I spent nearly three weeks filming with Buehler over the course of the summer and fall shooting for his segment in Builder, here’s an excerpt from the story.
Garett Buehler is deeply introspective. In the dark hours of the night, when worries creep unbidden to the front of the brain, he wonders: what am I doing? Why am I risking my blood and bones for a job with no pension, no safety net? Should I be in school? Am I missing out on other, richer, life experiences? It’s a delicate question to answer, and one that provokes a ‘’stop whining, you have the best job in the world!’’- type gut level response from weekend warriors. But riding this close to The Edge comes with severe consequences; one needs to be calculated in order to stay healthy and keep riding at this level. If you’re hitting big moves with no regard for your own safety, you won’t be a professional rider for long. Doubt is necessary for self-preservation. Riders like Buehler are confident, not madmen.
Back in the spring I spent a week down in Bellingham with the legendary Lars n’ Bars aka Lars Sternberg. It was productive, we managed to hammer out two videos: the Fox 36 ‘moto’ edit, and this one. Lars is without a doubt one of my alltime favourite riders to watch. He’s somehow loose and precise, the bicycle riding equivalent of a chainsaw with scalpel blades. This was one of the most visually stunning (and fun to ride) trails I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to make another trip down there.
Recently, Trek asked me to edit two videos from the C3 Team’s trip to race the Down Taxco Urban Downhill event in Mexico. The course looked rowdy, the riders had fun, and the tacos looked delicious, hopefully this video gives you a glimpse into the chaos that is urban racing.
Just received the December issue of New Zealand’s finest mountain bike journal, Spoke Magazine. Great to see my shot of Mike Kinrade running as a double page spread. We shot this back in August at the legendary Retallack Lodge. Amazing trails, and incredible people there.
Lars Sternberg is one of my favourite riders to watch, his style is so fast and aggressive it looks like he has a motor. Maybe that’s why FOX thought he’d be the perfect athlete to showcase their new fork, the 2014 FOX 36. The goal for this video was to highlight the new fork and FOX’s motocross heritage in a unique way: FOX asked me to add in audio from a two-stroke dirt bike. It’s the sound some riders imagine when they’re hitting a sweet corner, and hopefully it reminds viewers of their childhood (and sticking hockey cards in their spokes).