When talking about his childhood dreams, Nate Adams put it in the
simplest terms. “I wanted to just be a dirt bike rider,” he said. He
achieved that goal and much, much more.
Like most freestyle motocross (FMX) standouts, he started riding
before the age of five and started with racing. But the extreme sports
renaissance of the late 1990s offered new opportunities and thrills.
He notched his first major mark when he was chosen as IFMA’s Rookie of
the Year in 2000. Two decades later, he remains one of the most
influential riders in the game.
Along the way, he’s scored a staggering amount of podium finishes on
the world's biggest stages, including first-place finishes in two 2002
WFA Series disciplines (Big Air, Freestyle), back-to-back wins at the
LG Action Sports FMX Championships (2003, 2004), the top finisher in
overall standings for the 2006 Dew Tour, and the overall champion of
Red Bull X-Fighters tour in 2009 and 2010.
He’s also compiled the most medals of any FMX athlete at the X Games –
a total of 19, including five gold, six silver, and eight bronze.
Add to all of that, Travis Pastrana once called Adams the “best FMX
rider on this planet.” Who needs championships when you have that
Though largely retired from competition, Adams still rides as much as
possible. He also owns and operates a family business, Deft Family,
specializing in riding gloves and apparel.