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Last year when arriving at Glasgow’s Koas skate shop for a shop signing session I was introduced to Cody and Gabriela Flom. The American siblings had came all the way over from San Francisco for the ISA world championships at Scoot-Fest but before that were touring the country with the Void tour that would take us to the world champs. It was great getting to know the both of them during this weeklong tour and seeing just how talented Cody was on a scooter and his sister behind a camera. It was from this week of thrills and spills that I had the idea of interviewing the young shredder. Since then Gabriel has rapidly accelerated her skills behind the lens and with this I felt the time was right to showcase both Cody’s impressive skills on a scooter through Gabriela’s amazing photographical skills.
– Hi there Cody, for those out there who some how don’t know already lets start with the basics. What’s your full name, age and where your do you come from?
My full name is Cody Levi Flom, I am 14, and live in California.
– Although you seem to have made quite a large impact in the scene over the last year you are still a fairly young rider. How old were you when you first started riding?
I began riding roughly five years ago. I was about 10 years old.
– What was it about freestyle scooting that drew you in and turned you into the dedicated rider that you are?
When I first started riding I never thought anything of it. It was just a simple activity to do with my friends. However, after a lot of my buddies stopped riding, I continued to ride, and progress in the sport. Then I started to compete and loved it, and here we are!
– How much of that time riding have you been on Lucky and what impact did it have joining the team?
I have only been riding for Lucky for about a year now, since SD8. When they first put me on the Title Team I was super stoked, but I wanted to push myself to get to the Pro Team, right away. So in this way, Lucky very much helped me better my riding skills.
– What’s your set up at the moment and what’s so great about it?
My scooter is a precise mechanism that is set to my exact desire. Starting from the bars; Fasen spirals, Fasen grips, Lucky X-Clamp, FSA headset, Fasen forks, Lucky ten wheels, and the Kota sig deck.
– Like most riders I’m sure you have very certain tastes in music so give us an idea of what you like with a run down of what is playing on your IPod these days?
Surprisingly, I have never ridden with music, but would love to give it a shot! If I did listen to music while riding, it would be Lorde! I really like most of her songs, and just her musical style in general.
– What your favorite place to ride at and why?
My favorite place to ride would have to be Woodward West; it is such a great training facility and is home to some of the best ramps in California.
– Outside of riding what do you do? What makes up the rest of Cody Flom’s life as it is now?
Away from riding I always try to stay active with anything possible, I usually don’t play many video games. Most likely you can find me jumping on my trampoline in my backyard, or just messing around with my friends. We love to go swimming! During the summer, I also like to surf (when I find time).
– What would you say has been the best moment of the last year?
2014 was a huge opportunity and full of milestones for me. With the help of my family, and Lucky scooters I was able to go to Oregon and Washington (the states above California and also was able to spend a week at Ohio Dreams with some of my Lucky teammates. But the best moment for me would have to be when I traveled to The UK for World Championships!
– What is your favorite trick to do at the moment and what are you planning to learn in the near future?
At the moment my favorite trick is bri. This maneuver is really fun to put into combos. I am planning on doing bar bri to buttercup in the future.
– It must be great having a sister who is so talented behind the lens to capture your development as a rider. do you think having here there has helped you develop as a rider?
Yes she is a big blessing to have. She has been there to encourage me to grow as an individual and a rider, and I am super thankful for that.
– How would you describe your riding style?
My riding style varies, depending on where I ride. My goal is to be as clean as possible, and right now, I am working on making my riding look as relaxed as possible. I want everyone who sees me ride to think “that looks easy”, even when it’s not.
– After seeing you shred in the world finals last year I’m sure there are a lot of Younger riders out there that look up to you for inspiration but who are your hero’s and the guys you look up to for inspiration?
Gus Rymer is a rider I have always watched and looked up to, I love his style and that he always has a smile on his face!
– You have a had a pretty incredible year in 2014 but what goals do you have for this year?
2105 is a fresh start and of course I will be trying to qualify again for Worlds, but I am completely open to whatever God has in store for me.
– Well I think that should do it Cody, any last words or thank you’s to put out there?
I am so thankful to God for giving me so many great people in my life that love and support me in this sport, and for continually protecting me in everything I do! Also a huge thank you to my incredible sponsor, Lucky Scooters. They are always there to help me progress in the sport!
– Thanks for your time Cody