If you have a spare twenty minutes and think you like surfing then you'll love this. The best surf flik I have seen in a long time and now fully frothing to go for a wave if our ocean wakes up again.
Just a little insight into the legend Sam Hill's riding. This is how you ride a bike, smooth and fast. If you want an added bonus listen to Vital MTB's 'The Inside Line Podcast' , such a great listen too.
Just watched this again and must admit it has got me seriously thinking about getting another bike and putting the racks on again. I never went too far but what a great way to travel and see the land. Have a watch of this and the adventure. Enjoy.
There is something very special about every season, with each one holding those elements that we cherish, but would I be wrong in saying that the most anticipated change is that steady transformation from Winter to Spring. That easing out of the evening light, saying goodbye to those dark mornings, and pitch black evenings. Those rainy journeys to and from work with oncoming lights blinding and glaring, or the unseen puddles on the road, and a heart racing moment when you begin to aquaplane. Winter always has those cosy hibernation moments, and yet the weekend light seems precious and time to get outdoors and enjoy.
As the excitement of Spring begins to appear, conversations begin to change, with impatience, or a countdown, and this seems to really kickstart when you get to enjoy the first hour of post work light. The anxious feeling of finishing work on time, we are actually coiled like spring and ready to bounce, the race home to get a post work surf if the tide is right, or a session on the hill as a bonus option. Maybe it's a walk with the dog, or a kick about in the park, a swift 5km run, 10km ride, a cold water swim before dinner, or a chance to do some gardening. It's all about that last hour of light, a dying winter sunset and that golden light, post work. Spring is here on Sunday and then its official, the first day of spring and the roll out to summer and late summer evenings. Let us hope that we can really enjoy getting outside, meet all our friends, and live life to its absolute fullest. Outside is free, and life is outdoors.
.I've been posting a few videos lately and will get back to some words and ponderings over the next few days, but of late I've been reading, listening and researching for my Trail Head Book Project and my brain capacity seems to be tied up in that, and also my new van build. I've become pretty addicted to podcasts since the beginning of lockdown began last year, and one in particular The HKT Podcast presented by Davi Burkes who is a top bloke. Episode 27 of the 'Lockdown Companion' this week was a real pleasure to hear Davi and pro mtb rider Olly Wilkins chat as usual about a load of entertaining bollocks and that's what makes it such a great escape for an hour or two each week. Towards the end of each episode they let the listener know what they've been watching, or the tunes they been hooked on that past week. Davi suggested this film below. 'Carts of Darkness' and out of genuine interest I put it on, and was hooked. This is a pretty special film that highlights an element of the homeless community in North Vancouver and their passion for bombing hills in shopping carts. I can seriously recommend watching to the end as I dre you not to smile and fell pretty moved. We all have our adrenaline fixes and this one is pretty rad. Hope you enjoy.
Meet Beau Miles.....
This guy is an absolute legend. I won't tell you everything he has achieved as an adventurer, endurance runner, or creative genius, you can find that out for yourselves. Everyone I have introduced this guy too has become hooked and I guarantee that you'll watch this and want to find out more about Beau Miles. Please just subscribe to his channel, and then go through some of his films, you wont be disappointed. Enjoy.
Remy Metailler is one of my favourite riders. If you've not seen this crazy Frenchman ride a bike then check out his edits on the Tube. He rides some crazy drops on some epic Canadian trails, and is known for his insane lines. Whilst writing the Trail Head Project I've encountered fear of certain 'much smaller' drops, I mean really small compared to this guy, proper small! But it's still fear, and it's all relative to what level we're riding at, and it always feels great when you overcome it, beating those limiting beliefs. This is a great little edit where Remy talks about how to deal with fear., so if you do have those moments this is worth a watch. Enjoy.
In my life I've been influenced by some great characters. We can learn from these characters, discover more about what they teach us, and if they're a hero and your feeling a little down, or something in life has not gone your way, then you can always ask yourself "What would they do"?
A Motocross rider I used to work with, coaching in developing his mental strength and building his confidence back after injury, chose Factory Honda rider Ken Roczen as his inspiration. When Ken Roczen crashed and injured his arm badly, he fought to return to racing, and when he came back, he came back fighting, he never gave up and started winning. I'd ask this young rider when he doubted himself "What would Ken do"? The answer was always positive.
In the realms of surfing, mine has to be Tyler Hatzikian. One of the nicest people I've ever met, once sitting and drinking tea on a chilly autumn day in North Devon, and then having the pleasure of surfing with him at Sennen back in 2005/6.
I'm sharing this as I need to find my motivation for surfing, it seems to have left me a little right now as I've focused all my energy on riding my mountain bike but I have genuinely good reason for this focus, you could call it research, and the progression, and riding has been full of stoke this winter. But with Spring nearly here, the longboard is screaming to be ridden, and the urge to get in the ocean is really strong, maybe just a mental. The drop knee turn that Tyler does is all-time, the power and the performance of his turns inspired me to learn these before I'd even met Tyler, I practised over and over, using a skateboard until I could do them. I do love a dropknee....Just watch this lovely film by Jason Baffa, watch out for the drop knee turn.
I've not been snowboarding now for 25 years, the last time was 1995 in my final year at Uni, a student loan well spent on my second trip to Chamonix. Then I properly found surfing and that was it. Every holiday was spent surfing, two years travelling spent surfing, and a move to Cornwall; again driven by surfing. A life revolved around surfing, but I have always loved snowboarding, even if its just been watching the insane riders like Jeremy Jones. This conversation came out last week and I watched intently, listening to these two legends just chew the fat. Selema Masekela is a legend of the action sports world, caught up in the Black Lives Matter discussion, as one of the very few Black Americans in the extreme sports industry, and the face of the X-Games for years. Likewise Jeremy Jones, with unspeakable first descents in Mountain Riding, and also a fore runner in the Climate Change with his organisation Protect our Winter (POW).
Anyway, this is a well worth a sit down with a cup of tea. I've put part one here so enjoy, I'm sure you will.
Whether you ride bikes or not, this is a beautiful film by Killian Bron and his Team. He makes some amazing films but reckon this is the most visually spectacular yet. Enjoy.
This blog contains the ramblings, outdoor adventures and experiences of Russ Pierre. If you have a few moments, take a look through the previous posts and you might just find something interesting. There might also be words, film and contributions from others who also enjoy the outdoors life.