We catch up with Freestyle Motocross rider Dallan Goldman who, at the end of last year, spent 3 months in the United States meeting up with some pro riders, hitting some FMX compounds and improved on his tricks – which as you can see are huge!
Check out what Dallan had to say about his experience:
Full Name: Dallan Goldman
Nickname: DG, D-Gold
Hometown: Four ways, Johannesburg
Machine of choice: Yamaha YZ450F
Sponsors: Jungle Rush FMX, DC Shoes, VMS Technologies, Yamaha , Dirt Nurse, Expand a sign, Freestyle films, 42 Designs, Shoei , Thor/ Parts Unlimited, AR Developments and Hilton Warmback.
You’ve just come back from a trip to the states. Where did you go and for how long were you away?
I landed in LA and stayed in Marina Del Rey for a while before heading up to Temecula, CA to do some riding. I stayed is the US for 3 months.
What was your main objective of going to the states?
I just wanted to go and see the FMX scene with my own eyes and make new friends and contacts over on that side of the world and ride all the main spots possible.
What was the FMX experience like over there?
It’s pretty awesome with the amount of riders participating in FMX there, at all types of riding levels. From guys learning to do seat grabs to the pro’s busting tsunami flips. Also, it’s more fun riding various amounts of compounds over there.
Who did you end up meeting and riding with over there?
I rode with Erick Ruiz, Jarryd Mcneil, Jacob Schwank, Robbie Maddison, Jimmy Fitzpatric, Justin Ayers, Bryce Hudson, Gabrielle villegas, Billy Giron, Ronnie faaist, Billy Kohut, Grant Langston, Nik Praat, Les parsons and a few other good riders.
What did you learn from your trip to the states?
More about how life and how people work, was defiantly rewarding travelling by myself.
Is the riding style different in the States compared to the local scene? Explain?
The benefit of riding there is that you get to ride a bunch of different riding spots with the best riders, so naturally you’re on your game. They do use different ramps to us which takes a few rides to get used to. Standard gap there is 75ft.
What new tricks did you get down while over there?
I didn’t really get many new tricks whilst I was there just got all my tricks more extended and smooth.
How much did the trip help your FMX career?
Its definitely has opened a few new opportunities for me and got my name in the industry over there.
Did you hit up any of those movie style house parties?
Ha ha, I wish! Temecula is the last place close to a party town.
What was the craziest thing you experienced over there?
Riding with the best riders in the world. Six Flags theme park is awesome. And my buddy Jacob caught a rattle snake for some fun.
What’s next for Dallan Goldman?
I guess we will have to wait and see. I will be hosting another Jungle Rush FMX open day this year and it will be the biggest and best one yet.
What do you think needs to happen in South African FMX this year?
We need more riders getting involved in the sport , South Africa has talent, you just need to use it. I do rider training and have the best training facility in the country! check out my website www.Junglerushfmx.co.za, like my page on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, let us help you get to the next level!