Pat Bowden Interview
The shooting star of the year 2016 was without doubt the Australian Pat Bowden. The 23-year-old extreme sportsman from Brisbane jumped into many final rounds of the NIGHT of the JUMPs World Championship, was crowned the undefeated Lifeproof Best Whip Champion, won the Xpilots Contest in Mexico City and Tijuana and won the Maxxis HIghest Air competition at the NIGHT of the JUMPs in China. With the Ruler frontflip, he also presented a worlds first trick at the Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City, USA, and won the silver medal at the FMX Best Trick Contest. He runs with an incredible amount of style and his backflip variations like “Doublegrab Flip”, “Ruler Flip”, “1-Hand Can Flip” or “Hartattack Flip” tear the audience regularly from the seats.
In 2017, Pat Bowden has received the season ticket for the NIGHT of the JUMPs. At the start of the World Cup in Basel, he jumped directly onto the podium and, after three World Cup competitions, he finished third overall. We had a short interview with him in Down Under.
Hey Pat, when and how did you get into freestyle motocross?
“I’ve been running freestyle motocross since 2008. Before that, my dad always took me to the racing, since I was 4 years old.”
What other sports and things do you do next to FMX?
“If I’m not doing FMX, I’m a graphic designer and video producer. I like to draw and design things. I also do fitness and gymnastics to keep in shape. Parachute jumping and base jumping is also very exciting. But currently FMX takes 90% of my time.”
What was your first contest in Europe and how did it run?
“The NIGHT of the JUMPs in Linz / Austria in January 2016 was my first contest in Europe. This was a personal goal I had for many years and for which I have been preparing for quite a long time. It is definitely hard to dive into the international competition scene. I think I got the invitation due to a combination of hard work, the right support and a little luck. Then jumping directly into the final was just an incredible feeling.”
How does it feel to be part of the big European FMX scene?
“It feels good. Having the season ticket of the NIGHT of the JUMPs is terrific. It is always nice to have big goals and to meet them. To know that the hard work and dedication pays, gives you the feeling of satisfaction.”
What is your favorite trick?
What are your goals for 2017?
“My main priority is to stay healthy, because I want to fight for the NIGHT of the JUMPs World Championship Title. For that I have 3-4 tricks, which I now have to train to perfection here in Australia. If that works I’m confident for 2017.”