These 5 Young Riders are Keeping Style Alive

When I think of style, a few names come to mind - Mike Aitken. Chase Hawk. Chris Doyle. In more recent times, Larry Edgar. Corey Walsh. Matt Cordova. But who’s next?

These five young riders are are far from reaching that tenure, but they’re definitely on the right track. The future is bright and it’s time to pay attention! 

Preston Okert


At just 17-years-young, Preston has been making waves around SoCal for quite some time. I’ve heard many compare his style to a young Chase Hawk and, coincidentally, he rides for Cult and is on a Hawk frame. With his top-notch bike control and support coming from all of the right places, Preston is destined to have a huge future in BMX. 

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Jamie Cooper-Ellis


Jamie has been on the scene for a few years, but I feel like everything is finally coming together for him. He’s riding better than ever, he’s traveling to the right events, and he just got scooped up by Haro. Jamie hails from Vermont, so there’s no doubt he grew up watching New Englanders like Derek Girard, Brian Hunt, and Zak Earley making BMX look awesome. He turned twenty about a week ago and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more from him before he can legally order a Sam Adams. 

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Tom Graves


16-year-old Tom Graves is an up-and-coming stylecat from the UK. I saw Tom ride in the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Malaga, Spain earlier this year and was thoroughly impressed with what he brought to the table. I’m sure he will continue to progress, but he has a natural steeze that can’t be learned. He’s a part of the Tall Order crew so, with Sebastian Keep leading the way, you know he’s heading in the right direction.

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Baby Johnny


Johnny Wadlund - more commonly known as Baby Johnny - is a product of the of the awesome concrete that has been popping up in the California desert over the last few years. I was first introduced to Johnny by Larry Edgar and, when you have Larry’s seal of approval, you’ve gotta be doing something right! Johnny’s style is awesome and he isn’t afraid to haul ass at a quarter. At only 17-years-old, there’s no telling what the future holds for the young man from Palm Springs.

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Tom van den Bogaard


Tom just turned 21. Does that make him too old for this list? Nahhhh. Tom is awesome. He brings something completely original to the table. In addition to his amazing style and ability to click tricks to their fullest, he’s not opposed to throwing down 360 triple downside tailwhips. He’s almost like 2017’s Corey Bohan. Tom is from The Netherlands and can regularly be found shredding 040 BMX Park. It’s a bit too soon to say, but if he can hold it together, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him representing his country in the 2020 Olympics.

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