Living in a country with more bicycles than people it is no wonder Dez started riding BMX. After seeing BMX on TV in music videos like “Provider” from N.E.R.D. and the fresh release of Matt Hoffmans Pro BMX 2, he was determined to own a BMX bike. At the age of 14 he proudly owned his first BMX bike, a GT Performer. Dez got into Flatland by the local BMX riders. Since there weren’t any local Skateparks, Flatland was the obvious choice. After learning his first tricks and seeing the best riders in the world at Flatground, a big international contest in Amsterdam, Dez was hooked.
He soon made it to the Dutch top by winning various national competitions and scoring high rankings in both the “amateur” and “master” class at international events. In short period Dez became one of the best Flatland riders in the world. Ever since he is taking podium places at various major events. His highlights were winning the World Leisure Actionsport Championship in Korea, scoring 3rd place at the 2012 BMX World Championship and his recent 3rd podium place at the FISE. Over the years he also invented various signature tricks and moves, that he displayed in a wide range of web-edits.
A trick Dez has been well known for is the “360 Presure Flip”, a trick only he has managed to pull yet. A true confirmation of his success was the invitation to participate in the Red Bull Circle of Balance 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. An event where only 16 of the best riders in the world got invited for. This event is like the Olympics for BMX Flatland.
In Holland Dez has been promoting BMX by bringing it to the mainstream audience. He is performing year-round at a wide range of events. He also showcased his skills in various TV Shows. In 2010 Dez competed in Holland’s Got Talent. He made it to the semi-finals and performed live for 1,8 million viewers. On YouTube his performance got 400k views before his video got removed due to copyright issues. Dez sees himself as an ambassador for the sport. He wants to promote the sport amongst the youth to get them active in a fun way and to let them experience the joy he gets when riding Flatland.