Rise and grind is the name of the game when it comes to this Red Bull premier freestyle biker, Josh Boothby.
The up-and-coming athlete comfortably cruised on his bike across CSUSB and UC Riverside on Wednesday, Oct. 15 as the California breeze simultaneously accompanied him.
The freestyle biker claims that nothing could even stop him from riding, not even old age. His passion for BMX is long term, “Even if I got old to like 50 or 60, and I couldn’t do tricks anymore, I would still ride a bike,” said Boothby.
Boothby was born in Hayward, Calif. at St. Rose Hospital on Oct. 20 1985, and lived there up until he was 17 years old.
He briefly moved to Baltimore, Md. to stay with his grandmother, but it was moments with his grandmother that allowed him to experience different things and expand his creativity.
“I really got to take in the east coast vibe where my dad was from, so when I got there they were calling me ‘Cali’ because I sounded way different, I looked different, and I wasn’t dressing like them.” said Boothby.
Boothby was introduced to BMX around the age of 11, where he attended his first X-Games and saw riders such as Shaun Butler and T.J. Lavin perform tricks, making him a believer of all the things possible on a bike.
Boothby took to the culture of BMX fixed gear free styling at the age of 24, before it became as huge as it is now, and fixed his bike up to perfect his new-found craft.
After realizing the limitless possibilities, he began to take advantage of every opportunity that was presented to him, such as the Red Bull sponsorship, and never looked back.
Fast forward through the transition of that little boy, intrigued by the artistry of BMX, to now, where a skilled 28-year-old cruises around campus, camera crew on hand trying to capture some his art.
His charismatic personality glows almost as bright as the sun behind him, performing tricks with relative ease.
He noted however, that he could only pull them off because of his mighty perseverance.
Sticking to one trick at a time, Boothby admitted he’d keep trying until he finally learned to do it, no matter how long it’d take him.
“Earlier today I pulled I think the world’s first g-turn on a fixed gear bike. I did it and it was like, ‘dang, it worked out after months of trying,’” said Boothby.
Nowadays, Boothby’s biggest goal is evolving the sport of Freestyle BMX into something much bigger and respected by landing tricks no one has ever seen before.
“Nothing is impossible,” is the motto he bases his profession on, from his past experiences and the trails that he has went through in his life, he is able to overcome all of his challenges that he may be faced with.
Sitting atop of his bike, Boothby shrugged and said, “All you have to is get on and try it, that’s all it takes.”
You can catch some of Boothby’s one-of-a-kind highlights by searching Josh Boothby on Youtube or Google, or regret it later.