4 Garrett Northington
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Best Bikes n Boards, Olinger Marine, Lake City Powder Coating, Redline, UNI, ODI
- 141 lbs
- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- Hayden, Idaho
When I was 4 years old, my dad took my brother and I to the local BMX track to watch a race. We didn’t stop talking about it or nagging him to let us do it for days. Later that week we went to the local bike shop and got our first BMX bikes. The next week we were racing, and never stopped since. Thank you dad!
How old were you when you started riding?
I was 4yrs. old, and had just removed my training wheels a few weeks before, with the help of my neighbor.
Where did you grow up?
Right here in Coeur d’Alene/Hayden, Idaho is where I have spent my whole life. I think I have done most of my “Growing Up” on the road traveling to races with my team mates, family and friends.
How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
Our team started running TLD gear about 5 years ago, and I love it.
How long have you been riding for TLD?
TLD has been giving support to our team for about 5 years now.
Which TLD products are you using?
SE3 Helmet, GP Pants.
Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Sam Willoughby, and Kyle Bennett (rip). Sam has been such an inspiration to everyone in BMX, and he is an amazing rider.
What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I really like to Wakeboard when there is time, listen to music all the time, and talk to my friends to catch up on what’s going on and share my experiences with them.
What bands/music are you into?
I like R&B, rock, and some rap.
List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
Win the NAG-1 Title
Win the West Coast Championship Title.
Win 2 more State Championship Titles.
List a few highlights of your career:
2013 Western Divisional Finals 16-Cruiser Class Champion
7x Back to Back Idaho State Champion on Cruiser
6x Back to Back Idaho State Champion on 20”
2012 Finished N.A.G #6 on Cruiser
2013 Have won 1st place at every National attended this year.
What's your favorite race/event and why?
BMX Grands in Tulsa Oklahoma. The best riders in the world are there, the track is always new and exciting, and it’s the greatest race on the planet. I just can’t wait to get back there.
What's your idea of an epic day riding?
An epic day of riding would be going out with my friends and tearing it up at the BMX track and going to the pump/jump track afterwards.
What's the best thing about being a BMX athlete?
Making so many friends through this sport has really been the most rewarding thing I can think of.
If you weren't a BMX athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I would see myself still on a bike but more into a downhill and dirtjump type of riding.
If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
I would love to see more Pro Racing. The Nationals are so much more exciting when the AA Pros are there.
Who would you like to thank?
My Mom and Dad #1, I love you. TLD (of course) for keeping me protected and looking great. My entire team (past and present), for without them, I wouldn't be at the level I am. A very special "Thank You" to the Olingers for helping me so much, they are my 2nd family and I love them too. The Redline guys, Brad and Kyle, thank you for everything you do for me throughout the entire year, (Jason Carnes, thank you too, for all of the advice). Larry at Lake City Powder Coating for always making my equipment look awesome. UNI for the lightest seats on the planet! ODI for hooking me up with my favorite grips.and Every sponsor who has ever believed in me enough to give their support to me. Without all of you, the dream cannot be achieved, and I honestly could not do this without the awesome support group that I have.
Any words of wisdom?
Avoid procrastination, the time is now. Don’t underestimate anyone, always ride your hardest.