Youth Of Today – Garret Mechem

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


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Name: Garret Mechem (Lil Red).
Age: 16.
Hometown: Aptos, CA, United States.
Years riding: 4.
Sponsors/Hook-ups: Specialized, Deity Components, 100% and Giro.
Current set-up: Specialized P.3 frame with Deity components and a RockShox Pike DJ fork.
Hobbies: Moto, golf, skateboarding and bikes.
Music: Rock.
Favourite riders: R-Dog and Logan Peat.
Favourite video part: Brett Rheeder’s ‘Horsepower’.
Favourite spot: Post Office.
Favourite trick: 360 flat-spin.
Instagram: @lil.rojo

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What have you been up to lately?
I have just started school but I ride as much as I can.

How did you start riding?
I started with my friend Bubba at his house. He’s a very good BMX racer, a 5x world champ for his age. We would always ride his track and go to Polo grounds.

What does inspire you or keeps you motivated?
Watching videos on the Internet. Also I just try to be the best at everything I do, so that’s what keeps me motivated.

Do you study?
Yeah, I just started my sophomore year in high school, grade 10.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Try to take biking as far as I can. But if that doesn’t work out, I have a few other ideas.

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Who do you look up to?
Brandon Semenuk because he pushes the sport to new levels.

What is the best advice that you have ever received.
Don’t half-ass things. When you do it, do it right the first time.

What does your bike mean for you?
A way of life. I can’t imagine a life without a bike.

What are your plans for the future?
Just keep doing what I am doing and everything will work out.

Any last words?
Stoked to have the opportunity to be featured. Héctor is the man!

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Photos by Andrew Squires


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