Shaun Johanneson has been selected as the first member of Syko Productions sponsored team, Team Syko. Shaun brings a diverse mix of skill, creativity, and positive attitude that has helped mold him into one of the sports top riders. Along with Bedford Unicycles, Team Syko will help Shaun with equipment and promotion.
Here’s a short video of Shaun sessioning from Spring/Summer 2005:
*Note - This is not filmed by Syko Productions and yes thats a triple flip at the end!
Hometown: Mandan, North Dakota
Age: 17 years old
About his riding:
Shaun has pioneered combo/tech grinds and flip tricks. He is the first person to land a double flip, triple flip, trey flip (360 unispin crankflip), varial flip and inward flip (180 unispin with reverse body varial crankflip). He rides street with a little bit of freestyle and flatland.
In October 2005, Shaun won the “What do you Freestyle?” contest put on by Target/Levis. The contest asked for participants to submit 1 clip of them doing something unique, creative and entertaining. Most submissions included bike and skateboard tricks, while Shaun wowed the judges with an 11 stair pedal grind. For his efforts will receive an all expenses paid trip to Aspen, Colorado for the winter X-games.
When did you start unicycling and why:
March 5th 2001, Saw Kris Holm on Ripley’s Believe it or Not and wanted to learn, got a unicycle (24" torker) for my birthday early. Got serious winter of 2003-2004 after watching the trailer for U2.
Why do you like to ride:
It’s awesome, to do a sport that is in the minority. I like to ride for advancement as well. The feeling of achievement is unmatched.
Weight Lifting (last time I talked to Shaun he was working on his ass), Dancing
Shaun’s words of wisdom:
Don’t get discouraged, practice is all it takes. Ride hard, but have fun.
shaun (at) sykoproductions (dot) com