We have been so used to watching the same old riders being shuffled out to a Best Whip competition at X Games since about 2010.  It has been so hard for any young guys to get a foot in the door to try prove themselves against so many medal winners and contenders from Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg, Ricky Carmichael, Jarryd McNeil, Tom Parsons, Edgar Torronteras, Josh Sheehan, Genki ‘Wanky’ Watanabe etc.

So when this new kid from Belgium got his shot at X Games Japan and snuck his way onto his first podium in 3rd place at his first X Games appearance, we knew there was more to this story than just one event and we’ll never see him again.

X Games at Axell Hodges’ home compound provided the best ramp for JVS to show his skills, with that huge whip over the 120ft ramp where he just obliterated everyone elses whips that came before.  Taking the X Games Gold Medal was a no-brainer, and the invitations he received to ride at Red Bull Imagination was all but secured, even for a Monster Energy rider.

And we finally caught up with Julien down in South Africa at the unique King of the Whip competition held at Montecasino in Johannesburg where he was crowned King in front of a screaming 5,000 strong crowd to take it out at the 4th ever event.

This interview was held a couple of days later when we were trying to recover from the after party and had checked out some of the sights of Africa with a Safari as well.

If you’re listening to this on Spotify, Google or Apple Podcasts, I’d recommend you jump on over to Recast to watch the full video interview which was put together we heaps more footage from KING of the WHIP and a huge shout out to Grant Lucas for doing it for us!  Absolute legend man!  You can watch here:


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