At the age of twenty he bought his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle, an FXR, and he began riding Harleys. "Harleys are the baddest bikes, and I wanted something that I could ride on the street," says Nick. Soon after he began riding Harleys, he met Buddy Suttle. They grew up in the same town, rode the same bikes, and had a similar riding style. "The first time Buddy and I met we went for a ride. We each did a few wheelies and got pulled over by the cops. Luckily they knew Buddy, so they let us off without a ticket. We've been riding together ever since."
"I've ridden motorcycles my whole life. It is my life," states Buddy Suttle, rider and co-founder of Unknown Industries. Buddy began riding Harleys at age twenty and rides them because as a kid, many of the people he looked up to rode them. More
Buddy Suttle and Nick Leonetti knew of each other through racing and riding dirt bikes but they had never formally met, until one day they saw each other with some friends out riding their Harley's. Buddy followed them to a practice spot and the friendship took off from there. In 2009, Buddy began putting his videos on YouTube under the title "Harley Wheelies." To date, the "Harley Wheelies" video series views are over 2.5 million, and in August of 2013, Unknown released their first movie on DVD, "13th Level."
"We always wanted to do something bigger than what we were doing on our own with riding and with our videos. We haven't changed what we are doing, we've just had the opportunity to get our Harley's involved with a lot more."
Kade Gates, unlike Nick Leonetti and Buddy Suttle, was not from Petaluma, CA. He is from Ventura, CA, where he became a fan of the "Harley Wheelies" YouTube video series. More
He put some of his own videos on YouTube of himself doing burnouts and wheelies and reached out to Nick and Buddy. The three met up at the bike show in Petaluma, CA in October 2012. Kade recalls, "I was just one of the dudes doing it and they were ones that started it, I was stoked to meet them." Kade has been riding BMX his entire life and got into building choppers and older motorcycles. He got his first Harley at the age of 19, a Sportster. He had been waiting to get a newer model bike so that he could push the limits and do more on it. "I'm stoked to be a part of the UNKNOWN Family. It's like being a part of a team of pioneers of the sport, if you call it that. What we do is not sanctioned and being a part of the best of the best at it, is a great feeling." Kade officially began riding as an UNKNOWN member in April 2013 when he joined Nick Leonetti on a national tour with the duo doing riding demos in over 25 cities.
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At age 17, Brian Deegan was outfitted with only a credit card, a dirt bike, and an old junk piss yellow truck. Brian left his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska and set direction to Southern California with dreams of becoming the next big name in motocross. More
Brian's skills quickly impressed everyone he encountered, and he soon rode his way onto a Supercross Team. In a pivotal moment in 1997 at the Coliseum in LA, Brian made history and pioneered what is known today as Freestyle Motocross by "ghost riding" his bike across the finish line - astonishing the crowd, stunning the AMA officials, and setting into motion a new breed of competition. Brian was then introduced to Larry Linkogle. Larry was a motocross racer who turned pro at age 15. He quickly got sick of the corporate sport and starting screwing around on his dirt bike with friends. Both Deegan and Larry quickly began to grasp the new concept of Freestyle Motocross (FMX) and from there, the ride just got wilder.
Explaining Jimmy Fitzpatrick in a few words would be nearly impossible. Dirt bikes came into his life during family trips to the desert, primarly Ocotillo Wells. In his younger years Fitz was on a different direction of sports, taking on Aquatic High Diving. More
Once his family moved to a 54 acre vineyard propriety in Temecula, he turned his skills from flipping into water over to flipping a dirt bike onto dirt. Brian Deegan, Twitch, Larry Linkogle, Todd Potter and the rest of the Mulisha crew began to build jumps over at Fitzpatrick's propriety. Fitz entered the Spike Camp Crusty Demon Reality Show and ended up claiming the title as the winner. Fitz than became a member of the Metal Mulisha family and has been fucking shit up ever since! He has taken on Freestyle demos all around the world making a name for himself and some of the biggest KOD flips in the action sports industry. Fitzpatrick also has quite a wrapsheet of accomplishments from all the contest and debuts he has entered.
Derek Garland started off life on the beaches of San Clemente surfing and becoming a part of the San Clemente High School surf team. More
He was shortly introduced to sports announcer Cameron Steel who already took young groms at the time, Todd Potter, Jeff Ox Kargola and Ryan Hagy under his wing. Derek began riding dirt bikes and was introduced to Brian Deegan in 1998 at the Metal Mulisha Compound. They shortly all became friends with the rest of the crew which formed into the Metal Mulisha. His goals became a reality due to his dedication with the sport of freestyle with taking a list of tricks to the next level. Derek's career sparked with FMX tours around the world and taking on events like Dew Tour, Warp Tour, Nuclear Cowboyz, Mayhem Tour, Gravity Games and more.