The Chase Gouin Space Brothers Podcast

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I’ve been waiting for this podcast with Chase Gouin for a while, Kip Williamson and Chip Riggs catch up with the one and only, Chase Gouin. Here’s what the Space Brothers crew had to say, sit down and grab a cuppa and enjoy this episode!

“This time around we sat down with flatland legend Chase Gouin to discuss his early life and getting into BMX, the first time he pulled a decade, meeting Kevin Jones and the Plywood Hoods, moving to York PA, his first Dorkin In York video section, special sessions he had with Kevin Jones, pulling his first quad decade, being the first flatland rider to ever ride brakeless, becoming ambidextrous with certain tricks so he could learn new positions, dealing with severe tendinitis, overcoming near-death situations more than a handful of times, and what he thinks about the current state of modern flatland. So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and check out this special interview with the legend himself… Chase Gouin.”

32 thoughts on “The Chase Gouin Space Brothers Podcast

  1. Without trying to take anything away from this great podcast of Chase Gouin, As an FYI Steve Emig, editor/journalist for Freestylin Mag, was riding brakeless in ’87. Anyone at those AFA comps long ago can also confirm this.

  2. Great listening to what I said months ago,& that is, in my biased opinion, and no disrespect to Kevin Jones, and the Plywood Hood’s, Martti Kuoppa, Vikki Gomez and many other great riders, but Chase to me ‘is/was’ flatland. You don’t get severe tendonitis after riding 8 hrs a day for the commitment Chase made. I agree, that,& as I also previously mentioned, he’s influenced many riders globally. There’s much younger riders that haven’t,& who knows if they will ever replicate what Chase’s accomplished. Aside from his riding skills;& without knowing him personally, he’s given me the impression, that he’s a highly intelligent person to. Thanks for this much appreciated podcast.

  3. What a great interview to sit and listen to! Chase was my instructor at Woodward the summer of 1990. After spending a week at Woodward and riding with him hours everyday, my riding not only progressed, my style and variations changed as well. It wasn’t until I got back home to Chicago to ride with my crew, that I realizes how much I had learned and progressed in such a short amount of time. I remember telling my friends about this instructor at Woodward,(Chase)about his style and how it was different than anything we had seen before. Keep in mind, he was far from a household name in the sport at that time, he blew up soon after that summer.

    It was always great to see Chase in videos and magazines soon after that summer. I spent so much time with him riding and just talking about life…I was 16.

    Thanks Chase!

    • I was also a camper then too. Funny to think Bill Newnam was the “resident” pro, while Chase was just an “instructor.”

      I happened to be there the week Hoffman thru with the vert-Semi. If memory serves, E Roman filmed Chase for the end of Ride like a Man (in the room with the hardwood floors.)

      Great time. Thanks Kip for the interview

  4. CHASE…I know you are not religious but…GOD definitely had a plan for you…its not by accident that you are along with Kevin the best riders in the world.Thank you CHASE once again for the inspiration…

  5. It always bummed me out that during his peak of what i considered his most progressive riding….the best ramp rider in the world was a millionaire with his house featured on Mtv cribs…whereas, the best flatlander in the world, chase…lived under a bike ramp in a skatepark. I’m sure it was exactly how he wanted. The interview was fantastic. Wish there was mention of chase oddities like the Mexican mafia thing where he disappeared for awhile and when he resurfaced….nobody listed his full name, the cranial surgery he had, and i was surprised no mention of living in Cleveland…which seemed like was forever. Dude is still my favorite.

  6. 1. I really loved this podcast. Chase is a very intelligent, interesting dude and the stories were great. And Space Brothers do a great job on interviews. I listened to it twice. He’s a legend.

    2. THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. Chase did *not* pull a quad decade in 1984. I’m not saying he’s lying, I’m just saying he has to be quite confused in his recollection of the timeline. He’s Chase, and he’s a flatland GOD – but even if decades already existed (and I don’t think they did) in 1984, he clearly didn’t get good enough that same year to pull a quad.

    Sorry, I just can’t believe nobody from back in the day has brought this up yet. 🙂

    • I was wondering the same thing. I though the decade or “inverted boomerang” as it was originally called & invented by Dean Palacios around 1983, wouldn’t have been known by many. It became well known by 1985 as it was featured in magazines

  7. It came to mind years ago, that flatlanders are grossly underpaid. It actually astounds me, because it’s way harder than the other disciplines of Bmx. But, I know the reality’s the general public, along with companies, particularly non Bmx , don’t rate & or care, much less understand flat. I used to get asked by a local, where I used to live, are you making any money doing this, when he walked past the netball court. And he clearly thought I was wasting my time. We, as riders know that, it’s not necessarily about money. I certainly am still riding for the love of it, and the same reason I got into it. Many don’t understand it, if you’re passionate about something. And Chase is 1 of a number of riders, who I believe should’ve been paid well. Unless there’s a rider, or riders that started around the time Kevin and Chase, that were clearly stand outs, I’d like to know, but to the best of my knowledge, these 2 helped shape flat probably more than anyone.

  8. Yeah, the Quad Decade in 1984 is hard to fathom. He would have been 12 or 13.
    Was anyone even doing double decades at that time?
    I’m also surprised that if he did pull a Quintuple decade with only a slight touchdown on the ride out then why didn’t he keep going after it and get it filmed. If he pulled it with only a slight touch then he obviously knows that it is possible at that point. When he starts riding again that is the first trick he should start working on, and have a camera rolling every single try. He’ll be 50 soon. So filming 5 decades in a row by age 50 would be super awesome, and would bring everything full circle.

  9. Havent listened to all of this yet , cant wait to ! Mad respect to Chase for forever shaping / innovating bmx flatland . His contributions can NEVER be fully measured , theyre endless . Homeless bikes , him being on their team back in 92………..I have a great story about Thanks Giving night back then , when he stayed at fellow team rider, Eben Krakaus casa , haha. Damn Im really stoked on this podcast so far !

  10. Hey, I was there when Chase jumped that Chain. One of his “buddies”. Let me tell you, we thought he was dead. A goose egg the size of a hockey puck. I used my brand new Haro Tour shirt to stop the bleeding. I’ll never forget that day.

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