Tyler Bereman and Darryn Durham came into the 2016 racing season with a different approach than most of the riders they were lining up against. Thanks to their East Coast Is Toast video series, the pair showcased that not every professional motocross racer is dead set on winning everything in sight, but rather to show the people that the pros can still have a lot of fun with just as much stlye. Although both riders encountered their fair share of adversity throughout the trip with injuries and traveling issues, the two made it out alive to bring a unique video series to the masses that stands out all on it's own, while they developed a tremendous fanbase in the process. We caught up with Bereman this morning to see what he's been up to since Las Vegas Supercross, and to get his take on modern motocross racing.
Yourself and Darryn Durham started off the 2016 season with a bit of a different approach. Did you guys have a good time this year?
Yeah, we did. We came into the year with a little bit of a different mindset because we wanted to do something different that no one had really done before when it came to Supercross and racing. We set out with one goal in mind and that was to travel, film and have fun racing our dirt bikes. It’s what we both grew up doing, and it’s what we love, so why not have fun. Yeah, it was definitely a good time.
You guys seemed to have a cult following of sorts with fans thanks to the East Coast Is Toast series. Was it a cool feeling to be in a different state every weekend with so much love from the fans?
Yeah, that was definitely a cool feeling. With filming and motocross, I feel like there aren’t a lot of unique individuals willing to put the time and energy into something cool and different, so everything is kind of the same. I’m not trying to bash moto in any way, either. We just did it our way and it was crazy to see how much the fans enjoyed it. Realistically, 90% of motocross enthusiasts want to sit on the couch, drink a beer and watch some guys on dirt bikes having a good time because it’s much more relatable to the average Joe. Not everyone wants to hear a sob story every time the camera is in a rider’s face. We just wanted to bring a little lightheartedness to motocross, and I think we accomplished that by making it a point to have fun no matter what. That was our main goal and everybody seemed to love it. The longer into the series we got, the more fans we gained especially for Darryn because he is from the East Coast and he’s already had a pretty large fan base. Obviously I’m a West Coast kid, so I really didn’t know how it was going to go over there, but it was great to see people cheering for me, as well on the East Coast. Everybody loved what we were doing and it enabled us to grow organically every weekend. It was a cool feeling to do something that a lot of people can only dream of, so it was absolutely necessary for us to enjoy the ride. It doesn’t get much better than that.
In a sense, you and Darryn wanted to show the people that not every professional racer with a ton of talent is a training and riding machine. Instead, you guys loaded up what you had in a van and had a ton of fun traveling the East Coast.
Exactly! Like I said, motocross can seem stale at times, and the thing that brought all of us to dirt bikes was fun, so why not go back to that. Now everything like that is hidden behind a curtain. We put everything aside and stepped in front of the curtain with what we wanted to do, and that was have fun. Obviously racing is a very serious sport, and you should never be racing if you’re not serious about what you’re doing. There’s a fine line there, and I think we pulled it off. Everything about the trip was so last minute, too. We really didn’t have a lot of time to get everything dialed in, but we had it in our heads to do it, so we got it done. I’m really stoked we got through it because we had a hell of a time and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Darryn and I were both coming off of an injury and we didn’t have a lot of support to go racing, but we didn’t want to be told what to do. We might not have had the best structure going into this whole thing, but we made it work and got to the first round. It was a good start to the season, but we quickly encountered a bit of misfortune. That’s how it goes though, because this sport is brutal and shit happens. You have to just roll with the punches no matter what and keep plugging away.
Since Supercross ended and the tour has come to an end, what have you been up to?
Yeah, we got through the 10 rounds of Supercross including Vegas, so it was a breath of fresh air to be home sleeping in our own beds. I took a few weeks of R&R to get back to reality a little bit after being on the road for so many weeks, and to be completely honest, the last thing I wanted to do those first weeks was ride (laughs). I took a week or two off and headed for Huntington Beach, but after that Darryn raced the Glen Helen National. After Supercross, he just went home and grinded it out until Glen Helen. I decided to sit out the nationals because it was a little too much too soon for me due to my shoulder injury from Supercross. It would’ve been a ton of work for me to get everything dialed in, and even then I wouldn’t have been 100% ready, so it wasn’t worth it in the end. I actually headed up north with Twitch to do a little bit of filming with him for his Real Moto part, and then a few weeks later I went up and filmed with Axell Hodges for his Real Moto part, as well. I had actually just started filming my part for Moto The Movie up in the 805 area. That was a fairly heavy three weeks for me right there, as everything was so jam packed. After that, I went up to X Games and hung out for that, and I was fortunate enough to meet some cool people over there. I want to get my foot in the door for next year so that I can contest for Best Whip, as well. The Real Moto thing they’re doing is cool since it involves filming and dirt bikes because it’s a great way for the masses to see other aspects of motocross. As soon as I got back from X Games, it was grind-time for Mammoth. I went and had some fun up there, but I unfortunately got sick during the week and was struggling to ride. Fortunately I got through it and I was able to have some fun after that with the Fasthouse crew. Once mammoth was in the books, it was t-minus two weeks till we headed for Europe with The Viewing crew. We got everything in place at the last minute even though a few of our filmers didn’t have passports. We were running around everywhere trying to cross our T’s and dot our I’s (laughs). We finally got everything dialed the day before we were set to leave for Europe for 10 days. We flew into North Germany, and ended up going to Belgium from there for a mountain bike event. A bunch of my friends started this event called the “Fest” series and this particular stop in Belgium was called “Loosest”. They’re basically freeride mountain bike guys that travel the world and ride some of the most insane lines that you’ve ever seen. They were having a ton of fun and filming, so we felt right at home. It was inspiring being around them, so we were stoked to get in a few days with them while we rode these jumps that were insanely huge. From there, we headed up to Zwarte Cross, which is a four day music festival combined with motocross racing in Holland. It Felt like a completely different world over there because their culture is so much different than ours. The fans absolutely love dirt bikes over there, and the racing was gnarly, but we made it out alive (laughs). We saw a lot of cool things and we saw a lot of crazy things including some stuff that some would never want to see you again (laughs). It really is hard to even put this place into words because I’ve never experienced anything like it before. It was incredible to see that many people in one area strictly looking to have a good time. We raced in filmed over there, and then decided to go to Amsterdam for a couple of days before heading back to the states. It was cool to see how different it can be on the other side of the world, but on the other hand it can be a bit of a culture shock. Europe is a pretty amazing place to visit, so I highly recommend it. Since I got back from Europe, I’ve just been riding my dirt bike and having fun with my friends.
Just the other day though, you unfortunately injured your arm. What’s the plan now for you as far as repairing the injury?
I’ve unfortunately been dealt my fair amount of injuries since I turned pro back in 2012, but that’s how it works in this sport; it’s brutal. It’s not if an injury occurs, but when because this type of stuff is inevitable for us. I was having fun with some of my friends out by the pool, and I slipped ultimately breaking my arm. That’s how it goes sometimes, and there’s nothing I can do about it now, as some things are out of your control. It is what it is and I just have to move on. I’m keeping my spirits up because I am still set on doing what we set out to do. This is just a little speedbump in the road for me, and it’s nothing that I can’t handle. I’m actually in route to my Doctor’s office for some CT Scans and X-rays to try to figure out what the next step is. Again, this is just a little setback and I’ll be back sooner than later because I’ve got some plans in the works. Hopefully I’ll be back on the bike in time for Monster Energy Cup. Beyond that, I’ve been talking to a few people down in Australia for potentially a little trip with the Fasthouse Australia crew. The ultimate plan would be to do a few races down there, but we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully everything works out good with my wrist because I am still eager to produce content for all the fans out there.