The man who has been cleverly named "The King boost" has sat down with Pinkbike's own Dolla Bill to get some well needed facts written down on paper. This guy could give Chase Hawk a run for his money, and for that, we salute you, Jimmy Pratt.Dolla Bill: Known as the UK’s King of Boost, why don’t you state your name, and where you call home?
Jimmy Pratt:Simon “Jimmy” Pratt, Leatherhead Surrey, UKAfter your first big appearance in Earthed 4, how has your riding career changed?
Since appearing on Earthed 4 I have done several films with DMR, and I do find I get recognized a lot more!Boost Much?Were you signed with DMR before you were in Earthed 4?
I was on DMR before Earthed 4, but only just as I filmed for the video in summer 2006!Has it turned more into a job, than a hobby?
Bike riding will never become a job for me as I think it losses a lot of the fun if it does! I find I always look forward to a good ride and I don’t wanna ride 24/7!
Do you feel like you “have” to ride now?
1 Foot Downside
I never feel like “I have” to ride, sometimes I feel the pressures of going big all the time, but when I get into a session what happens, happens!Most photos and videos we see of you, you’re riding at the “secret” trails. Do you mind giving us some history of those trails? How did they come to be?
These trails are secret their not mine, they're local BMX trails that have been around for a decade or so. I do have my own trails which are very well known in the UK but very little pictures come from there as they're invitation only!With so many line choices in 1 area, how long would you say the average “session” is for you guys at the secret trails?
It depends on how much light we have after work, the weekends ride for a half hour or so and then chill and dig and then ride some more!Do you ever feel intimidated riding with no shirt on? (Crashing with no shirt=serious rash)
NO! I ride with no shirt on because I am always hot in the summer but normally I only crash once or twice a year so I don’t get hurt really.Your boost is incredible. Do you have any BMX background?
I tried BMX but didn’t like it, I find it very twitchy, I love their style and the way they flow! They inspire me!
Did you attend the Super Session meeting at Woodward West?
I have never been to the states so I reckon no.What was the first bike you ever owned?
My first bike I won in a fruit squash competition it was very cheap and didn’t last long!!26” wheels or 24”?
24" because it’s just a nice bit smaller but not quite 20inch.If you could ride with anyone, anywhere, where would you go, and with who?
Chase Hawk, Brian Foster, Justin Linman and I always wanted to go to the East Coast of America to go ride all the best trails!Chase Hawk is known for his huge boost, and incredible flow. Have you ever ridden with him?
NO! But let me know if he is free to ride!
Wearing a helmet was something that most parents tried to enforce on their kids while they were young. Do you have a rhyme to your reason why do you don’t wear a helmet?
Chase Hawk has steeze
I’ve been riding trails for 11 years and up until last year I always wore a helmet, last year was the exception. It was nice to have the wind in your hair! I will be wearing it a lot more again this year!
What’s the worst crash you have ever had?
Concrete doesn't hurt
I was 15, I nose bonked a big jump and slipped a few discs in my back…that hurt!
Alex Rankin captured the UK Dirt scene very well in Earthed 4. Have you talked to him at all about doing more filming? Or do you have plans to be in any more videos in the future?
The King Himself
I haven’t been in contact with the Earthed 4 guys but would love to do something again; they are amazing at what they do!Any big shout outs you want to give out?
I'd like to thank all my sponsors, DMR, Ian @ DMR for getting me on the team! Nike 6.0, Mace, Marzocchi…, the list is endless! Without them I wouldn’t have been able to fly so high! I would also like to thank Pinkbike for taking the time to hunt me down.Thanks for being on the show Jimmy, grip it and rip it.
For more photos of Jimmy, check out my ALBUM
Special Thanks to Ian over at DMR Bikes
for tracking down Jimmy and getting the questions to us. Props to you buddy.Photo Credits: Gareth Howell Video Clip from Earthed 4