Till The Very End – Owen Marks

Till The Very End feat. Owen Marks

photos by Héctor Saura

I grew up going to the Post Office jumps, having a public and welcoming scene as far as dirt jumps go, but a lot has changed here in Aptos. Unfortunately, there's not too big of a scene at the moment. Although it's not the worst situation for me, it sucks that the next generation doesn’t have a spot like that. Only a handful of us have private spots that we can go to that are still rad and progressive.
I still ride alone a fair amount, but it’s not as motivating to me, though. I definitely live for dope sessions with the crew. Everyone feeds off each other and gives each other shit, but we’re all tight homies. I got into biking through the friends I grew up with, so I definitely prefer riding with people, it keeps it super fun.
Wally and I wanted to grab some footage at La Poma for my new video Till The Very End, so we went to Barcelona to finally check that place out and ride around the city.
Every time I’m riding, it puts me in a good mood and gets me stoked, that’s why I love it. As of right now, it’s my top priority. I try to have a session once or twice a day.
I definitely owe a lot to Brandon, who’s helped me with a lot over the last few years. He let me come stay with him for a summer and it changed it all for me.
Getting to ride with the crew up there and learn from the best, was an unreal experience. He’s such a good homie and I’m super thankful for all he’s done for me. I learned a lot about cooking as well. Thanks, B!
For 2020 I’m really just trying to ride as much as I can and have fun with it, and also do some FMB events. I got the wildcard to ride Slopestyle at Crankworx Rotorua by getting a good result at last year's Tom van Steenbergen’s Big White Invitational (thanks T!), so I am super amped to have the opportunity to ride there.
To prepare for the event, I have just been doing the same things I’d normally do every winter, riding with everyone who’s around at the time. I’m not going into Rotorua trying to win, but I will try to ride as well as I can.
I tend to stress out when I’m trying something new on a hard-packed bigger feature, but I don’t typically try anything too gnarly unless I’ve been practicing it for a while.
If I’m scared about something new I’m trying, I can usually convince myself that it should work out because I’ve been practicing it.
I'm just going to keep doing my thing and ride until the very end.