Whether you love or hate the Mega Ramp, there's no denying that Colton Satterfield's double flair (on his final run, at that) at the 2015 X-Games really stole the show. This trick is no joke and Colton put in insane amounts of work to make it happen. Read about his progress and what actually went into making it happen below. Respect.
How long have you been working on double flairs?
It’s something I have always thought about. Ever since winning last year, it was something I made a point to try and learn. I basically realized it wasn’t a trick that you just send and it works. I have never spent and personally invested so much time, money, and effort to get one trick. Pretty crazy effort on that for the last year…
I'm pretty sure a giant quarter to resi doesn't exist... Where did you go to work on this trick?
I started working on them at Woodward West on the vert resi. I tried them into the foam pit and quickly realized I had basically no idea what I was doing. I’m not the biggest fan of vert foam pits - they seem weird. Basically, as soon as I decided I wouldn’t land on my head, I just started on the resi and, over time, worked out the best way to get them around. However, no matter how hard I pulled or how high I went, I couldn’t pull one. It just wasn’t right. I worked out the right way to do it later, but never got it on the vert resi.
About a month before X-Games, I had the opportunity to go to Travis Pastrana’s house. He has a mini-mega quarter to resi there - an 18-foot quarter. Not quite 27 feet, but still a good place to learn. I bought myself a flight to Baltimore during the riots - haha - and a rental car and hotel and got out there for a few days. I sort of had to decide between that or going to a big contest in China, but I wanted it. I ended up riding by myself for three days and would just wait for some random kid to be around the ramp to send a few just in case I wrecked and needed to be dragged off somewhere.
I put in some pretty long days there and figured it out pretty good. I ended up leaving there after landing a ton in a row. That was pretty much pure training. I remember one day I woke up, went there, and with no warm up, pedaled in and did a bunch in a row cold turkey. At that point, I had re-worked them out to a point that I knew exactly where I was. I had worked on them to the point where I could see where I wanted to land throughout the whole trick. Thanks, Travis.
From there, I went to Woodward West’s big air ramp a couple days after getting back home and sessioned that ramp and got them sorted there as well. It wasn’t without difficulty - I started at a lower hight and even decked myself pretty good on one. Going into X-Games, I finally felt pretty dialed at it. I was actually surprised it took me all three runs. It obviously made for an epic show, but was nerve-wracking. Haha!
So X-Games wasn’t the first one you landed?
I landed quite a few coming into X-Games - most at Travis' and at Woodward West. Woodward West was up-and-down. I tried to do one "safe" there at a lower height and just decked hard. It wasn't an easy trick to learn. Hard work pays.
What do you think? Is this something you can dial in and pull regularly?
That’s the goal. I travel a lot across the quarter on them. I think my second run was like thirteen feet? That is 100% no brakes and traveling probably twenty feet across - haha. I want to be able to do them absolutely any way. I feel like the Big Air ramp offers endless possibilities and what is possible on it hasn’t even been tapped.
What made you even consider to make this happen? You already have a crazy arsenal of tricks on the Mega Ramp...
Like I said, that ramp makes me drool with thoughts of possibilities, man. I love dirt, very, and everything. I love pushing my own progression on everything, but I feel like with Big Air, it’s so epic and the possibilities of what can be done are endless. I have put in tons of time on the jump to make sure what I have works every time. I had that year where there were four worldwide X-Games and I did a brand new, never-been-done trick on the jump each stop. So, working hard to learn new things is nothing new. I just feel like winning last year really made me realize how bad I wanted it and I focused on my weaknesses, strengthened them, then focused on the most epic things I could think of. I look at dudes like Shaun White and Jamie Bestwick - just pure domination derived from hard work. I want that. I want to inspire people like they do, work as hard as they do, and just be able to make big things happen.
Is this something you feel like you could do in normal quarters? What about on a vert ramp?
I think so. I have always had a goal to push vert for myself. I feel like vert is the most difficult discipline to be good at. It takes so long and so much effort to really be proficient. Among other things, I want to push progression there too.
Kevin Robinson gave this a solid go a few years ago and didn't make it happen. Did he have anything to say to you about this?
Kevin is a huge inspiration to me. I remember clearly when he did the first double flair at X-Games on vert in 2006. That moment was a huge inspiration to me. I was just a kid with a dream then. I feel so blessed to have been able to have influence from him and other legends of BMX as a kid because it pushed me to want to reach my dreams and I hope that kids can see where I came from, see what I do, and be inspired to reach their dreams as I do. I didn’t really communicate with him too much on how to do it, but after I got it dialed, he was the first call I made and I sent him all of the videos right away.
Kevin was the dude who gave me the opportunity to first get on the Mega Ramp and he has always been an incredible role mode and super good person toward me and everyone. I’m blessed to call him a friend.
Is Mega Ramp your primary focus now?
I would almost say yes. At least a huge one. I still have a huge focus on dirt - that’s home. And vert is very intriguing to me and I place I want to become very good at as well. I love riding park and pushing myself there as well. I started out riding street and love throwing the pegs on and going downtown. I love all of BMX. I respect it all. All of action sports, actually. As I said before, this thing is always in my head. I got home yesterday and my honest first thought was wanted to go to Woodward West and sort this or that out on the ramp. It’s on my mind lot and I think I have the most fun when I’m inspiring kids and pushing progression. That ramp has endless possibilities. I want to be very good on it and I’m willing to work. That’s when it’s the most fun to me. That ramp is the funnest thing to ride when you get comfortable on it.
What's next for you?
I really look up to Jamie Bestwick and Shaun White. Those dudes are dominant and inspire a ton of people because they have an insane work ethic. I would hate to just kinda chill instead of working hard and reaching a high potential. I know I can. I think working hard and seeing the benefits of working harder only wants to make me work that much more. I feel like I want to reach the highest potential I can. I see so many friends or people who are so good at riding sometimes. I want to shake them and say like “Look at yourself! You’re so damn good! Don’t be 50-years-old and look back wishing that back then you would have work as hard as the other guys.”
I think anyone can get anything at all in life. Simply work hard and don’t quit. The more I am able to do, the more people listen. It’s a snowball of inspiration. Dudes like Kevin Robinson inspired me and others, now I can inspire more. Eventually, we will have a world where everyone believes in themselves and the world will be full of dreams realized.
Anything you'd like to add?
Thanks to everyone who has inspired me. Thanks to anyone who has ever helped me or hated. Everything lights a fire under me to achieve big goals. Thanks to Mat Hoffman and Danny Way for actually being visionaries and, obviously, Kevin Robinson for getting me on this ramp and inspiring me in such a massive way. Thanks to family, friends, and sponsors. Thanks to BMX. It’s a great tool to inspire anyone to do anything. Love.