Aptos in the Off Season

Feb 13, 2010 at 0:02
Feb 13, 2010
by Justin Brantley  
 
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Riders from Around the Globe Visit Aptos in the Off Season

If you're into Dirt Jumping then this is for you! This time of year in Aptos, CA you will no doubt see many Pro Mountain Bikers from all over the world. They come in search of the good weather and awesome riding. From now until Sea Otter in April, the Santa Cruz area will be filled with riders. In town currently are riders Brandon Semenuk, Andreu Lacondeguy, Sam Pilgram, Amir Kabanni, and of course all the local pros like the McCauls', Greg watts, Ryan Howard, Jack Fogelquist, Cob, and even Guy French. The next few months should be filled with excitement!

Please look inside to read more and see some pictures of the action!

The weather in California has been very wet. The weather forecasters are calling it an "El Nino Year", which means we'll be seeing an abnormally abundant amount of rain this year. The wet/muddy dirt is slowing down the riding a bit for some visitors, but overall the riding is still going down! With 20 guys that know how to dig, any set of jumps can get fixed up really quick from a gnarly storm! The first two weeks of January the riders re-built the post office jumps and were riding them. Below are a few shots I got of the sessions from early January!

Kyle J, R-Dog, Semenuk, Sorge, Cob, Jack chilling at the post office in the middle of runs.
Kyle J, R-Dog, Semenuk, Sorge, Cob, Jack chilling at the post office in the middle of runs.

Brandon with an amazing tuck no hander!
Brandon with an amazing tuck no hander!

R-Dog going nuts with this superseater indian air!
R-Dog going nuts with this superseater indian air!

Brandon cranking a
Brandon cranking a "correct" invert!

Graham stomping a nasty table on the hip!
Graham stomping a nasty table on the hip!



Scouting, Building and Shooting!

Then the second half of the month it was storming. Riders Jack Fogelquist and Jacob "Cob" Hyde and I went to a nice scenic spot to find something big and cool to shoot. We came up with a big hip step down. Friends/riders joined us two days after the build to hit it up for a photo shoot! Turned out good!

The gap after we built it the first day
The gap after we built it the first day

Cob hitting the 35 footer hip step down
Cob hitting the 35 footer hip step down

Jack hitting the gap for the second time!
Jack hitting the gap for the second time!

Jack tabling off into the clouds
Jack tabling off into the clouds



More People in town from around the globe!

Yesterday, the shovels came out in the morning at the post office! The riders got the place ready to ride! The transitions needed to be dug out of all the mud and replaced with dryer dirt. A lot of the lips and landings got a new layer of dirt, basically the park went from a mud pit to rideable in matter of a few hours.

Ryan Howard. The King of Aptos, hahahah, it's true! The kid digs the hardest and rides the most!
Ryan Howard. The King of Aptos, hahahah, it's true! The kid digs the hardest and rides the most!

Kyle J. Since Kyle J has moved into town he has joined R-dog as one of the main contributing builders.
Kyle J. Since Kyle J has moved into town he has joined R-dog as one of the main contributing builders.

Cob takes a nice fat chug of a tasty beverage after digging a bunch!
Cob takes a nice fat chug of a tasty beverage after digging a bunch!

Andreu digs a little, then rides!
Andreu digs a little, then rides!

The work ethic around the dirt jumping scene in Aptos is great. Basically if you have a bike you'd better own a shovel as well. If you're stuck without a shovel you will be told to go buy one! I have seen it a ton, no matter who the rider, don't dig and you will not be liked, dig for awhile and then you are very excepted! Well after a bunch of digging the guys finally got to ride the place! Here are some pics I nailed, expect a lot more coming in the next few weeks! Enjoy!

Riders including Semenuk, Andreu, Watts, Amir, Pilgram, Cob, Fogelquist, all taking turns!
Riders including Semenuk, Andreu, Watts, Amir, Pilgram, Cob, Fogelquist, all taking turns!

Brandon busting out a sweet corkflip
Brandon busting out a sweet corkflip

R-Dog with one crazy flatspin
R-Dog with one crazy flatspin

R-dog.....ummmm yeah!
R-dog.....ummmm yeah!

Sam Pilgram doing a nice one foot table. I expect to see more from him in the coming days!
Sam Pilgram doing a nice one foot table. I expect to see more from him in the coming days!

Amir Kabanni doing a sweet truckdriver!
Amir Kabanni doing a sweet truckdriver!

Semenuk with an inward table on the hip!
Semenuk with an inward table on the hip!

Brandon with a fat superseater!
Brandon with a fat superseater!

Semenuk riding into the night!
Semenuk riding into the night!

I'll have a ton more info and riding pictures in a few weeks, stay tuned!

--Justin Brantley
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49 Comments

  • + 9
 I don't know if I would call shaping a lip "digging", I would probably call it, sculpting. There isn't too much 'digging' going on in DJing when the jumps are already built.

But that's just my two cents
  • + 5
 At this point in time it's a figure of speech in the world of DJ.
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  • + 9
 off season? mtb is never out of season in the uk
  • + 1
 Yeah cos it rains ALL the time, so we don't notice when it's winter.
  • + 4
 Yeah we do! Warm rain in summer, cold rain in winter!
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  • + 3
 that was awesome, some of those shots really capture the riders styles.. super dialed loved the article
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  • + 2
 nice article, but Amir "Kabanni" is spelled with two b and one n --> Kabbani
  • + 4
 and it's Sam PilgrIm not "Pilgram"...but awesome shoots !!!
  • + 4
 Awww thanks dude! And its SHOTS not "shoots" hahhaah! Thanks again man!
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  • + 3
 Great article buddy, sick photos as always.
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  • + 1
 What's the status on the land issue with post office? When I was in SC last and spoke to folks it seemed like the whole spot needs to move sooner or later.
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  • + 1
 you missed out the athertons!
also i thought that the post office jumps were gettin bulldozed?
  • + 1
 I thought they were getting plowed but I guess they decided not to. Love the shots Justin!
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  • + 2
 kyle j as in kyle jameson?
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  • + 1
 that's rad. those guys are shredding so hard haha jealous. hasnt it been super ghetto and rainy?
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  • + 1
 weres the vid would be sick
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  • + 1
 mountain biking has no off season
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  • + 1
 ryan howard running praygles! king of aptos!
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  • + 0
 nnice man,that`s nice they all go to the same place to practice! I might even stop by
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  • + 0
 where the hell are the mcaul's?
  • + 10
 surfing probably
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  • + 0
 amazing photos mr. J Brantley
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  • + 0
 too many nice bikes, im jelous
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  • + 0
 Nice Photos!!!!!!
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  • + 0
 really really nice !
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  • - 1
 It's Sam Pilgrim Smile not Pilgram Wink
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  • - 2
 airazona best drink ever
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  • - 2
 i just got to aptos this morning!
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  • - 2
 mmmm yessssss, semenuk, tasty, mmm
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