Like a lot of BMX riders, Scotty Cranmer started his career out racing. But after four years of racing, and a national No. 2 ranking in his age group, the 12-year-old Cranmer hit up his first skatepark and the rest, as they say, is history.
In order to support their son’s obvious talent, Cranmer’s parents built the Incline Club, now a BMX mecca on the East Coast, so that their son could ride every day and refine his skills. And after qualifying first out of a field of 100 riders at the 2003 Toronto BMX Jam (and finishing ninth overall when it was all said and done), Cranmer had the world’s attention.
Competing in his first X Games at the age of 16 in 2003, Cranmer was still the youngest BMX rider in 2006 when he rode away with the gold after landing a tailwhip drop-in and a frontflip turndown for the win. He matched that success in almost every park contest he entered and continued to dominate the BMX world, landing the first ever frontflip tailwhip along the way.
After missing the entire 2008 season due to injury, Cranmer immediately returned to top form, and claimed his second gold medal at the ’09 X Games. After adding BMX dirt to his repertoire that year, his raw talent helped him excel on dirt, and the New Jersey native finished in the top 10 on the ’09 Dew Tour.
In addition to the Incline Club, Cranmer and his parents also own and operate SC Action Sports, a BMX track and gear shop, which is just another place where Cranmer can practice on a daily basis.