You may have seen the first episode of Kriss Kyle’s Riding Shotgun web series but we've got this exclusive 'riding only' DIG remix for your repeated viewing needs. Kriss kicked things off with a trip to Toronto, Canada to go ride and hang out with Red Bull team mate Drew Bezanson, hitting up Joyride 150, and some street and local concrete parks. When you put these two together you’re going to get some gold! Pick up a copy of DIG issue 97 for exclusive behind the scenes photos from the whole series.
You can watch the full episodes at www.redbull.com/krisskyle but meantime here's what Kriss had to say about the Riding Shotgun project and his time with Drew.
How did you go about choosing each guy you would ride with for this series? It was so hard to pick the riders. I could pretty much pick any rider I wanted, but I could only choose three. So it took me a good while to think of who I would want to go and ride with, in fact I wish I could have picked about 20 riders (laughter). I think I ended up making a good choice in the end though. So I picked Drew Bezanson, Simone Barraco, and Chase Hawk. Couldn’t go wrong with those guys! I had hung out with Simone a good couple of times and I get on with him really well! It’s always a good time when you’re with Simone. I had only met Drew like once or twice and he seemed really cool each time I met him. The same goes for Chase too, I met him once or twice and he seemed like such a sick guy!
How was it going over to Toronto to stay with Drew Bezanson? Drew is just a mad man on and off his bike so I knew I was in for a treat! He showed us around some good restaurants, met a few of his friends and just gave us a real insight into his life and what he likes to do for fun. I was also really looking forward to seeing Niagara Falls. I wanted to go to that place ever since I was a kid. It was just crazy to finally be there and stand at the edge looking over! That place blew me away. That’s one thing I love about traveling, seeing all these amazing sights. Can’t wait to go back.
How did Joyride 150 compare with your home park, Unit23? Joyride 150 totally blew me away! I knew that place was big but I had no idea it was that big when I got there! It almost had a home away from home feel to it. The owner was a real nice guy and the same goes for all the boys that worked there, just a real welcoming vibe to it. It felt like a real skatepark too, not like some of these new ones that are popping up nowadays. Plus it’s bikes only so no worrying about scooters getting in your way. Everything was just big and fast! They have pretty much everything you could ever need in that place. I don’t think anyone could get bored of it. Pretty much the same as Unit23 - I have been riding that place for years now and there are still lines everywhere. Honestly I could never get bored riding Unit. The best sessions and the best people, can’t beat it!