The Freestyle BMX world lost one of the best to ever do it earlier this week.
Pat Casey passed away after a dirt bike crash at Axell Hodges’ Slayground in Ramona, California on June 6th.
Although Pat was only 29-years-old, he was a veteran of the sport. He began competing in the pro ranks when he was only 15 and quickly made his mark as a staple in the finals at every major contest. His fearless style and massive trick list had legends of the sport quickly taking notice that Pat was the real deal.
Top brands also took notice and he was on the Monster, Vans, and Fox pro teams before he was old enough to vote.
Within a few years of his debut, Pat had taken home multiple X Games medals and countless other accolades, but was ready for a change in his riding. That’s when the brakes came off, the freecoaster went on, and Pat really started pushing BMX in a new direction. Pat’s ability to combine big tricks in technical combos brought something completely new to the sport and garnered respect from riders of all disciplines.
Pat’s incredible career featured a multitude of highlights - from his Monster Energy Dreamyard video series to his five X Games medals - but what he was most proud of was his family; his wife Chase, daughter Taytum, and son Reid, who is following in his father’s footsteps and even competed at his first FISE in France last month.
The mark Pat left on BMX - both through his accomplishments and as someone who truly loved the sport - will never be forgotten.
In Pat’s own words, “Enjoy your life. You only have one. Enjoy it.”
Rest easy, Pat. It won’t be the same without you.