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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Hucke: I look forward to getting crazy


Ben Hucke on a sticker-less frame in Portland, Ore.

Yesterday, Ben Hucke announced that he was leaving the Sputnic BMX team, but made no indication of joining a new frame brand. Instead, he chose to focus on the fact that he would be concentrating on two new videos in the coming months -- a new Shadow Conspiracy video, and a Dan's Comp video filmed and edited by Stew Johnson. Because we were curious about the two new projects, we hit up Ben to learn more and see where he's headed next. And no, he's not really going back to Haro.

ESPN: Since you're no longer riding for Sputnic, are you looking for a new frame sponsor or not worried about it? What will you ride in the meantime?
Hucke: Honestly I'm not worried about it, I've had a couple offers and could be leaning towards a certain one but I'm just going to take some time to be myself and fall into place wherever I fit the best when I'm ready. In the mean time, I'm going to ride a Space Cobra -- it's still the best frame I've ever ridden.

If you could ride for any brand for a frame sponsor, who would it be?
I don't even think I could decide, maybe Haro? Third times a charm? Haha, just kidding.

You mentioned you're going to be working on two full-length video parts for Shadow with Ryan Chadwick and Dan's Comp with Stew Johnson over the next 18 months. Are you guys going anywhere special to film for those?
We haven't worked out any specifics, I know I'm going to be in Austin quite a few times in the next couple months and I'm not mad about that. Russia is the only overseas trip I've been on so I'm excited and willing to go anywhere.

Have you filmed with Stew Johnson before?
I have once before and it was a trick that took me forever! He was psyched and kept pushing me to pull it when other people would be throwing tapes at me so I'm looking forward to getting crazy.

Do you have anything else special planned with your other sponsors, Almond Footwear, Freegun-Underwear and Deft Family for 2012?
Almond trip coming soon, I think possibly Spain or something. I haven't gotten a for sure yet on where. Everyone else just has my back on what I'm already doing, so that's a great feeling.

What's your number one goal that you'd like to accomplish this year?
Number one as far as BMX goes -- filming two of the best video parts I will ever film in my entire life. Time to go in! Thanks!