King of the inner-city skate parks, this year BMX’er Ashley Douglas is planning to land a trick that hasn’t been landed before. Put that in your wheel and spin it.
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Apart from the odd bout of hayfever, 20-year-old Ashley Douglas is invincible. Growing up in Notting Hill to Caribbean and Asian parents, Ash started BMX’ing seven years ago and is now a certified easy rider, sponsored by KisBikeCo with a fan base and everything. Busy preparing for music and skater festival Boardmasters in the skate scene town of Newquay, i-D photographer and filmmaker Klaus Thymann met Ash for some sky-skraper BMX’ing around Poplar, Tower Hamlets.
How did you get into BMX’ing? Been riding for about 7 years, started with me just messing around at the skatepark with some mates and I just loved it and kept at it… What model do you ride? I ride a Kis Bike Co spark frame! The company sponsors me. Where are your favourite BMX spots? Unit 23 in Scotland and Corby skatepark. What are your favourite tricks? I don’t really have a fav trick but I like bars pins a lot. Who are your favourite BMX’ers? ATM Alex Coleborn and Kyle Baldock. How does a typical day of BMX’ing pan out? Typical day of BMX’ing would be meeting a bunch of mates then heading down to the skatepark for around 6 hours fixing our bikes for a bit then getting back home and chilling. What’s in your pocket right now? I have £8 in my pocket and some tissues and hayfever tablets. What are your hopes for 2012? This year I’m determined to land a trick no one else has, but it’s gonna be a challenge! Where are you off to now? I’m off the Boardmasters in a few weeks so I’m excited for that !!