BMX riders always look like they are having the time of their lives, even if they are going buck and happen to bust a chop or two along the way. I hear from most, that its the feeling and freedom they get when they are peddling and doing crazy stunts on their little bicycles, that makes them most happiest. Matt Silo, from Port Elizabeth, is no exception, well from just watching him ride, it looks like he loves every second of it! He has been in the game for many years and every time i get the chance to be at a comp where he is at, it looks like he just gets better and better, or at least it looks like he is just having more fun than ever! A quiet guy from the outside but once you start chatting to him, he comes across as a proper down to earth and mooked gent! He is not scared to push his own limits and often this sees him on is back, buckled in between his BMX, whether throwing a Bar Spin at the end of a 50/50 grind, hard 360, or just gapping B’s over a stair rail, Matt likes pushing himself, often coming out of it soooo silky smooth!! He is another gent that is travelling from afar to attend this weekend’s NAZ JAM #3, taking place in Haartebeespoort Dam. Have a look a the short chat we had:
MA: Hi There, nice to be chatting to you gent!! Tell us about your journey to where you are today, a little bit of background on how you began riding BMX?
Like wise gent! I started riding somewhere around primary school. There was a solid crew of some older guys whom id often see riding around my neighborhood, I eventually came across the Boundary lane trails and seeing the locals seshing them was a definite eye opener and i was hooked. I didn’t really know what bmx was until then.
MA: What has influenced you over the years to keep pushing and progressing?
Filming definitely moitivates me to progress, but mostly just having fun with good friends and getting to travel a bit.
MA: What type of rider would you consider yourself as?
I’m not too sure yet haha? I ride everything and anything. We used to have a really good dirt scene but these days its all about the streets! Especially in South Africa since there aren’t too many facilities for riding but there’s plenty good street spots to go around.
MA: What has you most excited about our local riders and how the sport is progressing to nights never seen before in South Africa?
The jams! Theres so many good competitions and events popping up and i think its so healthy for the scene. It pushes dudes to go bigger and allows the sport to grow and creates an excuse for a roadtrip to get to see all the homies again.
MA: To date, what has been your best gig / achievement as a rider?
I was really stoked to win ams at Ghetto Jam 2012 in Durban, but most recently i came 2nd at the Evals jam in July which i was really amped on.
MA: We last saw you up for the EVALS JAM, which you had a solid day of riding!! You enjoy the event?
Definitely! Evals jam was so much fun! From the YBF plaza being such an amazing skate park to all the gents who made it out there and shredded. Shout out to Rico Riberio for putting such a sweet competition together!
MA: You will be making your way up to PTA for the NAZ Jam 2014 this weekend, are you amped for this comp?
Yes! I missed the previous two NAZ jams and only heard good things from them so i defiantly wasn’t going to miss this one! With Tyrone Kelly being the mastermind behind it all I’m sure its going to go down well.
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MA: What can we expect from you at the Jam?
You can expect to see me and my twin brother riding so thats going to confuse some people haha.
MA: You have been in the scene for many years, is there anyone that you wish to thank for what you have achieved thus far?
I’d like to thank the likes of Stuart Laing, Rudi Erasmus, Roscoe Siebers and Bradley Claasen for showing me the ropes when i was just an ankle biter and for just being all round epic human beings, as well as LOOT for all the fresh gear and good times.
MA: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years time?
Hopefully still riding (touch wood), probably doing some travelling.
MA: Where can people follow you?
Follow me on instagram @MATT.SILO and while you’re at it check out LOOT BRAND on facebook and follow them @LOOTBRAND.