• Name: Alvaro Ocampo
• Nickname: AL
• Sponsors? FAMILIAR 😊
• Where are you from? / where do you live currently? Born and raised in Los Angeles, my forever home.
• How long have you been riding? I’ve been riding bikes for a really long time but actually got into doing tricks at around the age of 11-12 years old and will keep riding as long as I can walk.
• How did you get into bmx? (Is there any person or particular reason you got into bmx)? My first real influence into BMX had to have been my older brother. We started riding around in our little 16” bikes and building “ramps” out of plywood laid on top of bricks, and just going off of it. It wasn’t until we discovered pegs (they were some really small threaded GT pegs, that we thought we needed to “bunnyhop”) Shortly after upgrading to a 20” ,I thought bunnyhoping on curbs and doing wheelies down the block was extreme until I discovered Ridebmx Magazine, X-Games , Bluetorch TV + PROPS. I learned so much shit from TV + videos. It was hard to get a hold of any PROPS at that time whenever I did, they were on constant repeat alongside RideBMX, SquareOne + Little Devil videos.
• What is your all time favorite company in bmx after all these years? My favorite BMX company has always been GT Bikes. My first real BMX was a GT Mach One (race) and upgraded to a GT Performer a few years later when I started jumping on and off of shit. It’s awesome to see that they’re back and making some dope stuff.
• What are (3) of your favorite bmx websites that you visit most frequently? Ridebmx.com (formally www.bmxonline.com ; sucks they got rid of that domain since I’ve had it bookedmarked for years now) , DigBmx.com + ww.FAMILIARBAND.com 😉
• What are (3) NON – bmx website’s that you visit most frequently? Amazon, Yahoo + Geekologie.com . I tend to surf Insta more often than websites…
• Musically; what are you currently listening to? Nowadays…it’s mostly Jazz but Rings of Saturn is always on the playlist.
• How has BMX changed since you were a young lad cruising these streets? It hasn’t changed that much. I still go out and ride because it’s fun, good exercise and great stress reliever nowadays.
• just a wild guess; Where do you see BMX going in the future? If this trend continues, hopefully we’ll see more DVDs from locals and BMX companies released instead of web videos, just like the good ol’ days + a new bmx zine. Shout out to Challenger BMX!
What direction would you like to see it go? Hopefully all of this animosity bullshit can just go away. Some people forget why we all started riding in the first place and egos and bullshit goes straight to their heads, go have FUN!!!
Its been fun but this is the end..
• special thanks? Mom + Dad = The best. Family/Friends + Everyone I know and have met through BMX. All of you guys are dope.
• Final words?
And last but not least;
Anything you’d like to say to the people taking the time to give this a read?
Ride street? Dope. Ride park? Cool. Vert? Awesome. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, have fun and don’t be an asshole.