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Dec 13th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, Video 0

For the 2008 Red Bull Elevation, we moved the contest to the Parque Metropolitano in Guadalajara, Mexico for a change of flavour. While Guadalajara certainly doesn’t have the glam of Whistler, everybody loved going down to Mexico to hang for a few days and chill out in May.

This video was produced by Red Bull Mexico (the music in this video is certainly what I wouldn’t have picked, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever heard). Be sure to watch the HD version of the video.

Over 1,000,000 views as of December 2009. Wow.

 


Dec 12th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, Video 0

Overview video of the 2007 Metro Jam contest we put on in Singapore, filmed for the American RushHD Channel.

Below are a few more videos from the contest that took place at Somerset Park in downtown Singapore.

 

Ryan Nyquist Profile.

Chris Doyle profile.

Paul Roberts Profile

Dec 10th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, Video 0

Video footage of the last Red Bull Elevation held in Canada – our last contest in Whistler. Red Bull filmed the entire event as they always have on crazy HD cameras, and almost none of the footage has ever been seen. In the past, they produced 22 minute highlight promos for television (see the other 2005 and 2006 videos linked below), and unfortunately for this final year, only 3 short clips were produced, and they went straight to YouTube. A real shame… Maybe someday this footage will make it’s way into the public domain.

In addition to this Pro Finals clip, you can also check out the Qualifiers video, and a Practice/Warm-up video.

Note: 275,000 views as of December 2009.

Produced by Freeride Entertainment.

 


Dec 10th 2009 | Posted in: Blog 0

Metro Jam promo video from Chris Young on Vimeo.

This promotional video I edited was put together for a Solo Mobile sponsorship proposal in 2006. We wanted to showcase the energy and talent at our Metro Jam BMX contests – something you just don’t get at the larger corporate TV events. This isn’t the greatest quality output… Sadly, it’s all I have in my archive.

Filmed by various people (including footage provided by Props), I put together this edit, and the intro graphic. Footage was filmed at the 2006 Toronto Metro Jam at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Song: Mos Def ‘Hip Hop’

 

Dec 9th 2009 | Posted in: Blog 0

2005 Toronto Metro Jam Pro Finals overview from Chris Young on Vimeo.

Professional BMX Contest highlights video I edited for the 2005 Toronto Metro Jam pro finals at the Richoh Coliseum. This edit was cranked out in a matter of hours so that I could get it online ASAP.
Filming: Dan Rigby.
Song: Bloc Party ‘Like Eating Glass’

Oct 20th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, Video 0

My parents are in town for a week, so we went to the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Garden on the weekend to taste some of the 60+ varieties of apples. My parent’s hadn’t even been in town for 24 hours and they already make an appearance on CNN. My dad gets a speaking roll, coming in at the 2:41 mark at the blind taste test of a couple different apples. You can see my mom and I just off to the right.

Katie introduces the new Apple cultivar (SPA493) at 2:28. (NOTE: The video is no longer online)

Just before we went to the Apple Fest, we stopped by Nitobe Garden for a quick tour to see the fall colours. The garden was looking amazing, so I shot a ton of photos. Here’s one of them here

 

 

Sep 29th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Video 0

2009 Hell Track BMX Race at Vanier Park from Chris Young on Vimeo.

You can read more about the Hell Track race here

Sep 28th 2009 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0

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Dustin Guenther pushing through the first berm in first place, with Morgan on his left, and John Knowlden hot on his heels.


You can see a video of the race here.

When Ride On Again’s Hell Track flyer hit the internet, I don’t think too many people were sure what was happening – was somebody actually building some kind of a Hell Track down at Vanier Park? (on the location of the freshly approved Dirt Jump Park). Then a few people figured out that it must be a ‘qualifying style’ race. If you remember in the movie RAD, the qualifying race took place in the town park, not on a race track, just ripping around through this park. This seemed to make more sense, seeing that a few people had gone by in the days leading up to the race, and there wasn’t much going on down there.

Ride On Again Hell Track poster

There wasn’t much hype about the event, you just knew you had to show up. So that’s what a bunch of people did. Being a Ride On event, you know you have to show up with a few beers in hand, and with it being a beautiful fall day, what better way to spend it? I checked the online flyer just after noon to see what time it started. Oh shit, it started AT noon. Well, registration was at noon, and the racing starting at 1. So I rushed to get out the door.

When we got down there, it was a pretty chill scene, most of the people were taking runs at a dirt jump that was built just off to the left. It was almost unridable… Soft, wet, and of course a terrible run up to it – yet that didn’t stop a few people from throwing 270’s, 450’s and some whips over it. There was a few guys actually charging the ‘course’ and practising. I knew I’d find Steve Calette down there for sure… He’s the dude for this, and he was on his MacNeil race bike – pretty sure he was the only guy on an actual race bike.

I only saw one guy with a vintage RAD era bike… I think he even lead through a couple of the motos, which was pretty good on that bike, even though it looked like they were one-piece 165mm cranks, pretty short for any kind of racing.

I gave the course a couple of goes, but wasn’t really feeling it myself, as I’d ridden for several hours the day before and was sore as hell. I figured I’d sit the race out and shoot some photos, and maybe some video.

Once the races got underway, things got hectic pretty quick. It was pretty evident that the first turn, a  hairpin with the smallest of built-up berms was going to be a bit of an issue. And it was in almost every race. More than a few guys got tossed, or tangled up in pegs. I guess there wasn’t an official at the starting line checking for pegs? For those that got through the first turn, it was right into the trees where you had an option of lines. You could go over a small pit, or go around and head straight for a tree than another quick turn. One guy hit the pit, and clipped his front wheel tossing him pretty good. I actually got that one on video.

I won’t give you a play-by-play on the races, but I think everybody has a good time. Even John Knowlden who probably got worked the most of anybody. He went down 2 or 3 times, and one of them was a high-speed torqued out spin that sent him down into a shoulder roll. Wild times.

In the end, here what the finals looked like between the two divisions – Bro and Pro.

Ride On Again’s Hell Track 2009 Winners

PRO
Morgan
Steve Calette
Carl
Dustin Guenther
Elliot

BRO
Elliot (won Bro… then entered Pro, taking 5th place)
Dave
Jeff
Jack
Austin

I think everybody that showed up probably walked away with some kind of prize too. I ended up with an S&M beer cozie and a t-shirt, things I can put to good use.

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