TLW: Looking forward on your future, what are you most excited about doing?
GW: I’m really looking forward to riding! Last year was an off year for me career wise. For the first time in my life, I did normal people things. I got married to the love of my life and had a baby! Tanya’s pregnancy wasn’t the smoothest for her so I spent some time taking care of her and the family. People take those things for granted, but it is next to impossible to have a traditional home life while maintaining this sort of career. I am really excited to get re-focused on riding and getting back to my roots. I have some new tricks in the works and I enjoy every time I ride whether its jumping or on a trail. Now that there’s no pressure, I remember why I do it. I look forward to watching my daughter grow. Teaching her how to ride a bike is going to be awesome. I am looking forward to spending time with my wife as well.
TLW: What’s your plan for the 2018 season?
GW: My plan is to still go to some of the Crankworx events to compete in Speed & Style and pump track. I love Speed & Style because it blends my slopestyle career with my original love of Dual Slalom. I also want to do a couple of dirt jump and slopestyle comps that are convenient for me. We need more comps in the States!
My main focus will be the web series I have in the works. I’m working on getting it funded right now, but it is looking really good. Lone Wolf Productions (no relation to Loam Wolf) is on board to film it and I have a bunch of high profile riders on the guest list. Going to places like Bend, Santa Cruz, Highland Bike Park and Utah will be a great time and I think the content will be a fun and unique view on the scenes in those areas.
TLW: You were a big part of the Santa Cruz/Aptos riding scene, and even had your own spot with former roommate Tyler McCaul, Deer Camp. How has the transition been after moving to Reno?
GW: I will always miss the scene we had in Santa Cruz. Every type of riding was at our fingertips. Sadly, all good things come to an end and with the demolition of Post Office, I think some of the scene died with it. Santa Cruz is an awesome place, but it’s not possible as an adult to live there unless you’re a doctor or something. My neighbor was actually a doctor and still paid rent because he couldn’t afford a mortgage.
Reno is an awesome place to ride too. I have some jumps in my yard that keep me busy and some rad shuttle trails near me. It’s a little more difficult in the winter with the colder weather, but I still manage to ride Woodward Tahoe at least once a week.
TLW: You definitely brought the Aptos work ethic with you to Reno and had a pretty awesome jump line at the new property. Sadly the brutal winter looked like it flooded your line. How has the rebuild been going? Any major changes with your second start?
GW: Yeah the storms last winter pretty much wiped my jumps out. The flood was about 4 feet high in the yard. It swept a lot of the dirt away. I have since rebuilt one of the lines even better. I needed to fix a couple things anyways, so a new start forced me to make those changes. Simple tweaks with spacing on the jumps made them flow way better, but it took a long time to rebuild since I had a lot of other projects in the works. This year, I will be ready with tarps and a badass water pump so I’m hoping to keep them in riding shape through the winter.