Fresh Tracks will be showing at the What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival which will be touring Ireland in the coming weeks. We made it into the Top 9 films and Fresh Tracks will be the only mountain bike film to be shown alongside ARRIVAL from the Coastal Crew. If you happen to be in Dublin, Castlebar or Galway, be sure to grab tickets!
We recently found out that Fresh Tracks won best High School Documentary at the Hollywood International Student Film Festival in California and a People’s Choice award at the YoungCuts film festival in Quebec. This makes for a total of 10 awards for the film. The last festival Fresh Tracks is entered in is the Why Not? Adventure Film Festival in Ireland. Hopefully it gets selected to be shown there!
Had a photoshoot yesterday at our local jump spot that didn’t end so well. A slight wobble when I landed resulted in a cracked helmet and a trip to the hospital. Luckily I’m alright, besides a mild concussion and feeling sore all over. With some rest I should be back at full strength in a few days.
As the mountain bike world watched in anticipation, Steve Smith was crowned the overall World Cup champion of downhill mountain biking today. It’s been a long time coming and all of Canada can be proud to call it’s very own the the best in the world. All of us at Foxwood Films were rooting for Stevie to bring it home and we couldn’t be more stoked on his victory!
Here is a look back at Stevie’s roots:
One of my biggest goals for the summer was to get in as much riding as possible on my local trails before moving out to UBC in the fall. For the past six years, I have been living in
the village of Anmore, just outside of Port Moody. Anmore provided me with an abundance of forested areas to explore, but through my exploring I quickly discovered that nobody had really tapped into the area’s full potential. In my first summer here, I quickly set my
sights on developing the riding around my home. I decided to start this quest in my own backyard. At the time I was fascinated by the skinnies and ladder bridges of North Vancouver, so with some leftover lumber from the construction of our deck I crafted some of the most awkward and sketchiest bike stunts ever known to man. After having multiple stunts collapse underneath me, I began to refine my technique. By the time I was able to build structures that were actually safe, I found I had outgrown the little corner of forest in my backyard.
Luckily for me the next zone was only a couple hundred feet down the road. An undeveloped strip of forest zoned for housing provided me with more room to progress my vision as both a builder and a rider. In these woods I learned how to use dirt to shape takeoffs and landings, but the short elevation drop made getting any speed for these jumps a challenge. This forced me to work on fundamental skills like cornering and pumping, and as I got better and better I found I was able to build bigger jumps and open new lines that I had previously never considered. Eventually riding the same fifteen second runs over and over got boring, so I recruited my friends to help me build something that would really progress my riding.
We decided to build in an almost completely untouched area of forest within a short five minute ride of my house. Our goal was to build a short, fast and flowy trail and start a private zone for ourselves. However, when we realized that there was potential to build something bigger, we quickly became preoccupied with the construction of a single jump. With only handsaws and shovels available to us, it took nearly a year to complete. However, the final product was something we could be proud of; a legacy we could leave behind to our local riding community.
In this video I chose to showcase these zones, as well as a few other local spots. The terrain around me has served as an inspiration for as long as i have been riding. The days I spent riding around my local woods have ultimately shaped me into the rider I am today. It saddens me that for the next eight months I won’t be around to enjoy or maintain them, but I look forward to mastering new zones, and hope to return back to my local spots with a fresh perspective.
A couple of us spent the weekend up at Sun Peaks riding the bike park. It’s different from Whistler to say the least; The trails are much steeper, rougher and looser than anything at Whistler. Berms and speed are definitely the positives of Sun Peaks with overall raggedness of the trails and lack of jumps and being the negatives. There are also no lift lines whatsoever and probably 30 people max in the park on a busy day. Our favourite run was Barn Burner to Holy Roller to Arm Pump. All in all, Sun Peaks wasn’t a bad or disappointing experience and is somewhere we wouldn’t mind riding again.
This year’s Crankworx was memorable for sure. We arrived on the day of the dual slalom but unfortunately did not catch too much of that event as we were pressed for time to make the screening of the movie ARRIVAL. While the rain was coming down heavily it did not dampen the excitement among those who came to the screening.
However, what we really came to Crankworx for was to see Joyride, the biggest event of the week. This year’s competition was intense to say the least. With a roster of some of the most talented riders in the world, every single competitor was pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a bike. With thousands packed in areas surrounding the course the energy was running high and everyone was looking forward to the start of the competition. However, this festive mood was dampened by a major crash on the first run. Brayden Barrett-Hay went down hard on the first drop of the course after overshooting a tailwhip. Needless to say we are all worried about his condition and wish him all the best. The rest of the competition was filled with action packed runs, the most memorable of which was Brandon Semenuk’s. During his first run he crashed out on the last stunt of the course but he did not hold back on his second and final attempt which yielded a score of 96.4, the highest score ever recorded at Joyride. With Martin Soderstrom as the last rider to go, he was pushing incredibly hard for first, throwing down massive tricks including a triple whip. However, Martin went down hard on the final jump after attempting a 360 double tail whip and ended up breaking his tibia and fibula. We wish Martin all the best in his recovery.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed everything at Crankworx this year. From the expo, to the actual events, and to the massive amounts of free stuff we got, everything pulled together to make this year’s festival memorable. We are already looking ahead to Crankworx 2014!