Jamie Skinner

Over recent years, Exeter’s Jamie Skinner has been leading the charge of young local riders. He’s got 24 years under his belt of which 11 have been on a BMX and his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Now, with stylish new edits popping up on the net and double page adverts appearing in magazines, the boy is making a name for himself.

IMG_7419Who are your sponsors?
The Boarding House, CSG and Radio Bikes

Who do you ride with?

“Besides Harry Mills Wakley and James Holmes, I ride with a lot of different people but most of the time with James curry, Keith Barlow, Reece Parr.”

Who are the best local riders?
“I would say that the level of riding in Exeter is of a pretty high standard, I think to single out one person would be too hard. Everyone is the best in their own way.”

IMG_6118What trips have you done?
“We went over to Estonia at the beginning of the year to watch simple sessions and went up to Liverpool last month to visit Harry for a weekend. Just got back from Scotland, after spending 9 days riding unit23, which is the largest skate park in the UK. On the way back we stopped off in Liverpool for 2 days and went to check out a BMX jam in Chester. Was a great day and we all came away with cash and beer prizes.”

Any trips planned?
“So far the only plans I have is to go to Barcelona at the beginning of next year and to Estonia in March to simple session. I’m sure that there will be many more trips throughout the year.”

IMG_7026What else do you do besides riding?
“If I’m not riding my bike I’m working, eating, sleeping or driving 100 miles plus to ride.”

Who are the photographers you work with?
Before Tom goldsmith went to Uni in Cardiff last year I used to shoot photos with him every week. Other that Tom I haven’t really shot any photos for a while.

IMG_6535Best competition results?
“Last month I and Harry mills were asked by our sponsor the boarding house to represent them in a BMX shop battle where we battle it out against other riders from shops all over the UK. I was so surprised that we managed to get all the way to the semi-finals before getting knocked out.”

What are the worst injuries you’ve sustained and how?
“I’ve had quite a few injures but I think the worse one would have to be a broken leg when I was 16, I snapped my tibia and fibula. I spent two weeks in hospital. Operation to put two plates and 6 pins and it took nearly a year before I could get back onto the bike.”

Mr Skinner is also the main man behind the Cookie Jam, a yearly event held at a local skate park based at Exeter’s main sporting Arena. The jam celebrates his good friend Jamie Bruce who sadly passed away in 2009.
“We build a sick ghetto ramp set up in the skate park, every year being bigger and better than the last. We ask all the big BMX companies and smaller local shops to help out with prizes, they never let us down. The amount of people that turn up is awesome and the atmosphere is crazy.
Throughout the day we hold different jams on different ramps around the park, at the end of the day the judges decide who they thought was the best under 16/over 16 rider of the day to get their names put on the cookie jam trophy which is in the local BMX shop the boarding house.
Donations are collected for the charity hospice care, this year we managed to raise £350. I can honestly say it is the highlight of the year for me.

2Cheers Skindog!

James Holmes

James ‘Home Boy’ Holmes goes by many names:  Homebase, Holmes under the Hammer, Homer, to name but a few. That aside, he is one of the riders pushing the BMX community in the South-west. After picking up a couple of fresh new sponsors the 21 year old has stacked up a list of video parts and is starting to get recognised.

281012_10151124565259503_349005231_oWhen did you start riding/ how long?
I started quite late compared to most, just before my 17th birthday so nearly 5 years.

Who are your sponsors?
GTbikes, Xposure parts and CSG

Who do you ride with?
So the main Exeter crew: Skinner, Harry, James curry and the rest. I grew up and started riding in Crediton though so I also really love riding with Rob Miller and Martin Balman, those guys were the only people to ride with back in the day.

Who are the best local riders?
Everyone in Exeter rides at a ridiculously high level right down to the young guns, if I had to name names I would say Skinner and Josh Kew have been killing it at the top of the Exeter scene for years. Harry and Curry are the guys to watch at the moment, they keep doing crazy tech stuff on a daily basis.

Photo by Tom Goldsmith

What trips have you done?
I went to Barcelona twice in the last year, it’s an amazing city and there’s endless stuff to ride, it’s like the sort of city you’d find on a skate Xbox game or something, like everything has been built to ride. Also we’ve been to unit23 indoor skate park in Scotland twice, really fun place to run, one of the best indoor skate parks in the world and the locals are so sound, just a shame it’s a 10hour drive really.

Any planned trips?
Travelling with the Exeter boys is always fun so hopefully we’ll get a couple trips sorted for 2013. CSG always seem keen to put on trips and stuff so something with them would be cool, we’ll see, travelling’s definitely one of the best parts about BMX so I always want to jump at any chance to get away.

What else do you do besides riding?
Work too much, hang with friends, partying with the riders is always entertaining. I used to surf but rarely get to do that these days, anything active really, I hate the thought of wasting all your free time doing nothing.

Who are the photographers you work with?
The south west has quite a few sick photographers. Tom Goldsmith was the main one we shot with before he left for Uni, Jon williams, Jason Fooman and Andy Murtagh are all sick. Northern John is Great to shoot with and takes the photos for Xposures Magazine ads so that cool. but I’d say my favourite local photographer is Martin Balman, always fun and never pressured, never normally even planned, just go for a ride and if there’s something I want to do, I know Martin will be down to get a flick and he’s pretty good at getting the timing right first time which is always a bonus. You can check all these guys out on Flickr.com

Who are your favourite pros?
Dennis Enarson, Chester Blacksmith, Alex Kennedy, Jason Phelan

Photo by Jason colledge

Best competition results?
I love riding comps, I’ve only ever entered local ones but always get hyped up and want to try something new or scary, for some reason this seems to work and I end up placing ok, winning 2012 cookie jam was a sick feeling and a bit of a shock as most of the guys in the final I consider better riders than me.

What’s the scariest spot you’ve ridden? What did you do on it?
Mmm not sure what the scariest spot I’ve ridden is because its more about the trick you’re doing on that spot, the scariest thing I have ever done is a bar-spin over the big door at Barcelona sea wall, just because of the height and speed at which I’d be doing the trick, plus my hands were majorly sweaty so that didn’t help, I was fairly sure I was going to mess myself up real bad and as I had been really unorganised before the trip I’d forgotten to buy travel insurance so if I did crash it would have cost me a fortune ha.

7346512994_6ed05070c5_bWhat’s the worst injuries you’ve sustained and how?
I broke my left tibia (lower leg) and ankle doing a really simple trick at the skate park, it always seems to be the way, when you’re out filming doing something really scary and you crash you come off fine but when you’re messing around having fun you end up breaking your leg haha. I remember because I didn’t scream in pain or anything nobody really thought I’d done anything serious I remember a mate saying “just walk it off you’ve probably just sprained it” in the end I sat on my bike and pushed myself to the car park with my working leg and waited for a lift to the hospital. I ended up spending three nights in hospital and had two operations, a metal plate and like 4 screws put in so I don’t think I would have been able to walk it off….

Nice one Holmes