Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shred with Friends Episode 1


Stoked to be able to say that the first episode of Shred with Friends-Tyrolean is finished!  It took two full days of filming for just over four minutes of footage.  The first day of filming was hot, dusty and loose summer holding strong in the Sierra Nevadas.  The second day the trail and conditions couldn't be more different.  Snow at the top of the mountain lessening with the elevation but just as cold.  The aspens are changing, the days are getting shorter and winter is coming so now it the time to get out there and ride.

The Tyrolean downhill is one of our favorite trails around, which is why we chose to showcase it first.  Anyone can have fun on the trail from pros to beginners. It is fast, loose and different every time we hit it. There are awesome xc trails that offer the best views of Lake Tahoe that surround it or you can shuttle it all day with your buddies.  Click the Vimeo link below the picture to check out the edit!

http://vimeo.com/77531928
Quincy and I have started on Episode 2 blasting through the fall aspens in south Reno. A ghetto GoPro zipline was produced in the wee hours of the morning and we spent the day battling hikers, dusting families, dodging horse shit, puggin PBRs and riding blown out trail to get the best footage. 


Saftey Third!
Drill the pulleys
Add a ziplock bag full of rocks
and you have a GoPro Zipline

Winter is on its way in, so get out and ride! 















Friday, October 11, 2013

Winter creepin

Winter has begun to show its face in the eastern Sierras.  In the past month we have had several dustings of snow in the higher elevations, daytime temperatures have gotten noticeably lower and the daylight hours have gotten shorter.  Soon, the trails around Tahoe will be snowed in and unridable. Quincy and I have been working hard lately to get enough footage collected from the Tyrolean before we have to wait for the spring thaw.

Getting the gear together. 

We were greeted with about 2-3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Rose to start our day of filming.  Our goal was to refilm specific sections of the trail to juxtapose our footage from the previous week. With the snow up top and the rain in lower elevations the trailed turned out to be perfect.  We spent the day getting the finishing touches, fighting the cold and unpredictable light conditions.  As the sun dipped below the mountains to the west we were just finishing up.  Stoked on how this first video is going to turn out, setting the tone for the rest of the videos.  Having fun and shredding with your friends is the name of the game.  




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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mind the Video Man

Quincy and I have our first film day for the Shred With Friends video series in the books. We are showcasing one of our favorite trails and one of the most fun trails in north Lake Tahoe: the Tyrolean downhill.

Testing out the shot setup with the steady cam.

Lenses, tripods, helmet.

We got about half of the footage we needed yesterday before we ran out of light.  I'm hoping that next week we'll be able to get the rest of the shots we need and will have something put together soon.  I've never been part of such a legitimate filming process before and am stoked to see what we can get out of it. I'll keep updates coming through here. 




Monday, September 23, 2013

Surf Trippin


Apologies for the delay in posts my friends.  It has been a busy couple weeks and sadly they have been rideless for the most part...not to say I haven't been on my fair share of adventures during the time spent away from my two wheeled oasis.  From running around in the desert within a temporary city of 60,000, cruisin the wineries of Sonoma and surfing the California coast I've managed to keep myself occupied.  Now, however, I finally have time to recount my most recent endeavor: Surf Trip.

Four people, two surfboards, a dog, a Subaru, a full cup of trucker coffee and way too much camping gear.  We set out from Reno, NV at 8:30 on a Sunday night with our sights set on Half Moon Bay, CA.  Thoughts of foggy mornings and the salty air floated in and out of conversation on the ride down.  Living in the land locked state of Nevada the Sierras present a barrier that keep the desert folk on the eastern edge of the mountains.  It is easy to forget how close the Pacific lies to the West.

Any camping areas along the California coast are going to be inundated with middle aged weekend warriors stretching the limits of their RVs and satellite T.V. connections.  It is something I always forget until I arrive.  Nevadans get spoiled with wide open landscapes devoid of people.  There are places you can go and not see another soul for the duration of your stay.  However, being amongst the RVs is the name of the game when everyone is bottlenecked into these isolated campsites along the coast.  With that being said, there is nothing better than being a stones throw from some awesome surf spots.  Not to mention, Mavericks, the mother of all big balled surfing can be seen from the beach.



Monday morning we marked a couple beaches on the map we wanted to hit up.  Since the tide was going to be good later in the day, we went to a good skimboard beach first.  Let the dog stretch her legs. 

Chasing ALL the Birds! 




After thoroughly blowing out my legs sprinting up and down the beach for a couple hours it was time to head south a few miles to check out Montara. The beach is super long and has plenty of breaks to spread out on and have a section to yourself.  Unfortunately, I don't own any surf equipment anymore but my buddy let me use a sweet spring suit. I like to try to blend in wherever I go, so, the spring suit coupled with the Bic (yes, the pen/lighter company) longboard allowed me to camouflage in amongst the California surfer locs. 

Sick Brah

Shore breaks can be a double edged sword.  On one hand there are usually way more waves to be had by all, however,the waves tend to break faster, close out more and thoroughly thrash you if you're not on point.  Long story short, caught a couple and got worked for a few sets. Montara was fun, but the quest for the perfect wave never ends.  

Searching for the Perfect Wave


Stupid Epic Sunset Always Getting in the Way 
(Mavericks breaks out by that point)

After a night of whiskey, wine, raucous retirees and rouge Chinese children that kept turning up by our campfire we were off to Santa Cruz.  Turns out the swell wasn't hitting our area of Santa Cruz we wanted to surf. The waves were small, but one of the points would send off a nice long right handers.  We were neck deep in kelp and ever watchful of Great Whites beyond the break as the seals barked at us from the rocks. We had the break to ourselves for a while. Then, all of the sudden emerging from out past the break our worst fear materialized upon the surface of the water. School was out and the little Santa Cruz groms were swarming the waters around us snaking every available wave. 


Chris Going Head to Head With the Oceans Deadliest Predator 

After attaining said mission and some burritos, we were Reno bound once again. Sad to leave the ocean, but glad to be back in the mountains.  You can feel winter starting to creep in. Old timers say it's going to be a good one. 

I'll be putting the wheels back to the dirt soon with my buddy Quincy.  We have a new development, "Shred with Friends," in the works along the mountain bike lines. The dude is a video and editing wizard. When I see what he does compared to my 1990's esque gopro videos I can't wait to see what we come up with when we put our brains together. As Quincy puts it, "Our goal is simple, there is no goal. We aren't out there to try and be the fastest person on a bike, nor are we inventing tricks and trying to push the sport where it has never been before. We are just riding our bikes and having fun, plain and simple. That is the reason we all started riding bikes in the first place and it's still what keeps us coming back." A little preview can be seen here.  Gonna be working on filming for the next couple months searching for that perfect trail, so hopefully I'll have some progress to put up here soon. 

Cheers, 
Brian