Scooty Sauce Gets the Story! Interviews with Cody Flom, Jamie Hull & Chase Roast!
When we launched Scooty Sauce (@scootysauce) on January 1st of 2019 we did so with the mission to tell a story, your story, the story of scootering. There are so many things in our world today than set out to divide us, however, scootering is something that can connect us all together. With that in mind, we decided to reach out to some friends, professional riders, to help us tell the story of scootering. We think you’ll be both stoked and surprised to learn that their story is likely not so different from your own.
The riders that you’re going to meet today are all from different parts of this great big awesome world of ours, Cody Flom – California USA, Jamie Hull – England UK, and Chase Rost – Ohio USA. While there are thousands of miles between us, technology and scootering have given us the opportunity to unite so we took full advantage to give you an insiders look into their world.
@scootysauce - Guys, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with us today. I’ve got a couple of questions that I would like to ask you for the readers and fans of the United Scooter Association.
Question 1: What inspired you to pursue becoming a professional scooter rider?
@codyflom: It was really just the pure enjoyment of the sport. I know for a lot of professional athletes or people who have become proficient in their industry, they really never had it set beforehand to make it their career; they genuinely just pursued it for the love of the sport or the industry. That was the same case for me as well. I just started competing and pushing myself and honestly just trying to beat myself by progressing and eventually moved up the ranks, and now I'm here today.
@jamiehullofficial: I used to ride BMX and then one day I saw a video online of someone on a scooter. It looked so fun and really impressive and right then I knew that one day I wanted to be able to do what he did. The rider in the video was Terry Price.
@chase.rost: I’ve always had determination to grow and become a better version of myself. I always want to do better. Growing up I always liked action sports and once I found scootering I knew I wanted to grow myself through the sport.
Question 2: When you first started scootering, did you ever think you would become as successful as you are?
@codyflom: Nah, not necessarily. I mean, I remember back in the day when it came to riding with my friends and whatnot, we'd end up at the same skatepark or riding the same ramp and trying the same tricks. I had a little bit faster of a learning curve than my friends did but it was never like I thought that I was going to end up where I am today.
@jamiehullofficial: When I started, I rode because I loved to do it and I loved the feeling of landing new tricks. Then I wanted to try bigger and better tricks. I just wanted to try things nobody else had done and that’s what I still try to do each day I ride. Over time I became stronger and able to land big tricks consistently. That’s when I started to enter comps not knowing how far they could take me.
@chase.rost: When I first started scootering I remember creating trick lists for myself to complete each time I rode. I never knew I would come as far as I have, but that’s always been the mystery I use to drive myself further. Each time I take a step forward or land a new trick there’s a new goal that I create for myself. I’ve always told myself, “I can grow and become as successful as I am willing to work and push myself”.
Question 3: What has been your worst injury from scootering?
@codyflom: I've had 3 pretty bad ones now. I split open my shin when I was like 11 or 12, it was pretty random, I got like 13 stitches I think. I healed from that and then reopened it because I tried riding again too soon. I've ended up cutting my eyebrow open like 3 times, once on a gap to rail, the second time was on a bri to umbrella and my deck ended up between my feet so fell forward and went straight to my face. And the third time was on a double flair and I smashed my face against the coping, the quarter was a bit too small. I've also dislocated my finger and fractured my thumb.
@jamiehullofficial: I've had 3 big injuries and a few small ones such as swollen knees, elbows and being knocked out. But firstly I broke me finger in Prague in the Czech Republic and this kept me out of riding for a while. Secondly I broke my coccyx doing a double backflip, a trick I am known for. I over rotated and landed on it hard, that’s why I always wear Tortoise Pads now. Lastly having a crash with Dante (@dantehutchinson) which ended in my hand having a huge gash it in with lots of blood coming out. The cut was glued up and it’s all good now.
@chase.rost: In 2016 I was at my local park just having a normal session and I went for a front lip slide on a 6ft bowl quarter. I clipped the corner as I dropped back in and went face first over my bars. I hit my head and instantly knocked myself out. I ended up getting a concussion and a busted up face but I was able to get back to riding after a month or two.
Question 4: What advice would you give to kids who love scootering and want to keep progressing, both in life and scootering?
@codyflom: As far as riding goes, ride because you love it. Don't base your actions or decisions on any anyone else's opinions, and that goes for anything in life as well. If you stand for something or believe in what you believe, don't change your mind based on someone's opinion of you or opinion of what you believe. Do things because you genuinely want to do them. As far as scootering goes, ride because you're passionate about it. As far as anything else in life goes, do whatever you set out to do because you believe that it's the right thing to do.
@jamiehullofficial: When I started I didn’t just get on a scooter and automatically know how to land every trick, it look me 8 years to get where I am now. As long as you are motivated and willing to do something you can do it. Yes, you might have some set backs and knock backs but you will always get over it, just commit to the trick you are trying, don’t bail half way through as this is when I have hurt myself the most. Believe you can do it and keep practicing, but always wear a helmet and other protective gear you think is needed.
@chase.rost: Scootering is such an amazing sport that goes so much deeper than just riding, it has so many possibilities and opportunities. Advice I would give to every kid inside scootering, and for life, never give up and always continue creating goals for yourself to become the best version of you. Practice and have as much fun as you can. Good times and memories are priceless. Always be a good role model to everyone at the skatepark and you will grow more than just in scootering.
Life is what we make of it, be you and go hard. All three of these three great and very skilled riders have given it their all and accomplished their dreams. Much like you, at the core, they’re just normal dudes. Don’t give up, don’t give into the hate, be genuine and give more than you receive.
Thanks to all of you riders out there for allowing us here at Scooty Sauce (@scootysauce) to follow along and document your journey. Keep shredding and we’ll be on the lookout expecting great things from you all.
Mega Love & Much Peace, The Scooty Sauce Krew