Felix Prangenberg is at the heart of a brave new world. Felix is alert, fast and his rich bag of tricks is bursting open so wide he’s going to need to tie it down fast. He’s a developed a level of consistency that is quite frankly ridiculous, mixed with an enthusiasm that is honest and contained. Felix knows only what BMX is now, this is it, right here and right in front of his doorstep and on the pixel coloured browser windows of the Internet. Felix is everything about what is great in BMX right now.
Felix spent a very short amount of time in Rotterdam to film his welcome to the pro team video, accompanied by Mo Nussbaumer and Ben McPherson they rode for 3 days and didn’t stop for air.
You have some kind of freakish high motivation levels for riding, what’s with that?
I don't know. I'm always motivated to ride. There are no days where I don't wanna ride my bike. Sometimes I try to force myself not to ride after a tough weekend because my whole body hurts, then I get home from work and go riding. It's just the best feeling to go ride my bike and have a good time!
What trick are you most into right now?
Hard 360 over’s are pretty fun!
You spent time in Rotterdam and at home in Germany filming for this, how quick did you actually get things done?
Actually pretty quick. The first clip of the video (the 540 to fullcab) was the first clip of the day at like 9 o'clock and it just went from there.
Do you prefer to ride hometown spots or are they all blown out?
I live in a small village so there aren't many spots. Just like a 5-stair set and some sidewalks that I can use for a good manny pad. So I definitely prefer to ride spots in the next big cities like Koblenz or Cologne.
What do you prefer street or ramps?
I like both pretty much. It feels super good to ride some transition sometimes. I like riding ramps in a sort of creative way but most of the time I ride street I think.
How do you feel after nailing a final trick or big ender, grab a beer or take the lady out for dinner?
I feel relieved and super stoked. It's one of the best feelings to send a trick you always thought about or get a clip you really fought for after being super scared of it.
Photography, Video by Ben McPherson.