Ending the first installment of his GO! video series with a helicopter ride over New York City, Nigel Sylvester lands in Los Angeles to shred the west coast in episode two. Weaving through LA’s infamous traffic, we get a unique glimpse of the city as only Nigel can provide. Full of bar-spins, alley-oops, and everything in between, the video features cameos from Nick Young, Rob Dyrdek, Jamie Chung, Ben Yang, P-Rod and more.
We had the chance to speak with Nigel about his series, biking in Los Angeles and summer tips. Check it out below.
Tell us about your GO! series.
Go! is a video experience that brings viewers behind my handlebars and gives an in depth look at what it feels like to ride my BMX bike through some of the world’s most iconic cities and neighborhoods. Riding my bike gives me a unique perspective on my surroundings and I wanted to share that with the world. When it comes to BMX culture, I am just trying to expand the ways in which we see riding in videos and bring some creativity to it.
Why did you opt for Los Angeles as a follow up to NYC’s episode?
I decided on LA for the second installment because its like a second home to me, especially during the winter months when NYC is freezing. A city like Los Angeles offers a wide variety of people and places because it’s a melting pot metropolis similar to NYC but with a landscape that is drastically different. I’m forced to navigate completely different than I do in NYC, and I’ve grown to love LA for that.
What scene provided the most difficulty?
When planning for GO! Los Angeles raising the bar on every level was extremely important to me and of course my tricks were at the top of mind. We filmed a scene where I land in the lot of Platinum MotorSport in between a bunch of high-end luxury vehicles. In the scene, I hit a hard right and suddenly I’m boxed in by a Benz coupe, Porche GT 3 and a Rolls Royce. I am moving at full speed with no where to turn, so I decided to use an empty car trailer that was parked in front the cars to jump over the Rolls Royce just missing the wing on the GT3. That scene was definitely heart pounding but well worth the rush.
What are some of your favorite spots in LA? Both to bike and to chill?
When it comes to riding, Los Angeles is known for having some of the best school yard spots in the world and fortunately enough I was able to link up with professional skateboarders P-Rod and Steezus for a session during the video. When I’m not riding I’m usually chasing down the Free Range Chicken truck for a Sriracha chicken biscuit.
Summer is coming around, any tips for someone looking to purchase a new bike and get back to riding the streets?
Summer is definitely around the corner and I’m looking forward to tearing up the NYC streets. I would recommend anyone in the tristate area looking for a new bike to check out my local bike shop, Dah Shop, in Lower Manhattan.
What’s next for you and the GO! series?
I plan to travel the world with my Director Harrison Boyce and Producer Jaimie Sanchez to explore various cities for the Go! series, giving people this one of a kind experience the best way we can.
With future installments of GO! in the works, Nigel wants to know where you would like to see him next. Give your suggestions in the comments below.