Vital BMX employee and all-around kickass rider Zach Krejmas is now riding for Gsport. We asked Zach a few questions to get the inside scoop on his new sponsor and everything else he has going on -
So, you're riding for GSport now. How'd that come about?
After finishing up Garrett Reeves' Sunday web video last summer, he brought up the idea of taking a trip to his hometown in Maryland to film a GSport edit. Garrett got talking to Stephen Campbell, who was the team manager at the time, and he was all for it. I got a call from Stephen to go over details of the trip and he asked if I'd be down to run the wheels and put out an edit for them. I was beyond stoked!
What's your current wheelset of choice?
I'm currently running the Marmoset hub laced to a Birdcage hoop in the front and a Stranger Coastersaurus laced to a Ribcage hoop in the back. I might upgrade to a Birdcage in the back eventually.
How much time went into stacking clips for this video?
It's been nine months since I started stacking clips for this edit. I got a few things on that trip to Maryland with Garrett, then would just film clips here and there while I was out working with other riders.
If you had to pick one, what's your favorite clip in here?
I would say my last clip. Ever since I started doing that trick I figured someone would take it to a bigger setup. Months passed and no one ever got it done. I had this spot in my mind for it for a while. One day I took Cory Wiergowski to the ledge to film something and he decided he didn't have anything for it. I realized it would probably be a while before I made it back there, so now was the time to get it done. I always have to film scary stuff at the moment. If I drove to the spot knowing I was going to try something scary, I'd probably end up psyching myself out.
You recently starting work full-time at Vital BMX. How has this affected the amount of time you spend on your bike?
I'm always behind the lens working on various projects for Vital, so I definitely spend less time on my bike than I used to. But, at the same time, it gets me that much more stoked to be out cruising with the homies. I still ride here and there when I'm "on the clock," but I'm usually more focused on filming.
Any tips for riders with full-time jobs on staying sane?
BMX is a hobby. No matter how much you ride your bike when you're young, it often takes a back seat later in life when bills and other responsibilities come into play. I'm a weekend warrior now and it all comes down to scheduling. As of recently, I've been making an effort to cruise some local parks at the end of the work day. I really feel like it's helping me stay comfortable and confident on my bike.
Between riding and working at Vital, you've obviously got a lot on your plate. What's next for you?
Being full-time at Vital definitely keeps me busy, but busy is good. Right now I have a couple of projects I'm working on editing and a few others that I'm still in the process of filming. I always have a lot of different projects going on, so it's pretty exciting and keeps me on my toes. Besides all of the Vital projects, Jeff Z and I are slowly chipping away at Doorstep, our Long Beach scene DVD, and trying to get it out by 2014. With both of us working full-time jobs in the industry, Doorstep is something that's always there for us to have fun with and not take too seriously. No deadline, no pressure - just organic bike riding with the homies.