The recent easing of lockdown has enabled Action Sports athletes, to some degree, get back to what they do best. It also gave us the opportunity to link up with one of South Africa’s top BMX riders at his local park – presenting Back At It with Nathi Steeze – the video and interview feature.
Full name: Nkosinathi Gift Nkosi
Nickname: Nathi Steeze
Hometown: The Hill
Riding style: Street
Bike setup: Mongoose, Eclat and BSD
Sponsors: Mongoose, Skabanga Crew and Dragon Energy Drink
Give us a run down of what a usual day in the life of Nathi consists of?
Waking up to do assignments, create art and ride my bike. I always reward myself by going out to ride after I have done one of the two.
What does BMX mean to you?
It means expressing how I feel at that moment, it is a way for me to refresh my mind and helps me find peace within myself.
What goes through your mind when you are out riding?
The thought of being out riding brings me joy. I think of ways in which I can make things look stylish when being watched. I do think of falling a lot, but I remind myself of how I’ve made it to where I am today.
How would you best explain the feeling of stomping and new line or landing a new trick?
That feeling is better than winning a contest. I feel my blood get warm, I get goosebumps and an energy flow of excitement. It is the best thing ever!
What are some of your favourite tricks that you have mastered?
Toboggans, Truckdrivers, Nose Manuals and 540s.
Which tricks have been the hardest to learn and which are you still planning on learning?
Honestly, street tricks have always been hard for me but yet that is the category that I go for, because of the challenge. Combining lines with rails and ledges is a challenge. I do want to still learn Flairs because they are similar to 540s on ramps, apparently.
Where would you like to see the sport of BMX take you?
Traveling, meeting new people and people I’ve looked up to. I’d like to see me do with the sport what it has done for me.
What has been the highlight of your riding career so far?
Making a name for myself in the BMX community. I finished 3rd in a dirt contest in the Western Cape called Dawn of Dirt. I had no idea it was a contest by the way, which makes it clear that if you have fun you ride well.
What do you feel has been the biggest effect of the Civid-19 pandemic and lockdown on your riding and the sport itself?
It has affected my progress for sure, in terms of skateparks being closed and having nowhere to ride or be. Taking away my friends and my events that give young ones the chance to meet people they’d like to meet. Mostly it halted making progress on putting the BMX industry out there.
How would you best sum up the experience of shooting for Back At It?
It was lit. We had a fun time no doubt, jokes here and there, 12 retakes of the interview because of one word and a good lunchtime of pizza and catching up. I do thank LWMag and Dragon Energy for supporting me.
What part of the shoot was your favourite and why?
When Ryan saw my pizza of choice for the first time, his face was outstanding.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I am an introvert, I actually enjoy personal space.
When not out riding, what else do you like to do with your time?
Illustrations, video editing and TikTok videos.
Mainly a big shout out to Skabanga Crew for supporting me all this time, Dragon Energy for putting me on board, my family for always being positive even when they didn’t understand, and my South side friends for boosting my confidence.
Filmed and Edited by Grant Lucas.