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Friday, October 31, 2008
Destin-ation Known

When I was 19 years old I was going to the most run-down, ghetto ass clubs in Riverside, California, looking for chicks, trying to sneak drinks and just having fun with my moto homies. Sure, I was racing and was taking it seriously, but I was a loose canon that had my mind on girls and booze more than anything with two-wheels. I guess that's part of the reason I ended up riding FMX...haha. Anyway, 19 year-old Destin Cantrell is a lot smarter than me and has his head on a bit straighter than most 19 year-old punks these days. Destin is starting to make a name for himself in FMX and the crazy think is that he hasn't even ridden a single big contest. How is he making a name for himself you ask? Destin has graced the pages of Transworld MX mag a multitude of times and that has definitely helped him, but the biggest factor of all is his style. This dude has more style that I have armpit hair, and trust me, it looks like a got Buckwheat in a headlock!

Destin stretching out a massive ruler or KOD—call it what you will, just don't call it weak-sauce.

Destin, what have you been up to lately? I was reading the forums and I saw that you just got back from India. What were you doing there and how was it?

Yeah, I was there for a demo at the closing ceremony for something called the Commonwealth Youth Games. It's like our Olympics but for kids 18 and under. Dude it was insane, definitely an experience that made me realize everything I have here. Other than that I've done a couple local demos and just been practicing everyday.

How long were you in India for? Did it make you grateful to live in the states or do you wanna move there and become a Bollywood star?

We were there for 8 days and I'm definitely grateful to be able to live the way I do. There were people sleeping in the streets, piles of trash in the corner, stray dogs running around everywhere and people bathing on the sidewalks.

Wow, sounds like Brooklyn!

[Laughs] Haven't been there yet.

Indian taxi...

You should come out—it's a good time. Anyway, you seem like you've really been killing it lately. Your tricks are freaking massive and you have a very unique and smooth style. When did you make the decision to take this FMX thing seriously?

Thanks a lot man! I definitely strive and work hard to have my own style. I have been racing since I was 5 and when I turned 15 I got the opportunity to hit a ramp and do my first show, I realized it was super fun. I lived in Newport Beach and my parents asked me if this was what I wanted to do and next thing I knew we moved up to Corona, California and my parents dropped everything to help me do what I'm doing now.

Wow, they must be really supportive. Do they ever get scared when you ride? I know my mom used to hate watching me ride.

My dad loves it and my mom hates going to practice. She'll go to the shows, but has to hide behind stuff. [laughs] But yeah, they're really supportive and they're happy I get to do what I love for a living. Thanks mom and dad!

Rad, I think mothers are just wired to be scared. Now, you're one of the younger riders in the sport, do you think being young gives you the upper hand or is it a disadvantage? Being the young kid and all, is it tough to get the respect you feel you deserve?

I think it's an advantage for me because I have a lot more time to get to the same level as the top guys. I thought it was a disadvantage when I was 15 because I was the kid coming up and people didn't think much of me and I couldn't ride at most of their places, let alone make it out there because I relied on my dad and his time.

This is that style I was talking about. Very dope, but we all know I'm a sucker for style.
Up to this point, you've pretty much been a demo kid that gets some mag shots here and there. Are you happy being that guy or are your sites set on the competitive contest circuit like X Games and the AST Tour?

Yeah, for sure I am looking into doing X and the AST Tour. I thought about doing AST this year, but unfortunately I'm not flipping so it's difficult for me to even do decent at a contest, which is a major bummer. But for sure it's coming soon and I plan on looking into getting into contests.

Speaking of the flip, how come it's taken so long for you to conquer it? Have you tried it into a foam pit? I think if you get the flip dialed, you'll be pretty damn unstoppable. Is it a chip that's been on your shoulder for a while now?

I went to work on it two years ago at Kenny Bartram's pit in Oklahoma and since then I didn't stick with it because I was so busy with shows and traveling, but it is always on my mind and I plan on getting her done real soon.

What seems to be the biggest challenge in conquering it?

Just the mind game—that's all it is. It has a huge part to do with your head and getting your mind off of it and just doing it.

True. Right on man, well good luck with that and make sure you tell your mom to stay at home when you decided to take the flip to dirt! So, what's next on your schedule? Got any more sweet international trips coming up?

[Laughs] Yeah for sure—as of right now, everything seems to be slowing down because it's that time of the year again, so you know how that is. But, I do have a few demos here in the states and that's all for now, but I'll keep ya posted.

Right on man, thanks for your time and be sure to stay in touch.

Yeah buddy, thanks a lot. Now it's time to go ride!