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Tyler Bereman is a name that’s become quite well-known around the two-wheeled world, and for good reason. He’s done things his own way the past few years, oozing natural style and care-free vibes the entire time that make you both want to watch what he’s doing and also support it. From racing Supercross as a privateer to hucking big hits in the hills and beyond, TB has gained a huge social following and has learned to let his path take him where he’s going without forcing it. With solid sponsors behind him, Tyler enters 2017 with even more opportunities as he’s picked up some stunt work when he’s not upside down in the hills. Add in his newest Weedmaps sponsor, and he’s set to break the mold in moto this year. We caught up with him at a post-Agenda trade show party a couple weeks back and sat down for a solid interview. Learn more about the world of Tyler Bereman…
Let's start this off by talking about Doonies III, how crazy is it being a part of that project?
Yeah, the Doonies was gnarly. We spent five days out in the dunes and there was a lot of stuff going on. They had trophy trucks, snowmobiles, monster trucks, NASCAR, rally cars, dirt bikes, and Harley's. Everything you could imagine, they had it out there. Obviously, I'm not a Monster athlete, but stoked I was able to just be out there for the third year in a row and be a part of it. It was pretty gnarly; I walked away in one piece, which is obviously a good thing. I was nervous, I'm always nervous going into it every year. We're trying to outdo what we did the year before, and there were some big jumps. There were also a couple crashes, but everyone walked away pretty good but it's always nerve-racking you just hope you come back in one piece. So I survived! The edit came out and yeah…it's sick!
Have you gone to new spots every year at Glamis?
It changes constantly every day that we're out there. The dunes change, and the first thing we did was head out to the jumps we had done in the years past to check them out. Everything was completely different from the wind, and everything was pretty razor-backed and steep at the top. A lot of definitely unsafe jumps that were pretty technical, so like I said I'm just stoked that everybody walked away in one piece.
Your path started in racing, but you've managed to use your style and personality to take you much further into the freeriding world. Talk about that a little.
Yeah, for sure. I grew up racing and that was my passion for a long time, but now it's to the point where you can get hurt a lot and you need to figure out a way to ride a dirt bike, have fun, and make ends meet. It's been good, and I'm psyched that it's coming along. It's surreal to me that I can get up every single day, go ride a dirt bike and enjoy myself. That all trickles down into everyday life, you know? It makes life more enjoyable, and you're not busting your ass to be out there racing for not a whole lot of reward!
You're also good at aligning yourself with solid people and companies that have your back.
I think the biggest part, not only with racing and stuff, is having a personality to go with it and being cool to everyone that supports you. Just trying to treat people how you want to be treated, and having personality and being personable to everyone. Like I said, it's surreal when people come up to me and are stoked on what I'm doing – it's super sick to me and something I'll never take for granted, the fact that I get to have fun on my dirt bike and do this damn thing.
And another thing you've gotten into is stunt work, right?
Yeah, so obviously I ride for Fasthouse and Kenny Alexander has been in the stunt industry for a long time. They recently needed a couple of guys for Lethal Weapon on FOX, so Darryn Durham and I got to work on that. Out of the few days I was able to work, I ended up getting my SAG card [Screen Actors Guild] and I was stoked on that. It's kind of tough to get into that world, but once you get in it can be a really good deal. I've been psyched, the last few weeks I've been helping on a movie and doing the bike stunts on that. It's like a whole other career for me potentially, obviously riding a dirt bike isn't going to last forever, so it's cool to be a part of it and working on these gigs I love to watch it come together – I'm super into film so it's all really cool.
I've seen you jump some really gnarly stuff on your dirt bike, do these stunts scare you on a different level?
I mean, it's definitely different. Sometimes you're hitting jumps like we are used to doing, and other times it's out of your comfort zone. Like the first day we were working on Lethal Weapon, we robbed a casino and I had to ride through the pane of glass in front of the casino. That was basically my first day working on a gig, and you're just kind of thrown into it and it's awesome to see how all of that stuff works and comes together. You know, that's what we do – we go out and ride, get big air, and when you put something like a freeride hit in front of us we don't even think twice. When you put a pane of glass in front of me and you tell me to go through it, that's kind of nerve racking! It's all fun though, I'll never take it for granted!
You've been on a travel spree too; take us through your recent trips.
Yeah, I've had a hectic few months here. I started it by breaking my wrist in August, got back on the bike basically in October and then went to Hawaii with VonZipper and shot an ad campaign with them. I ended up coming back, and literally flew straight to Vegas after riding only a couple times since breaking my arm. Went there, did the whip contest and got through that, stoked I got 4th and my invite straight to X Games. Then I came back, had a little bit of down time and we had a few rains so we were out riding and filming helping Twitch with Chasing The Storm 2, trying to stack a bunch of footage. So we ended up out there riding a bunch, just traveling and trying to stay busy. Then it was crunch time for Doonies and we were there for about 5 days. I had to bail out a day early, and I came home to head straight to LAX to catch another flight to Hawaii. I flew out to the Weedmaps house; they had the health and wellness center at the house they had. It was awesome, super healthy and organic meals every night. It was just a lot of cool people that they got together for one cause. So then I came back from Hawaii and went straight back into filming, it's been raining in Southern California. I've ridden pretty much the last three weeks straight on and off every other day. Like Reche Canyon, Beaumont, Ocotillo Wells – I've been out working on some stuff that you guys will see in the near future and I've been busy – it's been a hectic few months!
The Weedmaps thing is a brand new company coming to moto and action sports– talk a little bit about them as a sponsor.
You know, we're here for Weedmaps doing this and it's cool they are being professional about the whole use of cannabis. It has kind of a persona to the weed-smoking thing and all that, but there are a lot of medical uses for it and to me – I would way rather use cannabis to heal myself and make myself feel better than to use prescription drugs. We're just trying to break the mold and I'm stoked to be here.
Explain what Weedmaps is to those who don’t know.
So basically Weedmaps is a website and an app on your phone that's like Google Maps for cannabis. You download the app from the app store, you then put in your location and it will bring up dispensaries near your location, and in these dispensaries they have their menus and they have different deals – like deals of the week or buy one get one free; stuff like that. It's basically a technology app that more or less can tell you where to get cannabis and at the best prices and all of that, but they're not dealing directly with the actual cannabis themselves.
So it's more of a directory, and they also advocate medicinal/legal usage right?
Yeah, exactly. I had to have this talk with my family before I signed the deal. Basically, using cannabis for my own experiences, and everyone has their own experiences; it's helped my in more ways than one. It's definitely helped me more mentally and physically than taking prescription drugs that you get when you get hurt. It's an alternative to that, and my experiences are what made me an advocate. Obviously we race motorcycles and we get hurt, and they prescribe you these drugs and it gets the best of a lot of good people. I don't want to condone using cannabis to young kids, but advocating the positive uses to adults is something I can always support.
And tied in with the Agenda trade show, they threw a party on the Queen Mary tonight.
Yeah, it's cool. Like I said, Weedmaps rented that house in Hawaii and it turned out to be awesome. We came back and they're following it up with this party here on the Queen Mary. The Agenda trade show was this week, and they rented out the Queen Mary and sponsored a party here. I had a highlight reel I put together from the last three months from Ryan Walters that they premiered here and he absolutely killed it on that. They also had a Snap 3 Surf premiere and a TransWorld Skate Cinematographer Project premiere, so it's cool they are bringing all these action sports together and clash them together. It's good times, out here on the Queen Mary standing on a boat overlooking the Long Beach Harbor. We have Dirt Nasty about to play, AKA Simon Rex, and a couple other people.
Let's get back in there then, thanks for doing this!
Follow Tyler on Instagram: @tylerbereman
Editors Note: While the legalization of the use of cannabis has occurred in some states, please do your research on your local laws and regulations. Tyler is based in California, and is only speaking on behalf of himself.