Sunday, May 23, 2010

Coastal Crew Ep.7 - Opening Weekend

Summer in Whistler is unreal, in every sense of the word. The riding is unreal, the town is unreal, and the women are everywhere. It is also one of the most photographed and filmed locations in Mountain Biking. When Dylan and I were invited to stay with Bear Back Biking for opening weekend we knew the creative challenges that lay ahead. The goal was to take a fresh look at the bike park.


Lines, lines and more lift lines. Opening day was incredible, bright sunshine, blue skies and fresh trails. After a much-needed coffee we met up with our buddy Scotty who was going to help us shoot. Time lapsing has become a big part of what we do; it allows us to condense real life into a unique blast of action. After nailing a couple of establishing shots we got straight down to business. Shooting is a time consuming task at the best of times, but when there are thousands of people riding the trail you are shooting, a whole other challenge appears.


Our vision was to show Whistler through our eyes. I’ve lived here for the past two summers and Dylan has been riding here for years. Riding whistler is not about the amount of runs we can squeeze into a day. It is about riding with the bros, meeting new people and having a blast on the trails. We wanted to bring you into our experience as friends shredding together through Whistler’s lower mountain trail network.


After two full days of shooting, hiking, riding and envisioning we were all beat. A huge thanks goes out to Mark at Bear Back Biking, Wallace chef extraordinaire for looking after us, Whistler Blackcomb and Scott Friebel for wielding the camera all weekend.

Words by Callum Jelley.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

B Labs Up Side Down & Under Ground

Black Box Labs & Coastal Crew present Jamie Goldman's first private jam




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Making of Follow Me

Head down to your local shop and pick up Follow Me, it is now on DVD! I cant wait to see the making of, check out a preview below.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Coastal Crew Ep.6 - Day In The Life Of Semenuk

This winter Brandon has been over on the coast hanging out with us quite a bit. We are all pretty similar so it has been great shredding coastal loam together. Brandon has worked really hard to be where he is today; he may make tricks look effortless, but that doesn’t come without many hours per day on the bike. Needless to say, some major sponsors, such as Red Bull, Trek, and SRAM have recognized this. Such support allows Brandon to have a few alternate personas away from the bike. We thought we would see how much fun could possibly be had with Brandon in one day.


Later that evening, we hopped on the ferry and drove up to Brandon's place. A cunning plan was devised for the following day with a tight schedule and a whole lot of fun. We woke up the next morning at 6am and wrestled with Brandon’s shifter cart to get it started. Once the engine fired up, Brandon broke loose on the suburban streets of Squamish, nearly waking an entire neighborhood. Hightailing it south along the ocean, we headed to the coast.


The ferry and Brandon’s rally car provided us with a new light-speed perspective on our travels. Back on the coast, we scoped some roads, shut down a couple of dead end logging roads, and Brandon unleashed the WRX. He has been driving his rally car a lot this winter and it shows.


A day is never complete with Brandon unless he gets some time on one of his bikes. He makes everything look so easy, but his style and consistency comes from many hours in the air and on the trail. As the day wound down the boy wonder wrapped trick after trick in the slow fading forest light. It was another great day on the West coast of B.C. with Brandon Semenuk.


Kenny Smith

I cant say this vid is our style but its difficult to not get stoked watching Kenny ride. He is a pure die hard shredder.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Seb Kemp and his 29" .... shred NZ

My old pal Seb Kemp is at it again, this time attaching the New Zealand trails on his 29" Tallboy! All i can say is don't try this at home Seb is a trained nudist!