Scotty Cramner

 

At 20 Scotty is already a legend in Bmx

 

Age: 20

Hometown: Jackson, NJ

Occupation: “I ride a little bike.”

Favorite bands: Something Corporate, Jack Mannequin, Saves the Day

Other than BMX you are really into cars—why? It’s just something that I really love. They’re cool and I love everything about them. How they work, how they look… It’s really a fun thing for me.

What is your favorite car? My favorite car is definitely Nissan Skyline GTR’s, but a close second is Evo’s. Third would be MKIV Supra’s.

It seems like just a few years ago you were entering your first Pro contest and now you are one of the top riders. How much has it changed your life?   I’m still riding for fun and it’s cool that it is my job, I am thankful for the position I’m in. The only thing that’s really changed is that it is my job and it is a huge compliment for someone to think that I am a top guy. I still look up to and am friends with most of the guys.

You won X Games Gold last year. How does that feel?   It’s an awesome feeling; never in my wildest dreams did I imagine winning an X Games Gold. It’s a big accomplishment that it happened and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

With all the TV, Internet, and print time you have been getting lately, do you ever get recognized just walking down the street?   In my own small town a lot of people know who I am, so I do get recognized sometimes, but I don’t let it get to my head. I’m just riding a funny little bike.

With no cameras and no pressure, what is the most fun place to ride?   It all depends on the mood. New things are cool, my home park is an awesome retreat in the winter…just anywhere new. As long as my buddies are there, it makes it all good and that’s what BMX is all about.

We have been seeing some crazy video clips of you all over the Internet. Is this the way of the future?   The Internet has for sure turned into the way of showing things. Magazines are still a part of the BMX community and I enjoy sitting down and flipping through a magazine, but the Internet is just so fast. Contests show only a small part of what a rider can do; contest tricks you have to be dialed on every time. Video tricks you can really show a larger variety of riding. The Felt videos that came out for the first six months of ‘07 all were filmed in 1-1/2 days, and it’s what we came up with in that time and tricks that I had been working on. The entire BMX community isn’t into contests, and this gives a chance to show people more of what I am about.

You have some longtime sponsors. How is that working?   If I think about it, I’ve only really been a sponsored rider for four years and been with Vans and Felt from the beginning, and Fox and Unbound Energy drink for a long time.

What are your sponsors, oldest to newest?  Staff Mail-order, Vans, Felt, Fox, Unbound, Duo, and Verizon Wireless.

Tell us about your bike shop. How did that come about?   My dad runs the BMX track behind the shop and one day the owner of the land said the existing shop out front was moving and if a different type of business moved in that we may lose the track. We came up with the idea of opening our own shop. The shop that was there was more into non-BMX bikes so I thought it would be a good idea to run it differently and have it BMX and skate related with an assortment of family-related bikes. SC Action Sports opened in April and so far so good.

Your family is really supportive of BMX.   They love the fact that I’m into something that is clean and they support everything about it. From the skatepark, to the BMX track, to helping with the shop, I really appreciate everything they do.

What’s the weirdest gift you received lately?   I’ve been playing the keyboard a lot! I got the keyboard kind of as a joke but I really enjoy playing it. I play it every day for a really long time—it’s awesome! Maybe one day I can learn how to read music; that would be amazing.