This weeks article is a little different, check out this interview we did with 24″ street and Muni legend Justin Kohse!
How many years have you been riding?
- 12 (I feel old )
What’s your favourite style of riding and why?
- Right now im really into street because im kind of too lazy to go ride muni…but I really miss the mountains.
Who are your major influences, within Unicycling and outside the sport?
- Within unicycling I’d have to say Kris Holm. I know a lot of people say that but the man keeps us a float ( oh and congrats to Kris and Shannon on the little one! ), Outside of the sport all I do is work. One of my big influences right now is Mark Coleran, awesome visual designer!
What is it like to have riders like Kris Holm, Dan Heaton and Kevin McMullin to ride with on a regular basis? How has it influenced your own riding?
- They do keep me going.
Kevin McMullin only recently moved to Vancouver. We use to trash talk each other over MSN, I think that helped a lot.
Kris and I ride every now and then, but not enough lately!
I haven’t seen Dan Heaton on a unicycle since the Vancouver Muni Weekend. If you read this Dan “We miss you”.
How has growing up near the North Shore influenced your riding?
- Honestly not that much. I grew up on Vancouver Island so I just stuck with the local trails. Although when I did move to Vancouver I couldn’t believe what I had at my disposal.
I do have to say that watching Kris Holm tear it up on the northshore definitely influenced me though.
How did it feel being a part of Defect, one of the most influential Unicycling DVDs of all time? Did you feel pressure appearing on film along side any other riders?
-Being a part of Defect was an amazing part of my life. I met a lot great people and i got to ride my unicycle all over. At the time I looked up to everyone in that movie, so the pressure was on to step it up
What was your favourite spot to ride during your visit to the UK?
- STOKE PLAZA! Although we did not get enough time to ride that park. I will be back.
We’ll hold you to that!
How has Unicycling changed since you started riding?
- Unicycling is ridiculous now. The technical level has spiked through the roof, i’m not really even sure I can name half of the flip tricks out there these days. Honestly i’m just glad the sport is still going.
How do you think it will change in the future?
- Eventually we’re going to reach a point where the amount of tricks will cap out. Once this happens the only place to go is to go bigger, I think this is when the sport will really get the recognition it deserves.
We’re really close to that point right now IMO.
Who’s your favourite Voodoo rider and why?
- That’s unfair. You know I love all you guys equally.
Any advice for new riders?
-Hardest part about this sport is the flak you get from some people for doing something you enjoy. To be honest, it does look kind of funny. Screw’em.
I guess that’s not really advice
Words: Justin Kohse
Photos: Leo Hawkes, Benjamin Costin, Rob Thomas