In conjunction with DIG issue 96, 'Youth Of Today' we're proud to premiere this video of United's Nathan Williams, Corey Martinez, Rooftop, and Alex Valentino's adventure to Ecuador in search of some incredible spots and unforgettable experiences... and a bit of bunjee jumping.
Watch on to see Corey take the infamous Quito La Carolina pipe riding to new levels, Rooftop living up to his name with the blessing of a local priest, Nathan doing almost everything switch, Alex with one hell of a 180, and tons more.
Make sure you check out DIG Issue 96,‘The Kids Issue’ to see some incredible 'United In Ecuador' photos from our own Rob Dolecki, and catch up with the crew as they reminisce on their teenage years.
A Channel 4Down Production
Filmed and edited by James Cox
"My teacher in high school; he was an English teacher and P.E. coach. I wish I remembered his name. He was a dick. I would miss school all the time for contests and riding trips. He was saying I gotta stop that crap and worry about my future. At the time I was making more money than him. I remember seeing him at the mall ten years later. At that point I had seen a lot and had gotten to do a lot of things that most people never get to." - Rooftop
"The way progression is now, it’s so rapidly fast. At twelve, I feel like you are so eager to learn. I feel that my progression level could be just as fast if I had the resources as kids have nowadays. You know what’s possible already. Not that when I was twelve I would be trying to be a professional BMX rider. I wouldn’t let the level of riding stop me." - Corey Martinez
"Everything has changed. When I started riding you would wait for the next issue of Props, and now there are hundreds of web videos and everything is on Facebook. Music was rock and roll; and today is more open and everything. Culturally, BMX was very small, and a family. Now it may be much bigger, but it’s not like family. More riders are getting paid though." - Alex Valentino
"Did I ever draw BMX logos on my notebooks for school? Yeah, I definitely did. I drew like etnies logos, and stick figures doing jumps. I would also go outside and make mini dirt tracks. I would also go to Aitken’s bike check, find out what he had, then go to the Dan’s catalog and circle everything and for months just try and save up for it. Never actually got it." - Nathan Williams