Peace, Bitches! Tony Hamlin Announces Retirement

Long-time Kink pro and all-around lunatic Tony Hamlin has officially stepped down from pro status. This wasn’t some huge secret, but it also wasn’t publicly touted. We caught up with Tony to learn about what prompted this decision, his new job, some of his best memories, and more. And, in classic Tony Hamlin fashion, only about half of this is serious.

What prompted your decision to formally step down from the pro ranks? 

I'm so dummy rich, so I figured it was time to retire. Someone else deserves to get this insanely rich off BMX, too.

Has this been on your mind for a while?

What's that?! Getting laid? Yeah, that's been on my mind. Always.

Was this 100% your decision or was anyone else encouraging you to go this route? 

Nah, this was my decision. I was ready for a change and I made some choices the last two years that resulted in my stepping back.

 

Are you satisfied with everything you’ve accomplished and this ending?

Definitely. I took an early retirement and held off working until my thirties. I also had way too much fun and traveled the world with my friends.

I feel like you’ve always been greatly underrated and a victim of the times. I know you lost two paychecks in the past couple of years - Etnies and Dan’s Comp - and it was strictly due to budget issues and nothing to do with your riding or work ethic. If these paychecks still existed, would this still be happening?

Yeah. Honestly, I feel like I was ready for a change. My expectations for my life were changing along with the expectations of being a BMX pro. So, even if I was still getting those checks, I'd be thinking about my future.

It’s my understanding that your signature products from Kink will still be available throughout 2018. Is this correct? 

Yes sir! 

Darryl Tocco also stepped down from the pro life this year. Is this something you guys discussed? Did you share a similar outlook?

Darryl's ready to only focus on filming now because he doesn't "have" to film me anymore. He used to pretend he was riding so he could get out of filming me after fake pretzeling his fingers. But seriously, it's just a coincidence.

These next few will be difficult. What was your favorite trip from your career?

Taiwan Kink trip. Hands-down.

 

What is your favorite of your video sections?

Van Homan in Criminal Mischief! Wait...

If you had to pick one highlight from your career, what would it be?

It was never the riding or filming. Honestly, the highlight was and will always be the friendships and the good times. Too many stories.

Any regrets?

I'd have had more threesomes.

Tell us about your job…

I'm a heavy equipment operator for our local union in New Jersey. Big shout out to Garrett Byrnes!

 

Do you enjoy it?

I love the work. It's very similar to BMX, in how you are using a tool to achieve a goal. However, there is nothing you can do eight hours a day, five or six days a week and not think “Hmm.. I'd rather be doing something else".

You kick ass at Twitter. Has anyone offered to pay you for that yet?

I know, right!? I mean, our President is getting paid to piss people off via Twitter. Why can't I!?

 

How often are you riding these days?

Weather permitting, usually three times a week. Keeps me healthy and happy.

Do you still have the fire to occasionally do something gnarly?

Nah, but sometimes I get fired up about sloppy joe day at my nursing home.

 

What advice would you give young riders with dreams of being a pro rider?

Just have fun and maybe start a Pornhub channel.

Any young or up-and-coming riders you’re stoked on?

There are seriously too many to list.

If you had to guess, what do you think you’re going to miss most about “the life?”

Hahaha, being able to surf when ever there were waves!

What are the chances we see you pop up on a Kink trip in 2018?

That's a question for Jay. (Editor’s note - Jay says yes)

Any closing thoughts?

Thank you to everyone that helped me out along the way and continues to do so. Peace, bitches!

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