RAD RIDER!

IT’S TIME TO SHRED WITH GRIT TEAM RIDER TAJ SHAMBROOK.

Mania - - Totes Cool -

MA­NIA: How did you get into com­pet­i­tive scooter rid­ing? TAJ: “When I was five, there was a com­pe­ti­tion at The Bunker In­door Skate Park and I de­cided to en­ter. It was the Aus­tralian Ti­tles and back then you didn’t need to qual­ify. I com­peted in the Seven and Un­der cat­e­gory and came 3rd. I got a big tro­phy!” MA­NIA: What’s your favourite trick to per­form? TAJ: “At the mo­ment, it’s ‘Bar Dou­ble Whip’.” MA­NIA: What’s one trick that you spent ages try­ing to get right? TAJ: “Bri’s took a while. That’s when you flip the scooter deck over your head. I knocked my tooth out try­ing.” MA­NIA: What’s the hard­est trick you’ve ever done? TAJ: “The bri whip. That’s when you com­bine a heel whip with a bri flip.” MA­NIA: Can you do a front flip or a back flip? TAJ: “I can front flip and back flip into the foam pit re­ally well and can nearly front flip to resi (padded ramp).” MA­NIA: What’s the most amount of air you’ve got­ten from a jump? TAJ: “About a me­tre high or higher over the cop­ing, and I’ve held it for a few sec­onds.”

MA­NIA: What’s the se­cret to keep­ing your bal­ance and not stack­ing it when you land a trick? TAJ: “I think the se­cret is to bend your knees when you first land, then straighten your legs and pop up tall as you roll away. You need good foot place­ment on the deck and a strong core too.” MA­NIA: What do you like to do when you’re not train­ing or com­pet­ing? TAJ: “Play soc­cer, ball sports, flip off any­thing I can find, go to the beach and wa­ter parks. I also watch scooter rid­ing on YouTube.” MA­NIA: What type of scooter do you ride? TAJ: “I am a team rider for Grit Scoot­ers Aus­tralia and I’m on the pro-am­a­teur team. I ride a Grit Tremor Grom, with spe­cial bat­tle bars cut down as small as they go, SES Clamp, and 110mm wheels.“ MA­NIA: What type of hel­mets and pads do you wear? TAJ: “I wear a bright blue S1 hel­met and black 187 Ju­nior Pro knee pads.” MA­NIA: If you could ride with any fic­tional char­ac­ter, who would it be and why? TAJ: “Michelan­gelo, the or­ange Ninja Turtle, be­cause he rides a skate­board and I think he’s to­tally cool.”

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