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.