Gettin' ROWDY
PULL Magazine|October 2020
Yes. Rowdy is his real name. As his dad tells us, they’d first considered Rogue, but while watching a PBR rodeo, they saw a cowboy named Rowdy go eight seconds - and instantly thought that was a cool name.
PULL: Rowdy is such a cool name. We’ve said it before - with a name like that, you’re destined to either be a rodeo star or Nascar driver. Does everybody ask you about your name?

ROWDY: Everybody does.

PULL: For 11 years old, you’ve just about got Ronnie Kim proportions - how much have you grown in the last year?

ROWDY: I grew five inches last year. Not sure about this year.

PULL: Let’s start from the beginning - how long have you been doin’ BMX and how’d you discover it?

ROWDY: I’ve been racing since I was five or six. Started out at Oak Creek BMX in Roseville.

PULL: Did you breeze through novice, inter and go to expert real quick?

ROWDY: Honestly, I really don’t remember it.

PULL: Too young - we get it. What’s your earliest memory of when you scored a big win and just fell in love with BMX?

ROWDY: I’d say 2018 Grands, when I won cruiser. After that, it all just clicked. I was unsponsored then and Donavon picked me up in Vegas, that next January.

PULL: Was Donavon a big help in stepping up your game.

ROWDY: Yeah, he was really good. Like, he’d give me advice on what to do on the track, how my gate is, what lines to take. Stuff like that.

PULL: How hard do you work at being one of the best in BMX?

ROWDY: I work pretty hard. I’ve got a track at my house, so I am riding all the time.

PULL: What’s a usual day like for you?

ROWDY: I usually ride the track a lot, and we also have a barn with a lot of workout equipment. I’ll go in there, or I’ll do sprints.

PULL: So you live up near Auburn, in Newcastle, California. Sounds like you have a lot of acreage.

ROWDY: Yeah, we share property with my Mimi and Papa. All of it together is 14 acres, but we split it seven and seven.

PULL: Describe the Rowdy Compound to us...

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