FreestyleXtreme Magazine Issue 25 - Page 42

A sk any diehard FMX fan for the defining moment that was a catalyst to spark the entire freestyle motocross movement and there’s a high chance they’ll say Crusty Demons’ first video. More specifically, Seth Enslow’s ridiculous jump in the dunes where he seemingly plummets forever before melting into the landscape in one of the most spectacular crashes you’ll ever see. Even today, 14 years later, it defies logic that Seth could walk away from that monumental crash, or the multitude of others in his career that would’ve legitimately killed a lesser man. After decades setting the world alight with the Crusty Demons, crushing world long-distance records and running riot at countless afterparties, the Seth Enslow you’ll meet today is a different man. He’s still passionate about the sport and riding motorcycles, but he’s now settled into a career of home remodeling, drywall and house construction. We caught up with the easy-going, humble Seth from Costa Mesa for an in-depth chat about the early days of FMX, horrific crashes, crazy memories and world records. Good to catch up with you, man. You’re well-known for your Crusty 1 jump in the dunes but obviously you were riding well before that. How’d you get into it? Having a dirt bike was my childhood dream, but we grew up pretty poor; my mom had five kids and no dad to help out with bills or anything. I started working when I was 12 or 13 and saving money, so by the time I was 16 I was able to buy a truck and a dirt bike and head to the races. Even as a beginner I was jumping all the jumps on the track that the pros were, just because I loved jumping. The sport just grabbed me and I wanted to pursue it as a career. My family and everyone at high school said ‘you can’t make a living out of motorcycles’, but I didn’t want to get old and say ‘what if’, you know? By the time I was 19 I wanted to escape the snow and brutal winters of New York State, so I moved to California. I wanted to be a stuntman, so I thought I could go to Hollywood if racing didn’t work out. As it turned out, the first person I met in California was Bubba, who was working at Race Tech Suspension. He told me about these guys, Jon Freeman, Dana Nicholson, Damian Sanders and all the snowboarders he was friends with. I was like ‘sh*t, you know those guys?’ I grew up watching the Creatures of Habit videos to get me amped to go snowboarding, and just couldn’t believe it. The next day I met Dana and a few of the guys at Huntington Beach and Dana offered me a job and taught me how to do metal stud framing and drywall plastering. I only had $1000 on me and was living in a cheap motel, so I jumped at it. Talk about a stroke of luck. Oh man, it was crazy. Dana told me he wanted to make a motocross video like the old snowboard videos and I knew straight away it was going to be a hit. I quit racing and focused on just doing the videos with him. Every FMX fan has seen that massive dune jump from Crusty 1 that made you a legend overnight. Take us through that day. That was within the first few months of moving to California and my first trip to the dunes. I remember the whole thing. I got knocked out for a little bit, but I came to and all my buddies were around me wondering if I was alright. My back was super sore but I couldn’t get up, even though I could move my feet. They put me on a dune buggy and brought me to the car to take me to hospital as they couldn’t believe what they’d seen and that I was OK. Did you have any idea how much of a legend you’d become overnight because of that? We knew the video would be big and knew that people would be excited to see that footage, but we didn’t know the magnitude of it, I don’t think. Seeing how far it went was just amazing – I’ve had countless people come up to me saying they watched Crusty 1 on VHS so many times they burnt a hole in the tape. u