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Finely Daly, the happy go lucky Bristolian who has risen up the UK rankings through proving himself in the skate park time and time again has just had his welcome to Lucky scooter parts edit drop. I can remember back to when I first met Fin who was then a very reserved chap that didn’t stand out to me in ability at all. Even though I was informed multiple times he had every potential to be one of the best riders in the UK I only started to see glimpses of his geniuses during his Grit Academy win at Skaterham. From then on it’s been a bit of a battle to get Fin to over come the nerves that had held him back from fulfilling the potential he aways had. It was at the Dialed scooter competition that Fin showed the rest of the world what he could do and since then Fin had been rewarded with a place on the UK Lucky team. With the eagerly awaited release of his welcome to video we decided to fire a few questions to Fin about everything that’s gone on and what the future holds for him.
Hey Fin, how are you doing?
I’m good thanks what about you?
Were good thanks for asking; let’s start with some basic info type of stuff. What’s your full name, how old are you and where about’s are you from?
Well my name is Finley Daly, I am Fifteen years of age and I live in the Horefield area of Bristol
So you’re a Bristol lad; what would you say the scene like around your area and who is it you ride with regularly?
The Bristol scene is interesting, there is a lot of history there and we have a number of great parks but around my area it’s become a bit quiet, a lot of people simply don’t ride anymore or as much. When I’m not on the road with my sponsors I ride with a fairly small group of people that include people such as Felix Hallet, Robbie and Callum Buck and Lauerance Alford. These guys are my close friends as well and there is nothing more we like to do than go hit up a session at Horfields together.
So your story really begins with Krazy Scooters if I’m not mistaken, how did that sponsorship come about?
Yes that is true Krazy scooters hooked me up about three years ago when they opened there shop in my local area. I was randomly at my local park when both Gary and Bendle popped down to the park, they saw me riding and offered me a place on the team. Krazy Scooters have helped me in so many ways over the past few years and I cant thank Gary and Bendle enough for everything.
Before all the sponsorship and before all the competitions why did you first pick up a scooter and then continue to ride it and do you feel the reason you ride today is different to what it was back then?
Well I first started to ride for the same reasons a lot of kids do, all of my friends did it. But it didn’t take long before I found myself being drawn to the skate park on my own. I had been infected by the want to progress my riding and see what I could achieve. So over the years the reasons have definitely changed a lot, right now I love to it because of how well doing this thing I love travels me and gives me the chance to meet new people.
Krazy scooters has always has had a healthy history of spotting raw undeveloped talent and moulding them into very good professional riders. You along side the likes of Soly Bloomfield and Stan Ash you are a great example of this. Why do you think Krazy are particularly good in the area of rider development?
I think the reason why Krazy scooters are particularly good at developing riders is because they get really involved at a grass roots level. All the riders they have developed that have gone on to be hugely successful have been scouted when young and had many hours of work put into them. They helped us forget about my fears and pushed us to try stuff they knew we could do but that maybe we would be doubting. For instance, without Gary or Bendle’s help I might never have got over my fear of rails
The Grit Academy at Skaterham was one of the first times I got to experience just how good Fin Daly could be. What was it about that day and that event that meant the nerves finally disappeared enough for you to ride at near enough your full potential and how good did it feel to win?
Well funnily enough that Grit academy was the first competition that I had ever won. It felt amazing to become a member of the grit academy team and know that I could be riding along side such pro riders such as Ryan McNamara and Billy Kendal. I don’t know why but some how I managed to ride really well, usually I would fall to pieces in competitions but at that one everything just fell into place. It was a dream come true
Since then a lot has go on and you have traveled quite a bit with both Grit scooters as an Academy rider and with Lucky scooters as a pro rider on the UK team. What has been your favourite event or tour during this time and why?
There have been so many great events I’ve had the chance to be a part of but I really did enjoy the recent South East VOID Tour. It was great jumping in the van for a week with a load of other pro riders and hitting up loads of different parks that I had never been to before. They are hard work at times with having to demo and do signings every day but it’s worth it for the experience. I also quite enjoyed the recent competition that was held at Rampworld but that might have something to do with the fact I won the pro event.
As stated you are now on the Lucky UK pro team of which came after a blistering performance at Dialed where not only did you dominate the amateur competition but then you proceeded to give the pros a good run for their money. How important was that event to you and what was your favourite moment of it all?
Dialed at the infamous Rampworx skate park was a hugely important competition for myself. Although I went there as an amateur because I rode so well in my category it gave me a chance to ride against the pros and prove myself ready for the next step. It helped me so much with my confidence as I had no time to think about it, as soon as I was done I was straight back on the park with the big boys. When they announced that I had came first in the amateur category and seventh in the pros I couldn’t believe it. It was one of the proudest days of my life.
How did it feel when Lucky UK approached you to be on the team and since being on the team what have been some of your highlights?
It felt really good that a brand as big as Lucky Scooters wanted me on their UK pro team. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. The highlight for me is when people ask if I am Fin Daly and want my autograph. Feels a bit crazy but I guess they must like what I do on a scooter so that’s really cool.
How was it filming with Liam Eyles for your welcome to Lucky edit? The out come was amazing, was the process a fun one ?
Filming with Liam was a really great experience, he is a total professional and I look forward to working with him again in the future. With all the traveling we do and events it was nice to go to one park with a filmer and just throw down hard for a few hours knowing Liam was there to capture it all. It wasn’t just as simple as that though, Liam was great at structuring the day so we got the most out of our time giving him the best footage to play with. He had ideas for different lines and was always thinking ahead. It was a really fun day filming and I’m sure he has many funny outtakes from that I would love to watch back again.
You are now on a pro team which means there are many riders who look up to you for inspiration but who are the riders you look up to and what is it about them that inspires you?
Its crazy to think that people look up to me now, I am still not really sure how to take it. It’s obviously really cool but I still feel like the same little kid at the park trying to learn basic tricks from when I started. The riders who inspire me are Dylan Morrison and Dakota because they both are pushing the boundaries of the sport so much and that makes me want to push myself harder.
This year is all but over now and you have had a phenomenal year but what are your goals and ambitions for 2015?
My goal for 2015 is to make it to Scoot-Fest by being ranked in the Scoot GB top ten so I can ride along side my hero’s in the biggest competitions of the year. I did manage to achieve the ranking last year but was away on holiday during Scoot-Fest, next year will be different.
What set up are you riding right now and why is it just right for you?
My set up is so sick right now; starting from the top I am riding black Lucky grips, black voodo bars, black Lucky quad clamp, black Lucky headset, white strata deck, black Lucky LS forks and Kota wheels. As well as looking amazing this set up works so well for me because its light enough for me to lay down technical combos while still being really strong.
What is your current favourite trick and is there anything new your working on at the moment?
My favourite trick is a whip umbrella just because they look super tech but are real casual to do. I’m currently working on a few new big new tricks but you’ll just have to wait and see what they might be.
I think that is about it dude, thanks for your time Fin. Any thank you’s or shout outs you want to put out there?
Yeah there is actually. I would like to say a big thank you to my sponsor Lucky Scooters for everything they have done for me, don’t forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook. I want to also thank Krazy scooters for everything they did for me and my friends and family for supporting me. Lastly I would like to thank you guys for taking the time to interview me and to everyone who takes the time to reads this.
Words // Sam Cooper
Videography // Liam Eyles
Photography // Sam Cooper