's not what it was.Back when i started riding style was a big thing but that seems to have gone out the window. If you could do all the tricks but it looked like crap no-one cared.But it's the other way around now, If you have all the tricks today with no style the kids love it. Style will always win in my opinion.
How's your ankle? you injury free right now?
Had all that time off over winter so it feels mint right now, time to see what it's willing to take before it blows up!
Cheers for your time nath, glad alls good man!
The shops always been a massive part of the scene in Hull and it should stay like that, Support your local bike shop kids! Thanks.
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Good friend of ours Tom Blyth has his own Signature frame out on FBM!