Youth Of Today is a series that features the most progressive young riders of the Slopestyle and Dirt Jump scene.
V. JP MAFRETT
Name: JP Mafrett.
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Years riding: 6.
Sponsors/Hook-ups: Chromag Bikes
Current set-up: Chromag Monk frame with Chromag components.
Hobbies: Gaming, music, skiing & riding.
Music: Metal or Reggae, depending on the mood I’m in. My favorite artists would be Pentagram, Electric Wizard, Suicidal Tendancies, Acid King, The Sword & Dead Meadow.
Favourite riders: Matt Macduff, Paul Genovese, Tyler Fernengel and Garrett Reynolds. I’ve always looked up to these riders and always will. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched these guys’ video parts.
Favourite video part: Sean Burns “Anthem 2”, Garrett Reynolds “Deadline” or Dustin Dollin “Baker 3”.
Favourite spot: Sherwood because it’s been my pride and joy digging there for the past 5 years. Or Joyride 150 because it is the ultimate training facility.
Favourite trick: 360 table or 360 x-up.
What have you been up to lately?
I have been working my landscaping job full-time and riding everyday. Also I have 2 filming projects that should be released within the next few months.
How did you start riding?
My dad was into DH when I was growing up and took me to see Crankworks Whistler when I was about 10 years old. From then on I’ve been addicted to biking.
What does inspire you or keeps you motivated?
Watching these old school skate & BMX videos of guys like John Cardiel, Andrew Reynolds, Dustin Dollin and Ryan Nyquist. Seeing the slams that they take and their attitude towards their sport really motivates me and inspires me to keep pushing myself.
Do you study?
No. I just try to focus on riding or whatever makes me happy.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
No matter what I’m going to try take mountain biking as far as I can. I always wanna’ be involved in the sport no matter how old I am.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to Matt Macduff and Paul Genovese. They are top riders in the sport, chill people that are down to talk to anyone and always having a good time.
What is the best advice that you have ever received.
“Do whatever makes you happy.” From my dad.
What does your bike mean for you?
What are your plans for the future?
Ride as much as possible. Have as much fun as possible.
Any last words?
To anyone reading this RIDE EVERYDAY. Your life will be better.
Check out the rest of the Youth Of Today series here.
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Photos by Nic & Paul Genovese