Saturday, January 9, 2010
This film came out almost a decade ago, and played a major role in my passion for riding a bike. Years later it still has a major influence on my outlook of our sport every time I watch it(when theres a working VCR around). Riders to first descents, cinematography to locations, its hard to explain how iconic this film is. Im no historian but pretty sure I can easily say it's had a huge impact on freeride mountain biking as well. I mean, Watson and Shandro stomped the 'Mullet Line', a multi hit big mountain line that introduced us to Utah's massive potential! Vanderham(back then, truly 'the Kid') was breaking onto the scene as the young talent who all of us aspired to ride like(and we all still do)! The guys behind the lenses have gone on to continue bringing us the imagery and movies we drool over. Leech had his best segement ever. And everyone rode big bikes and it was all about style! One person missing was Berrecloth but he wasn't far around the corner. I think I was about 15 when I first saw this video, and seeing Watson, Simmons and the crew up in the coastal alpine was nothing less than motivational. I looked up to all these guys(still do) and all I could think was how much I wanted to experience those epic spots on my bike, and how awesome it was that these guys were doing it, because they loved it! This movie is going to live on as the best documentation of our first strong steps into true freeriding. I could go on forever about my thoughts on this video, but il keep it short for now. Thanks everyone involved! PS...i want this on DVD.
Posted by Norby at 2:02 PM