The Reserves

Who do you call upon when the squad can’t be there? The reserves squad. The below squad members are the next in line to defend the radness. These members have been picked as they bring great qualities to Freestyle Now.

Andy FortiniLaurence Bakewell – Brady Thomas – Hudson GoodchildKim Bloodson – Matt AdkinsMitch HarrisKieran RamsayJarrod Murfit

Andy Fortini – BMX

Andy Fortini bmx Table top at perth Royal show 2012

Date of Birth – November 1989
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – Reserves April 2010 – Full squad April 2011 – Reserves December 2015
Specialty – BMX
Started riding – 2004
Do you like riding in shows or competitions – Comps aren’t really my thing but shows are fun.
How did you get into riding? – Gave it a go one day. Had so much fun I never stopped.
What was your first bike? – Chrome Mongoose Speedlimit. Hell Yeah!
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – Mike Aitken’s video parts and riding on a regular basis with Seb Scott.
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – Using the gift voucher I won at the bottle shop.
Main type of riding – Skatepark, street
Favorite place to ride – It’s a tie between GSL Bowl in Washington D.C And The Shitplant.
What has been your worst injury? – 4 broken vertebrae and snapping all the ligaments holding my head up. Not a good day.

andy fortini 2 Jan 2012

 

 

 

Laurence Bakewell – BMX 

Laurence Bakewell Flair at Port Hedland 2012

Date of Birth – June 1993
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – Reserves June 2012 – Full squad August 2014 – Reserves March 2016
Specialty – BMX , The ability to flair off a kerb
Started riding – 2007
Do you like riding in shows or competitions? – That’s a hard one I think I’d have to go with demos because I’ve always been a show off.
How did you get into riding? – I went to the skatepark with my skateboard and saw some mates from school riding bmx and the rest is history!
What was your first bike? – My first bike was a giant modem that I got for Christmas in 2006
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – I couldn’t name just one person, over the years I’ve been influenced by all my mates that I’ve rode with over the years, they’re the ones there pushing me every time I ride!!
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – My first ever comp was at Leeming skatepark in 2008 and the thing I most remember about that day was the nerves I had just before dropping in, it was crazy!
Main type of riding – Skatepark
Favorite place to ride – My favourite spot to ride would have to be Rampfest In Melbourne.
What has been your worst injury? – The worst injury I’ve had would be when I broke my wrist bake in 2010 that sucked!!

Laurence Bakewell at the Northam show 2015 - 360 double whip

Laurence Bakewell – A day at Bayswater August 2014

Laurence Bakewell 2010 from bradley south

 

Brady Thomas – BMX 

Brady Thomas back flips at Perth Piazza 2015

Date of Birth – June 1998
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – December 2012
Specialty – BMX
Started riding – 2006
Do you like riding in shows or competitions – Nothing beats riding a show with a big crowd!
How did you get into riding? – My dad rode BMX back in the day so it was the right thing to follow in his footsteps
What was your first bike? – A Mongoose menace that was way to big for me
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – There is too many to name. Chase Hawk, Kriss Kyle, Corey Bohan it goes on forever
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – Broke my foot at Joondalup huckfest and still managed to ride finals
Main type of riding – Skatepark
Favorite place to ride – Ocean Reef skatepark
What has been your worst injury? – Handlebars to the stomach, 10 days in hospital with a gnarly hernia of my bowel that needed surgery

Brady Thomas toboggan in Kalgoorlie 2015 bmx

 

Hudson Goodchild – Scooter

Hudson Goodchild at Dunsborough hand plant on scooter 2014

Date of birth – August 1996.
Current Sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – January 2013
Specialty – Scooters
Started riding – 2010
Do you like riding in show and competitions? – I don’t mind competitions but I preferably rather making videos or just riding for the fun of it! I’m not a competitive guy!
How did you get into scootering? – My dad lives in a small country town, the only thing there that is interesting really is the skatepark so everything just unraveled from there
What was your first scooter? – My first scooter was a Madd Gear Team Edition that I bought for $110 from Kmart for my 14th birthday!
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – My main influences would have to Thomas Atkins and Jordan Caswell along with Matty Ceravolo and Billy Watts… They pushed me with my riding when we used to go out days on end trying to film or just learn new tricks! I have a lot of friends at the skatepark that are too many to name, but those boys definitely did a lot for me over the years! Although I also had to influence myself a lot with riding as there was many days where I didn’t have anyone to ride with so I needed to motivate myself to do it on my own!
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – Well my first demo was with Freestyle Now in 2012 at Morawa on the FN jump box and I definitely had the first time jitters, but I tried to do my best and make the most of the opportunity and it must of been okay as I have been heavily involved with Freestyle Now since
Main type of riding? – Park! Always; I’ll get on some ledges and rails every now and again but always love just speeding around the skatepark
Favourite place to ride? – Belmont- it’s the local so no place better! Other than that I love riding Fremantle Plaza as well as the old park ‘Captain Munchies’ as they both have very different options of riding which is a good change
What has been your worst injury? – Probably smashing my face twice in the space of about 3 weeks…. Landed on my chin the first time and needed 5 needles of anesthetic in my face and 7 stitches! Got those stitches removed a week later, then 3 days after that I landed on my face again and pretty much knocked myself out and gave myself a fractured cheek bone and another 6 stitches! Fun times, always wear a helmet.

Hudson Goodchild waffle at Belmont skatepark 2015

 

Kim Bloodson – BMX – Announcer

Kim Bloodson Freestyle Now announcer

Date of Birth – February
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – January 2013
Specialty – Lover of good times and announcing duties
Started riding – Long time ago
Main type of riding – BMX
Favorite place to ride – In my bedroom with my guitars

Kim Bloodson at Manning skatepark

 

Matt Adkins – BMX

Matt Adkins duncraig high school  freestyle now bmx stunt show June 2016

Date of Birth – June 1999
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now, Sweet ride bmx, GAIN Protection
Resides – Perth, Western Australia
Freestyle Now squad member since – March 2014
Specialty – BMX
Started riding – 2012
Do you like riding in shows or competitions –  Competitions because they get me more pumped to ride.
How did you get into riding? – Used to always build dirt jumps at my house but then I started wanting to try something different so I started going to skateparks and that pretty much got me into riding.
What was your first bike? – Pretty sure it was a blue mongoose haha
Who has influenced you the most in riding? –
To many people to name because so many people have influenced me while I’ve been riding.
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? –
Being  really nervous and hoping I wasn’t going to stuff any tricks up haha
Main type of riding –
Skatepark
Favorite place to ride – Depends what mood I’m in but would have to say Bayswater skatepark because I’m learnt so much there!
What has been your worst injury? – Probably just braking my ankle

Matt Adkins northbridge freestyle now bmx stunt show october 2015

 

 

 

Mitch Harris – Skateboard

Mitch Harris backside smith at Armadale skatepark 2015 skateboard
Date of Birth – August 1993
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – April 2014
Specialty – Skateboard – Useless trivia knowledge
Started skating – 2006
Main type of riding – Anything that’s fun, transitions, street spots
Favorite place to ride – Manning skatepark, anywhere with good crew

Mitch Harris Freestyle Now Willetton skatepark skateboard

 

Kieran Ramsay – Scooter

Date of birth – 7/1/2000.
Current Sponsors – Freestyle Now, Spent Clothing , GAIN Protection
Resides – Perth
Freestyle Now squad member since – February 2016
Specialty – Scooter
Started riding– 3 years ago properly
Do you like riding in show and competitions? Yes of course!
How did you get into scootering? – I got into scootering by my friends of mine who rode scooters at the time which expired me to ride!
What was your first scooter? – My first scooter was a Blade Scooter my mum bought me aha
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – Probably my friends and family because how much they pushed me and kept me motivated.
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – The most I can remember about my first competition was when I was waiting at the top of the ramp ready to drop in with butterflies and loads of adrenaline.
Main type of riding? – My preferred style of riding would have to be more of a flowy style. Like doing flips and going big!
Favourite place to ride? – One of my locals Kinross and Rampfest Skatepark in Victoria
What has been your worst injury? My worst injury was most likely when I was filming at Kinross a while back and did a bri twist whip, ended up splitting my shin open and getting 15 stitches and besides that just loads of grazes and scars!

Kieran Ramsey front scooter whip february 2016

 

Jarrod Murfit – BMX

Jarrod Murfit at Merredin skatepark

Date of Birth – Seat post height is usually a pretty good indicator of age and I have 3 inches, you do the math.
Current sponsors – Freestyle Now and OICNT. Still waiting on that call from Mike at Local BMX, I know it’s comin’ so i’ll give him the plug anyway.
Resides – Perth.
Freestyle Now squad member since – August 2016
Specialty – Bringing the X back to BMX
Started riding – Rode a bike right out me mums oven 3 months undercooked, still my riskiest manoeuvre.
Do you like riding in shows or competitions – Every time I ride it’s a show but I do enjoy the odd game of horse with da boiz, that’s about as competitive as bmx gets for me. Unless I’m racing of course… wanna see my trophy?
How did you get into riding? – I’ve been bump jumping tree roots since i can remember.
What was your first bike? Had all sorts but i remember getting a Redline single X with the big hollow frame that sounded like a milo tin when you hit it. Beauty
Who has influenced you the most in riding? – The people I ride with the most… bust, black mike, all the other oicnts.. Probably why I still suck at bmx.
What can you remember most about your first competition or demo? – I remember wondering how on earth the two weirdo MCs running the show managed to yell consistently for 5 hours straight, now I’m one of those loud weirdoes and I still don’t understand
Main type of riding – Absolutely anything and everything… except flatland (I don’t like riding on my own LOLOLOLOL)
Favorite place to ride – ooh…. Manning fly out, Kent St brick ledges, Chittering dirt jumps, Cockburn bmx track, literally everywhere in America. Go travel the world with your bike it is the only reason we were put on this earth.
What has been your worst injury? One time I was racing my motocross bike in a 2 day bush race and I was in heavy dust at the end of day two just about to pass for the lead and bam! I hit a tree root in top gear and flew over the bars for 40 metres, landed on my head and knocked myself out cold but that doesn’t count because I was wearing a helmet. Remember if you haven’t filmed it, if you were wearing a helmet, if you landed in grass, or your hat didn’t fall off mid-run, IT DOESN’T COUNT.

Jarrod Murfit at Bayswater skatepark

 

Andy FortiniLaurence Bakewell – Brady Thomas – Hudson GoodchildKim Bloodson – Matt AdkinsMitch HarrisKieran RamsayJarrod Murfit

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