Well let’s just say it’s been a busy 12 days since I last put a few words down on this not-so printed page. Since my last blog things have been wicked busy. I filmed a ridiculous new edit with my buddies Dave Peacock and Liam Mullany, in a new zone I have been working on for a good majority of the Spring. There are few things that put a bigger smile on my face than having a series of trails and features ride and shoot exactly how you pictured it would. Using my avid action sports linguistics skills I have to say Liam and Dave absolutely “Crushed It”. Cables, cranes, tripods, trees, mud, mine-shafts, those boys put their cameras through the ringer. Other than the eyebrow raising tactics used to stop the maching cable sled the boys were running a legit pro-show. We even had mountain biking’s front running super-fan and all around action sport archive Scott Secco on hand capturing all the behind the scene antics. Antics which included the expected (my trip to the hospital after a hefty slam) along with the slightly odd (Liam’s battle with crazy bite that laid him up in the emergency with an ankle that looked as though it had been borrowed from an elephant). Good times all around. Super pumped for this edit to hit screens so I’ll be sure to let you guys know when it drops.
The day after wrapping the shoot I grabbed the wheels and booted it down to North Vancouver for Norco’s 2013 Product Launch. I’ll just say that these guys know how to show a fella a good time, and next years bikes are looking absolutely ridiculous. I don’t want to give away the goods before the media launch at Crankworks, but let’s just say whether it’s “pre” or “post” ride your going to have a hard time tearing your attention away from these modern day marvels of art and engineering. Bold claim? Oh you just wait! Riding with the distributors on Fromme, hanging with the crew and team, eating good food, amidst next years eye-candy… not a bad way to spend a few days.
After the final festivities consisting of leg of lamb and belly dancers (for reals, weird indeed), I booked it home for a day of hanging with my girl at the lake, before heading up to Retallack to join the likes of James Dorefling, Secco, and a mint crew of characters. I only had two days of shooting at the lodge, which was a bit of bummer because that place is way too much fun. 2500 vertical of fresh loam… nough said. That trip was cut too short, but I am planning to head back up in 3 days once I get back from Salt Lake City where I am meeting up with The North Face for the Outdoor Retailer Show. I am actually sitting in the Seattle airport soaking in this 3.5 hour delay I have on my hands, writing you folks and having a beer. Either way the last 2 weeks have been killer but I actually gotta fly, literally.