UK-born Vert and Street specialist Sebastian ‘Bas’ Keep gained notoriety on the BMX scene well over a decade ago by back-flipping the ditch in an early Backyard Jam event.
Since his UK debut, Bas has earned a name for himself as an ambassador for European BMX on the international BMX stage. He has been cited as one of the sport’s most promising riders, thanks in part to his trick rate, which has been second only to US BMX legend Gary Young.
During his riding career, Bas has picked up a number of accolades and awards: in 2005, Bas was crowned Biggest Air Winner at the Etnies Backyard Jam, and in 2008 spearheaded the ‘Brighton Ain't Ready’ film project, spanning six months and based completely in Brighton. It was the most highly anticipated BMX film of the year. A year later, Bas came away with a win at Red Bull’s Soweto Sessions event in South Africa, which is some achievement given that the boy from Hastings can’t stand sitting on planes for any length of time!
By 2009 he had picked up the Best Rider award at the Nike 6.0 Tunnel Jam in the UK. Readers of Ride UK magazine voted Bas as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, and the British rider almost rode to victory at VANS rebeljam, with a second place finish.
2013 was the year of the Quarter Master project, the biggest dirt quarter pipe ever made. It was shaped by fellow rider Kye Forte and built by Dan Atherton and a team from Revolution Bike Park in Llangynog, west Wales. After the four-month building process was finished it stood 26 feet tall, helping Bas reach a whopping 45 feet of air.
Bas now splits his time in between his UK base and stateside residence in Austin, Texas.Read more