In light of this, you can imagine how hard it could be to get him to slow down enough during racing season for an interview, but we did it! Read our short and to the point Q&A below from DJ.
1. Give us a quick history of your riding/racing career. I started out BMX-ing at the skate park, tried a friend’s dirt jumper, then bought a dirt jumper. I rode my first Slopestyle event 6 months later and have been hooked on big air since!
2. What’s your favorite (or best) race? Colorado Freeride Festival.
3. What’s your least favorite (or worst) race? Fise Cheng du. For many reasons.
4. What’s the craziest trick you’ve pulled off? Double flip or something. (We feel this answer was down-played due to DJ’s natural affable, humble nature).
5. What’s been the craziest race scenario you’ve ever witnessed? Racing through a city in the middle of Mexico with 50k fans screaming and cheering. You look around and think, “Who is here? It must be someone big. Then you realize they are all there to watch the race and cheer for you.”
6. Do you have any advice to a younger, less experienced rider? Do what you like if you want to be happy. Don’t do something just because you think other people want to see it.
7. What’s coming in 2017? This season will consist of more Slope events, DH races and Freeride events across the globe.
8. Finally, what’s your favorite Feedback Sports product? The Scorpion stand is pretty sweet but then again, so is everything else they make. (Aw, shucks. He made us blush. Truth be told, Feedback Sports is happy to provide DJ with the products he needs to keep his bikes dialed.