Jamie Hull Proves That Persistence Pays Off
What were you up to at age 10? Chances are it didn’t involve becoming the youngest professional scooter rider in the world -– which means Jamie Hull has you beat. Originally a BMX devotee who spent most of his spare time riding at the U.K.’s biggest indoor skatepark, Rampworx, Hull’s first scooters were “15 pounds for two from the local supermarket and would last me a couple of days,” he says. “But I just loved riding them.”
At the time, it wasn't easy to be a burgeoning scooter pro. “There weren’t a lot of parks that allowed scooters,” Hull says. “But we would travel to find any that did, as I just found riding scooters to be more fun.” Eventually, he got his first “real” scooter for Christmas, an MGP Nitro model. “My mum pre-ordered it months in advance, as there weren’t a lot of decent ones about at that time.” From the moment he held it in his hands, Hull knew he found his calling: to be a pro rider for MGP Action Sports. “I wanted to ride on their team one day,” he says. He was 8 years old at the time, and just two years later, his dream would come true.
Now at the ripe old age of 15, Hull has already ascended to second place in the U.K. scooter rankings. In 2016 alone, he earned runner-up finishes in both the ISA European Finals and the Battle of Britain, and he was crowned champion of the MGP Park Battle, where he stuck the World’s First double backflip quad tailwhip.
Competing in Scooter Best Tricks at the upcoming Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City, Hull is primed to make a splash on his biggest stage yet. “NWG is just so big,” he says. “Not just the event but the ramps -- they are huge and scary and dangerous. Nitro is the hardest competition I’ve entered, but it’s also the best and the most exciting, and the competition that I have dreamt about being a part of since it was announced last year.” We can attest to that. Hull was persistent in getting in touch with competition organizers for months, asking when qualifying for 2017 would be. It began with messages over Facebook, and now he's headed to Salt Lake City to compete in the semifinals.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Nitro World Games, which will be held on June 24 in Salt Lake City and streamed live at NitroWorldGames.Live.