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I got this email after a fun but long day coaching in the rain.  All the way from New Zealand!  I am  stoked to be helping him and stoked for him to be so darn cool.

“Hi Gene

My name is Dino Rutten and i am 11 years old . I started downhill last year and rode my hardtail school bike in 4 competitions which was really challenging as i only had v brakes. Mum said i had to do the season on my old bike to see if i was keen so i rode really hard and for xmas i got a second hand softail a marin quake 7.2 2008 which i love. I have just done the Raboplus series and came 6th in the under 15s at the Nationals so I cant wait for next season. We dont have a downhill club here so my mum has just started one called Gravity downhill club and she has just got us some land to build tracks in, its really cool. There are about 12 boys some big like 19 who have joined up and now we need a coach. So your riding tips is really helping me  to be a good rider. I have lots of pictures of Greg Minnaar on my bedroom wall and i think he could nail Sam Hill any day.

Thank you

How cool is that!  The kid’s hero is Greg Minnaar!  A much better role model than my hero when I was Dino’s age (Evel Knievel) and not some rugby player or soccer player.  Dino you are the coolest 11 year old I haven’t met (which makes you the coolest 11 year old in the world as I don’t know any 11 year old kids)