With ScootFest in the bag and Nitro World Games Scooter Best Trick coming up Dec. 1, our own Jake Hershey caught up with scooter phenom Dylan Morrison between competitions and Nitro Circus Live shows. At this year’s Nitro World Games ScootFest King of Kings, Dylan won King of Park, made the podium in King of Bowl, and his team won the World Cup for best overall performance. Next up, he tackles Scooter Best Trick, on the heels of landing some huge World Firsts this past week.
Jake Hershey: Dylan! Fresh off of the King of Park victory at ScootFest! How was your trip home?
Dylan Morrison: I actually haven’t been home yet because I have World Games, so there’s no point doing a 30-hour flight three extra times.
Jake: So true! Nothing like a few weeks in Europe. You just took first place in King of Park for Nitro World Games at ScootFest. Are you already thinking about defending your title next year?
Dylan: I’m not stressing too much — I’m coming for Richard, though.
[Editor’s note: Richard Zelinka was crowned King of Kings for best overall riding at this year’s ScootFest.]
Jake: Maybe we’ll see a new King of Kings next year! Who were you most concerned about going into the contest?
Dylan: I don’t get to the point of worrying about other people. I just do me and whatever happens, happens.
Jake: I like that mentality. Was it difficult to compete in King of Bowl and King of Park in the same day?
Dylan: Yeah, for some reason after King of Bowl my quads were cramping so bad. I nearly pulled out of King of Park because every time I dropped in when practice was on, my legs would seize. I ended up downing like six bottles of water, 10 sachets of salt, and a few bananas. I guess it worked.
Jake: That is the trick, folks! Tell us how your team managed to win the ScootFest World Cup.
Dylan: Without Timo Stuermilin riding in the street comp we would have been in a sticky situation. I expected Timo to ride street, Dante [Hutchinson] to ride park, and myself in the bowl. But before the park comp, Dante collided with Jamie Hull, so to win the World Cup I had to go in the park comp.
Jake: A lot riding on your plate, then. How did Nitro World Games and ScootFest compare to other events in scootering?
Dylan: Anything Nitro is involved with is top notch. The best bit was having action sports commentators Jimmy Coleman and Laurette Nicoll talking on the livestream.
Jake: They were a pleasure to work with. Will we be seeing you in Paris for the Nitro World Games Scooter Best Trick?
Dylan: Y’all know the name, I try to be at every Nitro event ❤️ I love ’em.
Jake: Looking forward to that. Can you leak any tricks we might see?
Dylan: Double flip combos that no one else will be doing.
Jake: I think I caught a glimpse of that on Instagram. Do you think we saw a lot of progression at ScootFest this year? If so, in what ways?
Dylan: The fact that millions of people tuned into every livestream just goes to show how much progression is on the table.
Jake: Any final thoughts on the event?
Dylan: I wish more comps were like this — jam formats are the way to go.
Jake: Couldn’t agree more.
Well folks, there you have it. From the mouth of the King of Park! Thank you guys so much for reading and thank you to Dylan for the interview. Stay tuned for more interviews from athletes around the globe!
About the writer:
My name is Jake Hershey, known in social media land as Nekbeard. I was born in ’91 and started scootering in ’02! I was born and raised in New Jersey, but made my way to the West Coast in 2014. I now live in sunny San Diego where you can catch me at Linda Vista skatepark almost daily. Scootering is a passion for me, so I hope that you like what I have to write!