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 ride some of the best sessions of your life. Home is where every rider’s roots are.
For our 'At Home' series, we're visiting riders to see where they come from and how they live. In the first episode, BMX filmaker and photographer Hadrien Picard hits up Bruno Hoffmann in Frankfurt, Germany.
Born: Siegen, Germany, March 8, 1993
The first time I met Bruno Hoffmann was in 2008, during an infamous BMX road trip, the Euro Props Megatour. He was only 14 at that time but already spoke much better English than me.
He was a young and really talented all-round young rider; from 720s on the dirt to foot-jams in a homemade skate pool, he could ride pretty much everything. On a personal side, you could tell he had a certain German je ne sais quoi quality about him: well educated and smart, but with a very chilled out approach.
Since then Bruno has become one of the most influential street riders on Earth with a unique style, showing just how far street riding can be pushed on a BMX bike, with the more typical moves like tailwhips and barspins being kept to an absolute minimum.
Moving to Frankfurt
After graduation, Bruno moved from Siegen, where he grew up, to nearby Frankfurt. It's neither the most famous, nor is it the prettiest city in Germany, but life is good there and the people are nice and respectful, something that fits well with Bruno.
And because it's one of the financial capitals of Europe, the town is full of great street spots with quality marble ledges – the type of banking bonus street riders are happy to earn!
Friends make the place
But Bruno didn't come only because of the spots. He came because of his friends, like his room-mate Eddie Baum, his brother Carlo Hoffmann and so many others.
The Ciao Crew, as they are collectively known, is the combination of those friendships, and as Bruno says himself, Frankfurt may not be the biggest scene in Germany but it's certainly one of the tightest.
The Ciao Crew
Everyone riding there has different styles and nobody is a ‘clone’ of anyone else, but believe me – they're all badass riders. The level of riding during an average session is really impressive but at the same time, it’s all really laid back, with everyone smiling and being really supportive of each other.
A product of his environment
After visiting with him for just a week it was easy to see how, like with many of us, his environment has made – and continues to make – him what he is now. When I look at Bruno and the Ciao crew, I see creative friends who are having fun and doing things together, and I think it's a pretty much a perfect representation of BMX.