When it comes to FMX, there aren’t too many professionals that have enjoyed as long or lucrative of a career as Twitch has. The veteran rider as traveled the world and back competing and performing on his dirt bike, and remains one of the sports nicest and talented out there. Just a couple weeks ago while on the North Shore for the Weedmaps Pipehouse Experience V2, Twitch had a minor get-off on a scooter that resulted in a broken collarbone. Not one to be embarrassed, he could be found laughing it up immediately after about how dumb it was even though he obviously would have prevented it if possible. He’s since gotten surgery, and we caught up with him to talk about it. Heal up, Twitch!
Lets just clear the air…you weeded it on a scooter in Hawaii and broke your collarbone. You've got some explaining to do!
[Laughs] Professional motorcycle riders should not be allowed to ride mopeds on vacation in Hawaii. I kind of just bonered it, and I was literally like [holds hands a foot apart] that high off the ground, and was jumping this little hip –just getting ready to go to the skate park and find all the skaters that were there. When I jumped the bars locked in the air, like I don't know what the heck happened but the bars locked. As soon as I hit the ground the scooter right and I went left. I slapped my foot a couple times and tried to free the bars but it wasn't going so I committed to tucking and rolling out of it. Literally went right to my shoulder and as I'm sliding I just hear it go, "snap!" I'm thinking, "There's no way I just did my shoulder." So I stood up and I'm like, "Bereman, feel my shoulder –does this one feel lower?" And he's just sitting there laughing at me the whole time. It just felt weird and then I got that hot/cold flash where I knew something was wrong. So I went inside and soon as I went to go take off my shirt my collarbone just went "click" and it just popped.
[Bereman chimes in from the background] "That's what happens when you get old, Grandpa!"
[Laughs] Yeah, everyone is telling me it's my old age, but. I'll let them think what they want to think. Maybe I am getting brittle and fragile these days, but I'll be back in like two weeks. I got surgery a week ago today and I have movement already. It's just a little tender, but it will be all right.
You mentioned you were the first FMX guy to throw a flip on the North Shore, and now do you think you're the first FMX guy to break his collarbone on a scooter?
[Laughs] Yeah, first freestyle guy to flip in Oahu in 2000…shoot I don't even remember the year. And first freestyle guy to break his collarbone on a scooter in Oahu – I'm just trying to set those standards for the young dudes. They gotta catch up, you know! [Laughs]
So the Weedmaps Pipehouse Experience was the reason you were out there, even though the injury cut it short. Talk a little bit about that.
Yeah the Weedmaps Pipehouse Experience was dope. They literally just bring all their athletes over and put us up in these dope ass houses on the beach and we all just chill out every day. Skate dudes would go do their thing every day, moto dudes would go do their thing every day, and the surf dudes would go do their thing every day, and everyone would watch each other do their things too. I only got to experience it for a couple days, but that two days I got there was super fun and I was so bummed I had to leave early but it is what it is. Definitely looking forward to the next time I get to go back, it was a good experience. None of my sponsors have ever done something so dope like that, we literally get to go and hang out to just chill. Like they just want you to have fun and we're hanging out with surf legends like Bruce Irons and watching him surf right out back of our house the whole time. It was so dope.
I’m sorry I keep going back to the collarbone, but how does this rank among dumb things or crashes that you've had happen in your life?
Definitely the collarbone was one for the books. That was the dumbest thing. I've literally landed on my shoulder so many times –so many times I've taken shoulder checks to the ground where I'm like, "damn I should have broken my collarbone." This time was literally like five inches off the ground and I break my collarbone! Dumbest shit ever, but it is what it is. People are like, "Aren't you embarrassed?" And I'm like, "I don't give a F**K! Whatever, we'll ride again." [Laughs]
Moving past this minor hiccup, what's in store for 2018?
Yeah, the collarbone is minor and has given me time to chill a little bit. But I had been riding a lot last year, and getting to be over it so having a break to make myself chill for the next few weeks is a good thing. It gives me time to work on some deals that are about to drop, and I can't wait to get back on my bike with my new look this year to show everyone what I have going on.
We look forward to seeing you back out riding. Thanks!