When it comes to legend status in the realm of BMX street riding, few have a firmer grip on it than Corey Martinez. The three-time NORA Cup Street Rider of the Year takes to the urban landscape with a unique perspective at every spot, dropping creative tricks with effortless style. When you've got skills that run as deep as Corey's do, anything is possible.
Martinez, who is also known as T-Nez, grew up in Decatur, Alabama, riding with Seth Kimbrough, now also a pro street rider. Once they began travelling to contests, the pair made a big impact with the techniques they had developed while hidden away from the spotlight of the BMX scene. He quickly landed sponsors, magazine covers, and video appearances, taking the street scene by storm. His uncanny ability to innovate and improvise earned him the NORA Cup award for Street Rider of the Year in 2004, an honour he humbly accepted again in 2005 and 2006.
Corey continues to amaze in breakthrough video parts, keeping the newcomers on their toes with innovative approaches to every obstacle. He can often be found at the local park helping the neighbourhood kids have fun on their bikes. "What I enjoy most is just hanging out with friends and having a good session," he says. "Being motivated by each other and enjoying that time is the best thing for me." He is true to his word: in 2013 the shoulder surgery that followed his December 2012 injury didn't keep him off his bike for long.
Despite having to go under the knife again in October 2014 – this time due to ACL and meniscus injuries – Corey has always maintained the sense of humour and keeps looking ahead.Read more