My name is Darren Berrecloth and i live in a small town called Qualicum Beach
I originally started riding bikes when i was a kid well what am I kidding everyone rode bikes when they were kids because we had no cars. The first real bike i had was a specialized rockhopper hard tail, and it didnt take me very long to destroy it, before i knew it the wheels
were bent the bars were bent and i did not have enough money to keep fixing it.
So my local bike shop convinced me to buy a bmx if I wanted to keep doing jumps So I did then I started racing and one thing led to another and here i am.
A professional freerider for specialized, travelling the planet searching for the sickest terrain and riding comps. I am currently tavelling a ton and am super excited to have the opportunities to explore the unkown and push my own limits everyday. I keep pinching myself to make sure its not a dream but yes it is reality and yes I do ride for the best bike company in the business.
hobbies; Snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, skiing, bmxing, motoxing, quading, wakeboarding, and building trails and stunts.
|Monster park champion 2 times in a row|
|Crankwerx whistler champion|
|Nissan qashqai tour champion|
|Adidas slopestyle champion three years in a row|
|Voted rider of the year 2 years in a row at the bike magazine awards|
|Voted rider of the year 2 years in a row by freeride germany magazine.|
|Voted best segment of the year at the bike magazine awards|
|Red bull rampage I have two 3rd place finishes|
|2 2nd place finishes at the chatel mountain style|
|This current year was the first year we had a world tour and I ended up in 3rd place for 2010.|
|I've been featured in magazines from outside to mens fitness and of course hundreds of pages have been ran in mtb magazines across the globe|
|I was nominated for alternative sports person of the year at the Laureus sports awards in portugal|
|Voted as one of the 25 coolest people now by Outside magazine|
yup life has changed!March 19, 2013
It's 10;30 on a friday night and I am on my 3rd hour of emails, weird huh! Well I am quite pumped since that I have been putting off a bunch of emails lately so after a sick day of downhilling with stevie, remy and mark I was going to either turn wrenches in the shop or hit some emails and here I am drinking lemon tea with a shot of apple cider vinegar lol.
This month at home has been pretty dang epic, the weather has not been overly great but I feel like I am becoming human again. Getting my fitness back and getting stuff done is what off season prescribes and thats my plan on top of learning some new moves for this upcoming contest season.
I also decided that I am going to do a super rad edit of my dirt jumps named spook. The have barely been photographed or filmed but they are so worthy it's not even funny and quite frankly I love working on film parts. It's been so long since I have come out with a banger edit. So now it's time to let those ideas in my head unravel onto the film canvas.
Also to note My eyes are getting better since my laser surgery one month ago.
Thats it for now folks.
Starting the day off right!March 13, 2013
wake up straight to the gym with my new trainer then made my best shake as of yet. Two bananas, hemp hearts, Kale, greens powder, almonds, almond milk, watermelon and berries. I have been learning a bunch on nutrition these past few weeks and man what a difference it has made in how i feel, I recover way faster and have way more energy in the tank. Some of the easiest things that I have changed is switching my acidic diet to a more alkaline diet. For some reason I had no idea about this notion and after I did a bunch of research it seems silly I didn't have a clue lol. Farmers have known all about ph levels forever so why don't we understand it when it comes to our insides.
So anyways I have been training a bunch at one on one fitness here in coombs and been loving it.
As for my scene well, I just resigned with specialized. I also signed with sombrio for another 2 years.
For today I am linking up with Aaron Laroque to shoot a web video for ixs and I am thinking I might do most of it on the enduro, since I have been riding it a bunch these days. I also almost finished building up my new status last night, I'm building it up super light with a 180mm fox singlecrown and all mountain wheels and tire so I'm pumped to see how that thing rides.
I got a tattoo yesterday and its my first so I'm pretty pumped.
Thats it for now folks.
Yikes i'm beat,March 4, 2013
Yikes i'm beat, yesterday i went to workout with my new trainer at one on one fitness in the early am then went snowmobiling all day. We also did a bunch of snowboarding using the sleds as shuttles to the top. Today i went filming with ross measures and tippie for a winterview so keep posted on pinkbike to see what ive been up to this winter and am up to this upcoming year.
I have just finished this trail ive been working on all winter and am pretty pumped since its the first shuttleable dh trail in my area. Its only around 600 ft of vertical but its a paved road to the top and its super fun. Its been 3 years since ive had some free time to build trails so im pretty pumped cuz building trail is just as fun as riding them sometimes. So for tomorrow we are going to go up sledding boarding.
Ttya later folks
the holidays are overJanuary 7, 2013
Well folks the holidays are over and im finally feeling like i live at home lol ive been home for a week straight and its awesome the riding here has been awesome. Ive been building up some new riding spots and vamping up some old. Weve also been buffing the local sand moto track which is so much fun and my 450 has been killing it so the only prob is nowadays i cant decide what fun sport im going to do snowmobiling snowboarding motoing dirt jumping downhilling xcing or road riding or fishing or trailbuilding or jumpbuilding. Just cant decide. But what ive been trying to do is do three things in one day and i am exhausted but its all good though. Anywho for now i just finished a leftover potatoe and salmon hash and now its time for a xc with my girl and some friends
Man oh man what a crazy yearNovember 19, 2012
Man oh man what a crazy year. We finally finished the film in the spring after spending 2.5 years travelling the globe searching for new terrain and it wasnt easy. If you havn't seen where the trail ends i highly recommend watching it.
Then my year kinda went sideways when i broke my back at crankwerx because of a soft unpacked landing. Luckily i was able to come back in time for rampage and was able to find and build a rad line but ended up crashing on the final air. Bummed i was not since ive allready had a great year and just over all stoked be in one piece at the end of a big year.
As for now im lounging by the pool in bali and ive been here for three weeks surfing every day and doing some diving snorkelling and spear fishing. Its been a epic trip but i really do miss my bike and im stoked to be headed home to get back on the bike and spend some time working on some new tricks. I'l also say that im stoked to be part of a sport that has so many rad friendly people, unlike surfing which is full of angry dudes in the lineup.
Anywho thats all for now.
What a busy year its been for meSeptember 7, 2012
I've been so caught up in my season this year and man what a busy year its been for me. Definitely a fair share of highs and lows for sure. My contest went off without a hitch, the weather was perfect and all the boys that were healthy showed up and represented. I first thought the changes I made to the course made it too difficult but the boys as usual showed who's boss when it came to comp day. Brandon as usual throwing it down super hard to take the win and I ended up with a fifth place, so I was pretty stoked with that since I didn't have a ton of time on my bike practicing tricks and whatnot after filming on my dh bike all winter and spring.
I then went to crankwerx in whistler and all fired up on getting some practice in I was the first athlete to try the third hit which was the straight dirt jump line and I overshot it about four feet and didn't think much of it until I landed and my tires sunk into the soft dirt and flipped me over my bike straight onto my back onto a pile of rocks. It happened so quick I actually was stunned without even hitting my head. I rolled off the course knowing that something wasn't right and went straight into the hospital and I couldn't believe that I was in whistler for no more than a hour and I'm headed to the hospital because someone forgot to pack a landing.
X rays showed I had three oblique fractures to my tranverse proccessors on my lower back which meant it was nothing too serious but I was for sure not allowed to be on a bike for at least 4 weeks.
Now fast forward almost four weeks and I am hanging by a pool writing on my laptop with my girl megan after we attended the eurobike tradeshow. Since I cant ride I figured I could take some leisure time. So here I am in the south of france hanging out snorkelling and hitting the gym.
To be honest I hit the gym real hard a few days back and my back is feeling great so when I get home its go time in order to get ready for rampage.
And oh yah I have seen the movie Where the trail ends and it is ridiculously good. it will change your opinion on what my life is like and will make you want to go on a adventure.
PinnedJune 28, 2012
I will honestly say I am one of those individuals that will always be busy!
After I finished filming for the movie I decided to clear my schedule of travelling to competitions for a while and I am still busy! I guess thats what happens when you have been travelling for 3 months.
So the last film trip in utah went pretty good, I got some rad lines in but I fell short of my tricks that I wanted to throw down, which is why I decided to take some time off to just ride my bike at home. To put it in perspective I have been pinned for 10 years now going from contest to film trip to contest to filming and put all the injuries I have dealt with over the years I have not had much time to just ride my bike and progress. One might think that a guy in my position rides his bike alot but for the past few years that hasn't been the case My winters are rainy and cold so when I do have some time off then we cant ride and when the weather is good I am usually travelling to a comp or filming some where, not mention the stress you have in between not to get injured so you can hopefully finish out your year. So now its time to ride and have fun.
My trails are all time right now and I am pumped to have so much rad stuff to shred in my area but I still have trouble finding people to ride with. which is the case for alot of folks. Its 10 am and i just finished a morning sesh in my yard before I go meet up with some friends to ride some dhing.
Back in north america safe and sound!May 31, 2012
Ya wanna hear something crazy? Well ive been on over 35 flights just this month! And im sitting on one right now lol
So i just did a quick day trip to woodward for the p bile launch from utah and i wasnt too upset cuz the cedar gnats are soo bad in virgin right now it was a good break!
So in term of whats new with the p bikes! Well we signed bmx contest killer. Danniel dheirs and also the new frame geometry on the p3 that soderstrom helped design kicks but and is available as a complete bike for around 1600 bucks!
Well for me i am back to the desert to film the last film trip for where the trail ends, i got some big tricks and big lines ready to go so wish me luck over the next few days. Thats all for now.
I'm in a land where men wear long skirtsMay 29, 2012
I'm in a land where men wear long skirts?
At the moment I am on a lengthy layover in Duha its a airport somewhere in the middle east. I am en route from nepal to germany to finish building the red bull berg line slopestyle competition that i designed and then compete at the event.
So your wondering why I am coming from Nepal right? well let me begin to tell you why I was there. Myself, Zink, Sorge and Gareth buehller went to nepal to film the 2nd to last film trip for where the trail ends. I originally came up with the idea to do a freeride trip there 3 years ago when I was competing in the Fabien Barrel urge challenge out of a town called jomson in the lower mustang valley of the anapurna circuit. I saw in the far distance some terrain that looked promising for freeriding so when I got back from that trip I did some research on google earth and it looked like some promising terrain but still unsure if the actual dirt was soft or all just rock, so I locked it in the to do list vault. Until 6 months ago we had a meeting at freeride about the next couple of locations for this film called " Where The Trail Ends" I mentioned the idea to everyone and said the area itself was closed to foreigners until 15 years ago and it has the most intact buddhist culture in the world since it is right on the border to tibet. So if the riding Isn't very good then at least the cultural experiences will be rad! Everyone loved the idea and now here I am writing to tell you about it.
Travelling to nepal is by far the longest place I've ever had to travel to it takes two whole days of travelling to get to kathmandu and then we chartered two planes to take the crew and our gear to a high alpine town called jomsom thats sits over 10,000 feet that is one of the sketchiest places to fly in the world.
From there we made our way in the jeeps to kaig benny where we crashed the night.
From there the adventure began with a 1hr jeep drive to be dropped off at the start of the trail that takes us deep into northern mustang valley towards the tibettan border. We walked the entire day climbing up to 14,000 feet and finally descending another 800 feet into a sleepy little alpine village that was by far the coolest village I have ever been to. Since the whole area has only been reachable on foot it has unchanged over the centuries. The people were surprised to see foreigners but still very friendly, it was very evident how hard life is for the locals, every hour of the day is spent working the fields, fetching water herding goats or doing any of the chores they need to to get done and it just really was surreal to step back in time like that. I've travel to a whole lot of places but this was the first time i really felt like I was staring back in the past, until i looked down and realized I was riding a specialized demo 8 lol!
But really if you ever think you got it rough or life is getting you down, go for a hike and stare one of the locals in the eye and all will be forgotten. Here we were freezing our bags off in all of our down gear and the locals are strutting around in the little clothing they have to make dinner by burning yak dung and to sleep on a dirt floor with local rugs and whatever yak hides they have.
The riding terrain looked awesome right outside the village but i was frightfully dissapointed when I hiked up a 1500 foot ridge line and dropped in with 40mph winds, I started out good in some fairly soft dirt but then it got super firm and started to get wayy outta control. I managed to get down the hill in one piece but was bummed that the dirt didn't work as well as I expected and wanted. But my sullen mood was lifted when I lifted my head up and saw all the local buddhists that were attending a funeral standing along the railing looking at me in wonder and they all clapped their hands, I quickly felt happy that I could brighten their day by showing them what I love to do even though I'm sure i looked quite alien to them.
From there we headed north east towards the tibettan plateau where the himalayas released their grip and gave way to softer soil and big lines that we kept being amazed the whole trip how good the terrain was. Everyone on the trip found rad chutes bunch of drops and even some sweet jumps and hips. I even found a line that i could repel into with my bike on my back which was super fun. The trip was by far the hardest trip I have ever done since we were camping the whole time and our base camps were at 13,000 feet which meant when we hiked big lines the air was getting thin and every step was very laboured.
All in all the trip was amazing, I have a new respect for the people of nepal and they cease to amaze me in how much tougher than you and I they are. The entire crew worked super hard to get amazing shots of riding and to also capture the locals every day lives was awesome as well.
Back home from the land of asia!April 9, 2012
Home at last after another successful trip while filming with freeride entertainment for the movie "where the trail ends" We went back to the Gobi desert once again because yes it really is that good. There is nowhere in the world where you can find mountains as high as 2500 ft made from mainly dirt, its a smorgasborg of endless pow descents. Dropping into a 1500ft chute and carving dirt like your on skis is by far one of the sickest feelings ever, I highly recommend it to everyone, if you ever find yourself in china. lol The trip was a huge success we shot everyday with the exception of a few dusty days since we were in between the taklimakan desert and the gobi desert, the winds sweep up some nasty dust storms. I was pretty stoked to go there with a good idea of what was possible since it was my 3rd trip there we went straight to the big airs on top of huge mountain lines and I even got to hit a 30 by 30 road gap that I built last time I was there and got winded out. The rest of the boys rode really well too, Sorge killed it and flipped into a big ass chute and zink FT'd a super technical 360 drop and a big'ol step down flip and doerfling was sending big mountain lines as usual.
So if you big mountain fans were craving a movie well this is it we are bringing the big mountain experience back and we will be taking you across the globe.
So stay tuned on my next adventure to nepal which will be on two weeks, which I hope I can kick this narsty cold I caught.
Thats all for now.
So I just thoughtMarch 26, 2012
So I just thought it would be kinda easy to just cut and paste a message I wrote to my girl for my blog?
yeeeeah girl just got back from another dusty day in the gobi desert. The dust storms in the gobi are still at it bringin a lot of dust in the air so yah were just dealin with it. got some good shots today and got some good lines all dialed in. hiked way too much again tday but tomorrow we are gonna do some interviews.
So I guess my idea of going on a adventure is catchin on, jeremy brad and doerfling and sorge wanna come backpack through to nepal, we have a couple options we are looking at and all are sketchy and sound fun its either get into tibet or we go through pakistan and kyrzakstan and then through india. so yah i wont be home anytime soon.
Its me and shrek on another epic whirlwind adventure. love you mmmmwa
Neehow from china!March 22, 2012
Neehow from china! Yeup I am back to the gobi once again cuz its really that good. We are here filming for "Where the trail ends" The riders on this trip are Kurt sorge James doerfling and Cam Zink, and its gonna be a gooder. Its day two and we already have some savagely fun and rowdy lines teed up. Myself I have this one line that i saw the last time i was here but was scared to even walk it and yah for good reason, it is a ledge that i will shred for a good 500 feet of vertical along the top of a 300 foot cliff all on a sidehill slope. Then there is a crux move that is way hairy and if I slip a tire I'm dead so I'm still unsure if I'm gonna go for it. so wish me luck eh
Have I got a epic story for you my friends!March 14, 2012
Have I got a epic story for you my friends! As you may know I like to snowmobile in the off season, it not only is fun but can be a little hairy at times and the other day was just that.
I was in whistler sledding with two of my island buddies in a zone called cougar, the snow was epic, 3 feet of blower pow and blue bird as well. There had been some strong winds recently so we played in the trees most of the day. For lunch we went up into the alpine and posted up on a ridge and we brought some steaks and a small barbie, as we cooked some meat we watched a bunch of skiers and boarders hit booters and drop some sick lines, we also were wondering how that entire wind loaded slope hasn't ripped yet, especially since there was skiers cutting it.
After lunch we hit some airs in the flats and then proceeded to cut across the bottom to reach some trees where the avalanche conditions were nonexistent. I was the first one in my crew heading across the bottom of the slope and I looked up and saw the entire mountain ripping right in front of me, I make the quickest 180 I've ever done meanwhile staring at a 40ft tall wall of pow 100 yards away barreling down on me and hold the throttle pinned. Just as I turn around I see my buddy craig coming at me I wave with my one free hand to go the other way since it was on a bit of a corner around some trees and he hadn't seen it yet so on one hand My nuts were in my mouth and the other hand I was already thinking about how I was going to dig my friend out if I don't get hit by this monster that is still barrelling down on me. I end up having to launch a cliff straight into the tops of some trees due to the fact that I couldnt go the way I came up due to the fact that the avvy already engulfed it so I land the drop and pin it down into the flats and turn around and the trees where i just came from was engulfed with blowing snow as I see my other buddy Jason ripping over to me I told him we gotta dig craig out and just then craig popped out of the trees, he somehow managed to get away from the slide.
We all give each other high fives after having such a close call and then proceed to check on the other guys we saw filming earlier. We came up to the first ridge and found the skier who actually triggered the slide by dropping off a cornice (retard) he and his filmer were ok and we asked them twice if any of the others that were out here are under? they said no so we had a quick 20 second BS and then decide to roll out and around the corner we find two dudes trying to dig their friend that was 6 feet under, we pull him out and hes totally fine so we help the crew dig out their sleds and then we spent the rest of the day in the trees.
All in all it was just another reminder of how real it gets in a hurry in the backcountry....
Play safe kids.
Havin a blast here in the desert of arizona.February 24, 2012
3 weeks ago i was presented a opportunity to go film something in north america for a degree extended web commercial. So i thought about it and decided that i would love to get permission to check out and possibly ride a area called the painted desert in arizona!
Three weeks later and it all went down like this.
We got all the proper film permits and permission from the navajo, and we came out with the heli and scouted a bunch of lines, the area looks amazing from afar but up close it looked pretty firm up top and softer towards the bottom.
I found a line that i thought would work And got to buffing it out and quickly realized that the material up top definitely was steep hard and marbley, so i went ahead and rode the line from the 2nd drop at the very top, everything went great. The line was sketchy but had some really fun parts to it as well. So i had this bright idea to try and footplant off the very top drop since if i rolled off the top i wouldnt have been able to be in control for the second one, so i go for the footplant and almost stick it and get sent over the bars and barely stopped before getting sent off a gnarly 35 foot cliff to death!
I then have another idea to try it again lol and when i try to climb up the cliff i slip and fall with my bike and once again barely stop before going off into the gnar but this time my bike got sent for a 200 foot tomahawk.
My bike surprisingly was fine and i went back up and shredded the line from almost the top.
All in all it was a rad and unique experience to come and ride here in the painted desert, i also was talking with one of the elders from the navajo band and he was telling me that they used to skid down some of these hills on their stingrays in the early 70s.
It's not too oftenFebruary 6, 2012
It's not too often where I have a normal sunday where I get things done around the yard and do work in the shop when the sun is shining but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it lol!
I did get a rad ride in with my girl and some friends on a jail I built named jailbreak. Why is it called jailbreak, well I'll let u figure that one out lol!
Its been about a week since I got home from my cali roadtrip and since then I've put in six hours with my machine on my jumps out in the bush and man its looking so good its not even funny! the jumps are now a 24 pack that winds through the trees, freakin epic I tell ya.
midweek some of the vancouver and vic boys came to ride my jumps and we had a good old time, shredding my step up and a couple sets of trails that are nearby. We also hit my practice jump which we changed the lip and built up the landing and its so much better now. All the boys threw down all the tricks.
Yesterday I went out with my snowmobile buddies, they bought a snowcat and plowed the road in up to the spot and wow its nice sledding in on a groomed trail lol.
The day consisted of lighting a slash pile on fire bbq, bevies and some big old jumps we built with the snowcat. Its insane how rad it is to just build a jump wherever you want with a snowmobile lol.
For this week I'm going to be shooting a behind the scenes story on my offseason with john gibson.
I am back in caliJanuary 17, 2012
Yo there! I am back in cali for another road trip. I jumped in gullevich's truck with my buddy Baxter redfern and headed south to get outta the snow and for me its really to just get on my bike a bunch and ride every day.
The trip started out kinda rocky when we got hassled at the border for no reason then the dog sniffs out a bottle of cough syrup that turned into a big hassle cuz I forgot it was in there lol.
But after two hours they let us on in and the drive was actually snowy till we hit california.
Now I'm at Cam Mccauls new castle, writing this email after a good day of shredding the post office and ericks place.
Other than that back home before this trip I was riding a little bit but definitely cold up there so I'm pretty pumped to get on the riding program again since I have alot of filming to do in the next coming months for where the trail ends.
After aptos were headed to woodward.
JeepersDecember 28, 2011
Jeepers I dont think I have slept as good as I did last night in a loooong time. I just got home from a quick trip to germany where I did a location check on the slopestyle course in winterberg germany.
Red bull and the event organizers wanted to revamp the slopestyle course, so they brought me in and I quickly came up with a dang good plan to change the course without having to wreck alot of the amateur stuff!
Then Myself and Tarek rasouli hopped on the train to berlin, where we met 500 of the staff from red bull germany, where they rented out the wickedest night club and had dinner there. Folowed by a killer dj with lots of red bulls on hand lol.
so im back at home now and its time to jump on a snowmobile... MERRY KRIMMETS EH!
This road trip just doesn't seem to endNovember 30, 2011
This road trip just doesn't seem to end. I've been having a great time but it just keeps on draggin on. I left home on nov 5th and I spent two weeks in the desert with axle from freeride traveling around searching for the next wicked zone to film. We found a killer spot to film, with a ton of lines. We filmed a couple of lines for my I am specialized piece which will be out soon. Since everyone had thanx giving we had to stop filming for a week. But now we are all here back in the desert with all the crew to film our utah section of Where the Trail Ends.
stay posted for updates.
Went for a morningNovember 7, 2011
Went for a morning hunt this morning. I looked for a big buck I saw crossing the road last night but got nothing except numb hands and cold toes lol.
Other than that I've been doing some building on my new sand trails but they are a bit too sandy.
Had a epic day of downhilling on mt prevost the other day and stevie smith shuttled us since he has one more week until he can ride.
For today I am going to rebuild my snowmobile engines top end, then I'm gonna go ride some dirt jumps.
cheers and wish me luck on getting my buck eh!
Yup I am officially 30!October 31, 2011
Its been pretty decent weather up here in canada and the riding has been gooood, I've been riding a bit of xc and dirt jumping a fair bit.
One thing I've been bummed out on though is riding by myself all the time, its getting pretty old so hopefully gully and some boys roll over to come shred with me.
On saturday we had a big halloween birthday bash at my place and man what a rager it was I had a dj and I bought black light bulbs for my living room and everybody had a good time and my house didnt get wrecked.
As for now the sun is shining so I'm gonna get outta my office and do something fun....
I suggest you to do the same.
I just got back from a epic filming tripOctober 20, 2011
I just got back from a epic filming trip with freeride entertainment in the interior of BC and man what a fun trip it was.
The shoot was for the movie "where the trail ends" and we went to northern bc on the fraser river and set up camp for nine days, It was definitely camping but at the same time it was posh.
We had two chefs preparing food for us and we had Doug our jet boat driver and two helicopters, one helicopter for transporting people and one for filming.
Upon the first two days of scouring the terrain we ended updeciding that most of the terrain was way too firm to ride so we ventured a ways down river and were pleased to find the zone!
The area where we did most of the riding was like a amphitheatre full of gnarly big mountain lines all with minimal work to be done to the runouts. The riders on this trip were myself Cam Zink both the Mccaul brothers, Kurt Sorge and James Doerfling. We all found and rode sick lines and with the help of the cineflex camera strapped to the heli the footage turned out epic, we even shot us ripping through a tight canyon in the jet boat with the one heli right on our tail with the other heli filming right behind it. The trip was a super fun time with many good laughs and great memories from all the boys on this trip, our entire crew was 21 people.
Stay tuned for tales from myself on the next adventure!
Its been pretty goodSeptember 29, 2011
Its been pretty good up here in canada the last little bit! After vegas I spent some time taking care of things around the house, since I had been away for a while and winter is coming soon so I had a few things to take care of. I also started a set of sand trails about ten mins from my house. I've been gettin out on the xc bike a little as much as I can to try and get my ass in shape, Its crazy that in the summer is when I get in the worst shape of the year! you would think opposite but for me its travelling and not enough riding that gets me out of shape.
So for now I am just getting ready to do a trip with freeride entertainment to the interior of BC, the shoot is for the movie WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS and a bunch of riders are goin on this trip which consists of helicopters jet boats and some dang good hunting zones so its pretty much got me all fired up.
wish us luck out there eh!
Sitting at a airport once againSeptember 14, 2011
Sitting at a airport once again i stare into my coffe cup trying to shake the jet lag my trans atlantic flight from a few days ago. Enroute to another tradeshow in vegas and im definitely stoked that my contest season is over. Pretty pumped on the year i had even though i broke my back and had to fight my way back throughall the crap that goes with it. The last comp in germany was pretty cool in its own way the course had some really fun stuff on it and then it also had some really terrible stuff on it. The crowds were insane topping more than 50,000 people watching everyone threw down pretty dang good my i had a pretty good run but i definitely feel that the judging sytem was a little whack after all brandon got third even though he got knocked out on the last set. Other than that i had a great time at eurobike and had fun riding the 2012 stumpjumpers which are awesome by the way.
Yesterday myself zink the mccauls bordo sorge and andreu all sat down for a casting of a reality tv in LA and it was pretty funny to say the least and i think the executives are gonna like what they see so we might be getting a reality show on tv lol. Well thats all for now folks talk to ya soon
Pretty stoked on having a few days offAugust 23, 2011
Pretty stoked on having a few days off these days especially since us northwesterners get a limited amount of nice summertime weather. At present im waiting for a ferry to head up to whistler to break in my new demo 8, i actually havn't ridden dh at all this summer so its time to get some runs in before the season ends. The last few days has been nice weather but ive been bummed on having nobody to ride with. Ive ridden by myself half my life and its getting tiring. All of my friends are too busy getting married and having kids. Sorry for wanting to be a kid forever but thats what my job is lol. So for now im on the search for good buds and tasty trails. Peace out.
well I did it folksAugust 9, 2011
well I did it folks, I managed to do the what seemed impossible two and a half weeks ago, build a epic course out of mud and sticks.
The riders are stoked to say the least, everyone is having fun and not complaining which for me is super gratifying.
The weather forecast is also super epic nothing but sunshine in the forecast for days, which means good crowds and good times to be had by all. If you were wondering if it will be webcasted well it wont be since I dont believe in wasting money on things that dont really matter for the riders. It takes at least 30,000 to do a low end webcast and if I had that much extra cash from sponsors I would make the cash purse 50,000, instead I am working with freeride entertainment to produce a high quality web edit that will be released on monday or tuesday. So stay tuned and wish us luck.
So its been a eventful few weeksJuly 28, 2011
So its been a eventful few weeks for me, I've gotten sick got better got sick again, been rained out of building my course, and rode crankwerx at half gas due to just not feeling myself on the bike yet.
Crankwerx was fun but I could have done without being sick still, I also hadnt ridden my bike enough yet so I wasnt feeling all that confident so I just figured I should try and put on a good show rather than push it.
Now I am back on vancouver island building my course up on mt washington, which by the way is shaping up to be a freakin masterpiece. the landings are around 20 feet tall. The course will be very flowwy and after the brakefest at crankwerx my main goal is to make the course so there is no braking before jumps.
Other than that I'm still feeling ill and I need to ride my bike but duty calls and I got a course to finish.
enjoy the pics.
So its been a little whileJuly 14, 2011
So its been a little while since I returned from france, I wasn't feeling all that hot on my bike after france since I hadn't got to ride very much. I must tell you its been a struggle but I think I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Its always hard to come back from a injury with very little time on the bike and be thrown right into the frying pan. I will say that this injury has been the hardest to come back from since it was quite a scary experience altogether, I havnt been feeling confident doing my tricks at all and with all the pressure from crankwerx right around the corner meanwhile I have been building my course on mt washington. Not alot of time to just shred like al of my fellow competitors.
I have put four solid days into the course building at mt washington and I would have had all the dirt moving completed if it wasnt for the rain that came down in colossal amounts the past few days. I had to quit working yesterday since all I was doing was creating more mud. So I decided to jump on my freshly built sx and go for a good session which I am pretty thankfull for. I find it quite funny that I turn into a depressed dork when I am not riding my bike well and feeling confident. I shredded my six pack in the yard for two hours throwing down some of my go to tricks by myself while trying to be very quiet and still on my roll in ramp cuz there was a bees nest underneath the plywood.
The my girl came and watch me ride my trails for a while at another location. I am not quite back to feeling like myself on a bike but I am that much closer. wish me luck in training and cross your fingers for good weather cuz my course really needs it.
Back in CanadaJuly 5, 2011
Back in Canada and I'm pretty fired up to be coming home in one piece. I left for France last Wednesday and I hadn't ridden my bike a whole lot since my injury eight weeks ago so I wasn't feeling very confident to start with. But I rolled into the lovely chattel valley and greeted all the people I know from years prior an warmed up on some of the really good dh trails the resort has to offer. I then practice the course which was looking really good this year with the addition of a few new lines. I end up deciding to go with the same line I did last year and I pretty much just rode the seating run with no tricks and seated in fifth I was excited but pretty timid about the finals on Sunday. It was around eleven when we started round one of qualis and zinc was the first up to hit the big 30 foot drop and he dropped in with no wind and rode a good run but screwed up a little on a corner. I was a few riders back and just my luck when I dropped of the thirty footer I got a good gust of wind and it immediately pulled my front tire away to the side, not a good situation to be in let me tell ya. It felt like a eternity I was in the air contemplating how much going thirty plus feet straight to head and shoulder was going to hurt. Somehow instinct took over and I pulled a foo off to compensate for the wind and I managed to ride it out an nearly flew off a berm. Extremely shaken I jumped back on the bike and finished my run. The rest of the riders rode their runs and it was looking like everyone was riding good. It took a few hours for the amateurs to finish their runs and then it was our turn and since in pooches my first run I had to go 3rd which always sucks cuZ judging always is better in your favor to go towards the end. I was such a wreck mentally I almost didn't even ride my second run, with the combination of just breaking my back and the lack of confidence on the bike not to mention I almost died on my first run cuz of the wind i was stressing especially the wind situation so I waited like five mins for a break in the wind I crossed my fingers and dropped in. I landed the drop and went into the first jump and I was surprised I actually did my trick which was a super Indian air, I then railed into the step off box and 360d off it onto the chute which I was pretty pumped on. I then shredded the dh section and x upped the road gap with a table to finish it out. It's safe to say I was pretty stoked about being in one piece and most of all stoked that I was able to overcome my fears and persevere. Mind you I could have done ally better under different circumstances but for me it was still a victory. I also had the opportunity to shoot some epic photos with john Gibson in the chattel bike park. That's it for now folks.
So you think I could catch a breakJune 28, 2011
So you think I could catch a break but no, I had to come down with bronchitis and pneumonia right when I'm finally healthy enough to train. I get two decent days on the bike after my injury and I head down to Woodward for p bike launch and my cold turns into a full blown assault. I feel like death so I pop a ton of cold and flu remedy pills and get some riding in. The next day I pack up and fly to Manchester for the claymore challenge. My first contest of the season and for four days I'm laid up in bed wondering when I'm gonna get better and Aaron chase rings me up on Friday and says he is in the hospital with pneumonia and it's the same symptoms I've been having all week so I go in and get some antibiotics and some good drugs. So I wake up Saturday actually feeling alive and it's been raining so the comp was pushed back until Saturday so I try to slam some cold flu remedies and ride practice. I end up feeling ok on the bike and drop in for my first run and I bobbled a bit but I at least held it together since I wasn't feeling all that motivated or energetic. My second run was going awesome and I rolled into the last jump being soo exhausted and I went for a switch threewhip and I just didn't have the gas or strength left in me and I just let go and took a good crash. All in all I was stoked that with only a few days back on the bike I had a run going that would have put me in third place and I was also psyched to take my first hard bail after breaking my back. So now I'm home for two days until I take off for France for the chattel mountain style. Wish me ya,ll
Well I talked to chaseJune 24, 2011
Well I talked to chase this morning and he has the same symptoms going on and he went to the hospital. So it looks like we both have pneumonia I'm getting checked into the hospital now. I laughed when she asked me if I've had any unjuries or surgeries
So I have been in the us since MondayJune 24, 2011
So I have been in the us since Monday evening and on Monday my cold that I've been fighting for a week took a turn for the worse. I can't even remember how long it's been since I've been this sick. I'm so achy I can't even ride I've been bed ridden for three days lucky for me it's been raining here at the claymore challenge. Anyways we are supposed to qualify today but I haunt even ridden the course and I'm not sure if I can I'm so dizzy and achy. Well that's enough wining from me.
So its been 7 weeksJune 23, 2011
So its been 7 weeks this wednesday and I have been dirt jumping for three days now and I am sore! Being off for so long and jumping right back into it isn't the easiest on the body. Ive been dirt jumping at some of my regular spots here around the house along with a quick session at the foam pit in whistler. I must say I would like another week of getting my tricks out of the way before I take off for another contest but thats just the way it goes sometimes. Its 11:15 and I just finished packing for the claymore challenge.
Its been five weeks exactlyJune 10, 2011
Its been five weeks exactly, since I broke my t7, t8 and t10 vertebras. The breaks were anterior breaks so I was in stable condition without the need for braces or surgery. The docs orders were to stay as active as my body would let me, so in other words, If it hurts don't do it. Being has it that I have been injured over 20 times in my life I know a thing or two about what lied ahead of me. I have been hitting my exercises hard along with the gym and pool as well. Every morning I open my eyes and I'm staring out at my dirt jump set just taunting me lol!
Another man downJune 9, 2011
Another man down! So my boy Cam Mccaul got hitched in monterey this weekend. It was a really fun wedding, all the buds were in attendance and everything went smoothly as it should. Some highlights would be the mini stag we had a couple nights before he got hitched, good times and many laughs. The wedding was at the hyat in monterey, which was a rad place for a wedding especially since there was a sports bar right beside the wedding reception. Which meant I could duck in and out to see bits of the hockey game going on. By the way the canucks won that night, I wont mention the last two games though. Other than that I dropped by the specialized office to say hi to everybody and work on some exciting new products the boys at specialized are coming out with. All in all it was a great trip and stay tuned for my progress update coming shortly
What a week Ive hadMay 31, 2011
What a week Ive had. It started out with going to the most unreal hockey games I've ever seen with westerlund cody swansborough and sean from specialized. Man what a game that was. So after that I waggled my hung over tail back to the island and got back to my normal life which consists of rehab at the gym and the pool. which is going awesome by the way. I'm at four weeks this wednesday and I feel great, no pain and barely any discomfort. The only thing I have going on right now is sore back muscles which is pretty normal. So for now I am doing some yardwork and getting ready to go to monterey for my buddy cam mccauls wedding. Yup another man down lol. Jeepers it seems that everyones in a hurry to get married and have kids. All my friends back home have been getting hitched for years now but for some dumb reason they all get married in the summer on weekends like crankwerx...... So safe to say I've had to miss several of my close friends weddings due to contests and this summer is no different. Oh well and ps I'll be shredding soon.
So another may long weekendMay 25, 2011
So another may long weekend has come and gone. I wasn't supposed to be here for may long, I was supposed to be filming for a tv show in either tibet or china. But since my bones dont like to smashed into rock hard dirt I broke some vertabrae in me back. So now here I was at home and able to come hang out with all my home town buds on the beach of the west coast and sip some wobbly pops while feasting on seafood and vennison. As you may be wondering how the recovery is coming along I must say its coming along really well. I am fully able to do alot of things and I just hit the pool for the second time. Its always impressive how good you feel after getting exercise after being laid up for so long. So my plan from now is hit the pool hard this week followed by a mellow lower body gym session. Then at week four hit the road bike and at week five start hitting some mellow xc. All accompanied by good pool and gym sessions. Then at week six its go time!
Its been one weekMay 11, 2011
Its been one week since I gave myself a free tune up.
So today I wake my spoiled girlfriend up and get out of bed and I feel great. I am in no pain and can move fairly well.
The reason my girl is spoiled by the way is she has seen me all winter long and now she gets a whole lot more of me.
For myself I will be hitting the pool here maybe tomorrow and see how that feels. Today I am going for a meeting with mt washington to get some things sorted for my contest on august 6th. My main concern right now is there is still like 15 feet of snow up there so lets hope it melts fast mang.
HowdyMay 11, 2011
Howdy howdy howdy. So it has almost been one week since I broke some bones in my back and I must say I am coming along quite well I was off the pain killers in three days and the doctor pretty much says get up walk around and do as much as you can, using pain as your guide. The reason for this is the vertebrae that I broke are stabilized from the rib cage holding things altogether. Cool yah since I can walk around and do things not much mind you but its a whole lot better than being bed ridden for weeks.
My rehab will start in a a few days, I'm gonna start by going to the pool and using the kickboard keeping my arms up and just kicking my way across the pool. The doc says the bone should be healed in 6 weeks. crazy ya I know I definitely got lucky on this one but one of the reasons I wasnt too alarmed was I landed flat on my back but I still had a compression fracture.
So other than that Im just gonna hit my rehab hard and try and be ready for a super busy summer.
Funny story, Some kid went to my trails the other day and said he couldnt ride cuz there was a bear on one of the landings. I told him thats my friend that makes sure nobody wrecks my jumps. lol
Snap crackle pop goes my back!May 5, 2011
Well hello there to all. So I just returned from a epic trip to Argentina filming for the TV show. the weather was perfect for shooting so I called up sterling to see if he was available and he said hed be over the next day. I built this tree to tree air on these two massive cedars in one of the greenest lychen filled forests I know of. Myself and sterling shot this stunt all day until we were satisfied. Once again I was impressed with sterls shots. So its been five days since that shoot and I've been riding my trails a bunch which are running so good right now. The only bummer thing is that I've been riding by myself since there's nobody around to ride with. Even though I've been having fun sessions with me and my ipod. With contest season just around the corner I've been stressing about dialling in my tricks so I don't look like a chump. So I've been trying to be smart and not try any hard tricks when there's nobody around and good thing cuz yesterday I asked Megan to watch me ride my contest set in the yard while I tried some front flips. You know sometimes its just really hard to put yourself in the right mind frame to try hard tricks when your riding alone but I at times can push through it so I went for a fronty and I knew I was underotating but I didn't think it was that underotated I also got pushed in the wind which made me come up a little short. I landed pretty much flat on my back and knocked the wind out myself. Its been a few years since I've done that and as I stabilized my breathing I knew that something was wrong.1 hour later I'm in a CT scan getting barreled.
Doc says I broke my t7 t8 and. T10 vertibrae. Now here I am once again laid up in a hospital.
The outcome of this from my perspective is, just another bump in the road and I'm glad I have no complications. I do miss having a good riding scene with tons of people to shred with and also wish I had a foam pit to practice on instead of trying stuff on dirt.
I must apologizeApril 26, 2011
I must apologize for the lack in blogs but I was in argentina and couldt get into my emails. Yah I know lame excuse but whatev's.
The objective of the trip was to film for where the trail ends and to film a pilot for the tv show where the basis of it is to follow me around the globe searching for the most epic big mountain terrain, Meanwhile getting in depth with all the ups and downs that come with the task.
The rider list on this trip was Myself, Cam Zink, Kurt Sorge, Mike Kinraid, and Andreu Lacondeguy. Our entire crew was 12 and man what a hassle trying to get a crew that big to move quickly lol! We ended up getting to this rad zone in the desert and found epic lines all over the place. It wasn't until later in the first day that things went sideways. A park ranger rolled up the wash we were hanging out building lines in and said your not allowed to ride here this is private land and its a reserve. We all looked at each other and said oh crap we came half way around the world only to get shut down......
Two days later and lots of schmoozing and convincing we went back out to the desert with the dude that shut us down. After 2 days of talking he realized that we were not hurting the desert environment and decided to come with us and check out what we were doing just to make sure. Lets just say he turned from the guy shutting us down to a fan in seconds. Once we dropped our first line he was nothing but smiles and we then got the green light to keep shredding and the shoot was back on like donkey kong.
The next few days we all shredded some very unique lines and cool features, the dirt was similar to utah in some places and more similar to china in others. One moment that sticks out is when Me and Kinraid saw this big line we decided that it would be epic to shred, So the next day we went up there to shred it and Zink had this idea to shred it all at once. My thoughts were that it would be kinda dumb since the filmers couldnt capture 5 guys at once. So anyways we hiked the 200 foot face and got to the top just as the light was fading as usual. and we hurried to try and make sure the camera crew was ready and dialled. They said they were ready and so we all dropped in and I dropped in a steep roll in with a 20 foot air out and I got a huge wind gust and went off the lip sideways.... Yah safe to say I landed on my side and head first, not too much fun since it took me a while to stop tomahawking and then I slid down the slope a fair ways half out of consciousness. I get my crap sorted and rolled down the hill in a daze and was not very stoked that nobody got the shot of me crashing that almost took me out for the entire trip.
The camping was super rad as well, we all had a real good time getting sudsy and we even hiked a 800 foot face and shredded down it in the moonlight with no lights.
check out some of the pics
The sun is shiningApril 6, 2011
The sun is shining and my yard is getting done up quite nicely.
I rode my entire 6 pack the other day which was fantatstic, so today me and stevie are going for a xc ride up at hammerfest. Then we are gonna shred hard tails in the yard and at spook. Ill send pics on my twitter page so check it oot eh!
Busy busy busyMarch 29, 2011
Busy busy busy, is what my season is gonna look like. As for lately I have been home and really enjoying it. I have been dialling in my yard, which consists of a lake I dug for learning tricks and I also started the pump track. Dont know if I told ya But the dirt jumps I started in the forest behind my house, well I got busted for building them and got fined $300 bucks and gotta tear them down. Bit of a bummer but not the end of the world. So I've been riding a bunch the last couple of days so I am taking tday off since its raining and I'm super sore from crashing a bunch learning new tricks.
So I've been to heaven and backMarch 22, 2011
So I've been to heaven and back! we just got home from one of the sickest trips I've ever had. We took off in my boat to the far reaches of vancouver island in search of surf and fish.
The weather was awesome, it was sunny and about 10 celsius. When we first got to the surf spot and nothing was really happening. We ended anchoring the boat a little ways off one of the breaks and started to paddle around in between screams from my girlfriend. Se didn't like mr sea lion coming to say hi lol! We surfed that break for a bit and it was ok so we decided to have a walk down the beach and when we rounded the corner I couldn't believe my eyes. It was like I was in Indonesia but without the heat. There was a absolutely perfect right hander going off on the reef break. We surfed it until my arms were dead. I was so burned out it was hard to paddle back to my boat which was anchored offshore. After that we ended up hitting the fishing hole which produced some pretty good bottom fish.
Now its back to reality where i have to go empty my shop at my old house... not fun got soo much stuff in there lol.
jeepers creepersMarch 18, 2011
jeepers creepers. So the weather here has been pretty crappy for spring. Its been nonstop storms with a ton of rainfall. The last couple of days I have been trying to finish my shop, finish my jumps in the yard and trying to fit in as much riding as I can in between storms. Now it seems the weather is going to cooperate for the meantime. One thing that really sucks is I got busted for building jumps in the forest behind my house. A local woodlot owner found my jumps and Immediately reported it to the forestry service. Which sucks cuz I got a $300 dollar fine and I have to tear them down. So my dreams of having wicked set of trails directly behind my house has gone down in flames all because of a woodlot farmer. I still have my big six pack in my land that I am finishing and I plan on making a pump track as soon as it starts to dry out. For today I will be working on my shop then doing some digging, then some down hilling on my trail up in the mountains.
Oh my goodnessMarch 7, 2011
Oh my goodness did I have the sickest day on friday and well one of the sickest weeks.
We were filming for a red bull piece and it was based around my off season and capturing what it is that I do in the offseason.
So I have this sick secret snowmobile zone that me and some friends the days before broke trail into. And on friday we sledded into the zone nice and early and waited for the heli to show up with the film crew.
Man oh man was it fun, we started with filming some heli snowboard runs that were all time then we went and jumped on the sleds and filmed me shredding around doing long downhill pow carves and big drops and I even built a sick hip that i sent it around 100 feet.
And at the end of the day we finished off with the sickest snowboard line I have ever ridden. I was crapping my pants since the first turn was where we were expecting alot of snow movement and I Dropped in on my toe edge and got white roomed since the snow was so blower and had to pinnit and man those turns were definitely the best I've ever had.
So the big newsFebruary 17, 2011
So the big news that I've been waiting to spill has to be contained for a little while longer I am sad to say but what I can tell you is that I am going to argentina very soon to film for the movie where the trail ends.
In the past week or so I went over to van and have a meeting at red bull about the design of the new course for crankwerx.
Myself, Vanderham, Semenuk, Zink and montgomery were there to help with the design of the course. I thought the meeting went well and there will be a good challenging fun course for crankwerx this year.
Other than that my shop is being built in my yard and I'm pretty freakin pumped on it. its gonna be a dream shop, heated floor high ceilings.
And today I went sledding up on the hill which was rad since we have been getting pounded with snow. my mod sled was running gooooooooood but I could have done without the broken rear window in my truck. My headache rack on my sled deck was loose and snapped off shattering my window. thats the third one on that truck dangit.
Well my friendsFebruary 2, 2011
Well my friends I am still not allowed to drop the deadly news yet but what I can say is that I love exploring and yesterday me and a bud just found a entire new sled area. It's pretty rad and I am pretty positive nobody has ever had a sled up there before. Other than that I have been building in my excavator a bunch in behind my new house and other places too. Making sure I have places to ride everywhere.
Gonna be taking off to argentina soon but unsure of when really since westerlund is waiting on getting it all dialled in.
Oh yah my shop is being built as we speak. It's gonna be a monster rad shop, in floor heating tv the works It's gonna make me go broke but who cares its my dream shop lol.
thats it for now folks.
Well howdy ho thereJanuary 27, 2011
Well howdy ho there! I just got back from my buddies wedding in mexico at a all inclusive resort. Wow it took me 2 days to feel normal, way too much eating and beverage intaking. I don"t know how people go to all inclusives all the time, I felt like a caged animal just sitting around by the pool. Luckily for me I knew there was surf nearby so I was able to get a couple nice surf sessions in. My buds wedding was super nice and casual. Now I am back at home and I got some work to do to get back into shape. So today I started with some yard work, then went motoing with stevie smith for a hour and a half then did some work around the house and finished with swimming for 30 mins straight in the pool. I think I'm well on my way to be back in tip top shape if I keep this up.
I have some super rad new to let out of the bag soon but not yet.
So stay tuned yo.
So i went to the poolJanuary 11, 2011
So i went to the pool to swim laps for the first time this year since it was closed for renovations and man it feels good to swim again.
Other than that I have been riding as much as I can when its not snowing. But I have also been sledding as well.
We went to nelson to film for the best of nwd. which it was weird to see all my segments back to back. Now I'm doing emails trying to use my commas and whatnot.
Just road tripping home from nelsonJanuary 6, 2011
Just road tripping home from nelson. Myself zink and mcaul were there to film some interviews for the best of nwd film that scheduled to be released at sea otter. We a.so went snowboarding and snowmo iling while in nelson. Good times
Well hey there everybodyJanuary 3, 2011
Well hey there everybody. I know its been a while but the last month has been pretty darn pinned. Dec started out with buying my new house and trying to get everything sorted and dialled in. After I did that it was time for christmas, since we were having my family and my girls fam over for the holidays we had lots to do. Christmas went awesome and new years was good as well, with a good crew up at mt washington for the festivities. But now its back to reality.
Oh yah I almost forgot to tell you about my trip to germany for a interview on the red bull tv show called bullet points. I flew over there to do 1 hour of tv stuff and I nearly got stuck at Frankfurt airport for the entire holiday. not cool but I made it home just in time. check out some pics of the tv show shoot and several other pics u might find interesting. stay tuned since I'm back on the bloggin program
BrrrrrrrRrrrrrrr its coldNovember 23, 2010
BrrrrrrrRrrrrrrr its cold. I just got home from Mexico city and its minus ten degrees, yikes.
Mexico was fun, after I helped open the specialized store I went to the dh national championships and held a riding clinic with a bunch of very enthusiastic mexicans. Then on Sunday I watched the dh race and once it was finished I did a short dirt jump demo where I did a few tricks on the jump I built.
I couldn't do too much since I brought my dh bike, but nonetheless the crowd was stoked. Afterwards I signed posters and got pictures taken for like two hours. I must have signed at Least five hundred autographs.
So here I am in Mexico once againNovember 22, 2010
So here I am in Mexico once again but this time I am in Mexico city. I came here to help open a specialized concept store in Mexico city. The store opening was a success there was a ton of local media and some celebrities as well. I did a ton of interviews and signed a lot of autographs. Now I am going to the national dh championships to do a bit of a clinic. I found out yesterday that I was supposed to do a demonstration on some dirt jumps. The jumps were crappy little mounds of grass. So I got a hold of a machine and built my own jump. Since I only brought a seven inch bike I made the Lip tall and mellow. So I will let you know how it goes............ By the way the pollution here is really getting to me.
Winter is here once againNovember 11, 2010
Winter is here once again, up in the great northwest. The clocks have been rolled back and its dark at five.
The last little while I've been riding a bit but not as much as I'd like to since I've been busy with my new house. I finished building this deadly hip today on my new trail jail break
I had the most epic day ever!October 25, 2010
Ok so the other day I had the most epic day ever!
I started off with hitting the gym with my girlfriend, after that I chose some house stuff like colours and whatnot. Then I met up with Stevie smith at my current house and we got shuttled up to my dh trail and we shredded the crap outta that trail.
After that ride we got our moto gear and we hopped on the motos and from my driveway we Rode the whiskey creek trails which are amazing by the way.
We rode 20kms of badass single track, which was sooo much fun.We got back to my place and there was still light left so I decided to go for a hunt near my place.
So I went for a stalk in bush, about 45 mins into my hike I was glassing a clearing and I passed over what I thought was a rock. I was looking at it thinking that man that doesn't look like a rock it looks like a deer. Just then it put its head up and was looking right at me, just as I realized the wind was at my back I was now in a standoff where I couldn't move my binoculars from my face otherwise the buck would see me move and run off.
So here I am for five minutes holding my binos up to my eyes trying to stay still until it put its head down. It finally did and I ducked down and pulled my rifle out and well the rest is history. Except the fact of field dressing it in the dark with a ton of bears around the area, I had to drag it 3kms outta the bush.
Now thats my idea of a epic day......
P.S. my new house is looking awesome
SO its the off seasonOctober 20, 2010
SO its the off season and I'm pretty pumped. I just got back from a sick vacation in costa rica with my girlfriend. We stayed on a friends yacht and surfed fished and relaxed, good times.
As for now I am just getting back into shape at the gym and riding my xc trails and doing some trail building. Ya know all that fun stuff.
Got a xc photo shoot planned for today so I gotta get off this computer and get this done yo....
Sunday has come and goneOctober 6, 2010
Sunday has come and gone and I am still in one piece after the biggest event of the year. Stoked to say the least.
The day started out with clear skies and dead calm winds, with all the staff and athletes preparing to roll up the hill at the break of dawn. One thing I will mention is the 3d film crew that red bull hired. It consisted of 60 people and a setup straight from hollywood. Yes thats
right folks you will be able to watch me in 3d...........
My day started out good since I had nothing left to dig, after 4 hard long days of digging I was more than content with the originality flow and just radness of my line it had all thta big mountain represents, big airs, technical steeps, technical turns and new school moves. I
practiced riding the lower 3 jumps of my line to warm up. After warming up we had the riders meeting and then headed up the slope. The heli was in the air and the excitement was high, Gee was third on the start list. He rolled through his line with ease and stomped Romanuks
line at the bottom and scored a 82. We at the top kinda scratched our heads and thought it was a little high but no worries. The rest of the riders finished ridge one and it was our turn on ridge line 2. Zink rolled down the hill to the oakley wood drop and sent his 360 and
unfortunately went down pretty hard, which was the case for a few people. It was me and Bourdo left at the top with me last to go we felt the wind gusting and I gave him some encouragement to stomp his line which was one of the raddest things ridden this year. He dropped in straight from the top into a steep cliff to a tight s turn, he stomped the crap out of it. So now its my turn and I cringe at the wind but I'm cued in by the starting guy and the heli is wrapping around the start near eye level, so its go time. I drop into my line and make the first corner to the first air and scream down the chute into the big drop and as soon as I leave the takeoff I'm blasted by a wind gust and it blows me sideways to the right and I land the air but miss the corner. I scurried back up and rolled the rest of the line until I came to the road gap which once again a headwind, I cased the jump because of the wind and my run was pretty much over.
Mentally frustrated and very angry I almost broke my other hand trying to punch out the window of my rental car, smart yah I know but when your that angry you try and hold it back. I couldn't believe that I was getting screwed once again by wind. Run 2 saw the ridge one guys
go and with increasing winds they struggled and when it came time for ridge 2 to drop in we called it since the winds were too high and very dangerous to try riding in weather such as that. We waited just below the top for over 2 hours while the weather hammered the ridge with rain, wind, thunder and lightning. Just minutes before everyone called the event off, myself and Todd Barber saw a patch of clear sky emerging on the horizon. That was enough to wait another 20 minutes which proved out to be worth it.
The skies broke and our 2nd runs were under way. Zink stomped his spin and victory lapped the rest of the line and Bourdo went for his flat spin and fell. I was a bag of mixed emotions. I am usually relaxed and focused at contests, but after all that I went through that day I
was a bit of a mess mentally. I dropped into my line but since so many people hiked up it I lost my front tire on the corner which was frightening since I went off the cliff in a nac nac. I somehow managed to pull it back and shred my whole line by the skin of my teeth and at
the bottom I went a little fast on my 360 drop and landed at the bottom of the tranny and stomped it perfectly......
I can't even tell you how happy and relieved I was to finally get my line even though before I dropped in I was not confident at all since I had realized that maybe my line was a little too hard. I was dissapointed but not surprised at the judges scores they gave me. I busted my ass all week building a line that was a true representation of big mountain riding with no machine built or wood features. Some may question that comment since I love slopestyle events so much, but if you didn't know that big mountain riding is my favorite well now you do.
Deep inside I knew that the judges get pursuaded when someone does one rad thing but I held to what I wanted to do which was not ride stunts and jumps that someone else built, I do that all year. I'm proud of myself to not cratering in to doing what other people want. Because it was tempting..................
I hope I leave all who read this insight with motivation to do what drives your passion. Keep the rubber side down and ride hard
Rampage is gonna be siiiiickSeptember 30, 2010
Rampage is gonna be siiiiick! The lines people are building are rad and the amount of athletes here is crazy, there is 30 people doing the pre qualifier and another 10 or so pre qualified.
Myself and my dig crew which consists of my friend mike and a spectator dude named ryan have been building like crazy we've put 2 full days of digging, picking and raking to get my line dialled in. and it's almost done. I have one last jump at the bottom to build. My line I chose was pretty much the same as the previous year but since I have the time to finish building it. I also changed it a bit with a bit of a different line at the top and I made the big drop a hip to make it different.
I finally chose what bike I'm riding after getting both my bikes suspension tuned, I rode a sick trail on my SX and the suspension is more than capable to handle the hits but the steering angle is a little too steep for when it gets really rowdy, Where the demo shines in the same situation. So for now I'm sticking with the demo 8. Lets hope I can open my hands tomorrow since they are so sore from picking through rock all day for the past few.............
Reb bull rampageSeptember 27, 2010
Reb bull rampage is upon us my friends, I survived Vegas once again. thank god!
So I am in utah once again my old stomping grounds to be exact, I had a sick xc ride on a trail called guacamole.
It's one of my favorite trails out here in terms xc riding, then I did a nice dh on a trail called flying monkey, it then rolls into king kong definitely a favorite trail of mine.
I like that trail since its got a great line that is good practice for rampage.
I rode the sx trail on it today and I plan on riding the demo 8 on it so I can finally decide which bike I will ride for the contest.
wish me luck
So I just realizedSeptember 20, 2010
So I just realized I can type with no pain woop woop.
If you didn't know well now ya know that my hand is gooooooood I had a killer day yesterday, I went trail building for 5 hours and finally finished my downhill trail.
Then I jumped on My freshly built sx trail and shredded the crap out of my trail. I was then greeted by my girl to pick me up at the bottom. Afterward me and my girl went for a moto ride which was rad until I was pinning it in 3rd gear through the woops and got a flat.
So that was my radtacular story of my day.
Now its sunday and its been 5 weeks since my breaking of the hand and I am pretty excited that I healed so fast, One hand specialist doctor actually told me it would take just under 3 months to get back to normal. I just laughed at him then I said I have a contest to ride in 7 weeks and he told me I was out to lunch if I thought I was going to ride a competition then.
The proof is in the pudding I'm back already.
So wish me luck in the next few days while I get on the bike harder and harder in order to get ready for the rampage............
So yesterday was my first day on the dh bikeSeptember 15, 2010
So yesterday was my first day on the dh bike, its been 4 and a half weeks and the hand felt surprisingly good for that little amount of downtime.
I have about 75 percent percent of my hand strength which is pretty good. I have 2 and a half weeks until rampage so I think I'm gonna be good to shred the event.
I also flagged out my course on Mt Washington,,,,, yes I am planning on doing my event next year. It isn't final yet but I'm pretty sure its gonna happen.
So as I am sipping on some deadly coffeeSeptember 14, 2010
So as I am sipping on some deadly coffee from oso negro I am contemplating what to do today?
I went for my first moto ride yesterday and the hand felt great, I think I might even try and go do some dirt jumping this afternoon. The last few days I have been working on my yard at my new place and hitting the gym pretty hard as well.
I also finished my quarter pipe tree to tree transfer in the bush and it looks sooo sick, I want to try and flair after rampage. Its between two massive cedar trees and the gap is about 20 feet across, it sits in the lushest zone ever.
So yah thats all for now folks.
Well well wellSeptember 7, 2010
Well well well, I'm sorry its been a while since I have done a blog but I've been dealing with a broken hand, so typing is a little slow one handed.
As you may or may not know two weekends ago I crashed on my first run at crankwerx on a switch 360 on the bottom feature, a trick that I can do fairly easily. I was quite heartbroken since My run was flawless up to that point and quite possibly could of taken the win, not to
mention that I would have had 2 more chances to better my score. Its been a few years since I have felt confident enough to do very well at crankwerx due to endless injuries and whatnot.
I ended up breaking my two metacarpel bones in my left hand when I came in a little to fast and ending up over rotating because of it. As usual injuries suck but not at all do I ever let it get me down, instead I use the free time to spend with my friends and family and my girlfriend Megan. I also use every injury as a lesson and pat myself on the back, since I always say that if you are not crashing then you are not riding hard enough and in my life and my sport, risk is just as regular as putting milk on your cereal.
Its almost been two weeks now and I just saw my hand surgeon the other day and the bone is set properly and Im in a new plastic splint.......... pumped.
So here I am waitingAugust 17, 2010
So here I am waiting for the ferry headed back to the island with myself and mccaul. Both of us with broken bones lol I had a awesome run on Saturday until I blew it by falling in the last feature doing a switch 3 my run would have placed me in first or second. And that was my safety run. Now I'm just focusing on getting my hand healthy for rampage
Wish me luck
Had a good day of practice yesterdayAugust 13, 2010
Had a good day of practice yesterday, shortly followed by the best trick contest. I did a couple of good tricks in round one which was good since i wanted some practice.
Watts took the first win with a flip double whip. Then we moved on to the last step down drop, everyone was either tailwhipping or flipping it so I decided I was gonna be the ginuea pig once again and spun the drop.
On my first 360 I was very surprised how good it spun so I was kinda like oh man its on like donkey kong. So I worked up the balls to do a switch 360 on it and it was a zesty one but I pulled it so I decided to throw a switch 360 lookback and man it felt good.
I stalled it out so long that I actually had time to focus on the lip, then snapped it around at the last second. boooyah 3500 in the pocket which is rad since im broke cuz I'm building a custom home at the moment.
wish me luck today in practice and wish me luck tomorrow in the big show.
tune in on the live webcasts
So here we are once againAugust 12, 2010
So here we are once again at crankwerx. Charging the course as usual working the jumps in one by one. The top of the hill is fun but the mid section is weird. I'm getting some of my trix dialled. Got a flair on the quarter so I'm pretty pumped in that gonna head back up there now so wish me luck
It has been a really weird weekendAugust 2, 2010
It has been a really weird weekend here at crankwerx Colorado. There were so many upsets with people crashing, family issues, weather and sub par course.
It all started the day of practice when miller went down hard after casing the step down ending up with a broken vertibrae and a mangled face. Not very long after Logan over shot the last jump which was very easy since you had to brake all the way into it. When he overshot the
jump he put a foot out and snapped both his tib fib and the bone pierced through his jeans into the dirt. Yah it gives me the creeps too.
Then the day of quaifying it started do downpour so the qualifying got pushed back another day. Come qualifying day the weather was good and alot of the riders went down in their runs. Which for alot of them it worked in their favor for finals. Come finals day it was 20 riders and it was dead calm winds until about the 5th or 6th to last rider and then out of nowhere a 20 mph headwind started to gust leaving the 5 of us left staring at the trees blowing sideways. Mccaul then dropped in and he cased his front flip off the step down and of course me zink
and watts are waiting on top of the course hearing tid bits of info on the radio. When we heard femur and concussion we knew it was serious.
for the 20 mins we sat and contemplated and worried about our friend. It was all a big blend of added stress to our situation. Not to mention the rest of the field had wicked runs with dead calm winds and we now had to try and make it through the course with a head wind. I
rolled through my run and stomped everything I wanted to do but I cased off the step down and cased the last jump because of the 20 mph headwind. I was not stoked when the judges score was 8 points lower than yesterdays run even though that run was way better minus the 2 short landings.
We all had a meeting and called a break for the wind since the next couple of riders after me and zink were not able to make it through the course due to the headwind. 2nd runs went well until 2 riders before me the wind came up again and when i tried to do my run the
wind was so strong i couldnt even make it through.
I cant even tell you how mad I was, my head was in a fury of rage, stress and worry. Unfair I thought to myself was how I felt about the whole weekend.
Reality was at its full when me and tyer Mccaul walked through the doors into the hospital, "too much time I've spent in the hospital I said to myself." Mccaul was in good spirits as usual but it was still sad to see a bud go down like that. We then visited Logan down the
hall in denver hospital, he wasn't in such good spirits as cam but fair enough since he has a much longer road to recovery than cam did.
I couldn't help but feel the reality of what the dangers are of what we do. Not more than a few dozen individuals understand what kind of pressures are upon our shoulders...
Its been a interesting go here in ColoradoAugust 2, 2010
Its been a interesting go here in Colorado for the crankwerx. A bunch of people crashed hard in practice and got hurt combined with rain and thunderstorms. Its been interesting. My first qualifying run today went well. I stomped pretty much everything I wanted to except the switch three at the bottom. And I was in first until zink stomped his run and I blew my second run so I ended up in 2nd place for qualys and it is supposed to rain tomorrow so we will just have to wait and see. Cheers
It rained pretty much all last nightJuly 29, 2010
It rained pretty much all last night, so the course is quite muddy.
Therefore qualifying is pushed back to tomorrow and if we can we will do some more practice this evening if the course dries up.
Other than that we are just about to watch some x games action. by the way sleeping at elevation sucks.
here i am in colorado againJuly 28, 2010
here i am in colorado again but this time it is for crankwerx in winter park.
First day of practice went down today, which was decent weather until the thunder and lightning started.
The course is pretty basic with 6 obstacles in it, making it pretty simple and not much in sizeable stunts either. One of the builders for the course was riding it on his bmx..... need I say more? or have we really just went that far backwards?
Let me know your thoughts on this matter at my twitter page darenberrecloth
Jeepers this summer has been a good oneJuly 26, 2010
Jeepers this summer has been a good one. The weather here at home on the island has been so nice its not even funny. Sunny skies and warm waters make it very hard not to hit the boat all day every day. As for me I have been riding a bunch practicing up my tricks for the next two contests. Feeling pretty good though I got my threewhips pretty dialled and my switch 360 lookbacks are feeling good.
Me and my bro filmed for his web project over the weekend which was pretty fun. And now I'm waiting in the ferry line up to head up to whistler this afternoon so I can dial a few more tricks into the foam before I head out to the next comp which is crankwerx Colorado.
Ok I'm waiting to see if I get on this ferry and its looking pretty tight. In like five cars behind the last guy they let on........sweeeet made the ferry lol
I me myself and I am going a little crazyJuly 19, 2010
I me myself and I am going a little crazy, stir crazy that is, from the incessant waiting in order to get to wherever I am going. I at the moment am waiting to get off this ferry in order to get home. I always giggle to myself when I constantly sing the song, "in a hurry to get things done" since that song always rings so true. So anyways I am sure your wondering how the competition went for myself this past weekend, well I will tell ya.
In qualifying I had a good run and qulaified 3rd. So come finals day I started my practice and man this course had 15 hits, all of which were trickable. So what that interpreted to was, a lot of tricks needed and many places to screw up your run. My practice went decent until I tried to tailwhip one jump down low on the course and I always struggled with this jump since you came out of the corner and had to brake a ton and the lip was very inconsistent. I ended up bitch running it like 10 times, which frazzled my brain so i just moved on and whipped and switch 360 the big jump at the bottom which perked me up a bunch before my first run.
My first run was going great until I tried to whip that dumb jump and I brain farted and ended up doing a half whip to half whip back to ball ride, dont ask me how it happened cuz I was even confused. I managed to finish the run and ended up in fifth from that run.My second run was gonna be dialled and it was going great until I blew 10 spokes out on one of my 360s..... so that was it for me I ended up in fifth. Pretty happy with fifth considering I screwed up.
Now as I am about to embark on another few days at home before the next huckfest of a contest, I am happy, I love home..........................
I said bye bye to coloradoJuly 15, 2010
So I said bye bye to colorado at a very early hour this morning. I had troubles sleeping at 10,000 feet last night in keystone so i got only a hour sleep, so that 430 am alarm was not fun.
The dealer event was a huge success and I will say it once again, the boys at specialized outdid themselves again with the best looking bike lineup in the business.
My favorites were the demo 8 the new sx trail and the camber. all bikes are amazing riding and look great as well.
stay tuned for a personal review on these bikes. So now I am in new hampshire for the claymore challenge slopestyle contest.
The course is super fun, it has great flow and feels like riding a dirt jump rythm section.
Qualifying is tomorrow so stay tuned to my twitter updates for constant action and photos.
Keystone ColoradoJuly 14, 2010
Hey there folks.
Hope your all doing well, I am in keystone Colorado for the dealer launch. We are unveiling all the 2011 bikes and man oh man they are looking goooood. I rode the crap out of the stumpjumper twenty niner yesterday and I loved it. I also loved the new demo eight. It definitely felt lighter and more agile. The other product I was stoked on is the butcher dh tire. Nobody really knows about the wicked tires specialized makes so I strongly suggest you pick one up and you won't be disappointed. Today I think I'm gonna hit the dh trails on the demo eight.
And yah I'm still pretty tired from racing the legend at sprints after slamming a beer lol
Second place was where I ended upJuly 5, 2010
Second place was where I ended up for the day after a muddy morning. So the seating runs went down on saturday and after the first run I was in first and it started to downpour severely before we could do the second. So come sunday morn we rode the very muddy course which was extremely difficult at times. and we managed to get one run in before it started to rain again.
Everyone was scared to hit the big drop that was a 35 foot plumb dropper, brandon was the first to go so he hit it first and then a couple others did as well.
By the time my run was up the wind started howling which is pretty scary doing a drop that size in the wind. So I just tried not to think about it and dropped and had a good run the only part that i messed up on was I no footed can canned the last drop and since my feet were so slick with the mud i blew my pedals but managed to get them back on to hit the last jump.
Brandon had a clean run and took the win and i got second with Zink in 3rd.
stay tuned for the video from this week in europe by freeride entertainment
happy canada day eh! folksJuly 1, 2010
hope all the canucks are having a gooder day today.
I on the other hand am hanging in a little town called chatel, it lies in the portes du soleil region of france.
First day on the bike today and it felt good doing some runs at the bike park. But man I must say they have been building some really rad stuff here to ride.
Myself and the Mccaul brothers went for some runs and had some good laughs and epic runs.
Saw the course from a distance and it looks good, better every year.
The big drop at the start is even bigger and a few more lines from last year make up the course. We start practice tomorrow so yah stay tuned for pics on my twitter acct tomorrow.
En route to France .July 1, 2010
So my travel day is almost over and as usual iys been a long one with missed flights and at the moment I'm not sure if Geneva smells or if my cab driver does lol
So alex fosvedt from freeride entertainment is here documenting my trip and contest in France so stay tuned for that on the I am specialized website. He's been embarrassing me all day by pointing his camera in my face at all times but I'm sure the edit will be rad. So wish me luck at practice tomorrow
So here we are againJune 29, 2010
So here we are again at the good old airport but this time alex fosvedt from freeride entertainment is documenting my trip and contest in France. I'm pretty pumped for this comp since its a big mountain event. Which is what I'm most fired up on riding these days. Gonna board the plane here so stay tuned for updates. Later
Well well wellJune 22, 2010
Well well well, that was one heck of a trip to china!
The most physically demanding trip I have been on, the heat was intense. But anyhow I made it home and the weather here on the island has been amazing sunny and half the temp of the gobi lol! So the day
I got home i decided to get on my dirt jump bike and get ready for the next comp, but I ate crap on a 360 whip and tweaked my sore arm again, which I have no idea how i injured it in the first place.
I got to china and rode the first day and my muscle under my bicept, was super sore and i couldnt even hold onto the bars. Which was stupid since I think it was from sleeping on it wrong. Or maybe it was that dumb old guy on the plane who kept elbowing me in that arm the whole
So yah tweaked arm again so me my girl and 2 friends went fishing to a deadly spot on the west coast called hot springs cove. There we spent 2 days catching a ton of fish and relaxing.
check out pics
What a buttkicker of a trip!June 15, 2010
I am now back in north america jet lagged as usual, if u read my blogs you would already know that I get severely jet lagged, since I woke up at 3am my girlfriend kicked me out of bed. I wasn't sleeping and wanted snuggles. But shes like come snuggle in 5 hours lol! So after another full day of travel across the pacific I am stoked to say I am home once more for like 2 weeks I think till my next trip to europe.
The last couple of days were definitely the hardest of the trip since everyone was feeling the physical drain from the heat.
We ended up getting winded out of the big airs we had lined up but I am pretty sure the viewers will be entertained by the big lines we did that ranged from tight chutes to huge open faces like a skiers dream and endless runout.
So all in all the china experience was a for surely unforgettable one, The sights, the people and faces of the very different cultural based country make it a very pleasurable and unique experience.
wow that was one of the hottest daysJune 11, 2010
wow that was one of the hottest days I've ever experienced. I felt like like my brain was melting underneath the gobi deserts blazing rays, trying to duck into a hole or canyon in between shots
was the best way to get out of the sun but it still was unsuccessful since I ended up with light heat stroke after hiking and filming all day in 45 degree weather.
We ended up having another stellar day even with the heat, we all got rad shots and I ended up spraying dustins 50,000 dollar camera with dust and rocks when i took a high speed turn in front of him. Sorry buds he didnt need that lens filter anyways? lol!
omg I am bagged.June 11, 2010
omg I am bagged. So darn hot here its nuts after many consecutive days in a row of being in the desert heat today was the hardest and tomorrow will be even harder.
got a couple of shots today which was good and built some things for tomorrow.
So tomorrow will be our last day of riding so hope all goes well and the wind stays calm.
Im going to bed l8er
wholllllly cow what a epic dayJune 9, 2010
well u heard it and im claiming it was the best day of filming I've ever had...
It started out with heading out at 1230 in the afternoon which is the hottest part of the day at 44 celsius.
We got to the zone and the line that i had seen from across the river was in the light and I was doubtfull it was rideable since it was a ledge beside a cliff that was off cambered most of the way.
We officially survived a gobi desert sandstorm!June 8, 2010
The day started out super sick with me and the crew finding some killer new zones (check out the shots on my twitter page) followed by checking out the sand dunes which are insanely large, like 400 square miles big. The crazy thing is how it goes from dirt and mountains to
sand its seriously a line.
The rest of the day we looked for a spot to set up camp near some big lines, we found a good area and jeremy suggests we set up on this knoll since it would be sick shots for the film.
I immediately protest and get shot down since the light is fading. The first warning sign should have been the 15 mph winds when we were setting up the tents but nobody but me thought it was a bad idea to still make a knoll a camp site.
We were quickly confronted by some of the locals and they wanted to show us some chinese welcome and sing and dance for us at our campfire which was pretty bitchin since now the wind had died and all was well.
We go to bed and I couldn't really sleep since the temp was still 105 and the wind came from nowhere and started to howl and when it gusted to around 70 mph I poked my head out the tent just as sorge and doerflings expedition tent that had no bottom took flight. Man you
should of heard those guys it was hillarious they were freaking out but soon huddled in their sleeping bags with there faces in to hide from the insane sand and dust the wind was blowing around.
I tried to ignore the wind but my tent was near collapsing and full of dust so i decided to drag my tent down the hill to find shelter without losing it to the wind.
Wow what a experience, its safe to say we got our butts kicked by the gobi last night....
jeeepers creeepers this place is radJune 7, 2010
jeeepers creeepers this place is rad, the mountains here are so sick and al dirt.
So what I am saying is that these slopes are more than shreddable and me and the boys are getting rad shots and shredding the sickest lines ever.
I am here with freeride entertainment, and the other riders are Kurt Sorge and James Doerfling.
We are staying in turpan which is the furthest town from any ocean in the world and it is bloody hot here around 110 every day.
So tonight we are gonna go camping way out in the desert to go further than before and get the sickter lines, the only crappy thing is the hike up these steep slopes and faces is very hard.
wish me luck eh!
Once again here I amJune 1, 2010
Once again here I am at the bejing airport waiting for another plane. I am en route to the gobi desert with Doerfling and Sorge to shoot some big mountain lines. The place we are going to is the sickest place ever. In terms of searching for the gnarliest big mountain lines this place has the best potential in the world. And I'm pretty fired up about since I've been dreaming of coming back for years now...........wish me luck and we will be in touch
Gotta love early season at whistlerMay 27, 2010
Gotta love early season at whistler trails are buff and tacky and barely anyone here. Had such a good day of riding yesterday. And I'm about to have another one
Went for my first day of dhingMay 26, 2010
Went for my first day of dhing at whistler on the new demo eight. Pretty sick bike I must say anywho I'm pretty stoked to get some riding in and now I'm gonna to ride foam
My oh my what a day I had yesterdayMay 26, 2010
My oh my what a day I had yesterday. I woke up on the wrong side of bed in theory and it was all downhill from there. I tried to fix my broken down bobcat and realized I had the wrong part then I came inside to get some office work done. Since I had a pile of to do things on my desk, mainly I needed to get my mortgage sorted on this condo I bought as a presale three years prior. And my mortgage guy calls and says my near perfect credit score has been destroyed by a twenty dollar bill I didn't know about so in short I can no longer be accepted for this mortgage and I'm screwed since the closing date is Monday. On top of that I have to arrange for a trip to china on Monday and my bros wedding this Friday. Also half my parts havnt showed up to build my bikes.
So after numerous phone calls I decided my priority is gettingbmy bike built up so I used some of my old parts and built up my new demo eight that whichbi will he brining to china. After that I still needed to pack and it was almost dark and I really wanted to unwind so I grabbed a helmet and sprinted towards my dh trail I built near my house and man, it really was what the doctor ordered. Its funny how life can grab u by the balls and a bike ride totally sets your mind at ease ahhhhhh now time to pack lol!
Yo thereMay 19, 2010
Yo there shooting this drop as we speak yo
yo thereMay 19, 2010
yo there back in the castle (home) and life is gooood had a sick lake jump session yesterday with photographer matt domanski shooting some photos from in the water.
and now were rolling out to spook woods to shoot this huge drop i built.... bring on the big mountain
so peeps whatsa krakening?May 12, 2010
well I will tell ya whatsa krakening in my world, I am home now and krikeys is it nice being home for more than 2 days.
I have been riding my new enduro trail a bunch getting in shape and doing some atving as well since I picked up a new quad when I was in the states .
Me and my girl meg went caving the other night which was super fun since I used to be a cave guide and it had been like 8 years since I had been in a cave.
I went lake jumping yesterday which was fun until I smacked my head super hard by landing flat on my back in the water, when I was trying switch 360 double whips....
thats all for now folks my girls shouting at me to go to the gym....
Time to get buff
Home sweet homeMay 6, 2010
Home sweet home at last its been over a month and its funny how I travel all over the world and where I live is still the most beautiful
The slopes are steep and flowyMay 4, 2010
The slopes are steep and flowy at times, the people are relaxed and mingling about here at garda bike festival.
So I do a ride down some crazy trail where we have to climb up a steel ladder for 80 feet and carry your bike on your back lol!
The trail was good and flowy and spitted us out near the event so I decided to try and ride the 4 cross race.
I lived half my life bmx racing and it had been 10 years since I had raced, so I was kinda pumped to try. I got one lap in on the course before they closed the track down before qualification runs. I did my quali run and was stoked when I ended up in sixth. So I made it to
semis and I kinda blew my gate start and then got pushed to the outside of the first corner to the point where I almost crashed while putting my foot down, so that was it I didnt make it to finals but I had fun and thats racing.
Folowing the race they held the movie premier of follow me which was held outdoors and was pretty sick actually.
The next 2 days were filled with a couple of photo shoots and some decent riding, good times all in all.
We rolled out of gardaMay 4, 2010
We rolled out of garda to linz austria to meet with the adidas eyewear crew and discuss the new evil eye riding glass.
we also did a super cool tour of the factory, which is insane to find out that there are 240 steps needed to create one pair of glasses. No wonder they aint cheap!
We then went to a riding area called bischofmais which was a super cool spot and got some good pics.
now im sitting in a hotel doing emails while hunter does the same. I am pretty stoked about going home since its been over a month since I've been home................................
written by yours truly .....me
enduro european tour with hunterMay 3, 2010
so yah here we are in italy for the lago di garda bike festival, I must say though I was here like 8 years ago and man has this event grown.
The amount of people here on bikes is crazy. Very cool festival indeed. So the first day I arrived just in time to catch matt hunter and Trond hansen about to go on a ride, perfect I said since I was slapping myself in the face to stay awake in the car during my 3 hour drive at 200 km/h, gotta love the autobahn.
So we did some shredding and rode a pretty cool trail that had a ton of loose rock fleeing away from our tires as we sped downhill.
We got some killer shots with graber our photo guy and also did some go pro helmet camming as well which should work out good. We ended the day with a few beers and then I hit the sack like a ton of bricks.....end of day..........
FlightsApril 30, 2010
Bright and squirelly I wake up and get to the airport in vancouver, jump on my connecting flight to calgary and was a little frightened to learn that there was a blizzard and flights were being cancelled left right and center. After a 2 hour delay We luckily were on our way. Now here I am on another plane bored out of my mind doing emails while some little hindi kid thinks its cool to kick the back of my chair for fun baaaaaaaaaaaa!
The morning afterApril 29, 2010
The morning after the night out in vegas was definitely a wee bit painful. It would seem we all had a little too much fun at the last night of my bros stag in vegas.
For myself it was back to the real world now, which was to drive north for 24 hours straight back to vancouver. I was fortunate enough to have my friend darren Terhune come along with me for the drive. The first 6 hours were the worst since my hangover was in full swing. The drive was long and we made good time, we arrived at the border were definitely a little worried about if we were about to be hassled, since I was driving my truck with a jet ski in the back of it with 2
bikes laid on top plus a bunch of bags, 5 dirt bikes, 2 atvs, and 3 more peda bikes on top of the atvs. We were surprised when they gave us no hassles after we paid our taxes on the things we purchased down south and rolled back to my bros place in van.
We unloaded the cargo and I dropped Darrren off at the ferry then met up with my girl megan and went out for dinner, which was great since I hadnt had a chance to see her in over 3 weeks.
Man had a good day yesterdayApril 22, 2010
Man had a good day yesterday.I bought a sea doo for tow in surfing and loaded it on the allready packed trailer and headed to laguna through some gnarly rainstorms. I met up with the rads crew for their weekly ride which was real fun and i definitely needed it cuz I really have been slacking on my fitness. I worked so hard getting in shape for nepal and after i got home I was so busy trying to finish my house to sell it, I didn't even get one ride in. wah wah I know but anyways it was good to get my ass kicked by a bunch of old dudes!
After the ride they cooked up some killer burgers on the grill that they have been using for over 15 years! man were they tasty. After that I went backed to my bud stens house and grabbed a shower and got in my truck and drove to vegas woop woop.
So today the mayhem starts, its my bros stag and it gonna be good times
One more year at the Otter.April 21, 2010
A great weekend for weather at the Sea otter for once! and good times had all around.
Myself was stoked for the follow me flick, the boys made a amazing movie and the addition of another rider in most shots was very unique and I loved it.
After the sea otter myself and a whack of other riders rode the annual post office jam. Which was rad by the way! Everyone was riding really good, a few of the standouts were semenuk, mcaul and ryan howard.
Brandon stomped his big 3 tricks which consisted of 360 whips corked 720s and flip whips.
SO for myself I am in the specialized office in morgan hill working on some strategies for marketing for the upcoming season.
After the specialized shindig...April 15, 2010
After the specialized shindig we roll to meet up with the fox suspension crew for dins and margaritas.
It is safe to say I passed out that night like a ton of bricks lol!
In the morning we woke up and had a presentation for all the new fox suspension products, and man are they killing it.
The stuff for next year is so rad its not even funny.
After the media presentation we rolled out to a near by forest for all the media guys to strap on the new suspension and take some photos.
The trail was super sick, it was fast and flowy, smiles were abundant.
After that myself and Cam Mcaul decided to get our surf on.
So he has a wet suit for me and spare board so I'm stoked.
After I put it on I ask how long hes had that suit and he laughs and says his neighbour threw it in the garbage on the curb and he scooped it.
Jackass I tell him lol! anyhow we jumped in and despite my numb feet we had some fun in the water surfing till pitch black singing the jaws theme song we rolled in and then had some wobbly pops..........
Well it has been a very long day indeed once again.April 13, 2010
I arrived from austria at 3 pm and was hoping my girl was gonna be there to pick me up but nope. Good thing graham aggasiz was on the plane and I got a lift from him.
So I get to my bros place and pack up all the toys, 5 dirt bikes 1 quad 6 mountain bikes.
In my truck with my bud jordie lunn we set off to drive through the night all the way to morgan hill.
So yah we drive non stop and get to morgan hill around 12:30 to meet with the specialized designers and talk over a bunch of products for the upcoming year.
By the way, once again I am verrry tired from traveling non stop for 2 days.
So yah in europe again hey!April 12, 2010
Here in Vienna at the air king now and as usual the weather is iffy. But the jumps are fun and all the boys were throwing down. Since the weather was a maybe for rain on sunday we decided to do qualifying and finals on saturday. So that we did, I ended up with a 4th place in qualifying with a run that went like this.
360 off the drop to a tail whip on the first jump to a regular 360 on the second follwed by a switch 360 on the third finishing off with basting the quarter.
Happy with my run I really wasn't too upset when the skies unleashed and brought down the rains.
We all awaited wondering if the skies would clear since we had tarped the jumps they would be fine if the rain stopped. 1 Hour later the rains let up And we got underway with the finals.
Everyone was riding really well since the jumps were fairly small and straight forward it was easy to get your banger tricks fairly dialled.
some of the standout riders were pilgrim, Amir, soderstrom, and plenty of lesser known europeans riding very strong.
It was my turn and my run went like this. 360 table off the drop to superman tail whip on the first set, to 360 table on the second set, to a switch 360 tailwhip. I was super stoked on the run except that on the 360 whip I crashed and smacked my head. So with me whenever I smack my head hard or lightly my vision gets fuzzy for an hour then comes back. My optometrist says it just happens to some people and some not. So yah I was fine but I didnt want to try risking to smack my head again, so I sat the finals out, had i stomped my 360 whip I would have ended in 3rd.... Oh well better luck next time.
Back to north america tomorrow
welllll hellloooo there!April 9, 2010
Yes once again I have been boarded on a tin sardine box and skurted away to a far away land full of bread meat and cheese and oh yah really good coffee.
I start my trip as usual very jet lagged in europe and this time it was linz Austria I was traveling to.
I met up with david my adidas eyewear team manager and we rode to the local dirt jumps where we were gonna grab some quick photos for website stuff.
The trails were super fun and I was sure gad to get on my bike after a full day of travel. I had a good session until my last run I was goofing around and I cased a jump and my but hit my rear tire and ejected me to flat and I ended up scorpioned and tweaked my neck which was poopy so now i have a sore neck to ride the vienna Air king dirt jump competition....
wish me luck eh
en route to viennaApril 8, 2010
en route to vienna for the first stop of the fmb wt and stuck in a airport missed my previous flight and yah im pretty tired not gonna lie.
Jeepers creepers i have been traveling a ton.March 26, 2010
I just got home from the dominican where me and some investors did some site inspection on the 800 acres that we purchased.The plan is to make a destination bike resort and we have 2000 feet of vertical that is steep and full of the best dirt you have ever seen. I was amazed at how good the dirt there is. So the plan is to start building the lodge and cabins asap, meanwhile building a 6 degree trail from the bottom to the top so u can pedal all the way from the
bottom to the top with now worries. Then after that the downhill trails will follow.
check oot me pics eh
So we awake....March 10, 2010
So we awake to another pristine morning in the Himalayas and the plan for the day was to go for a 2 hour climb and followed by a nice downhill.
Well it was a beautiful ride and it did take a little longer, 9 hours actually. Having such a big crew of 18 and trying to film and shoot at every great opportunity didn't really allow for a quick day. The views were beautiful and the ride up wasn't too bad except that we climbed up to 12,000 feet. For a first day after flying for 3 days it killed me, That evening all i could do is wolf down as much carbs as possible in order to try and recover for the start of the climb tomorrow.
6 am wakeup and today is the big day for the start of our ascent, at breakfast I hear rumors through the french that possibly the top of the pass is covered with snow and we might have to start lower than 17,000 feet for the race.
With a half dozen pieces of bread stuffed down my throat and as much water as my gut can handle.
At the moment I am sipping hot tea kaisang base camp at 12,000 feet. The hike was supposed to take 5 hours but it ended up taking 7 hours, I'm learning not to trust our guides estimation of time, since it is usually wrong. The trek up here wasn't too bad it was actually beautiful with 25,000 foot peaks on both sides of the valley, the only problem is that I am freaking exhausted. Not just from the day but from the last 4 days of nonstop travel continued by 2 days of big rides at elevation which makes it hard to recover from large days....
Well I am half way and I'm gonna eat as much carbs as I can and stay warm and hope I have some more energy tomorrow..... wish me luck
P.s. I am the only english speaking dude here and most of the others are french.... remind me to make sure there is another english speaking person to hang with for my sanity....
So its been since hong kong....March 8, 2010
So its been since hong kong that I have been able to get to my email and man oh man what that a adventure or what.
Since i wrote last I had a 10 hour layover in hong kong and all I knew was that someone was going to pick me up in kathmandu.
After my 10 hour layover I jumped on another plane for another 8 hours of fight time, I was then greeted by laurent, one of the organizers of the event and he said here is your jeep you will be getting a ride to pokhara. Ok so I am extremely tired after 30 hours of travel time! and
he says no you have to drive through the night, ok then 5 hours later on a super bumpy road with no sleep we arrive to meet all the frenchies just waking up and meeting us for breakfast.
So I am now at 36 hours travel time and I'm informed that we have another flight in one hour
grrreat more travelling we get on a super sketchy plane and I'm also informed that we are landing in one of the most sketchiest airports in the world at 8500 feet high in the himalayan mountains.
The plane ride was unreal, towering peaks of the Anapurna mountain range whizzed by as we ascended up this narrow canyon. We land in a tiny village set amongst the largest mountains I have ever seen. Did I mention its been over 40 hours since I've seen a bed. Bikes were built
up and bags packed up for the journey which was a 2 hour bike ride up the canyon to another small village, just for a warm up for the legs yikes.
It was a beautiful ride and I was so tired I was beside myself. I got to the little hotel finally and I had to change rooms since my room smelled the same as the washroom that was next to it.
We ate dinner mostly comprised of carbs and then after lots of fluids I finally hit the hay, after 52 straight hours of hellish travel.
It's safe to say I slept like a baby.
Good old airportsMarch 1, 2010
Good old airports, cant say I really like em but hey they are better than train stations...
So as my travels go I was super dissapointed to leave vancouver the day before the gold medal hockey game to head to nepal. Just in case you didn't know WE FREAKIN WON, BEAT THOSE YANKEES HAHA.
and now I am chilling on a 10 hour layover in hong kong which wasn't too bad so far since I ran into a buddy on the flight and when I got here I rented a little room with a shower so I am feeling pretty decent. My next flight leaves in 3 hours and then I have 2 more fights util i land in kathmandu nepal.
So yah as always I hope that whoever is meeting me picks up lol!
anywho taker easy eh and CANADA RULES
So I am once again sitting in a airportMarch 1, 2010
So I am once again sitting in a airport waiting to get on a plane. My travel time on this particular trip to nepal is going to be ridiculous my travel time is 30 hours. Not too much fun and then I have a day before we start to ascend to 17,000 feet, then race down.
I am worn out from enjoying the olympic festivities and my flight leaves at 2 am so wish me luck on this flight and keep posted.......
Just spent a few daysFebruary 24, 2010
Just spent a few days in the interior of bc doing some cat boarding with the adidas eyewear boys.
super good times, had good weather and decent snow.
now I am headed back home to catch up on a few things and get prepared to head out for my nepal trip.
well I will tell ya....February 24, 2010
well I will tell ya how nice it is to be here in the northwest but you have to be here to believe it.
I started out yesterday with my girlfriend at the olympic hockey game which we ended up with skybox tickets. That was super fun so we then headed to the red bull lounge to watch the canadian olympic game, which was amazing considering the asskicking the canadians gave norway 8-0 safe to say we got a good team for this years olympics. After that the city of vancouver was insane I cant even imagine how crazy it will be if we win the gold.
so today I started with a 1 hour pedal up fromme mountain on my specialized enduro which I love so much, upon arriving to the top I was quickly awarded some lovely downhilling. It was kind of funny to be pinning it so hard on the trails only to realize that I was in shorts and a jersey with a xc helmet and no pads. Yah more than a few times I had to tell myself to slower down.
check out some photos of my new ride
how goes it there?February 16, 2010
how goes it there ? well it goes good in my hood!
I just got my first ride on my new enduro and man is that a deadly bike I built it up with a xtr groupo, mavic crossmax wheels and fox suspension.
It has to be by far the best bike out there right now, it pedals so well and downhills even better and at around 26 pounds you cant go wrong.
I also just rode my new trail for the first time and is that a good time.
I dont know if most people understand how satisfying building a trail then riding it is.
It is in the dead of winter....February 11, 2010
It is in the dead of winter here in british columbia and I have been doing as much training for the nepal urge challenge as I can. If you do not know what the nepal race is well I will tell you, it is a adventure race where 10 athletes hike to the top of a mountain and document the experience.
then at 17,000 feet we each race to the bottom on a trail that is not marked.
Last year I did the race in africa and man what that ever a rad trip, it was a asskicker but fun.
So I have been hitting the pool in the mornings swimming around 25 minutes combined with hitting the gym and also doing road and xc rides.
Man the other day I did a 60km road ride on a cup of coffee and a piece of toast, it's safe to say that I bonked half way through the ride lol!
other than that i got some pics of this trail ikm building near my house.....enjoy
My flu was in full swingFebruary 1, 2010
My flu was in full swing the day of the contest in austria and I got barely any sleep due to the fact that it seemed my nose had a tap running on full all night.
I got up and had a shower then proceeded to the first ever FMBA word tour meeting, thats right folks us freeriders and industry staff are getting organized and are going to have a world ranking. The meeting lasted forever and when done we took to the slopes with our bikes and
proceeded to shred the slopestyle course on our bikes, for those that do not know about mtbing in the snow, well I will tell you, its actually pretty easy to ride in the snow as long as it is groomed and then set up such as left overnight.
Practice went well and it seemed that all the boys have been hard at work all winter, honing their biking skills, cuz everyone was riding good. The course was on a decent slope and started off with a small drop which led 2 doubles around 30 feet long in size then to a fruit
bowl with a drop out, which led into a step up step down into a big arse double around 35 40 feet long.
qualifying went well and I ended up qualifying in 4th and my finals run went like this.
360 off the drop backflip over the first double tailwhip over the 2nd, 360 xup out of the fruit bowl, tuck no hander up the step up, super indian air down the drop and 360 the big jump on the bottom.
I ended up with 5th place behind sam pilgrim in first and leahhy in 2nd and amir in 3rd and yannick in 4th.
I was super stoked with the result since I have barely ridden at all this winter due to crap weather.
keep it rubber side down till next time.
I am here in austriaFebruary 1, 2010
I am here in austria for the white style event and today was supposed to be the first day of practice but due to snow we couldn't really ride, go figure eh!
My week here started out good with a night in munich which was very sleep deprived, we then jumped in a car and went to the famous bike town saalbach-hinterglemm which is also very awesome for snowboarding. So when I woke up I felt awesome after a good night sleep, so we
strapped on our boards and went snowboarding in the alps and man was it fun.
I have been here in the alps many times in the summer but never in the winter, the weather was awesome and we had a great day followed by some beers which is pretty much how they do it here, they sleep, ski then drink beer and sleep again and do it all the next day. My day was cut short since by midday I started to feel sick and by dinner time I was feeling aweful.
then today I dragged me arse up and drove to the red bull headquarters in austria which was pretty amazing to go check out the global headquarters and meet all the people that work there.
So that was fun even though that I'm deathly sick with the flu and now
im sitting in my room trying to save strength for tomorrow.
peace out and wish me luck eh!
Well it has been a whileJanuary 26, 2010
Well it has been a while since my last blog and a happy new year to you too!
I have had a good few months of off season doing all sorts of things from snowmobiing in the mountains to surfing the rugged coastline of vancouver Island and it has been good to catch up with the family as well.
At the moment I am sitting in munich working on some good old jet lag with 2 hours of sleep last night I fear that today will be a struggle. All i want to do is go for a xc ride but since it is snowing here I guess I will just have to settle for the gym! baa I dont know about you but I hate the gym I would much rather be outside digging holes or side cutting single track with a pick.
So ya may wonder why I am in munich in the snow? well I will tell you, I am here for the white style slopestyle contest in leogang austria.It is a slopestyle course built out of wood and snow, and it has been a few years since I've rode my bike in the snow so I am quite anxious to go and play.
anywho im gonna hit the gym and wash down my jet lag with some fine german beer
Kinda warm here in indonesiaOctober 27, 2009
So its kinda warm here down in indonesia where myself and kyle are on the specialized indonesia tour, where we will be doing some demos and signing a whole bunch of autographs and a few thousand photos with fans. Myself and kyle have been here a few days now and just now are getting over the jet lag which is never fun.
The first stop on the tour was a demo at the indonesian national downhill championships, We showed up to see what they had built for us and were quite amazed at how big of a road gap they constructed for me and Kyle to jump a few times for the crowd at the race. The gap was around 30 feet long with around 26 feet of drop with a super flat landing and sketchy runout, I was quick to suggest that we should modify it so that I could hit it.
With that being said 15 indonesian workers with nothing but picks and sandbags built up the landing a little bit meanwhile digging it out to steepen the tranny.
With the landing being fixed I got up there and was quite amazed at how excited the local fans were to see something like this be done. With 2 practice runs finished I hit the road gap and I overshot it quite a bit. I was fairly impressed with the amount the crowd swarmed
me and insisted on photos and autographs.
I then hit it up a second time and threw a good table in for the crowd and once again was bombarded with the fans with all sorts of requests like give me your helmet to give me your bike which made me laugh. myself and kyle trew out some product for the crowd and what a sight seeing these people scrap over goggles and gloves and such.
Day 2 of the nissan x trail shoot.....October 19, 2009
Day 2 of the nissan x trail shoot was quite a interesting one, we woke up in the utah desert and quickly realized the weather was not in our favor. It was blowing 30 mph and a deadly thunderstorm was headed our way, so the camera crew got stuck in a rain storm in the sand dunes. Good times I tell ya when the rain comes and the wind is blowing in a sand dune.
The freeride crew pulled it together to get some sick shots of the car catching air 5 feet off the deck and plowing into the sand upon landing, then after the car stuff was done the helicopter landed in our front yard of where we were staying and the pan was to go ride the
big mountain line that I had scoped and built a few days earlier but the problem was that it rained all day and we were not quite sure if it was too wet to ride the line.
So me and Cameron mccaul jumped in the heli for a quick recon and quickly decided that the dirt was too wet to ride so the big line got pushed back.
Day 3 starts at the break of dawn with a little breaky at our favorite spot, shortly after we roll into the desert to get a some shots of me flipping my dh bike which i had never done before and to make it even harder on myself it was on a hip.
That went real well and we got some amazing slow motion flip shots. which led us up to doing some ground camera angles of my big mountain line which was rad cause I was super excited to ride this big mountain line.
So me and mccaul hiked up and rode the middle section together since he was helmet camming me. We got some good shots with the helmet cam and then it was time for me to ride the whole line top to bottom, It was a little bit windy but i dropped in none the less and rode the line exactly how I wanted to.
The line started at the very top of a mesa with a techy drop with a short landing which ran onto a exposed knife ridge that had a few small steps then it rolled out to a diving board that i sent it off and screamed down the rest of the ridge into 2 bigger drops at the bottom.
end of day 3 shoot.
Day 4 we rolled up out of bed and got into the heli and Tom our pilot let me hang out the side of the heli while being strapped in while I held onto my bike while he shuttled me up to the top.
The first shot with the heli was the hero shot where they circled around the top of the mountain with me standing on top of it with my bike, After that was done big d waved his hand out the side of the heli and it was on.
With the chopper blades spinning at my back and thousands of dollars worth of film being used the pressure was on and I shredded the crap out of that line 4 times meanwhile using the heli for a shuttle, pretty cool i thought.
And that wraps up a killer shoot for my first tv commercial stay tuned for the 10 minute web edit coming soon from freeride entertainment also dont forget to check out my blogs on I-amspecialized.com
In utah after the first day of shooting for the nissan commercialOctober 7, 2009
Im here in utah after the first day of shooting for the nissan tv commercial and man what a day.
I originally heard about this tv commercial that nissan wanted to film and I never thought I would actually get the job but here I am on the set of a official tv shoot.
The basic story line of the shoot is, I am flying around in a helicopter looking for a epic line in the utah desert then we decide I cant land on the top of the Line so I get out of the heli and jump into the nissan xtrail and drive to it and then I shred the line then jump back into the xtrail and drive away.
Pretty cool heh?
Freeride entertainment has paired up with some of hollywoods best in order to pull this off and I have brought my bud cam mccaul out to do some pov riding and he is my backup guy in case I get hurt.
We shot all day yesterday which was pretty crazy watching how much of a cluster it is filming a shoot like this, there are over 30 crew on this shoot. Thats alot more than what I am used to when I make bike movies its usually 2 filmers and 1 photographer so its pretty overwhelming but the shoot went well we filmed me landing in the heli then jumping out of it and getting me into the nissan xtrail. After that the professional driver took over and did all of the ralying
shots through the desert with the heli chasing it.
So that brings us to day 2 so stay tuned
one more trade show is in the booksSeptember 28, 2009
well one more trade show is in the books. The show was good and I was stoked on how my segment turned out, I must say that this segment is my best to date. Not very many people understand how much hard work goes into a segment like this so with that being said I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and it gets the stoke going in your fire to ride bikes.
I got the opener in the movie which was rad not to mention how sick the intro was, dramatic music accompanied with the athletes and the crew to put the series to rest.
Today I awoke to the epic sunrise in zion national park, after having a epic xc ride ride late last night that ended up a little longer than I expected.
You know when its getting ate in the day and you want to go on a long ride even though you know there is a good chance u might not have enough light left.
lets just say i would have been fine if my front tire didnt go flat with 4 miles to go, lol! I rode out in the dark with a flat.
Now I am going to go to moab and do some more xc rides before i come back to virgin to shoot the nissan commercial with freeride entertainment.
Headed to VegasSeptember 22, 2009
so the past few days I have been busy gearing up to head to vegas for interbike and shortly afterwards film a tv commercial for nissan. The commercial shoot is a pretty huge deal so im fired up about it, I will be filming it in southern utah and will have cam mccaul for a pov
things have been good up here in the northwestSeptember 15, 2009
well then things have been good up here in the northwest. I finished filming with cameron mcaul for the film follow me. I built some jumps in the forest at mount washington on vancouver island which myself and cam shredded for a day then shredded a bunch of the mountains killer terrain while training each other it was pretty sick especially the sick angles darcy and the film crew got while filming me and cam.
been shredding my dirt jumps a bunch too. and I rode in courtenay the other day with some of my bmx buds which was pretty fun.
bought a new bed too which is always nice. keep posted on the details of this car commercial im doing ill be bloggin lots soon
This will be the kits I will be wearing for my tv commercial shoot for nissan being filmed in early september.
Back on the good old bc ferry heading back home...August 19, 2009
Back on the good old bc ferry heading back home after some good times had by all in whistler.
I was super pumped on the throw down session from all the boys on saturday. everyone was riding really well and the course was good as well a little small for my liking but good none the less.
My runs went like this, I rolled in for my first run and stomped the switch 360 on the first drop then stomped my superman tailwhip on the first jump and when I landed I must have done something to the chain cuz my chain wouldn't roll through my guide. So I had to stop and kinda try and figure it out and man was I bummed here I was about to stomp my whole first run and my chain twists baaaaaaa.
So I run back up on the landing and manage to get one crank in which was enough speed for the wall then I finished my run and to my surprise I got a decent score I was sitting in 4th or 5th place i believe.
2nd run my plan was to stomp my run clean which wasnt going to get me first place but it would have got me top 5 and then I would have been able to take my 3rd and final run and throw out all of my tricks.
So I roll in with my switch 3 to the superwhip and then into my wallride, nothing onto the giro trailer superman seat grab indian air off the giro trailer, boost the kona wall to one foot table out of the wall.
Then regular 360 off the sram thing to a no footed can off the skinny bonar log and i landed flat off the bonar log so I barely was able to steer my way to the takeoff which sucks cuz i was panning on doing a switch 360 lookback. I couldnt gain enough control to get the switch 3
but i did get a nothing to no footed can off the jump then onto cracking a big 360 table off the last drop.
I am now in 6th place which gets me into the finals and chubey rolls down with a good run and bumps me into 7th place by .2 of a lead.
All in all I had a great time and I will be looking forward to next year in whistler.
its finally sunny here at crankwerxAugust 15, 2009
its finally sunny here at crankwerx and we just finished the practice for the morning. 1 hour we had today which was a joke since someone designed the race course in amongst the slopestyle so the race is on and we cant practice. and no we have not ridden the last drop yet and the contest is tomorrow, yikes.
But I did find out today that I am pre-qualified for the finals on saturday due to a few riders dropped out due to injuries.
anywho wish me luck tomorrow
360 turn downs and switch 360 look backsAugust 10, 2009
I went up to the foam pit here in whistler to brush up on a few tricks the other day. One of the new tricks that i have been able to add to my repertoire is turndowns, due to the frame design of the sx. I am pretty stoked on the possibilities it opens up for my contest runs such as 360 turn downs and switch 360 look backs which never have been done on a mountain bike let alone on a slopestyle course , so stay tuned and wish me luck this week.
It is now raining in whistler ......August 10, 2009
It is now raining in whistler here at crankwerx and that sucks since we have had nothing but epic weather here in the northwest. had a good xc ride yesterday with the specialized crew, we rode up the valley here in whistler to a trail called comfortably numb. other than that we had a good meeting with the freeride crew here at specialized. We were strategizing how to use all the athletes a little more.
Its been a warm few days here in whistlerAugust 9, 2009
Its been a warm few days here in whistler, I had to come up here a few days early to do the big bike launch for the media. Thats ended now and yesterday I went up the hill with yorrick carroux
to shoot some photos for the shimano photo contest. The weather yesterday was epic forshooting, up on top of the mountain there was clear skies with a fog ayer below which made for some epic scenery shots up top. Then when you rode down further it was foggy and misty,
which was perfect for shooting in the trees.
Now I am gonna go ride the air dome and practice some trix on my
On my way back from crankwerx colorado beaten down.August 3, 2009
On my way back from crankwerx colorado beaten down. On my first run I went a little slow on a 360 drop and came up way short and broke my bike. I decided to take a 2nd run even though my bike was not in any shape to be shredded on and I landed the 360 drop perfect but my rear tire popped and that was it for my crankwerx colorado comp. It sucked because the run that I had panned and practiced all day would have took the win.
anyways off to whistler wish me luck
New World Disorder 10July 20, 2009
My new world disorder 10 segment is finally finished.
The last shoot was at my pace where I built some jumps in the forest and a couple of one hit wonder hits.
The shoot was good other than getting a concussion the first day. We cable cammed the dirt jump line and a few other shots as well.
and now I am getting ready to go back to germany for the big in bavaria dirt jump contest.
4th annual 26 trixJuly 17, 2009
It was the 4th annual 26 trix contest here and it went awesome especially considering the amount of rain that fell during the day. It all started on thursday afternoon when I first arrived and saw all the boys throwing down on the downhill dirt jumps, mosty the euro shredders like Amir Kabanni and sam pilgrim to name a few. The jumps were good and fun, one big line and one smaller line which linked up at the bottom. I ended up with a fourth place and was content since I was up against all the youngens.
Now I am back in canada filming for new world disorder at my place filming my trails, spook woods.
But why is it when all u want is clouds its blue bird and visa versa geez we waited around most of the day waiting for clouds then i got knocked out with my awesome helmet end of story for today .
2nd place and I crashed on a flipJuly 5, 2009
I am in chatel france for the big mountain slope style and man what a treat it is to ride a big mountain contest where it makes a difference if you can actually ride mountains and not be foam pit trick based. The course was high in the alpine on the side of a mountain, it was
around 1000 feet of vertical drop and it started out with a couple options that most were drops then into some berms and turns straight into the big mountain jump section where a big bike was favored then into a couple of lines that sent you off a drop that ended up into a
steep straight rocky section that had a big turn at the bottom. After that there was a section that was steep and had dozens of different choices which lasted for about 300 vertical feet which spit you out to a big road gap that had a big berm at the bottom which compressed your suspension like a sardine. It all ended with a big booter about 45 feet in size which was good for big bikes as well.
On saturday it was beauty weather and the boys were throwing their lines together and it seemed that everybody was pretty much set to go for qualification. I was late and was hurrying to get on the lift to reach the top for the start of qualification and as soon as I got on the lift the rain started to come down in sheets or so I thought, good thing for my sombrio rain jacket.
So I am huddling on the lift, waiting to reach the top I suddenly rolled over the crest and the heavens opened up and said im angry, The lightning was everywhere and thunder roled through the alps like a freight train. once I reached the start everyone was huddling around
the red bull tent and of course since the course was made of clay it was cancelled for the day.
Its sunday and the sun is shining so up we go to do 2 runs of which the best one counts.
I roll in for my first run and clean the top section with a good flip and spin off the drop that ended in a steep chute and came in a little fast and double flatted on some rocks so my first run is a bust. Being that I am a all or nothing type dude I decide to throw it all on the line and send it for my last run, I spin the top drop that was a good 20 foot with 5 feet of distance and a real steep landing it was complicate to get my head wrapped around how I was going to spin so slow while barely moving except falling vertically. I pull it off and roll into the next jump where I have been flipping it all weekend without a problem and i spin way to slow so I pul the ejection cord and roll out of it. I quickly got back up and was super pissed off I
crashed on a flip so I charge the rest of the course with a ton of speed and throw down some good tricks along the way meanwhile taking some lines that have not been ridden yet and end up in 2nd. pumped on the day and now its off to leogang for 26 trix.
It was a quick flight to salt lake cityJuly 4, 2009
It was a quick flight to salt lake city and a swift shuttle up to the specialized press launch for the 2010 bikes.
The weather was epic and the crew from specialized put on a great show, showing off there 2010 lineup in style. I just want to say that this lineup of bikes is the nicest and sexiest you will see this year, possibly even a few years. My favorite out of the lineup was the enduro series, this bike will climb up anything with ease and descend with a prowess that would make alot of 7 inch bikes envious. Coming in at 30 pounds you cant just beat it for a all mountain. The sx trail is still my go to bike and the new 8 is a treat to corner with hills specific geometry.
I must say that i have ridden alot of trais in my day and this trail that we did near park city was and is in my top 3 of all time, it started with a nice 1200 foot climb puker hill to be exact, then once at the top we were delighted with the views a along the gently rolling ridgetop which rolled on for about 4 miles then descended through the alpen trees about 10 miles of the buffest smoothest singletrack ive ridden. It was so fun my mouth hurt from smiling for so long, me and
matt hunter agree that it was one of the sickest trails we ever rode.
2010 Product Launch, Snowbird, UtahJune 29, 2009
Its a beauty monday morning here in snowbird utah, where me and matt hunter are hanging out at the specialized press launch where we get to unveil all of the 2010 bikes.
yesterday was rad we presented all the new line of bikes which I can tell you is the best line of bikes on the market, all the way to the price point bikes to the high end bikes.
My favorite addition to the lineup would have to be the carbon enduro, it climbs like a xc bike then descends like a sx trail best of both worlds my friends.
After the presentation we got suited on whatever bike we wanted and went for a xc ride. Me and Matt hunter both rode the stumpjumper 26'' and the stumpjumper 29" it was the first time I tried the 29" inch bike and me and matt both agree that its a must try, the climbing ability of this bike is amazing I loved the way this bike rode.
We ended the day with a long dh trail that meandered down a valley with a creek rolling beside the whole way, it was a combination of techy rock sections and buff singetrack. The day ended with a rad dinner in this garden like estate restaurant.
thats all folks till the next time.
Back to mountainsJune 29, 2009
Back to mountains once again I go but this time its the bc interior. I set off in my truck with all my bikes and my quad our destination was cache creek, a little bc town with a fair amount of freeride friendly terrain. I filmed in this area years ago and I always wanted to come back since that was the area I was first introduced to big mountain riding. With the intent of hitting some similar stuff but riding it completely different and utilizing new filming techniques.
The first line we filmed was a narrow chute that opened up to a wide face then ended with a booter. The new world disorder crew rigged up their cable cam in a few hours, stringing it in front of a cliff face all the way across the valley. I was super pumped with the shot we got
since the shot starts with the camera panning across this cliff face and reveals me charging through the narrow chute then making big wide ski turns down the slope and ending with a rad hip at the bottom. The shot totally feels like it was filmed from a heli.
The next day we headed out of our hotel and headed to a new zone where I had previously scoped this crazy chute that had 2 turns in it and ended in a small lake. My idea was to rail through the chute top to bottom and charge into the lake?
So being that my brother Ryan came up to get some big mountain riding experience, he and I got shuttled to the top with my quad and hiked half way down the chute (which was more of a crash half way down) and started half way down since I was skeptical of making the last turn
and I didnt want to pinball through the skinny chute. I dropped in and just made the turn and just stopped before the lake. Next up was my brother so he took the same line as I did and rode it out perfectly and came rolling out with a huge grin saying I think I really like big
So now its time to film the entire line from top to bottom and I am still wondering if I am going to make the turn at the bottom of the chute so I drop in with the cameras rolling and I get half way with a ton of speed as if i was on a freight train I pulled the brakes as hard as I could and it was so steep I was still gaining speed at a chilling rate. I started to set up for the corner at the bottom while brakes on full and there it was, the exit. I fly out of the chute at a
speed around 70 km/h and it all happened so fast it was hard to know what i was thinking but i didnt brake before the lake and I plowed into it at around 80 km/h.I hit so fast that my legs smacked the bars as I got thrown over them like a circus monkey then my face hit the
water and I scorpioned for a half second before i got tomahawked 2 times across the water (sky-water-sky-water)then rested a good 50 feet into the lake.
Thats pretty much the end of that shoot due to some whip lash and gnarly bruises.
So for my rehab I went fishing and caught so much fish it wasnt even funny.
Back to the real world again....June 11, 2009
back to the real world again well my world that is. I spent the last 2 and a half weeks backpacking in ecuador and peru with 2 hometown buds. Good times I tell ya, we started in ecuador and went to the jungle fora few days, we saw all sorts of weird and crazy animals on our jungle trek. I caught some piranha's which I thought was pretty cool. I even swam in piranha infested waters, pretty creepy I tell ya.
After our jungle tour we headed to the coast and got a little r&r in this crazy little surf town called Montanita. When we were one with the coast we headed south to Lima Peru, the town
is pretty unsafe for the most part so we only stayed a night before heading to Cuzco.
Once we were in Cuzco we booked our machu picchu hike and set off on a four day trek, which started with a 2 hour descent on a mountain bike down a scenic valley.
Then we hiked for 3 more days on and off the Inca trail until we reached Machu picchu where we lucked out and had clear sunny skies. The ancient town itself was amazing and I really was amazed at how people could live to become comfortable living on the edge of a cliff yikes.
Now I am in the BC interior filming my segment for new world disorder 10. The weather is supposed to be nice so we should get some good stuff done. My plan here is to ride some big mountain lines and add a little flare to the lines by jumping into the chutes and shredding back and forth down the line.
Wish me luck and stay tuned
Good times had by all at Jordie lunns fresh air jamMay 12, 2009
Good times had by all at Jordie lunns fresh air jam this past weekend in victoria b.c.
I myself had a wonderful time the weather was great and tons of rad riders showed up to shred the course jordie built. Some of the shredders were brandon semenuk, jamie goldman, geoff gullevich, erick lawrenuck to name a few.
The track was fun and we turned it into a 2 hour jam and at the end all the riders voted on the standings, some of the highlights were brandons truck driver off the up box, lawrenucks aliwhips, and goldmans solid runs were some of the visual treats.
brandon ended up in first and I ended up in 2nd and erick lawrenuck ended up in third.
So it's Tuesday....May 6, 2009
so it is tuesday now and I had a good weekend. I did my first downhill race and got 3rd, under 2 seconds behind the winner, I rode my sx trail since it was a fairy smooth course and i love the quick response from that bike. Other than that I am listening to dragon force at the moment, good song.
getting ready for jordies jump competition this weekend in victoria. thats gonna be fun my first comp of the year woop woop. Also I am redoing my backyard with my new excavator and man what a big project dont really have the time but oh well little bit at a time
Films, trails and moreApril 27, 2009
Well ive been home from my trip to utah for over a week now and life is good taking care of some bills and taxes ya know all the things that life throws at you when you decide to take off for 6 weeks. I have been building near my house, in preperation for filming here for the new world disorder 10, to hopefully finish off my segment for that movie which would be rad to get it out of the way early in the year, especially considering I have tons of obligations with traveling for various reasons like contests and film shoots. I even think I am going to the dominican republic for a film shoot for life cycles which is another film I will be in this year. The idea behind the shoot is I go there to park vida which is a bike park I am involved with and build a coupe rad and progressive stunts with stunning backdrops. It should be good pretty pumped on the trip but I wont lie in saying that the weather here on vancouver island is awesome at the moment.
I also want to tell you folks about something I just purchased..... I know you will be almost as excited as I am about it.... stay tuned for my next entry for now I will leave you some pictures of my trails called spook which will be featured in new world disorder 10
Back at home at last......April 16, 2009
Back at home at last, I just returned home from a 5 week film trip in southern Utah. The film I was filming for was new world disorder 10. Yes I said 10, I know what your thinking but yes time does fly by and this is my 7th appearance in the new world disorder films. The process is quite simple, I drive my truck south with all my bikes and my moto of course, Then we rented a house for 2 months which we found to be quite perfect since the house was very close to our filming zones. Once I arrived I use my moto to scour the desert to find unique features such as big boulders that can be used as wall rides or a takeoff. But mainly searching for things that just stand out. Once I decide the jumps and or features that I am going build we get to work with shovels and rakes buffing out my lines. Then when its done we wait until the light is good and there is no wind.
This trip I was very successful in finding what I wanted, which was rad features that stood out. It definitely took way longer than I expected to get all the shots I wanted due to weather conditions, which included lots of wind. There were times where I sat on top of a jump and waited for a break in the wind for 45 minutes. Now that is nerve racking. Some of the highlights are, Switch 360 off a drop followed by a regular 360 off a second drop right away. Big gap to rock manual, turndowns and lookbacks on the raddest quarter pipe i've ever built it was 14 feet tall and super scary. Those are just a few of the highlights from the trip so stay tuned for other epic tales from ME
Building and Filiming in UtahMarch 10, 2009
Back once again in the Utah desert. The weather is fair and the dirt moist, perfect building and filming conditions. I will be here in Utah for the entire month filming for new world disorder 10. So far I have been lucky in finding super unique stunts to build and since there is moisture in the ground building is a dream. Perfect lips get shaped in no time at all and it packs super hard. John Gibson will be the photographer for most of the time I am here and Brad Mcgregor will be the cinematographer. Stay tuned as the madness unfolds.
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