Words from Ian Schwartz,
About 6 months ago I reached a point with riding that it just didn’t feel the same as it used to. Although its been a dream come true and I would never trade any of it, I’m certain it’s time for me to move on.
I was raised on a family farm and enjoyed it as a kid, but lost interest as I grew older and found other things. Well a couple years back I started to find enjoyment in the goings on of it again and began to read and learn about it. I’ve been able to meet and work with many area farmers and found an entire world of ideas and opportunities to explore. My family has allowed me to lease a small 17 acre field on our farm and I’ve begun implementing my ideas for responsible, respectful and productive food growing. I hope to grow (but not too big), either on our farm or on my own somewhere else in or around my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.
I still love riding, and will continue to ride, just not in the same way as I have for the past 4 or 5 years. I appreciate the kids that have had nice things to say online and in-person, and I’ve had an awesome time with the guys on the team.
This is definitely a sad day for Sunday and BMX. Although we fully support Ian’s decision, it’s tough to know that one of the most creative and unique guys in BMX is moving on to different challenges. I’ve always appreciate his take on riding, it’s always been smooth, effortless, creative and it felt good. The thing I always got from his riding was that a trick looked good from beginning to end. The whole thing seemed like it looked effortless not just the trick itself. I’ve been lucky enough to have ridden with him so much over the past 5 years. He’s definitely been a great influence on my riding. Ian, you’ll be missed here at Sunday and good luck to you!