It was only supposed to be a holiday; a quick stop to California. Four years ago with no roof over his head and a few dollars in his back pocket, Dave Dillewaard realized he didn’t own his dreams. They owned him. He wondered how his family in Australia would react to his decision to remain in the U.S. in an attempt to jumpstart his BMX career. “They were pretty stoked,” Dillwaard states, recalling his parents initial response. “I had been working three years straight to save enough money to go on holiday to the states. Then when I found out that I could make a living out of it, they loved it.” Since coming to the U.S. in 2003 the playful yet aggressive 6’4“ wonder from down under” has had an impact on the pro tour that has been nothing short of inspiring.Whether it’s his forceful tail tricks, gigantic air maneuvers or his accelerated handle bar grabs, his riding style reveals, as in the case of his own life, a willingness to take big risks for even bigger rewards.
What do you do to prepare yourself before each contest? Not much really I just ride or jump the trails around here. I don’t train too much. I try to stay healthy and keep consistent on my bike so I can, I don’t know, do it in a contest.
Describe the difference between riding in Australia and riding out here in the U.S., particularly in Southern California. In Australia there are not too many dirt trails, that’s the main thing, we mainly go to skate parks.You come back here and there are big skate parks here but there is a good bunch of trails out here too.
There are a lot of crazy tricks and maneuvers, some of the stuff going on now people didn’t think it was possible. I think it can only keep going that way if people keep progressing, learning and creating new tricks… tail tricks get people going off.
For you what was the toughest part making the transition from amateur to the professional ranks? Consistency mainly, when I first came to the states I mainly did not know what to do in a contest. But after you do so many you realize what you got to do… the big tricks but it’s mainly consistency and putting a good solid run together. Some people pull tricks once before they go to a contest then try it. I don’t know.You just have to be consistent and be able to pull those tricks when they count. With the season already to an end and with the new season about to start what do you do in the off-season? Pretty much hang out. Get up at noon, Ride everyday, just chillin’ nicely. Do you have a set training routine? No not really. Wake up. Ride a trail until it gets dark then from there go to a skate park and ride there for a few hours then head home.That’s usually about it.
Looking from the outside in, BMX continues to prosper from inside. Describe the current state of BMX. The Dew Tour has been amazing right now… it’s really brought BMX out a lot more. It’s good for the sports, it’s brought a lot of coverage with good pay outs too.
bike a little longer so I did that. I would think that it is better to be tall ‘cause you can stretch your tricks earlier and stuff like that. Are there days when you wake up and you don’t feel like riding? (Laugh) I don’t know. I haven’t woken up and feel like I don’t want to ride that doesn’t happen at all. Hopefully I don’t wake up like that actually. How different is your life now in 2008 than it was before you came out here to Southern California?
From a technical side where do you see the tricks in BMX progressing?
I am amazed at the unspoken camaraderie action sports athletes share. On one hand the athletes are locked in the heat of the battle and then with one trick they are cheering for one another. Are you close with most of the athletes you compete against? Yeah, there is like, different groups for sure like, who people hang out with… it’s not like everyone hates each other, everyone is mates. We all have fun. It’s because they all know how hard it is, what you are doing. They appreciate it. If they see something they have never seen before they aren’t going to hate you. They are going to be stoked for you. You are a tall guy about 6’4”. I would imagine that your height would be a hindrance, especially with tricks where you have to rapidly maneuver the wheels of your bike around before you land. I don’t think so. It’s not really a problem. Back in the day I used to have a real small bike and it used to give my back problems. So I realized that I could make my
Three years ago I wasn’t really settled in America. I had a bunch of friends all over the place. I really didn’t have any place to live. I ended up living out in Corona with some friends.We have a good thing going on here. Do you ever see yourself staying in the U.S. permanently? I am not sure if I will live the rest of my life out here, but I still have a few more years to come.
AT A GLANCE... + Grew up in Redcliffe, Australia.
+ Before moving to the United States worked three years polishing heavy truck protectors called “Bull Bars”. + Moved to the U.S. in 2003
+ Among the tallest in BMX history at 6’4”. + Nick name is DILLSY.
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Published on Mar 28, 2010