Hilario Olivos is a mild-mannered shredder from Temecula, CA, who has a smooth style, a big bag of tricks, and the mental ability to flip the switch and go big whenever he wants to. He made the sometimes 2+ hour drive from Temecula pretty much weekly to meet up and ride / film with the squad… Dedicated to say the least. Watch Hilario’s part in At Ease and you’ll get a sense of how the dude operates. When out riding you can catch him bird-watching, checking out flowers, picking fruit from a tree for a quick snack, etc. It’s pretty rad how you can tell that when Hilario is on his bike, he’s 100% happy and content, as if BMX is all the man needs in this life. —Zach Krejmas
Working on a project for such an established brand like Odyssey, with Zach Krejmas behind the lens, what were your thoughts when the video project first got announced and you found out you’d be filming a section for At Ease?
I was just super stoked over all, because I’ve never filmed with someone as big as Zach. I’ve always seen Odyssey stuff by Zach, and all the homies like Travis [Hughes] and Justin [Spriet] have always filmed with them. And I just thought it was super sick to be able to be a part of it. I was very motivated to film with Zach, knowing he is just dialed at filming and has all the angles and can make any clip look sick.
How was working on At Ease different than video parts you’ve filmed in the past?
My past videos have just been shot with other homies. Troy Cooper filmed that thank you gig with Tyler, JP, Booty groceries and myself. And that was just homey stuff. We would just meet up at Troy’s house and go riding, just kick it sometimes. But we were still going all around to different cities and all that. Staying mostly in Riverside, though. But the process was different, because it was just all homies, you know?
It’s pretty common for most riders to get their name out there through the local homie/scene videos. What was it like to get an opportunity to film for a brand?
Definitely a lot more pressure. I was thinking to myself, oh, what am I going to do next? What tricks am I going to do? My mind was racing, thinking of all this stuff that I could try for a clip.
I heard that you had to drive a lot to meet up…
Yeah, definitely. I drove from Temecula to Long Beach at least once a week if not two, sometimes three times a week, for… I think it’s been about a year since we started it.
Okay. That’s a lot of miles.
Yeah, it’s a lot. I don’t know the calculation but…
You probably don’t even want to know.
No, dude. I was so down just to get out to Long Beach, I even told Zach. He offered to pay for gas, and I was like, “No, I like drive around to spots with the homies all the time.”
Temecula being your hometown. Did you get to experience a lot of new spots for the first time working on this project?
Oh, yeah. Zach had a lot more spots than I never knew of. And spots that are legendary that I was super stoked to finally ride.
Is there a favorite city or area that you filmed in for this project?
I think San Pedro is super fun. That whole area is just awesome. There are spots all around‚—legendary spots like the kink rail and that little plaza with the aluminum down rails.
Yeah. San Pedro is really scenic. It’s definitely different than Temecula. Who are the dudes you ended up riding with the most during the filming?
Mostly Jacob [Cable]. We met up with Jerome once or twice. Let’s see here, I’m trying to think. At first it was Jacob Cable and Johnny. Well, he’s on Sunday now. We were just cruising with them most of the time. Which was awesome, because Jacob kills it. It was cool to see him do all that insane manual stuff.
Was there one clip you saw one of those dudes that stood out to you the most or that got you super motivated to film harder?
A couple of days we filmed with Murray and he just goes in. That really hyped me up. I was like, “I just want to do that.” Because he sends it on every setup. If he sees something he wants, he’ll just get it. His mindset is unreal.
Do you want to talk a little bit out the crash you had that ended filming for you?
Yeah. I definitely wanted to get some more things. Some more banger type things. So I was trying this crook manual 180 at this rail in Irvine. I had done the crook to manual and got the 180 around a couple of times, but the rollout didn’t come through. But then one of the crooks, the back peg just missed. I went straight to my ass on the flat bottom of the stair set. And I thought, honestly, I thought I had injured my spine. So I just laid down and after a while I got up. But yeah, obviously my spine is good now.
That crash is in your into, right? It looks like a hard crash.
Yeah, it was pretty gnarly. I was not hyped. It just stopped me filming completely—even right now, I’m still feeling the back pain. I’m trying to recover completely before I start riding and filming again.
That’s smart. You have time.
Yeah. But, in terms of a cooler banger, I was bummed. But the one I have is definitely cool, in my opinion.
Still a legit rail, for sure.
Yeah. It was a good day, for sure.
How much more filming time did you end up losing?
I think it’s been two months now. And maybe another couple of weeks, hopefully.
Was there a most entertaining dude to hang around while you’re filming for the video?
Probably Travis Hughes, because he’s just hilarious. Everything he says is a joke—almost. So it’s just fun. And he’s from Temecula too, so he’s the homie.
Do you ride with Travis a lot anyway?
Yeah, we would ride the Temecula park or meet up at spots with Troy and stuff.
Is there one clip that you’re most hyped on?
The back crook cab bar—I was super hyped on that because I had wanted to do it on a street setup for a while. But I think my favorite clip overall is the bump jump footplant gap, because it’s just different. And I thought it looked really cool the way Zach filmed it—he got the bump, the foot plant on the rail and the gap.
It’s cool too because everyone typically does grinds at that spot. So you did something totally different. That’s one of the photos I have too. So, that’s cool. And then just which clip was the biggest battle for you?
Battle… there were a couple. Let’s see… I did this line at the AC ledge in Riverside. It was the wallie feeble 180 switch feeble Indian to Smith hard three.
I figured that probably took a while…
Yeah. That one took a long time, for sure. I was sweating in the 90 degree heat. Maybe 25, 30 tries for that. But I kept getting the Smith hard three barely around, so I just got all the way down to the end and would have to go back, retry it. I just wanted the clean Smith.
Yeah, that’s understandable. Does one clip stand out to you as being the most-scary?
Probably that feeble. The ender, definitely. Because the rail is pretty skinny. It’s probably an inch and a half, an inch wide. And the run up… I had to take a half crank through some dirt and that’s all I got.
You did it pretty quickly, and you weren’t up there very long.
Yeah, I was just sweating, all the cars coming through. And that pressure really got put on me to go for it. To get it done.
What’s the deal with the grip flanges at your crossbar?
I have one on there still. I lost one on the way to Philadelphia for that one trip. It’s my homie’s, old Tom Dugan grips. They had flanges on there and he didn’t want them, so he cut them off. And I was like, “Give me those.” I just threw them on my bike and they’ve been on there for three years now, I think. I don’t know. It’s just helps with backflips. Some people ask if they help with barspins, and I’m like, “Yeah, exactly.”
Tell us a little about your trip to the East Coast. Was that your first time?
Yeah it was my first time. The whole scene is different. Everyone there rides awesome in a different way. They all ride the cutty stuff, but then there’s still people who can send big things too. The whole scene there is awesome. And there are spots everywhere—just like here. But they’re all different and new to me—so that was sick. But being on the East coast was just super cool to me. Because it’s really pretty out there, first of all. And seeing how Philadelphia specifically was, that was super interesting.We went through New Jersey to Scotty [Cranmer’s] shop and a couple other bike shops out there, which was cool.
Is there anything else that you want to say or talk about that we didn’t touch upon?
I’m just super hyped to have had the opportunity to even work with Odyssey on a cool project. They’re one of the top brands, if not the. And it was cool that I met everyone too, got to go on that Philly trip. It just all came together.
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