Getting to Know Remy Morton

Jan 12, 2016 at 11:27
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  
Getting to Know Remy Morton


REMY MORTON


You might recognise Remy "Rem Dawg" Morton in pictures and race reports for his long flowing locks, (if you're jealous, we are too) but the kid from Queensland, Australia, should really be renowned for his bike wielding skills. He picked up BMX racing at age 5, and at age 15 made a leap of faith. He quit school and began working full time so he could focus on racing and save for the trip of a lifetime - to ride and race in Europe and Canada. The trip ultimately ended up being pivotal for him, he came home with some stellar results along with a breakthrough sponsorship with Devinci. Remy had his first full season racing as a junior at the World Cup in 2015 with the UR Team and will be following-up with another full season of racing this year with a new team, Lusty Industries. We caught up with Remy as he chills out in NZ before the big show gets started for 2016.

If you re going to get a fake stache might as well be a boss graze Remy Morton is all style. c Tim Bardsley-Smith

Who is Remy Morton?
Just another long haired yahoo.


Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Although I’m currently basing myself in Queenstown, New Zealand.


Who do you ride for?
I ride for the Lusty Gravity Team along side Santa Cruz Bicycles, SRAM, RockShox, Maxxis, Bike AU, CrankBrothers, Gamut AU, Maxima AU, ODI ,Troy Lee Designs, Oakley Bike, Vans Australia, Leatt Protectives, Tisprings.com, Yakima AU, Ogio AU, CPGANG, Sony Action Cam, Skyline Queenstown and NSDynamics.


Where are you happiest?
Either at the trails riding BMX with all my buddies or blowing up turns on my downhill bike.


What’s been your favourite race/contest venue?
Crankworx Whistler always makes me the happiest - I’ve competed in Whistler for the past 5-years at Crankworx and I’ve met so many good people there that have basically changed my life. In 2015 I felt more nervous racing in the Crankworx events than I did at any of the World Cups. I’ve gotten to know so many people in Whistler and it nearly feels like I’m racing in front of a home crowd, except on it's on the other side of the planet...


Anyone who has seen Remy Morton knows that he is a magician on wheels - his time today of 4 05 65 would ve seen him hit 6th place in Elite.


What are your favourite trails?
Jump tracks for sure! I think either Whistler or Morzine would have to be my two favourite places to ride. Although I seem to get a bit carried away when I get to either of those places and ride everyday until I can’t move anymore ha-ha!


What are your strengths?
Havin’ a good time.


What are your weaknesses?
Spending money I don’t have.


What’s been your worst crash over the years?
My worst crash would have been in my backyard when I was about 10-years old. Me and my friends were having a session on the jumps and I over jumped the last gap of the set, which resulted in me breaking my shoulder in 7-places.


What’s been your luckiest escape?
Learning to ride trails on a BMX bike. I definitely escaped death way too many times...
Remy Morton.
Rem Dawg as a pup.

Which bike from over the years, conjures up the best memories?
I’d say my Devinci Wilson from when I was 16 years old. I travelled around Europe and Canada as a privateer with my parents and met some people, which I would now consider some of my best friends. That was basically the year that changed my life completely. I left school when I was 15-years old and went on to work in a bike shop for the next 8-months to help pay for the trip of a lifetime with my parents. We began the trip by travelling to Europe where I had been given the opportunity to be a sweep rider at the Leogang World Cup. We then moved on to do the Schladming and Valdisole iXS Cups as well as Crankworx Les2Alpes. At the time doing those 4 events just seemed like a good idea, riding the tracks I’d always seen my idols ride on in bike movies, but little did I know that it was about to change my life.

We then went to Whistler, BC, to spend the rest of the summer in mountain bike paradise. Coming out with some of the best race results I had ever gotten and going to Whistler really topped things off. Everyone who was involved with making that trip the time it was, I would love to thank you all again for everything you did and the opportunities you gave me. The biggest thanks of all would have to go to Nigel Reeves and Gabe Fox - if it wasn’t for you guys, who knows what I'd be doing with myself at the moment? You really did change my life!


What bikes are you riding right now?
I currently have a Santa Cruz V10 CC, Santa Cruz Nomad C and a BMX bike.


Who’s your favourite rider?
For MTB, Brandon Semenuk anf for BMX, Kris Fox.


Remy Morton having some afternoon down time cutting a few laps of the village on his trusty BMX.


Who or what inspires you?
Probably, everyone I’m surrounded by. Every one of my friends inspires me in different ways.


What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
To be honest, pretty much everything I do relates to bikes... The thing I have the most passion for though would have to be hanging out in the woods with my friends digging dirt jumps.


What are you listening to right now?
"B.I.G. Flume - 2 Pac: Having Starry Eyes is a deadly combination.


What’s your favourite bike movie?
The Collective.


Rem Dog getting all up close and almost taking me out.


What's your favorite non-bike movie/tv show?
South Park.


What’s your favourite non-bike website?
Instagram.


What’s your favourite motto or saying?
"Live fast, die last."


What grinds your gears?
When I get home and one of my house mates has drunk all of my fruit juice… (You know who you are.)


What makes you happy?
Bikes, friends, dirt, shovels, water, burritos.


A video posted by RemDawg (@remymorton) on


If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
I wouldn’t really consider myself a pro yet, but for sure it's something I dream of becoming. I'd always be doing something along the terms of riding bikes. It's the biggest part of my life and I couldn’t imagine spending my time any differently.


If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I’m pretty easy going with all of the new trends and accessories people are into although I think if I had the option I would probably stop the manufacturing of all fat bikes… There's just something about them that I just personally don’t like... Ha-ha!


When you hang up your racing/riding shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
Hmm… I’d just be stoked to be remembered... But ideally, just to be known as a nice person who was happy to help out others.


What does the future hold for Remy Morton?
Coming into 2016 I will be competing in the full World Cup series including all 3 Crankworx stops in-between. My dream has always been to become one of the “Greats” in the sport of downhill, although I'd like to enter myself into a wide range of disciplines within the sport and be known as one of those people who can hop on any bike and have a good time! No matter what happens though, as long as I’m having fun, I’m going to be happy.


Remy shows the Life of Bikes team riders how to tackle the world cup rock garden a minefield of derailleur-snatching hooks and rim-kissing edges.


MENTIONS: @SramMedia / @Maxxis / @Odigrips / @troyleedesigns / @RemyMorton




77 Comments

  • + 157
 "I would stop the manufacturing of all fat-bikes"

You just got a new fan! Good luck this season.
  • - 30
flag vhdh666 (Jan 16, 2016 at 5:16) (Below Threshold)
 maybe he can say that because santa cruz doesn't make them
  • - 19
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 16, 2016 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
 Does he say it because he was so fat as a kid? All that guilt and shame... Smile
  • + 7
 Or maybe they are dumb, that could be it.
  • + 3
 Seems like a sick dude! but i don't understand hate over wheel size. I love racing downhill and going and hitting dirt jumps, but i also love riding my fat bike when the snow falls! Just today in my town we had a big fat bike race and over 300 people participated. That's pretty amazing if you ask me! That many people in the cycling industry meeting up for an event! It might depend on where you live, But Alaska calls for fat bikes! They are super fun!
  • + 14
 would prefer e-bikes gone over fat bikes
  • + 6
 A bike is a bike is a bike. Who cares what others like, just ride a bike that YOU like!
  • - 2
 But we make so many different of types of bikes, spending fortunes on them, while there are so many sad dogs in animal shelters. Nobody seems to care
  • + 6
 He just encourage kids to quit school at 15.
  • + 49
 Before I started biking I knew of 0 Remys. Now I know a lot of Remys. What's the deal? Remys.
  • + 26
 Remy, you're a ripper lad. Stoked to have been allowed to fix your bike and give u and your old man showers back doing seasons at thredders. Seems the world is your oyster now dude, go get em! Chur, Petri.
  • + 15
 I get the suspicion/dislike of fat bikes especially when you live somewhere where winter is still relatively dry and snowless
Here in the North of Canada their invention has revolutionized the winter off season. Yeah we could be cross country ski-ing or snowshoeing but...... I love bikes and riding bikes, now I can do that pretty much all year round.
  • + 17
 Helping others pretty much said it all. All the best for living it...like your style Remy
  • + 2
 Calm, cool, collective...and badassed.
  • + 11
 There are far worst things in Mountain Bikes than Fat bikes.
  • + 5
 Like people who hate on people riding any kind of bike be it 29, plus sized , boost whatever for fun. Any 2 wheeled machine is fun regardless of tire sizes, fuckin kids these days, Trends Trends Trends
  • + 1
 @peterguns agreed. The feckers that ride them for one
  • + 12
 E-fatbikes being the worse...
  • + 1
 @miketizzle - I'm just going to leave this here for you.

vimeo.com/116572902
  • + 7
 I read "getting to know Remy Martin."
  • + 5
 kids gotta solid skillset already...
probly gonna end up a legend, w/o it going to his head.
its great to read about new talent like this!
  • - 25
flag norcal77 (Jan 16, 2016 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 Stop making fat bikes? Why? So less people ride bikes? The fat bike serves a purpose and will open up riding to a new group of people that never would have ridden other bikes. Probably a lot of overweight people(fat), like the fat little kid I see above that may be morbidly obese today if not for biking. I own a SC and I dont know if I like hairy yet. Some of you skinny emo kids who barely ride will QQ about noobs on "your" trails on fatbikes, oh no....more people riding bikes!!! How many people will turn their lives around riding a bike this year? How many obese people will struggle to throw a leg over a fat bike, get on it and feel alive again and go on to change their lives for the better. Remy your a kid, your lucky your still not a fat one, open your mind!
  • + 19
 Wow. U are a fuckhead
  • + 11
 Americans really do not get our Aussie sense of humour
  • - 2
 lighten the fuck up fatty
  • + 2
 Aussies just don't get fat bikes. Neither do Brits.
  • + 0
 Easy on, fat man.
  • + 3
 You can't say anything about fat bikes unless you live in a place, like Alaska, that spends seven months held in unridable conditions. Give us a break, dude.
  • + 4
 I live in Alaska (Kodiak) and its 40F/4.4C outside in the morning with now snow below 2,000ft of elevation. 95% of mtb trails are clear of snow and no I don't ride a fatty.
  • + 4
 Im wondering why there is no discussion about this Truck in that Article???
  • + 5
 That's because it is not American so it is not utterly shite
  • + 16
 because it's a bloody ute
  • + 2
 That double cab UTE is probably a late 90s Mitsubishi Triton. I didn't see any trucks...
  • - 1
 Don't be a wanker kit-nz in north America a truck is an aussie ute. But not one of those stupid cars with boxes. Holden ute garbage haha
  • + 1
 If it's a Ram or an F150 or whatever, I'll call it a truck. That's a Ute.
  • + 1
 Met him and talked over at windham this year. Great Young MAN had a huge smile, kickflipng skateboard in the pits, a lot of potential in him stay focused !!!!!!!!!!!! Him Dale and Josh could do shampoooooooo commercial..
  • + 3
 Yeah, waay better than some linebacker d-bags...head n shoulders sign em up!
  • + 2
 Nothing wrong with fat bikes in the snow. On dirt, however, ride a real bike
  • + 3
 South Park... I like this guy already Smile
  • + 3
 o shit I thought thats a girl
  • + 2
 LOL me too
  • + 3
 Real men let their hair grow cos they aint got time for fussing and preaming themselves at the barbers to busy riding and rocking out.
  • + 1
 @ice7 jesus… the women in your countries have five o'clock shadows?
  • + 2
 @unleash are you Jesus?
  • + 0
 only you can decide if I am indeed the Nazarene my son.
  • + 1
 In which case... Welocme back to the the mortal earth my lord
  • + 3
 pick up your Les Pual,Slash
  • + 6
 Interesting fact that you may not know: Slash was a pro BMXER.
  • + 2
 I do know couple of athletes play rock n' roll,Lars Ulrich,Till Lindemann,but not Slash,thanks for the hit.
  • + 1
 I've read an interview about Slash. He rode BMX in his youth. Didn't mention being a pro

www.imdb.com/name/nm0805298/bio
  • + 1
 Vhdh666, sorry, I think you are right. He was tossing up between pro bmx and guitarist. Either way, very high level.
  • + 1
 BMX would've been the healthier option :-)
  • + 2
 Australians kind of have a certain look. Google a picture of Bindi Irwin smiling and it looks just like this guy.
  • + 2
 Hahah yeah thats actually true
  • + 0
 Was sitting in a coffee shop in Salt Lake city. I said to my wife "Why do all the ladies look the same", I mean they were nice looking just looked alike. I think here in Canada we are just such a mix of immigrants that our gene pool is enormous.
  • + 1
 The USA has a bigger gene pool, it's just that people in SLC are dull. Just kidding. I wish I lived there.
  • + 1
 Re: Fat bikes. Spoken like someone who has never had to ride in snow. Must be nice to live such a charmed lifestyle.
  • + 1
 Dudes he was messin around chill out. My wife wants a fatbike..somthin about those girthy tires....
  • + 2
 He should be on Syndicate
  • + 0
 I'm his absolute SUPER fan, this guy always blews my mind, keep on shredding Remy, you are my hero of steeze. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to ride with you some day.
  • + 2
 Remy rules!
  • + 1
 Well that's pretty neat!!!
  • + 1
 @PaddyButterflyboy looking fine in the first two photos
  • + 1
 Ummm....is that a big old scratch on his lip?
  • + 1
 Yewww Remdawg! Keep shredding bro!
  • + 1
 Bikes, friends, dirt, shovels, water, burritos.

Story of my life Smile
  • + 0
 the first pic is so hilarious ... just look at his face hahahaha epic
  • - 2
 even Australian girls have bigger balls than 99% of men from other countrys
  • + 6
 Australian chicks have big balls!?!
  • + 8
 Hmmm, I'm not really sure I'd be psyched on big balled ladies.
  • + 5
 "Some balls are held for charity, and some for fancy dress"
  • + 1
 They totally have the biggest balls of them all, don't they?
  • - 3
 Remy doesnt't like fat bikes. Remy uses to be a fat kid. Any connection?
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