At the Recon Tour PRO
Final you will find that BMX runs in the blood. This year, the final will be full
of healthy family feuding as two sets of brothers compete for the title.
Earlier this year, two
little brothers set out on a path to follow in their older brothers footsteps.
Victor Peraza and Matty Cranmer came to the Recon Tour AM stops hoping to advance
to the PRO level. They not only advanced to the PRO contests, but
all the way to the Recon Tour PRO Final in Greenville, North Carolina. There they
will compete against their older brothers and Monster Energy teammates,
Kevin Peraza and Scotty Cranmer.
It’s West Coast versus
East Coast as Kevin and Victor Peraza take on Scotty and Matty Cranmer. Get to know
the bros here,
SCOTTY AND MATTY CRANMER
The Cranmer family
owns and operates The Incline Club in Lakewood, NJ. It was here that Matty
Cranmer finished second in the amateur contest and advanced to the pro contest
the following day. Having the home team advantage, Matty proved he has that
park dialed and his 11
th place overall finish would be enough to advance
him to the Recon Tour PRO Final at The Unit.
Scotty, Matty and family
Matty will take on his
older brother Scotty for the first time at Recon Tour this weekend. Hear what
the boys had to say about competing against each other.
What’s it like to be competing against your brother?
Most people probably think that it is nerve racking but
honestly it makes the contest way more fun because it feels like just another
session. It's a huge confidence booster because I feel proud of myself for
making it into the same rank as my PRO bike riding brother!
Scotty: Competing against my brother Matty
is a lot of fun, it's crazy to see him progress so much and love the sport I
love. To find his own in the sport is a really cool thing. Competing against
Matty makes me progress because I don't want him to beat me, at least not yet,
I'm not ready for that.
What’s it been like watching Matty
progress to a pro level?
Watching Matty progress to the pro level has been pretty
crazy. I remember when we built the skate park he was only three years old that
year. I got him to drop down the 7-ft ramp on his 12-inch bike and it was
pretty insane. My mom yelled at me, but he did just fine. He knew exactly what
to do and it just kept on going that way. Here we are 14 years later and he is
doing a lot more than dropping down 7-ft ramps.
Matty Cranmer at The Incline Club for Recon Tour
This is the only
contest where an amateur can win and immediately progress to competing against
the pros, how beneficial is a contest like this for ams?
Scotty: The competition is really cool to
have amateurs have a chance to compete with the pros. It also puts a lot of
pressure on the pros to perform. Especially, when all the contests tend to be
at locals parks the amateurs get to ride. It's really hard for pros to perform
at the highest level but it's a cool opportunity nonetheless.
What does being on
Monster Army mean to you?
Matty: Being on Monster Army is not only an amazing opportunity, but
another source of motivation. It's rare to get so much support from a company and
it really motivates me that much more to try and make a big name for myself. I
push myself to the maximum because I know I have an amazing company like Monster
Army giving me another helping hand and a greater step in the right
Do you hope to be a
team rider like Scotty one day?
Matty: I think it would be amazing to be on the official Monster [Energy]
team. Monster is one of the biggest companies in action sports and personally I
feel that being on the team would be a dream come true for any action sports
How do you think the
Monster Army program helps riders like Matty?
Scotty: The Monster Army program is such a great opportunity for
amateurs to get a taste of what it is to be sponsored by a company, especially a
big company to be sponsored by in BMX. I love seeing the riders get the chance,
be so grateful for the chance and seize their opportunities as they come.
Scotty and Matty Cranmer
Do you have a sibling
Matty: There will always be a rivalry between any brothers in the
world. There is no better feeling then beating your brother at something. Our
biggest rivalry is when we play a game of B.I.K.E. He may have the win when we
compete in contests but I give him a run for his money in a game of B.I.K.E.
In an effort
to provoke the brother’s sibling rivalry, we asked them to tell us something embarrassing
about each other,
Scotty: Matty used to eat deodorant
sticks and I think Speed Stick was his favorite, he probably still likes
Matty: When Scotty was little he used to run around the house with
butter knives, 100% convinced that he was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle....and
since the turtles didn't wear clothes, neither did he.
Finally, we asked them who was going to take it in Greenville, Perazas or Cranmers? Here's what they had to say about their opponents,
Matty: Kevin and Victor are some really amazing bike riders, but I'm gonna have to put some money on the Cranmer brothers! It'll be a good battle and an extremely fun session.
KEVIN AND VICTOR PERAZA
The Peraza brothers hail from
Tucson, Arizona. Kevin and Victor are just two of four brothers that ride. You
can usually find them cruising with oldest brother David and youngest brother
Eddie. At the Premises Park AM contest, Victor just beat out eldest brother
David to take the win and earn his spot into the Recon Tour PRO Final.
David, Kevin and Victor Peraza
The brothers will go
head to head this weekend and take on the Cranmer brothers at The Unit. See
what the Peraza brothers had to say,
have three brothers that all ride, what’s that like? Do you always ride
It’s incredible, every day we ride and aren't worried about riding alone
because we are guaranteed to have one another to ride with. When I
get home from trips we definitely ride and we always try to make it happen to
see if they can come along on trips to ride.
Victor: It’s awesome that I have two older
brother to teach me and having a little brother that I can teach also. We
always ride together at Premises Park every weekend. And also a big shout out
to DAD because without him we wouldn’t be riding bikes right now.
it like to be competing against your brother?
Kevin: I knew
this day would come. He is still super young and learning, but has this awesome
bike control. I think it’s awesome. I feel like he can feed off my riding and
the dudes I ride against and almost make it look easy for him. It’s crazy to
see him follow me up on lines, transfers and big tricks.
Victor: It’s awesome to compete with Kevin because it feels like any
other session when I ride with him and have fun.
Kevin been the biggest influence on your riding?
Yes, because he has helped me progress in my riding so
much since the very beginning. Thanks Kevin :)
Does competing against Victor push you to progress?
Kevin: YEA!! Watching him do a contest and
seeing his approach to a course and basically just seeing him kill it at times
gets me motivated to do better and to make him and the family proud. It’s
definitely a cool feeling to have not just David in a contest but Victor as
well. Now let’s look two years to the future and picture all four of us with Eddie in the
same event! I can't even imagine what it would be like!
Victor and Kevin Peraza
This is the only contest where an amateur can win and
immediately progress to competing against the pros, how beneficial is a contest
like this for ams?
Kevin: It definitely opens doors for ams and gives
them this awesome opportunity to basically MAKE IT! and prove to the pros and
themselves there ready to be PROS! I believe this is like a Golden Ticket for
PRO contest nowadays. There are so many talented kids around the world that we
don't see because of the invite only pro contest and this gives an opportunity
for them to shine and prove they are also just as good!
What’s it been like watching Victor progress to a pro level?
Kevin: It’s definitely awesome for sure. I
don't remember seeing myself that smooth and with that comfort or talent at his
age. He’s doing tricks I didn't do until I was 16 and he only just turned 14
and perfecting them to his size is crazy! I can’t wait until he stretches out
and gets more strength for a 20" inch bike!
one trick your older brother does that you want to learn?
Victor: I really want to make my superman
seat-grabs look like his one day.
favorite trick your little brother does?
Kevin: Victor does
these insane one-handed superman cannonballs that completely blow me away!!
Super stretched and high! It’s wild seeing him do tricks I can do!!
Kevin Peraza at the Recon Tour PRO in San Diego, CA
you have a sibling rivalry?
Victor: No, we just have fun and enjoy what
we love to do.
Kevin: David and I don't really have a rivalry.
We push ourselves to our own limits and help each other, but I feel like Eddie
and Victor definitely give each other a hard time. They push each other to see
which one can learn something new or not. We all have fun and always mess
around during riding anyways. Also, we all have a different approach and styles
of riding, so we can all learn together without feeling like it’s a rivalry.
Although, the Peraza brothers say they lack sibling rivalry, we
asked them each to dish out something embarrassing about the other to spark a
fire in them, here’s what they had to say,
Victor: When Kevin was my age he was a big
Garrett Reynolds fan and he made his bike Zebra printed just like one of
Garrett’s old frames. Kevin rode a bike like that for like two years.
Kevin: Hmmmm……Victor will wear 2 boxers
all the time, he says it’s butt padding if he falls. I say it’s
because he doesn't want to smell like butt when he doesn't shower LOL :) hahahaha Sorry, Victor.
Look out for these two sets of
brothers going head-to-head this weekend at The Unit for the Recon Tour PRO Final.
You can watch them at
on Saturday, November 15th at 12pm ET.
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