Youth Of Today is a series that features the most progressive young riders of the Slopestyle and Dirt Jump scene.

III. EMIL JOHANSSON

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Name: Emil Johansson.
Age: 16.
Hometown: Trollhättan, Sweden.
Years riding: 7.
Sponsors/Hook-ups: None.
Current set-up: Dartmoor Two6Player with a RockShox Pike DJ fork, Mavic wheels and a mechanical gyro.
Hobbies: To be with friends, ride bikes and go ski when I get the opportunity.
Music: A little bit of everything so nothing specific.
Favourite riders: Brandon Semenuk & Martin Söderström.
Favourite video part: Pure Darkness’ ‘The Roadtrip’.
Favourite spot: La Poma Bikepark.
Favourite trick: Heelclickers, 360’s and Flip-whips.
Instagram: @johanssoemil

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What have you been up to lately?
Recently I have finished elementary school. I have also been riding a lot at home and doing a few shows with bmxshow.no around Norway.

How did you start riding?
I saw some older guys doing wheelies at school and I though that it looked cool, so I decided to buy a bike with the help of my dad. Since then I’m stuck with it.

What does inspire you or keeps you motivated?
To see riders pushing the limits and some web videos.

Do you study?
Yeah I study a lot, school is important.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don’t really know besides of riding my bike.

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Who do you look up to?
I look up to a lot of riders but one of them is Brandon Semenuk because he is a really good all around rider and he pushes the limits of what is possible on a MTB.

What is the best advice that you have ever received.
Do whatever makes you happy.

What does your bike mean to you?
It means a lot to me. My bike took me places that school never could. I can’t imagine a life without it.

What are your plans for the future?
I wanna’ ride my bike as much as possible. After this summer, I’m gonna’ move to Falun to go to the “Bicycle High School” that is located there, and then we’ll see what happens.

Any last words?
I just wanna’ say thanks to my Mom and Dad for always helping me out and to Bicycle Nightmares for letting me be in this feature.

Check out the rest of the Youth Of Today series here.

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Photos by Jesper Sundman & Nils Radenmark.

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