Mike Curley. 20 years old. BMX rider. In BMX, Mike is one of the young up and comers. Sponsored by a number of companies who give him free parts and clothes and pay for him to travel around the world all because he rides a BMX. It’s safe to say things are going well for him.
I met Mike not long after he started riding 7 years ago. I was getting into BMX myself and began riding at Mike’s local indoor skatepark Interact in my home town of Burnley.
I was never really that good and found it hard to progress. Like most filmmakers and photographers in BMX, I got out my camera and started to take photos of the people who were already good. I also had an interest in graphic design and with a copy of Photoshop and some t-shirt templates I designed a few tees, scraped together my pay from stacking shelves at Wilkinson’s and got them printed. Anyone who knows about BMX and for those that don’t, the best way to promote your brand is to create videos of people riding a BMX in your clothes and put them on the internet. I was new to it so while I was failing miserably to land barspins, I noticed Mike who was 15 at the time and flowing around the park. He was definitely one of the best riders there.
This was the start of Mike getting out there and being noticed for web videos. We’ve created eleven so far and from where we started, I’ve seen a huge amount of progression and character develop. We have become good friends and it’s been pretty cool to see someone who I’ve known for 5 years get to where he is now.
Mike came to stay with me for 3 days in March and in those 3 days we shot the photos and video for this article; something which shouldn’t have been possible. As Mike mentions, he has a real drive for what he does and he proved this in his web video for Frayed Magazine.
During his stay in Hull, we sat down for 10 minutes and we chatted about where it all started, his feeling on BMX and where he wants to take it.