|When I was posting photos of the dirt pipe people wouldn't stop asking where it was. Everyone had to know. I'd always give the same answer: ''It's obviously hidden, go find it!'' I ride with a bunch of BMXers all the time and Merrit wanted to have Brian Foster and Chris Childs come ride it for an edit. I had to shoot that one down this time, but maybe after our seggy comes out...|
Aaron Chase and Adam Hauck (pronounced ‘How-k’ not ‘Haw-k’) are close like brothers. They push each other relentlessly, providing encouragement and putdowns, sometimes getting on each other’s nerves, but mostly the best riding buddy the other could ask for. Chase is tall and lean, and his riding seems to mimic his physicality. He is smooth and technical, almost lazy looking. He has an ineffable style, as if the bike were an extension of the body. Watching him, it's easy to believe that anything is possible on two wheels. Chase, 36, is married to Kara, his high school sweetheart. They have two children, Kendall, and Bode (you can already tell Bode takes after his dad), and a dog. Kara is equal parts spouse and manager; she helps with his business, organization, and scheduling.
Hauck is built like a pitbull, compact and muscular. You can tell he’d win in a street fight. He beat Garrett Reynolds at a BMX contest back when they were teenagers, but he had more fun on 26’’ wheels so he turned to mountain bikes. His style is aggressive, it looks like he could manhandle any trick in the book – and he usually does. Hauck, 26, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sonia, on July 4th, America’s Independence Day, and the day Paris Gore and I flew home from shooting. In a few years I’m sure we’ll see Chase passing on fatherly wisdom to Hauck. How to balance family time and riding, difficult combos like a barspin to diaper change. Legacy
The last time we saw Chase and Hauck in a segment together was in New World Disorder 10. Their video legacy seems intertwined because of their split parts, and their shared vision for the sport. Chase, deservedly, is an icon, an inspiration to a whole generation of riders. I don’t think Hauck gets the credit he deserves though. He doesn’t ride many FMB events, nor does he live in a mountain bike mecca like BC or California. He goes about his business quietly, honing his craft and becoming one of the most technically skilled dirt and street riders in the world.
|Hot Jersey summers with 85% humidity and 90 degree days make any summertime build HELL! But it was worth it.|