Jordan Clark Is Riding the Scooter Wave
By Charley Daniels
Pro scooter athlete Jordan Clark has many titles: Current ISA World Champion. Current two-time ISA European Champion. Reigning Nitro World Games Scooter Best Tricks Runner-Up. To name a few of the big ones. As we head into June, he's looking to add a couple more to that list. The ISA World Finals are June 17-18 in Barcelona, where Jordan will compete against a stacked field to try to become two-time ISA World Champion. And then less than a week later, he'll head to Salt Lake City to vie for the top podium spot at the 2017 Nitro World Games, facing many of the same riders who will be in Barcelona. Last year Jordan missed the win by six-hundredths of a point, finishing second to Capron Funk (Corey Funk finished in third, 1.7 points behind Jordan). Jordan's strategy in 2016 was to stay focused and enjoy himself. "My secret to success was to definitely embrace the moment and not get too carried away," he says. He's bringing that same mentality to the 2017 Nitro World Games, where he'll look to improve on his second-place finish from last year.
That the Nitro World Games is all about progression plays directly to Jordan's strengths as a rider. The reason he's so decorated is that he's always innovating, pushing the sport forward. He tells us that NWG is different from other competitions because of the setups and the overall vibe: "You don't get to jump a mega ramp in a contest all year round. The atmosphere is something I can't explain either; it's something very special," he says. His podium finish in last year's Nitro World Games was anchored by a triple frontflip and a double front tuck no-hander. He's equally skilled at landing huge, technical tricks in the park, as evidenced by this recent video of his 540 double flair at the ISA European Finals:
Jordan, who's from the South Coast of the U.K. and is now based out of a village there called Lavant, started out in action sports as a BMX rider but transitioned to scooter after a friend brought one to his local skatepark. "I had a go and I immediately went out to the local store and bought a scooter," he says. That was five years ago. He entered his first competition about two years ago just for fun. He wasn't a pro yet, but the competition organizers decided to place him in the pro division. He finished seventh, not too bad for a first-time competitor competing in a pro division.
Jordan's career has been as meteoric as the rise of scooter in general. Even since Nitro World Games 2016, the level of riding in this sport has shot off the charts. Jordan has accomplished more in two years than most athletes will accomplish in an entire career, but he knows he's not going to coast to the podium this year. At the 2017 NWG qualifiers
, Scooter Best Tricks had one of the biggest fields. As a podium finisher from last year, Jordan was invited directly to the 2017 semifinals, and he expects to face stiffer competition this year in general. He's preparing for that mentally and physically. "I will for sure do bigger tricks this year and make sure I land my tricks to the best of my ability -- and have fun whilst doing it," he says. "Definitely just working hard on getting my tricks clean and consistent for the comp!"