Photographer: Tyler Roemer
Nineteen-year-old Bend, Ore., native will round out this season’s DF5 (Development Force 5) Team. Having grown up riding with legends Jamie Goldman and Kirt Voreis, Carson is fearless and skilled. He’ll be representing Diamondback as he competes on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour this summer. We asked Carson a few questions to get to know him better and to see what makes him tick.
When did you start riding bikes?
Carson Storch: Before I can remember. When I was around 6 years old I used to make jumps out of plywood and stacked up rocks.
How’d you get into the freeride/park scene?
Carson Storch: I used to race motocross and snowboard before I really got into biking. I would say the first time I went to Hood River and rode all the freeride trails up in Post Canyon is when I first got hooked on the freeride scene.
Where is your favorite place to ride in Bend? Outside of Bend?
Carson Storch: In Bend, my favorite place is definitely Slalom, on the Phil’s Trails area just west of town. Outside of Bend I definitely like Santa Cruz County, especially Aptos.
What is the best part about growing up in Bend?
Carson Storch: I’ve been able to do everything here. Snowboard. Mountain bike. Everything in between. Check out my season recap from Bend below.
Who are riders that you look up to/ influence you and your style?
Carson Storch: Travis Pastrana and Jamie Goldman.
What is your favorite trick?
Carson Storch: Dump 360
What will be your go-to bike this summer?
Carson Storch: Probably my Slopestyle bike!
What is your competition schedule looking like this summer? Are there any events that you are particularly stoked about?
Carson Storch: I’m going to try and do all of the North American stops on the FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike) World Tour, and hopefully a few European stops. I am really stoked on UDUG Invitational 2013!! Ed. Note: The UDUG Invitational, hosted by Bend Ore., native Jamie Goldman, is a two-day dirt jumping and slopestyle event at Jamie’s house that features the best slopestyle riders in the world. UDUG stands for Upside Down and Underground.
Any new tricks that you’re working on?
Carson Storch: Eh, Pretty much just trying to get my flip whips and 720’s dialed, but maybe a 720 barspins here soon…
What scares you?
Carson Storch: Spiders, Snakes, and tree wells.
If you could be one animal what would it be and why?
Carson Storch: A dog. I could be lazy all the time, and be appreciated for it!
What are you most excited about right now?
Carson Storch: The upcoming season, all the traveling I am going to do, and all the cool places where I am going to go! I love opportunity.
Keep an eye out for Carson this up coming season and follow him on Twitter at @carsonstorch.