Caught up with Simone BarracoMay 4th, 2011 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
We welcome on Candiesmagazine a rider that really don’t need any presentation. His name is Simone Barraco, and he literally rocks the Italian scene.
Hi Simone! Welcome on Candiesmagazine! Let’s start with the easiest: where do you come from, how old are you and how long have you been riding?
I come from Genoa, I’m 19 and I’ve been riding for about 6 years.
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Even if I already know the answer, maybe not everyone does.. why the nickname “Kid”?
When I began riding I was 14, but I looked like an 11 or 12 years old kid.. so everyone started to call me “il bambino” (the child). When we finally became friends they translated the nickname in English so I became “Kid”… Probably they don’t like my real name!
You’re young, and you’re already one of the most famous riders in the Italian scene. And you’re among the most promising ones. When did you understand that it was something more than a simple hobby, and that it was going to become a real career?
I don’t like to call it a career, it surely began as a hobby and then it became the thing I love the most and that’s with me every single day. I’ve never thought and I’ll never think of it as a job… it’s not a job, I don’t work!!!
You rock on transitions, what are your favourite structures?
Really?! When?! Ahah I love riding anywhere… But I prefer the street, it’s funnier, calmer and more interesting… usually.
What trick are you trying to land at the moment? And what’s the one you prefer to land?
mmm none and a lot… in this period my sessions with the crew are something like that: indoor park, a couple of boxes and rails, and we have fun trying to perform always different sessions, changing and moving the structures, in order to have fun even if in the same place.. And when there’s the sun we move to the bowl.
Do you have any kind of problem to conciliate bmx with study and so on? Does it ever require any sacrifice, or it’s always a pleasure?
I don’t study, and I don’t exactly know what you mean.. ahah I have some interest in graphics and art, but it doesn’t cause me any problem nor sacrifice.
Yesss, when I began there was already a group with andre,fefe,box.. but rot 66 didn’t exist at that time… Obviously you don’t need a name to be a group of friends, and for four years I rode with them and with the others that joined the group… Then, two years ago we decided to give us a name that was route66 and now is rot66….It’s the most beautiful thing I have besides my family..
Tell us three names to keep an eye on in the Italian and European bmx scene.
Ssssurely Davide altobbbbbelli! Michele virdis and thomas di feo!! they’re among the most talendet young Italians and they push me a lot! Then there are surely many others, but they’re older or they’re younger and they’re pushing it more and more, like for example our MAXO of the ROT66!!!
We’re so proud you entered the International Team of Shadow Conspiracy (and you were even on Transworld, yep!)how do you feel in this company? Have you already riden with their team?
Thank you, I feel really well with them, I’ve always loved and I’m loving it, the team is awesome. I rode in Estonia with some of them in the last two editions. I’m looking for a flight to visit them in Florida!!!
The Italian scene is giving a lot to the international one thanks to people like you, Barbero, and the other guys that are always riding around. What do you think about it, is Italy really moving toward the International scene?
Well, let’s say yes and no. We’re slowly growing, but probably you don’t know how many bmx riders there are out of Italy. Really a huge number, in fact when I go to some contest abroad, there are only a few Italians. But it’s true, we have first of all to grow and then to expand, and I suggest everyone to take part to the contests abroad. That’s the best way to get some notoriety, moreover they’re always very interesting and funny experiences!!!! I’m sure that sooner or later there’ll be dozens and dozens of Italian riders in the French fise or in the German masters!!
How would your life be without bmx? Can you imagine a Simone Barraco living a parallel life without a bike?
I really can’t imagine that, I’m sorry. Maybe I’d work and I’d be engaged with a girl, or maybe I’d steal money to buy drugs lol, I don’t know, maybe I’d study a lot or I’d be a skater!
Have you ever tried any other freestyle sport? Or are you interested in other sports?
If there are pics and videos to watch I like all stuff with crazy people.. but besides bmxing I’m interested only in skating. I don’t care of all the other stuff, neither of the others sports on two wheels.
You’re often at any contest around, what’s the best one you recently took part in?
Yes, I’ve to thank Nike Europe because they send their riders everywhere and so I can travel a lot… The last contest in Scotland, the bsd jam was real fun, the simpel session is awesome and the rebel jam has been a great week!!
It’s broken at the moment, and I don’t want to buy another one… anyway..there was any kind of stuff, a lot of songs and videos I like, raggae ,rap, and so on…
It’s true that your bike drinks Coca cola? Do you have any other project in mind with Accettulli?
ahah no, it’s not true…alby wanted to take part to that contest and he asked me to spend a week running behind my bike in Genoa, with the hope to win, become both extremely rich and move to hollywood!!ahah I’ve to say that the result has been good, let’s see what do the judges think about it!!
Ok, we made you talk a lot! Last line is yours, just add whatever you want!
It’s 2 am and I’m a bit tired. So I just say thanks for this interview, different from the others, and thanks to all my friends in Italy and in the world, because they make my riding sessions always extremely fun! GO SMAALLL
Thank you so much Kid!! Go Big!!YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: BIKE, Featured Articles, INTERVIEWS