The first time I ever saw Rick Thorne I was just a wide-eyed kid, staring up at the sky so I could see over the people in front of me. I couldn’t see the bottom of the massive half pipe, but what I could see was Rick doing things I had never seen before on a bike. He went from one side to the other performing trick after trick to a crowd that was in absolute awe. I remember afterwards him being cool enough to sign my hat and for years I looked at that hat as inspiration. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I wanted to be at least half as awesome as Rick.
Over the years I followed his career and watched him really hit some major success in the BMX world. He went on to host television shows, and so much more. He always has a smile on his face and truly has been a positive inspiration for people his whole time in the spotlight, I know because I am part of the proof. Rick is an awesome Dad and a great guy with a lot of energy and his hand in so many projects it’s hard to keep count. He is a musician, artist, athlete, and so much more, but most importantly a true inspiration to the ones that call him their father.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
“My name is Rick Thorne, aka The Biker In Black. I’m a professional action sports athlete, a television host, radio host, actor and musician, I’m an all around entertainer. I balance my careers being a single dad of two kids by making the time. I believe if there is something you want to do in life you got to make the time, even if you loose some sleep. I first make the time for my kids because that is the most important thing in life, I include my kids in my work somethings and bring them with me. I want to expose my kids to the arts, sports, music and entertainment that I do. I have also learned to shift gears quickly and to respond quickly under direct inspiration to keep everything moving forward.”
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
“Well to me it’s about family first, there was a lot of times growing up I wanted to do things with my dad but he unfortunately walked out on me when I was just a kid and never returned. So I give to my kids the love and time I didn’t get as a kid. It’s about breaking the cycle, and nobody gets left behind. It’s about taking the time for your kids, it’s about guiding and teaching them to be champions and great people. It’s about being there for them, no matter what.”
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
“It changed me to work smarter, not harder. It has absolutely been the greatest gift in my life. It has grounded me more as a man, it has taught me a great deal of patience and has given me joy in ways I never thought were possible.”
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
“Well there are many great things about being a dad, one of them is the bond we have for one another. In my house we believe and practice “family first”, that we are a team. That is a great feeling for us to have that love for one another. And seeing my kids grow and teaching them the right ways in life and seeing them become great kids. And watching them perform in their sports, seeing them laugh and smile and the trust we have for one another. We are extremely close as a family, and it’s really cool to give them what you didn’t have growing up.”
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
“One time a rented a legit Elmo suit for my daughters 2nd birthday, she was obsessed with Elmo at the time. Her party was in this huge park, I came skipping from the other side of the park to her party. All the kids in the park were freaking out following behind me, by the time I got to my daughters party there was about 20 random kids around me. My daughter was so stoked to meet Elmo and I stayed for a bit then I had to get out of the costume because it was beyond hot after wearing it for an hour. I went to my car parked on the other side of the park, I didn’t realize one of the random kids followed me. As I removed the head of the Elmo costume, right when I took it off this kid was standing on the other side of my car with his jaw to the ground. I was like,’um I’m busted’, it was funny but I felt kind of bad at the same time, the kid took off running and freaked out.”
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
“Love them, make time for them, talk and listen to them. Don’t rush anything because they grow up too fast, enjoy every second of it.”
Thanks so much Rick. We wish you all the success in the world and thank you for taking part in our feature. Stay rad, brother.