Garrett Ahlf started with us towards the end of our 2012 tour just after recovering from a broken back. In 2013 he became one of our full time riders and we watched him grow. We had a chance to sit down with him and talk.
Garrett, how long have you been riding and when did you decide to turn your passion into a career?
• I’ve been riding for 15 years and turned my passion into a career a couple years ago, put my head down and pushed forward.
What are some of your new and favorite tricks? Also, is there one in particular that puts you aside from other athletes?
• I’ve been working on my flips tricks and one I recently learned was a Cordova flip. It’s scary and fun to do. One trick people think I do pretty well is my super man and KOD since I’m tall the tricks look bigger than normal.
How did the back injury you suffered have an effect on you and your career?
• My back injury was over two years ago already pretty insane how fast it went by. It took me out of the scene for only a few months but it def put me in my place it taught me not to rush certain tricks.
We understand that your family is a huge part of your life. How does your wife feel about you risking your life as a career? Does having a one year old son make it difficult to be away so often?
• My wife wants me to pursue a career I love the only thing that affects us is she has a full time job as well and when I’m traveling she’s basically a single mom. Dropping our son off at day care at 7am then she goes to work till 4:30 picks him up goes home hangs out with him for a few and starts over the next day. When I’m gone Im useless at the parenting side besides talking to them over FaceTime or whatever. It’s def hard to be away from my wife and son.
What are some of your biggest accomplishments in your career?
• The biggest of my career so far is joining “The Nitro Circus Live” tour. I’m filling in for an injured rider but still be chosen out of so many good riders is a great feeling.
What sort of things should we expect to see from you in the future?
• I don’t know what’s going to happen in my future. Hopefully just riding and having fun. Hopefully making some cool short edits seems like they are really fun.
If you were to give any advice to up and coming riders what would you say?
• The best advice I can give is work hard and make contacts in the sport. The more people you know the more opportunity you will get.
Are there any sponsors or people you would like to thank?
• I would like to thank my family first and foremost they’ve been there since day one. Also my sponsors O’neal MX, Shifty Illusions, Hart and Huntington, Alpinestars, Blur, Get Blend, Moto-Gate, Works Connection, UNI Filter, Etnies, Ram Mounts, Dunlop tires, Pro Circuit, MB1 Suspension and thanks to Dan McGranahan and Marc Burnett for the opportunity to ride my bike all over the USA.
Thanks for your time Garrett
By Gaven Ayala 1-14-14