Cole Seely Taught The Actor How to Ride Motocross for the Movie
When motocross racer Cole Seely started teaching "High School Musical's" Corbin Bleu how to ride for the new motocross movie "Free Style," he put him on a Kawasaki 110, the perfect size for an 11- or 12-year-old child. If Bleu felt embarrassed by his diminutive wheels, he could always remind himself that Seeley started on smaller ones.
"I've been riding since I was about 4," Seely said. "My first bike was a PW50. If I remember right, my parents hid it in my next-door neighbor's garage, and I did a scavenger hunt to find it. It was a very exciting day for me."
Motocross runs in Seely's family -- his father and grandfather were amateurs on the track -- and the 19-year-old went pro this year. "I ended up 18th on the West Coast for supercross, and I had some good runs," he said.
Training wasn't entirely new to Seely, who demonstrates moves at retired supercross legend Donnie Hansen's academy.
So when Bleu needed some pointers for the film, Seeley was happy to help.
"When I brought Corbin out, it was a little bit more than just teaching technique," Seely said. "It was actually teaching from the bare nothingness of anything. But it was a lot of fun, and he picked it up really fast."
Track meet: Before getting air, Bleu had to feel comfortable on the ground, so Seely took the actor to an open field to practice. "When he got the hang of it, we put him on a little track, so he could get the idea of going up jumps -- not necessarily jumping them but just getting the feel of everything on the track," Seeley said. "Every track you go to, the dirt's different, the lines form differently, the jumps are bigger or smaller, the corners are tighter or wider. And sometimes even the same track will be different the next time you go to it."