– Hey Gary I’d like to start with some basic information about Krazy Scooters.Where about’s are you located and how long have you been open for?
We started off back in 2009 in Bristol in a very small shop in the North of the city. Our first year was not without its struggles however we soldiered on and are thankful to those brands and distributors that stuck by us and helped us along the way. We have since opened our second shop in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
– Please tell us a little history behind the shop, where it came from and where it’s going?
The shop was born as a result of a need and somewhere that could offer a quality, reasonably priced service to people in an area that we see as having the market capacity to accommodate this, thus Krazy Krankz was born, at the time we were we’re selling bikes and accessories too, when we moved premises the name was changed to Krazy Scooters and the bikes were wheeled out to make way for scooters and the boom that was about to strike.
– You have a mixture of some of the UK’s best riders and some fantastic promising future talent representing Krazy, for those that don’t know who are they?
Our success is not just down to us, we have a very strong and successful shop sponsored team with who we work with to help and improve their skills levels and get them noticed. Our success is shown in the amount of our riders that have been hooked up by brands to represent them, to date we have Soly Bloomfield – Grit Pro, Gus Haywood – Crisp Uk, Mason Leonardi – Void Pro, along with Stan Ash & Fin Daly both on the Grit Academy, in house we have our own media guru Ben Wilkins. To complete the team we have the self-declared street star Sam Lovell, and riders Louie Rumens and John Jones complete the line up.
– In your eyes how is the scooter scene doing in the South West these days?
The South West seems to be a HUB for scooting and is producing some of the best skilled individuals that are breaking on to the scene. Being actively involved in skate park developing and working with the big players including being on the core groups there are many plans currently in place to build some very nice outdoor parks. The south west has ample retail outlets for all things scooter so you have plenty of choice when it comes to needing parts or completes.
– Both you and Gary have a high level of involvement within the scene and with your team. Why do you feel the importance of this instead of just sticking your feet for the weekend and actually relaxing?
We have become involved in the ‘Scoot’ scene in what we believe to be a massive way and we attend the majority of all major and not so major events on the scooting calendar, most people by now, know who we are, and if they haven’t met us they have probably heard about us, if you don’t support the scene and help with its development there is no point in being involved at all to be fair.
– 2013 was a tough year for the freestyle scooting market and everyone within it. How has 2014 been for you guys thus far and what are you expecting to see happen in 2014?
Not going to Lie 2014 has been quiet on the shop front. We are currently in the process of moving from our Chippenham base but to tell all would just ruin the plans. But we will still be out and about and you can still buy all your bits and completes on www.krazyscooters.co.uk
– What is exciting you about scooting right now?
The amount of younger riders hitting the scene hard, I think that current Pro riders should be watching is the up and coming younger fraternity. We have seen riders as young as 5 years pulling and sending tricks that most 14 year olds are struggling with. Give these guys a couple of years and they will be hitting the scene hard. Although on the other hand I can’t wait for there to be an ‘Old Gits’ team as current Pro’s grow old . Added to this the development of Scoot Sport GB as a governing body for the sport is a real step in the right direction.
– Thanks for your time guys, any final word or shout outs?
Must mention Bendle as he is the main mechanic and is responsible for our very good service and mechanic/workshop reputation, he is never happier than when he is fixing, repairing and customising scooters, a reputation that he has built not only for Krazy but one for himself too.
Don’t forget check us out on Facebook and we would like to thank all of our supporters and friends within the industry and to those that, in the beginning believed in us and could see we were not an overnight money making venture :) Keep it real, Keep it Krazy