Down & Dirty
MF: What other sports do you enjoy watching or playing?
DM: I enjoy playing golf, I enjoy bowling, and I enjoy cycling. I like going out and riding, recreationally and for training. I'm definitely more of an active person, I'm not a big TV fan. I have a hard time watching shows cuz I'm more of a get out and do it yourself person.
MF: You're about to be a father. If your child were to get into extreme sports, would you encourage and support them? Would you be scared?
DM: My wife's due in October with a baby girl. Whatever my kids want to do is going to be supported by me. Action sports, to me, would be the easiest road to achieve, for me, and if they wanted to do that it'd be awesome for me to say to them "It got me places I never thought I'd be at." There are some dangers but then again there are a lot more dangers in the world that I'd be more scared of, than what I do.
MF: So you wouldn't mind watching your daughter drop down in a vert ramp?
DM: I wouldn't, I wouldn't mind it at all. She's gonna have her own mind, which is gonna be cool. I wanna see her get into things. Especially at a young age, don't rule anything out. I think its great to keep an open mind and have a good time. When she gets older she'll do what I did which is figure out what I love. I did that a young age, and I'm still there now, its hard to find.
MF: As for your videogame series, are there going to be any upcoming versions of Dave Mirra's Pro BMX?
DM: There's actually a new one, a PSP version coming out soon.
MF: Do you play your own game? What's it like to play a videogame as yourself?
DM: Yea man, when my first two games were out I played them all the time. Believe it or not you can actually get some ideas from playing the videogame. So there are a lot of benefits from it. For me it goes like a wave, you know, there are times when I've spent six hours in front of the TV playing a videogame, but those days are hard to find now.
MF: What are some other current projects and activities that you're working on?
DM: This year my partner and I started a new bike company, its called Mirra Co. Started January 1st, and we'll have the whole line of bikes out in September. We've partnered with Trek for their distribution. You're gonna see them all over the place. For me it's a really cool venture because through all the years that I've ridden bikes, for other companies, for me to give back to BMX through Mirra Co. is probably gonna be one of the most interesting and fun things at the end of the day, when I'm riding and when I'm not riding. That's another journey that kinda got thrown on the fire here in 2006.
MF: So what do you listen to when you work out? What songs pump you up? What's the last thing in your CD player?
DM: Latest album in my CD player... I'll tell you right now, in one of my cars I have some Social Distortion, some Dr. Dre, theres Nickelback, Tessla, theres one more I can't remember. In my other car I have Cinderella, I got some old stuff, some big hair bands for sure.
MF: What about when you're riding or cycling?
DM: When I ride my playlist is pretty much: Metallica, Motley Crue, Social Distortion, Cinderella, Slaughter, some Dre, umm.. a lot of big hair bands. I like the old 80's rock.
MF: Who is more hardcore, BMXers or skateboarders?
DM: I would say that BMX is... I don't wanna call it more hardcore, but I will say that it takes a toll on your body. The way that skaters can knee slide out of tricks, we can't. So I try to condition myself within reason to stay fit, confident, and still limber, without trying to bulk up. I think cycling is the newest thing that I do that I really like and I've been doing it for about a year, pretty serious. Talk about confidence, your legs feel great, it feels awesome. The energy, the endurance, your legs, it's a great overall workout, and then lightweights, and that's pretty much all it is.
MF: What about that tattoo on your arm, what is the significance?
DM: Its my birth year, it says "est. '74". I was born in '74. I got this about a year ago.
MF: Thanks so much and good luck on the Dew Tour.