Humboldt Beginnings

Julian Dusseau beat the odds to become the first professional FMX rider to break out from thick Humboldt, California forest.

Updated: October 26, 2009, 8:44 PM ET
By Ryan Leyba | ESPN.com/Action

The Humboldt region of Northern California seems like it would be a great place to grow up as a kid. You've got the coastline, huge redwood tree-infested forests, and acres of lush land to pretty much do anything you want. But, for a kid profusely obsessed with a sport that nobody acknowledged, Humboldt County couldn't have been any worse of a place to grow up.

Today, Humboldt's Julian Dusseau is a well-respected professional FMX rider, but his quest to stardom was anything but peachy. ...

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