Home is not just somewhere to spend the down time between trips. It's the place where friends and family are; where you session some not-so good spots, but at the same time have some of the best sessions of your life. Home is where every rider's roots are.
In the At Home series, we're not going to send the riders on trips to wild and crazy places, in fact quite the opposite: we're going to visit them at home to see where they come from and how they live.
Watch what happened above when French rider Matthias Dandois let us into his Parisian life, and scroll down for more on his story.
Born: Paris, May 6, 1989
Born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, Matthias Dandois has always been super active and really into sports. But it wasn't until he was 12 years old and saw a BMX bike on a TV show that he knew what he wanted to do.
Practice space in the backyard
From running back home after school, to writing a trick list before going to bed, Dandois was definitely hooked. He never thought about being pro, he was just having fun on his "little kid's" bike. His parents saw that passion and decided to build a flat surface in the garden so he could always have a decent spot to ride.
Moving into the city
After riding for a couple of high school years in his suburbs with friend Carlos Leal, Dandois moved into Paris and rode more and more with Alex Jumelin and Raphael Chiquet. He and Chiquet even lived for a while in what they used to call 'the smallest apartment ever.'
The life of a pro rider
Persistence, skills and his competitive spirit paid off and Dandois quickly became one of the best flatland riders in the world. He had started to travel more and more, going to contests, demos and on trips, so after a while he decided it was pointless to own a place where he would only live a couple of days each month.
Home is where the heart is
Dandois' love for Paris never faded. All his family and his friends were, and still are, there. He stayed in turn at his parents place, with friends or with his grandmother... but recently, aged 25, he felt he needed a home again. He just moved into a new apartment early in the summer of 2015 – the perfect place for him. It's downtown Paris, near La Bastille, a place famous of its monument to the French Revolution.
All Danois' friends and hangouts are close by, plus he has another important thing – a place where he can ride every day. And in Paris, finding a nice, quiet place to ride is not an easy task at all. There are more and more good street spots and plazas popping up all the time though, so La Bastille was definitely a wise choice... so good he even chose that name for his signature frame.
Dandois does not like to chill at all, so Paris really is the perfect place for him: there's always something to do, somewhere to ride, and someone to welcome onto the couch.
Lucky to call Paris home
Dandois probably puts it best himself, "I've been to more than 50 countries so far. I feel super lucky to get the chance to see all these beautiful places and meet all these awesome people, but the more I travel, the more I feel I'm lucky to be French and to call Paris home."
See more of what Matthias gets up to in Paris by following him on Instagram @matthiasdandois.