My real name is Ali Mhana but people know me as Oxter Gov. I am 22 years old and I’ m a BMX flatland rider from Lebanon and I live in Beirut city. I live in a poor area with a poor family and I was studying Computer engineering but I didn’t continue because I had money problems and I searched for work and continued my journey with riding. I am interested in sports in general especially the extreme ones and my favorite one, is BMX Flatland.
I am sponsored by Terra Dome “The TerraDome Sports Science Research Centre”, I like photography, clothes and video/photo editing, those helped me make my own style in riding, and I’ve been riding bmx about 4 years right now.
I am an operator in spinnyes super market, I need to work to buy what I need for my hobby and I also do bmx shows for birthdays /event/ parties / video Clips and commercials.
I plan things for short and long term, short one is all about practicing bmx flatland every day, watching flaltand videos and learn a lot of combos and tricks to be active with all riders all over the world.
The newest things on this domain through social media and the long term plan includes two things, join some international bmx flatland contests and meet riders there and the big one is to have a big sponsor to support not just to have money but also to have time to ride all day, leave my day job and focus only on riding, practicing to be a pro rider.
I have two in my mind till now. As I said before if I can join some of flaltand’s international contests my greatest achievement will be to take the first place, and will be the first Lebanese who joins bmx flatland contests for the first time, and make the flatland scene big in my country.
Bmx flatland contains a lot of dangerous things. First of all it’s an extreme sport that needs daily and hard practice, you need to be patient and smart to know from where you should start and what things will help you increase your skills.
The hardest thing in my country is that the flatland scene is low before it was ZERO, and people don’t care for sports and hobbies and athletes. All they care about is that a man should have a car, they don’t prefer a man on a bike, they think that bikes equal to toys and if you are a man, you should have a car and they always laughed on me when I’ve started because I am different and as u know people hate it if someone is different from them…
Also if I want some parts for my bike I can’t buy them because there is no real bike shop, and in the past we didn’t have any of those two things…bmx flatland riders and bike shop … but now we have about 20 bmx flatland riders and only one real bike shop, but I can also order online.
Also the place where I practice is far and contains a lot of people that won’t let u focus while u are practicing and it needs about 1 hour to arrive from my house.
Some of the riders don’t take this game as serious one, they ride only for fun, doing show, and gain money…
You can call me the spirit of flatland because I love to go with combos, I feel free and no depression in my soul, no one can get those feelings from me. I have everything between my hands, not just a man who is doing tricks on ground.
I even have this feeling while working or thinking or eating or whatever I do. I just can’t stop thinking of my riding & what should I practice and how should I combine my tricks with each other. Also with my photos I can mix the bike with natural and old building, flowers and old places to have epic photos and videos.
I love this question, I just want to tell u that in most of my practicing sessions I practice alone, why? And you have some of the riders I can tell you most of them here ride when they are free and they ride for fun or if people are watching them, but for me it’s a different story. I can create time for RIDING.
I love to do my tricks with or without crowd. Everyone loves to be famous and where he goes people know him, but I ride for myself first of all and for my soul.
That feeling when I ride my bike no one can know it except the one who knows why we love our parents, why we drink water, some people can see me crazy, but really I am honest, I love riding and practicing and progression.
Everything in life needs to start from beginning like school, work, u take it like a small baby just born now, how much food and air and things to grow up. It’s the same thing for flatland. You need to know from where u should start and what you should practice and in my opinion the key for success in everything doesn’t let people destroy your dream.
They laugh on you always because you are different, but you can laugh on them because all of them are the same ;) from this I start to think positive and this helps me to never give up. Fall seven times, stand up eight. Also remember why you got started ;) and remember nothing good will happen if u didn’t lose and fall down 1000 times.
The things that make me nervous while competing, are the judges and the crowd yeah that was my feeling when I joined the first Lebanese bmx flatland championship.
The judge was a pro bmx rider called Adam Kun, a lot of people were watching, also it was my first competition, so I was nervous even before I started.
I put in my mind that nothing can stop me from being a flatland rider, nothing will stop me from practicing and no one can steal the love of this game from my heart even if I lose, so I did it and I took the first place to be a Lebanese champion bmx flatland rider :)
My biggest fans are the ones who imitate me in small things before the large one, the ones that hate you, maybe because I’ve got something they want, and the small kids when they see me they feel so excited about tricks haha!
The best advice was from the world champion Viki Gomez when he was here in Lebanon. I told him sometimes riding is dangerous and parts are expensive and will stop riding, he told me “ride for life and life will pay you up ” and that is so true, I am seeing the best is on the way …
My future plans are also for my riding’s journey, to live outside my country, to increase my skills and meet riders and ride everyday and then back to my country to make a big scene here and make competitions and marry my girlfriend :D
My tips for those who just started is to Believe in yourself, take care of your body and be healthy. You can’t do anything with a poor body, now you are strong enough to destroy stones just believe it and remember nothing worth having comes easy, and the last one DREAM BIG guys and work hard and stay focused and surround yourself with good people.
Thanks for your time reading my story and thanks for the interest of meeting me on your website that is a big honor.