Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Matt Coplon interview!

Its been well over a decade now since I've been friends with
Matt Colpon, and its been a damn good ride since the entire time!
Since the start, He has always been a good, genuine person, always
helping people in any way he can... Some of you may not know
Matt, or you know Him as the guy to call up at Profile when you rip
your sticker, or want to get sponsored. But Matt is also a bad ass rider,
and there is much more to learn about him!
So, here it is! Profile Racing's Team Manager/Rider/does almost
everything else at Profile - MATT COPLON !!!

1. How long have You been riding bmx?

November, 25th 2011 will be my 21st anniversary.

And what got you into it?

Watching Rad for the first time--I was confident bmx was my passport for picking up ladies. I was wrong, very wrong.

2. What were your favorite spots like growing up?

It's a toss up between the Lenny and Vinnie's jumps, the old 84 lumber warehouse and Kenny Meadows back yard. would have to say 84 lumber, mainly because it was an abandoned building where the lightning was rigged and we could ride into the wee hours of the night.

3. How many years have you been working at Profile Racing? And how did you get started there?

A decade. The day I was hired at Profile was the same day The Hartford Insurance company gave me a call. I chose selling bike parts over insurance. Thanks to jeff Harrington for the job interview.

4. What were You doing before working at Profile?

Managing Central Skatepark's pro shop. I worked with a dude named Big Dick Terry (aka. Adam Mulville).

5. How long have you been vegan?

16 Years.

6. What's the last meat item you ate?

Intentionally: 1993. Pork Rinds. I thought they were made from corn.

Unintentionally: Last year at a restaurant in Gainesville called "Sisters." I got "meated" with pork. It tasted really good.

7. What do you look for in hooking up a new rider for Profile?

He's got to be a sweet dude. He's got to have a lot of fun riding bikes.

The team has to approve. And he has to be pretty good at riding bikes.

8. Do you like vegan cheese?

Yes, Daiya cheese. Don't waste your time on other perpetrators.

9. Why did you give up the peg chings you were into some years ago?

I never give up bad habits. I did one at the park Wednesday.

10. Do you have a favorite trick now? If so, what is it?

I have three favorite tricks in no particular order: bunny hopping stuff, 180's, and manuals.

11. What would you do if you accidentally ate beef jerky while sleep waking?

I'd probably like it. Then I'd get sick.

12. What do you do if you are not riding?

Read, watch Ariel play "word twist," drink coffee.

13. coffee or tea?

How dare you! See #12.

14. Rambo or commando? And why?

Cammando had a hot daughter. Rambo wore a camo head band. But I guess anyone that can throw a pipe through someone's chest and then become the governor of California is my hero. I'll go cammando.

15. Shaq or Jordan? And Why?

I had a pair of Air Jordan's in the 7th grade that I protected like a gold nugget. A kid once stepped on them, scuffed em, and we ended up in fisticuffs. I'll go Jordan.

16. Will you ever go sky diving?

Not unless the airplane is on fire.

17. Has anything changed in your live since getting married?

I ride one less day. It's really hard to compromise that sometimes.

18. Years ago you were in a well known hardcore band called reversal of man! What happen with that?

We broke up while on tour in Spain. That's what happens when you can't ride for 6 weeks on top of minimal access to coffee.

19. Whats it like being a part of your new band 'Light yourself on fire' ?

When we play, it's a blast. I love screaming my head off, getting whip lash, and loosing my voice for a week afterwards.

20. Whats next for Matt Coplon?

It's 1:18am on a Friday night and as I'm writing this I'm finishing up the newest TBR edit (…next would be a shower and bed time. Good night.

Photos: Scott Ehlert

Thanks Matt!

Enjoy mates...

-Mark Mulville

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