Spencer Bass interview



Hello, Spencer…. From the early beginning I would like to introduce you to our readers who would like to know something more about you. I know that you live in Texas and your passion is BMX. Tell me, how long are you a rider and why have you choosen to pursue BMX, as opposed to other sports? 

I’ve been riding for almost 10 years now and loving every minute of it! I wouldn’t say that I chose BMX, it’s more that BMX chose me. I go into this in detail in question 6.

As someone who has been a rider for a long period of time, when you look in the future, do you still see yourself as a part of the BMX scene? Have you ever thought to taste something new?

I would always love to be a part of the scene in one way or another. I can’t see myself ever not having anything to do with BMX. Now that being said, that doesn’t mean I’d be riding professionally forever or working a job in the industry. I just mean that I will always be involved in one way or another. You’re never too old for BMX!! My dream job right now, if I was going to go get a job, would be a sports agent dealing with the top, as well as up and coming, athletes and making sure their futures are taken care of.

I am sure you have witnessed many changes in the sport. In your opinion, how do you think the BMX scene has developed and how is it changing? What do you think about the new generation of riders?

Riders should focus on supporting one another and the passion that they have for the sport. Instead I see a lot of undeserved criticism that needs to stop. We are all brothers. I do look forward to seeing where the sport will go in the future and with this new generation of riders pushing the limits in every way, it’s going to be a crazy ride!

The year 2013 has almost finished, tell me how could you summarize the season 2013?

A lot of fun. To put it simple, I got to travel all across the world for a ton of stuff this year and I got to have a blast with some of my closest friends, all while doing what I love.

As I have heard, you have been first time in Poland. Tell me about your impressions. Would you like to come back to Poland in the future?

My first time was actually Summer 2012. I stayed in Warsaw for a little over a week then went to the Baltic Games in Gdansk. This time I only came just to hang out in Warsaw for a week and I got to see a lot more stuff that I did the year before. So much street riding and rad skateparks and dirt jumps, it was rad! The scene in Poland seems to be growing more every year and I’ve always had a great time with the locals. Poland is on my list of places to visit each year!

What do you think you would be doing if you never got into BMX?

That’s a tough question because I don’t know if I would honestly be doing anything good with my life, or alive for that matter. My dad passed away when I was 11 and I wasn’t really too sure how to deal with it so for the next 2 1/2 years or so I went down a bad path and was super depressed and didn’t care about anything in the world. I had a friend that wanted me to go to the skatepark with him and I wasn’t too sure about it but he convinced me it’d be a good idea and from that moment on, I was hooked. I fell in love with riding my first day on the bike and always wanted to be at the skatepark. Case in point, BMX saved my life.

I’m curious how your life looks like beyond BMX? What do you do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my family, friends, and girlfriend when I’m in town. Being gone or busy a lot is a win/lose situation so when I’m home I take as many chances as I can to see them. Other than that, I like researching conspiracy theories or taking stuff apart and seeing just how it works.

What do you think about the new Lando collection?

I’m really stoked on it! I love all the colors and styles that have been chosen. It’s a good variety that everyone is happy and nothing was sacrificed in the quality of the shoe to make that possible.

What is your favourite/best trick? Is there any trick you have always wanted to do but you can not?

I love no footed can cans! It’s one of the first tricks I learned and I could do it all day long. I wish I could do turndowns. Try as much as I may, they will only work on a rare occasion fly out. I have no clue what’s going on in that trick but it looks awesome!

Who have been some of the biggest influences on who you are today?

My dad would have to be my number one influence in my life. Even though he passed away when I was 11, I still remember all the values he taught me and I made a commitment to keep the Bass legacy something to be proud of. My dad was a fighter and he never gave up until his body physically gave out. That’s how I approach life, fight until the end! If you want it, don’t give up on it and make it yours. Morgan Wade has also been a big inspiration to me. There’s a lot of times that I say stuff without thinking or do something and he puts me back in place. I’ve learned a lot from him, not just BMX, but many other aspects of life.

We are going slowly to the end of our conversation. Would you like to greet someone or share with our readers some reflections?

In the words of Mat Hoffman, “If you want to enjoy all of the successes and pleasures in life, you have to be willing to accept all of the pain and failure that comes with them.” That quote couldn’t be more accurate to how life really is. Everyone wants this or that but the minute it doesn’t go how they plan, more times than not they quit. If you have a dream, no matter how wild or lavish it is, go for it! They only thing stopping you at the end of the day is yourself. I know this sounds corny but, where there’s a will there’s a way. It’s not going to happen over night but if you’re committed and you’re willing to put in the hard work and accept that you’re going to fail at times, then that dream you had might just become your reality. I would also like to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that’s involved with DWBC.

Thank you very much for the interview and for your time. We wish you a Happy New Year and we hope that the season 2014 will be at least two times better than the previous one and of course full of memorable moments.

Thank you for the opportunity to do this, it was fun! I’m looking forward to getting to travel and see everyone and make 2014 a year that I will never forget!


Intreview by EWELINA BRACA