Gravity guru Eric Porter was featured on Fuel TV’s built to shred this month. It was BTS’s first ever MTB episode called “Log Jammin”. The shoot was featured in this month’s Decline and we wanted to give a shout out to a guy that has been with us since the beginning.
Gravity Team Rider Casey Groves is featured on Pink Bike today. Check out this video of Casey getting rad even when winter tries to shut it down.
Casey’s credentials are undeniable and he’s proven himself over and over again. He has a resume longer than the travel on your DH bike and he is a top 10 rider on the world tour in 2010, a podium finisher at Crankworx Whistler, and a star in several feature films. Due to an injury last year Casey was unable to live up to his known potential, but now he is back to mint condition and ready to take on the freeride world. With training underway while many riders rest during the winter, Casey is committed to ensure he is up to compete against and with the best of the best. Check out this exclusive video showcasing Casey on his Morpheus Skyla.
KHS and Gravity are teaming up in 2012 for a great year of riding. KHS team riders Logan Binggeli, Bryson Martin, Kevin Aiello, and Quinton Spaulding will all be riding Gravity Light 800 bars, Direct Connect Stems, 7050 Cranks, Gravity Light Seatposts, and the all new FSA Angle Adjust Headsets! Look for them tearing up DH courses near you!
Flow Rider Scott Kemp gave us a little summary of his dig day up at the legendary Galbraith Mountain in Northern WA.
Here is my group I worked with on Saturday up at the Mt. Galbraith build day. The focus was to rework some parts of Atomic Dog after the recent logging. Some large machinery had been driven through the trail in a few places which tore it up a bit. My team reworked a jump, added another and built a berm around the next corner. My friend Nick with the red beard was visiting from Montana where he is a sculpture artist, Adrian is there and Cary was running the chainsaw and had a good idea of what the section needed to look like when we were done.
The photo comment contest has finished. A big thank you goes to everyone that told us why this photo should win Pink Bike’s “Photo of the Year Contest.” Props to Justin Olsen for making the final four in the contest. His photo was only 2.6% behind the competition. Stay tuned to this site, Gravity will be reviewing the submissions and choosing the winner shortly.
Andrew Taylor had this to say about the famous shot seen ’round the world…
“This was the first year that I took part in the deep summer photo challenge and had been looking forward to it all year. We had a solid crew of riders and one of the top photographers in the business to ride and shoot the best bike park in the world. Who wouldn’t be stoked on that? The first couple days on the shoot were wet and muddy so we shot mostly trail and steep shoots, so on the final day we had sick weather to get the jump shots dialed in. We were having a session on one of our favorite jumps on A-Line when Justin busted out his crazy chest mount for his big camera. I strapped it on and followed R-Dogg until we got exactly what we wanted. One of the most clicked inverts I’ve seen and the best part was that he did it on a full DH bike. It took a few try’s to get the timing but it was more than worth it for a shot like this one!”
Check out this exclusive behind the scenes interview with the photographer Justin Olsen below.
1. Where are you from? How did you get into photography?
I am from Utah. I have always been into photography but have been pursuing it full time for the last 6 years or so.
2. When and where was the photo taken?
This photo was taken on A-Line in the Whistler Bike Park. It was part of my Deep Summer 2011 show.
3. Explain the chest mount set up?
I don’t want to give away the details, but it is a custom rig that I had made. It is comfortable to wear and protects the camera fairly well.
4. Where you nervous that AT was roasting the Tombstone on A-Line with your camera gear
strapped to his torso?
No, I wasn’t really sweating it at all, we shot a sketchy rock roll earlier that day that I was much more nervous about… I had full confidence in AT in this shot.
5. What made it difficult to get the shot you were looking for?
The timing.. it was tough to time it just right. They were training the jumps so close together. This shot makes it seem like they are not that close, but they were.
6. Whistler Bike Park is everywhere these days, is it tough to produce original photo’s up there?
Yes, it is really tough. Whistler is an amazing place, and has been photographed by all the best in the biz for sure. I was hoping to bring a unique perspective to the table with this set up.
7. Where do your skills shine brighter…behind the lens, behind your bars, or behind the ladies in
Behind the lens for sure, I am a hack at everything else…
8. Who would win in an un-turndown contest, Ryan Howard or Gumby?
Ryan Howard has no competition, he pretty much owns that trick.
9. What is you’re all-time favorite MTB photo?
Not sure, there are so many that stick out to me. I like shots that make the viewer think “how did they do that?” The “birds eye view” shot that Sterling Lorence took of Thomas Vanderham and Andrew Shandro on the North Shore comes to mind. The one looking down on them out of a tree while they are riding across a skinny. Nice angle, nice color, nice motion blur..
10. Any Thanks?
Big thanks to Andrew Taylor and Ryan Howard for making this shot happen, and to the rest of my Deep Summer team for being willing to work with me. Also thanks to all the companies and mags who have ever bought a photo from me!
Kelly McGarry just gave us a little update to his endless summer down in NZ. Kelly was shredding in the States and up in Canada this summer and is now back home in New Zealand to catch the down under version.
Damn it feels good to be a Kiwi…
“I have Been Back in New Zealand for about a month , Its been really good to be home ! I got in ..Pulled my Van out of the bushes and brushed it off then loaded it with bikes and surf boards and headed to Queenstown for the Wide open Distributors Product Launch weekend to Hang with the crew and film some clips and get some Photos
Queenstown is going off like a pork chop in the sun these days , The Skyine Gondola is open for bikes and there are some rad tracks to shred up there! Check out this little clip we made from the weekend.
After Product Launching it was a BIG OL roady to Hamilton (Close to Auckland) for the “ On Your Bike Expo” Me and Caleb from Spoke Magazine Built a cool Pump track for every on to cut laps on and also Hucked a few airs on the air bag and Caught up with some NZ bike industry gurus.
We called into Chris Beverland’s new front yard jumps and had a fun as session.
I always wanted to go the most northern tip of New Zealand (Cape Reinga) so we head as north as humanly possible to see what all the fuss was about.
The far North was pretty rad , we surfed alot and pulled the bikes out at a few cool spots and got some awesome pics
We are driving all the way back to Queenstown now which will be a pretty long drive ,but Im looking forward to setting up down there and getting some awesome riding done over the rest of the summer.”
Kelly is from Nelson New Zealand and lives part time in Whistler, BC.
Mike Hopkins is a Professional Mountain Bike Athlete bred from Canada’s B.C. Interior. He grew up amidst the outdoor driven community of Rossland,
Charlie Sponsel is from Portland, Oregon and runs the Team Robot Blog and Writes for Pink Bike. He also sends it further than you on the weekends.