18 year old Harry Mills Wakley is one of Exeter’s most progressive and most stylish riders. Now, studying for a degree in outdoor education in Liverpool, Harry has taken his style along with his bouffant further north, to hone his skills in new greener pastures.
Welcome to the Harry Mills Wakley Interview.
When did you start riding?
Must have been 10/11 years old so 7/8 years riding
Who are your sponsors?
Verde Bikes, The boarding house
Who do you ride with?
Since recently moving to Liverpool I have been riding with a lot of the riders up there and they’re all so sound. Down here I mainly ride with the Exeter crew but we travel around a lot so I ride with the Mount Hawke, Plymouth, Paignton crew and other surrounding local riders.
Who are the best local riders?
The southwest scene is so solid every rider is sick in their own individual way whether it is having big tricks or good style or both, there are so many riders which are not recognised down here which are shredders.
Who are your favourite pros?
Simone Barraco, Dakota Roche, Mike Aitken, Alex Kennedy.
What trips have you done, and how was Barcelona?
I have been on a few trips the 4 main ones where two trips to unit 23 Dumbarton, Scotland it’s the best skate park I have ever been to, everyone needs to get up there.
10 days in Barcelona was amazing, sick riding spots, cool city, sun and beaches. We also spent 4 days in Hastings visiting the BMX distributions IMG, 4 Down, the Source and Seventies. There was also a quick session the Nike 6.0 tunnel, Source BMX shop Bowl and Seventies Our house.
The recent Scotland trip was so good. Lots of riding was done and the video will hopefully be a good watch when it comes out. Lots of entertaining moments, especially when skinner and homesy put a hole in the Travelodge wall and when curry said he once ordered a chicken burger from KFC and got a fish burger.
Any trips planned?
Hopefully lots of trips to come in the new year but nothing major planned. I would really be up for going back to Barcelona sometime but just up for finding and riding new spots.
What else do you do besides riding?
When I am not riding I’m usually on a PC doing uni work or chilling with the homies. I use to ride motocross but stopped for a few years due to injury but I am real keen to get back riding again.
Who are the photographers you work with?
The southwest is producing lots of dialled filmers and photographers such as Tom Goldsmith, Jonathan Williams, Andrew Murtagh. They’re all sick at taking photos check them out of Flickr.com. Videographers in the southwest consist of Tom Goldsmith, Cal Earnshaw and Ryan Hallett. Check these guys out on Vimeo.com.
Best competition results?
Ahh competitions, they are fun to ride in as you do get a buzz from it but I never really have done brilliantly. James Holmes is the man when it’s Comp time he just goes completely bonkers fair play to the NUTTER.
What’s the scariest spot you’ve ridden? What did you do on it?
The scariest spot I have ridden was a derelict bit of land in Exeter, you had to jump of a rough bit of path drop 8ft into a thin grass bank. I did a tuck no-hander off of it. It took a few goes as it was so scary. Unit 23 replica of the original little devil bowl is really scary to ride as the ramps a real big and fast.
What are the worst injuries you’ve sustained and how?
I have been lucky on the injury side of things just lots of cuts and bruises nothing serious (touch wood). The worst one was a cut eye brow by trying to toothy hanger down area skate park rail my forks snapped and I hit the floor hard, I needed a fair few stitches but that was it.
Here’s a little edit of Harry from Verde Bikes