Dirt jumping goes back to the early roots of bmx, and riders have been doing it on bmx tracks and local hand made jumps since the beginning of time. However it wasn't always respected as it's own thing and it certainly wasn't a stand alone discipline in BMX, much less something you could do to make a living.
For anyone who started riding in the 80s or early 90s there's one name that really stands out when you hear the term BMX dirt jumping, and that's Tim Fuzzy Hall.
Fuzzy was featured on more than 15 BMX magazine covers in his lifetime. If he wasn't on the cover you can bet he was inside nearly every issue, rather it was a photo at a jumping contest, being a part of the test force putting new bikes to task, or featured in the latest factory ad.
Fuzzy was everywhere!
Fuzzy changed how bmx dirt riders were not only looked at, but how they could be marketable to a major factory sponsor without being a racer.
Fuzzy brought his incredible skill set to any jump he could find including local and national bmx races and eventually events like the King Of Dirt and UGP Flying Circus contests typically held during intermission at national races. He became well known not just for his ability to perform difficult tricks, but his style was unmatched at that time. He could make a one footer look amazing simply by how far he stretched out the trick.
As dirt jumping contests became more common in the early to late 90s, Fuzzy eventually left bmx racing for good to focus on being a full time dirt jumper. In fact he went on to appear in 9 X Games dirt comps, numerous Gravity Games and Dew Tours, and solidified himself not only as one of the greatest dirt jumpers of all time, but one of the most well known. Yet the only thing better than Fuzzy's riding skill is his personality. The fact that he's such a legend yet still grounded and humble says a lot about the person he strives to be.
We caught up with Fuzzy and asked him about being featured on the very first issue of Ride Magazine, how he got the nickname Fuzzy, receiving his first magazine cover and how it came about, becoming factory sponsored specifically for dirt jumping, his relationship with Spike Jonze, his love for building jumps, going after bigger tricks as he got older, designing and building dirt courses for major events like the Dew Tour and X Games, the time he checked himself into rehab for drinking, dealing with depression, getting inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame, and running his new company called Hall Utah.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know a true BMX dirt jumping legend, Tim Fuzzy Hall.