Q: Why are you so passionate about this extreme sport?
A: I do it because I like the feeling and the adrenaline rush it gives you. My grandfather was a bull rider, and so are my brothers. It’s something you’re born with, and I carry it in my blood.
Q: How do you prepare yourself
physically to ride a bull?
A: I train from Monday to Friday for 30 minutes on “The Barrel” to improve my movement and develop strength in my legs, and I also lift weights and do cardio exercise. Besides, the work I do is part of my training; I work in the fields with my in-laws maintaining a finca, rounding up cattle, building fences, sawing wood. It’s heavy work and it helps me stay strong.
Q: What’s your riding style?
A: I use two styles: with fixed spurs and country style with spinning spurs. The spinning spur slides off the bull more easily, so the rider has to apply more strength with his legs and really fight to stay on the bull’s back. This style is harder but I really like it because it shows the skill and strength of the rider.
Q: What’s the most extreme experience you’ve had in your career?
A: When I was 20, a bull called “La Llorona” broke my left arm, I had to get surgery and they put pins and plates in my arm that I’ll have for the rest of my life.
Q: How much money do you get for riding a bull?
A: Very little! If it’s Thursday or Friday, they pay us 10,000 or 15,000 colones. Saturdays and Sundays it’s 15,000 to 20,000 colones. I ride from Friday to Sunday. Although I would like it if they paid more, I don’t do it for the money, I do it out of passion and because I love doing it.