An interview with Dekky Sudiarta

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the UK urban scene, it tends to rise and fall over a period of a few years. Around 2012, when Voodoo Unicycles ran the UK street league, popularity was high and the number of regular riders peaked. Since then, participation in urban unicycling in the UK has delined and towards the end of 2015, we were in a real urban unicycling recession in the UK. That’s why it’s so exciting when a new rider breaks through. Seeing other riders enthusiastic and breathing new life into the discpline seems to re-energise the existing riders on the scene. Dekky Sudiarta started catching peoples attention a couple of years ago. He joined the scene at a time when it was at it’s lowest and has been making big waves on the UK street scene over that last year or so. We sat down with him to find out a bit more about the most promising talent the UK street scene has seen for years.

STFU: You kind of came out of nowhere and started killing it. How long have you actually been riding?
Dekky: I have been riding for just over 3 years now

When did you first pick up a uni?
I got my first uni at the end of 2013 but it wasn’t very good and I didn’t start riding properly until I got a trials uni at christmas 2013

Did you get into street straight away? If not, how did you discover street/flat?
I definitely wanted to do urban unicycling from when I first started but I think i just ended up doing more street because it’s just what I enjoyed most

What is it that interests you about urban unicycling?
What I really like about urban unicycling is that its new and there are still lots more things that people are discovering to do with it

You live in Hastings, what is the riding scene like there?
The riding scenes pretty decent in Hastings because I have a bunch of mates that ride with me here, also the skate scenes good here so we have good skateparks and that

You have such a steezy style, who are you influenced by?
I always like watching riding videos especially the Pretty Good Channel and Eli Brills vids

Do you have a favourite rider? If so, why are they your favourite?
I don’t have a favourite rider because it changes all the time!

Haha, ok so who’s your favourite rider at the moment?

Hmmm, maybe Waylon Batt

You went to the World Championships last summer. What was the first unicycle event you went to?
The first event I went to was a london ride back in 2014

What was it like meeting other unicyclists outside of the Hasting scene?
It was really sick because I didnt really get to ride with that many people.
You placed really well at UNICON considering you’ve never competed at that level before. What was it like to come away from a big competition like that having done so well?
I was really happy with how I did in unicon it was a great experience and I learnt alot from just being around such great riders

Has seeing other people ride up-close (at UNICON) changed the way you ride or look at riding?
I think it definitely has because it made me realise how great the community is

What was your first unicycle like?
It was and Indy trainer that cost like £60 and my first proper uni was a quax 20″ muni, I think…

Haha, I think everybody started off with an Indy.
What is your current unicycle like?

I have a Mad4one rim, Kris Holm spirit hub and frame and Mad4one cranks

How old are you?
I am 14 and 15 in March

Oh shit, I didn’t realise you were that young!
Lots of people seem to drop out of riding toward the end of their teens. Why do you think that is and do you think you’ll ever stop riding?

Some people just get bored and want to try something new which is fine but I can’t imagine riding not being fun so i guess I’ll be riding for as long as I can, hopefully.

Phew, that’s good to hear! What do you see for the future of urban unicycling?
I would really like to see more people riding because the tricks are just getting crazier and crazier

Any last words/shoutouts/advice to other riders?
Just have fun and ride

Good advice indeed. Thanks Dekky. See you on the streets!

Check out Dekky’s Insta and Youtube to see how hard he rips.