Pollis 'The Machine'

Kenneth Tencio

The day that I was born was the day that I found happiness on the pedals.

Kenneth Tencio poses for a portrait in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on March 1, 2016
© Alejandro Gonzales / Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Kenneth Tencio. My discipline is BMX Freestyle. My friends call me Pollis 'The Machine'. I was born on 6 December 1994 in Cartago. My special talent is tricks of value, combinations and slopes. My philosophy of life is visualise what you want to materialise, with love, there is no pain. The most important person in my life is my parents, my greatest example and motivation. My favourite food is cereal. My favourite music is the sound of my bicycle when I train.


Kenneth Tencio was born in Cartago, Costa Rica and in recent years has surprised just about everybody with the depth of his riding talent on a BMX. Tencio cut his teeth on the streets and parks of his hometown before going on to win many competitions.

Nine years ago, Kenneth ‘Pollis’ Tencio did not know a thing about BMX. That year a friend took him to watch an event and he fell in love with the sport. Two months later he used all his savings to buy a bike. From then on, BMX became his life.

Costa Rica is a small country with few parks, jumps or foam pits to practice, but that hasn't held him back. Kenneth’s style has been evolving ever since. He began by doing some street style BMX and learning the ropes on dirt jumps. Later he would meet his mentor Daniel Dhers, who invited him to his skatepark where Kenneth learned that specific part of the sport.

Riders usually specialise in one discipline of BMX, but Kenneth has always been a very versatile rider. “Usually I divide the week so I can train park, dirt and street. Some days I manage to do all of the three styles,” says Kenneth. This training routine has put him at the pinnacle of the sport.

His passion, motivation and dedication have been a constant in Kenneth’s career. Now after many years of hardship and preparation, Kenneth Tencio travels the world showing off his abilities.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: Imagin Extreme Barcelona

      Barcelona, Spain

  2. 2016
    1. World First: Wall Ride to Flair Tail Whip

      Ultimate X Action Sports Fest, Cape Town, South Africa

  3. 2014
    1. 2nd Place: Vital Invitational Game of Bike

      Woodward, PA, USA

    2. 1st Place Overall: Mongoose Jam (Team Peraza)

      Woodward, PA, USA

    3. Best trick: FISE World Montpellier

      Montpellier, France

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: National BMX Championships

      Costa Rica

    2. 1st Place: War Jam

      Costa Rica