It’s a shame we don’t get to see more of Chijioke Okafo lately, but being plagued by a shoulder injury since last March has put a serious damper on his shredding schedule. He seems to be back in full swing lately though, and has spent the last little chunk of time in California with his work friends hanging out in the sunshine. I’ve known Chijioke for a long ass time and it seems like nobody has really taken to time to document how good he really is and do him justice. I mean, sure he’s had a few web edits and I’m not ignorant to how hard it must be to document his crazy hunger. I generally take it easy close to the entire duration of every session I have on my bike, but I’ve never seen Chijioke go less than 100% and throw the moves down.
Chijioke simultaneously possesses the craziest hair and craziest (scariest) flairs in BMX, and it’s been that way since the day I met him. Growing up (for the most part) around Chijioke still leaves me confused as to which way he spins and his foot stance, but he seems to pull it off gracefully. Maybe it’s because he avoids tricks that make it painfully obviously how fuck-footed (alright, it’s not that bad. More of an inside joke. Still though, which way does he spin?!) he is and sticks to tricks that he has a clear advantage over. Regardless, it’s always enjoyable to watch. Maybe we’ll do a quick sit down and pick his brain on-record about what’s easy and what’s not, and which way he does 360s according to what obstacle he’s riding on. Seriously, it’s that specific.
You can also find James Barton in this edit. I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting him once shortly after he moved to the BMXFU / Niagara region for school, but the kid shreds hard even if his clips do look a little casual (for how damn good he is) in this edit.