When it comes to legend status in the realm of BMX street riding, few have a firmer grip on it than Corey Martinez. The three-time NORA Cup Street Rider of the Year takes to the urban landscape with a unique perspective at every spot, dropping creative tricks with effortless style. "Sometimes I'll see a spot and I'll immediately visualize what's possible there," he says. "But a lot of times I'll be riding a spot with one idea in mind, and two or three other things end up happening." When you've got skills that run as deep as Corey's do, anything is possible.
Born in 1983, "T-Nez" grew up in Decatur, Alabama, riding with Seth Kimbrough, now also a pro street rider. Once they began traveling to contests, the pair made a big impact with the techniques they had developed while hidden away from the spotlight of the BMX scene. Not only did Corey have a smooth, confident style beyond his years, but in any given spot, he seemed to find possibilities that no one else had even thought of, yet alone attempted. He quickly landed sponsors, magazine covers, and video appearances, taking the street scene by storm. His uncanny ability to innovate and improvise earned him the coveted NORA Cup award for Street Rider of the Year in 2004, an honor he humbly accepted again in '05 and '06.
Corey continues to amaze in breakthrough video parts, keeping the newcomers on their toes with innovative approaches to every obstacle. He can often be found at the local park helping the neighborhood kids have fun on their bikes, the foundation of his career philosophy. "What I enjoy most is just hanging out with friends and having a good session," he says. "Being motivated by each other and enjoying that time is the best thing for me."