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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Updated: May 11, 12:14 PM ET
The Future of High School: Reynolds


Though Garrett Reynolds is already a BMX veteran who finished fifth in the Dew Tour standings in 2008, you'll be hearing a lot more from him very soon. The Toms River North (Toms River, N.J.) senior stars in Nike 6.0's BMX film, "Writing On The Wall."

ESPN RISE: What would be the dream scenario for your future?

Reynolds: I'm just hoping to stay healthy and keep riding for a long as I can. I don't really have any plans where riding is going to take me. I'll just go with it  take it by by day, ride and have fun. I want to do both competition and street riding. I definetely want to keep going to contests and traveling the world for videos. It'll be fun. I already moved out from my parents' house.

Me and a couple friends have a house in a different part of New Jersey. It's pretty much my best friends, so it's pretty sick. I'll probably stay here for a while, but I definetely want to move around a little bit, get apartments and feel places out. Try to figure out where I want to live.

ESPN RISE: Realistically, where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Reynolds: When I'm 28 I see myself probably  hopefully  doing the exact same thing: riding and chilling. But if I don't last that long or get hurt or something, I won't stress about it. Believe it or not, I'm 18 and young, but I already feel riding is starting to take a toll. But I'm going to try to go as long as I can. I'll hopefully be out there when I'm 40, hucking it.

ESPN RISE: If for some reason your sport doesn't pan out, what do you want to do with your future?

Reynolds: To actually get a job in the photography field is really hard, but it'd definitely be sick. I love taking pictures and seeing the final outcome. Maybe I'd even go to college to learn a little more about photography.

ESPN RISE: Put yourself in charge of the high school sports world. What do you think needs to change the most?

Reynolds: I think it'd be way cool if they had [action sports] in high school sports. Then more kids would get into it. It's hard to get into it now. Every kid grows up throwing a football or baseball, but not every kid grows up riding a BMX bike or skating.

But if it got serious I could see action sports not being as cool. I'd freak out if there was a high school BMX team and the coach was telling me, "Yo man, you've really got to do well here." I'd be like, "This is ridiculous."

ESPN RISE: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing high school sports?

Reynolds: I have no clue. I never even played high school sports, but I could imagine it being all the work they do. I always wanted to play football, but I could imagine you'd get mad hurt. You'd get hit by big dudes all the time. And you'd have to run and train. I definitely don't have to do anything like that. I just pick up my bike and ride up ramps.

ESPN RISE: How do you think high school sports will be different for the next generation of stars?

Reynolds: I definitely think action sports will continue to grow. I've seen it grow the last five years. I remember living in Toms River (N.J.), and I'd have to ride alone if my friensd couldn't get a ride over to me or I couldn't get a ride to them. Now there's kids riding everywhere. I always get psyched when I see kids riding. I never had kids riding who lived near me.

ESPN RISE: In what ways do you think these tough economic times will impact the future of high school sports?

Reynolds: I think the economy could help action sports. When I stopped playing sports, my mom was psyched. She said, "I don't have to pay for all these leagues. I don't have to drive you around or schedule everything around you anymore.

ESPN RISE: How will technology impact high school sports and recruiting?

Reynolds: I think a lot of [action athletes] who came up and got good and got sponsored, a lot of them started out by having Web videos. Now all you have to do is press the record button and make sure it looks decent. It's not really hard to film, so kids can now put out their own videos. When I was a kid we were like, "It'd be so sick to make our own video." Now anybody can.

ESPN RISE: What's going to become the biggest trend in high school sports during the next decade?

Reynolds: I don't see it changing that much in the next 10 years. But then I look back 10 years and things were totally different. For instance, what happened to Rollerblading? It just fell off. I hope it doesn't happen to BMX; that wold suck. But I have no clue. I wish I could predict the future, but I have no clue.

ESPN RISE: Is there any lesson you learned during high school that will help you in your future?

Reynolds: Every lesson I've learned is from riding. You learn so much from riding. You learn about life  school hasn't taught me any street smarts. Most important thing I probably learned is you can't take anything seriously. I never take anything seriously and I never get stressed out in life.