I sent a bunch of interviews out for this opening main article for the new site, and only these two got back to me! Which is also quite fitting, both Dez Maarsen and Jean Francis Boulianne have been killing it regularly on the contest scene, and JF also killed it in groundtactics! Time to find out a lil more depth what these guys do behind the scenes to get dialled!
Firstly, how do you decide what combos to practise and dial in for a contest?
JF: I try to chose trick i feel comfortable with and that makes me look different than other rider. Frontyard baby….
Dez: Practicing combo’s is most of the time freestyle or I check what fits in well with the rest of the tricks. For dialling it’s the same. I try to do freestyle links with most of my hardest tricks in there.
Do you have a practise routine that you stick to before a contest? If so, what is that routine?
JF:I use to repeat repeat and repeat but when you hit everything in practice and the nothing in your run. Its makes you wonder. If this is the right technique, these day I mostly just ride.
Dez: In contest I have a standard routine, except when its a battle I try to mix in some freestyle. I don’t practice these exact same links only during the practice time at the contest.
Does your practise routine vary if there is a 3 minute run, or battle format style?
JF: Not really, I just wanna pull some stuff and be proud of the way i Rode. That what put a smile on my face after the event knowing I rode good.
Dez: I think you can find the answers in previous questions.
Do you practise on different types of floor?
JF: Unfortunately not really maybe i should but if your combo is dial at your home spot it should be dial almost anywhere. sometime it slippery, in a hill or bumpy then you have to adjust your riding…
Dez: Not on purpose. My indoor spot is sometimes slippery so I’m pretty used to that. When I have to do a show I do my contest tricks as a warming up and those are sometimes really crappy and small!
How long before a contest do you start training?
JF: I usually train all year long to try to keep my trick dial.
Dez: I used to practice 2 weeks before, but since I’m really busy with my study and stuff I’m happy when I can ride, so I’m not gonna waste time on preparing for contest! The latest contest I went to I try to
pull all my stuff during the practice at the contest.
Dez in action at the 2011 Ninja spin, third place at both Ninja and Game of skills! Consistency!
JF’s first flawless run in Montreal, earlier this year!
Who do you look at as the most dialled contest rider?
JF:For contest riding I would Say Justin, Matthias and Terry.
Dez: Uchhie is I think one of the most dialed riders at the contest. He’s pulling a lot of new tricks in competitions! Also Moto!
How do you juggle contest training and progression?
JF:Oh man thats the game, thats even harder with traveling around the whole world and never riding at the same spot. Honestly like i said before nowadays I just ride when I can where i can with who I can.
Dez: I don’t think to much about that! When I’m riding I just try to enjoy it and learn new tricks. My main focus is to progress not to be a contest machine.
If you do “5 in a row” method of getting consistent, how strict are you on that? And what is the timeframe for getting that done?
JF: I used to do 3 in a row and I wasn’t so strict on it, like i would practice 5 combo x 3 times each but i would let maybe 3 or 4 mistakes go inside this. For the timeframe its wasn’t a big deal because when i rode everyday I use to pull the 3 in a row on my first try.
Dez: I’ve never done that for contest! Only when I had to the live TV performs on Holland’s Got Talent. And I was not that strict and it where not hard tricks!
Do you do any other kind of training to be contest ready?
JF:Drink protein shake, sit up and push up and party, have fun enjoying life give you energy before the contest.
Dez: I don’t know if it counts as training, but I’m always checking out video’s to get my self hyped.
How in your mind do you know when you are contest ready?
JF:You know your are ready when you can hit your trick good, but are you gonna perform the same at your spot and in a contest that a different thing.
Dez: I’m always ready for a contest, because I enjoy going to them! Maybe if I didn’t rode so much before one, I still love to go there and have good session, meet up with riders, get motivated and try to
set down a good performance!
Do you have any superstitions going into a contest?
JF: Not really just some rules hey.Not wear headphone anymore and try to find a song that make me feel good.
Dez: No, not any I can think of.