Brendan Howey Video - Blood, Sweat and Beers

by Aaron LaRocque 
 
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‘’The goal for the video was to spend eight days in a clearcut; building, camping when we needed to and shooting all the lines we could create. My goal personally was to step up the production value from past edits. I know Brendan wanted to build things that could showcase his riding and I think we achieved our goals and then some.’’ – Aaron Larocque





It was 8:13pm on Saturday, August 20th and as we slowly made our way back to the truck, one bleary-eyed stare confirmed what I felt myself – we were exhausted. Trudging back with me are rider Brendan Howey, videographer Aaron Larocque, and photographer Mike Zinger. It was, without question, the most digging we’d ever done in one week and our collective bodies were mangled. The patchwork of cuts running up both shins and engraved on my arms were a testament to the hard-work put in over the week.


Horns and style


‘’With a project like this you’re free to do as you please, no restrictions, and no pressure. It’s definitely something I’d like to see more of and I’m sure many would agree. We need to see riders in their natural environment, being creative, rather then conforming to contests, points, and politics. ‘’ –Mike Zinger


Pipe steez


Blood, sweat, and beer are three things that go hand-in-hand with mountain biking and they pretty much sum up the week we spent on this project. After seven days of digging our hands are battle-hardened and rough from calluses, exposed skin is fried to a crispy golden-brown, and we wake up tasting dirt. Online viewers seldom see the effort that goes into getting just one shot: from fog cancelling a 5:00am sunrise shoot (after we’d already set up at 4:30am), to high speed winds, or clouds obscuring what should have been a perfect sunset; it can be a battle just to capture one three second clip. Despite the long hours and omnipresent heat, all it took was one shot in the can to re-stoke the fires of motivation. Phillips Brewery was the trip MVP as bottles of Blue Buck were crushed like water every evening as s’mores roasted on the campfire.


Texture


‘’I came to the Island to do this video, basically the idea was to shoot lines that are original, and fun to ride, and awesome to shoot.’’ -Brendan Howey


Aaron making magic while Secco holds the crane.


Creativity is one of the things that first drew me to mountain biking; the breadth of terrain that can be ridden is unmatched in virtually every other sport. Turning the mundane into the ride-able is an art form unto itself and these days we’re lucky enough to have progressive trail building going on in more countries than ever. We tried to bring a unique look to our builds too and hopefully it paid off. While there’s no doubt this won’t be the last project with Howey, it’ll definitely be hard to top. That’s part of the fun though, and when one adventure ends it’s time to start planning another. What’s next?


Pooched.


Rider: Brendan Howey
Video: Aaron Larocque
Stills: Mike Zinger
Story: Scott Secco
Special thanks to: Piers Zdan & Pelle Gustavs

97 Comments

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 DUDE !!!!!! this video is sooo freakin amazing....it just blows my mind!!! AWESOME!!
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 i like how theres a pb HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Yeah fricking awesome POD!! Was the song Jimmi Hendrix ??
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 soo nice to hear hendrix on a vod! much better than all the indie synthpop thats been on repeat in every vid
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 If you listen real hard you can actually hear everyone's minds being blown to smithereens!
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 seriously guys, were still negative propping for people mixing up POD and VOD? C'mon have a little forgiveness people make mistakes.
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 Way to break the Pinkbike edit trend of dance/dubstep. I love dubstep but it just doesn't fit every edit. Sick shots...if there were some cable cams through the field and more panning shots, the edit would be so pro.
  • + 5
 Really appreciate some good ol' hendrix in the video. Love it!
  • + 6
 yes finally a video with REAL music, i like dubstep and the computer style music too but its become so overused
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 @BLIPDH, I would believe you but the p is nowhere near the v on the keyboard so it's not really a mistake...
  • + 1
 Well sorry if i got confused theres not crime tbh and Your going to give me Negitave props anyway over the smallest thing Frown And you all know what i ment so whats the big deal :s
  • + 3
 Hey Dom, I think it's the fact that you failed to recognise a hendrix masterpiece.
  • + 0
 @ZachTurple....yeah thats true but i mean its just a mixup of words...im not gonna make a big deal out of this though
  • + 1
 VOV video of videos VOPB video of pink bike in other words i like it
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  • + 10
 this was literally my favourite video i've ever seen on pinkbike. awesome
  • + 6
 yes, serious business
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 I was stoked to see the trials being built but when he started riding I saw how dead everything looked which made me sad. Cutting down excessive trees at one time is not so good but, making a wicked place to ride is awesome. I love the video and of course the story it portrayed. Jimmy made me day too!!! Great video! RideOn!
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 Its called forestry. where do you think wood comes from?
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 I was sad to see nature in its lowest moment. Desolate and dry with all the sap sucked out of it! I undersand the process of life and good time mate! Take it easy. The opening scene was filled with this oxymoronic feeling. Good rides mixed with the death of life! Its just my perception and in the same sentence I said its awesome to take a barren land and turn it into a FR master piece. I too build trials and seeing the clearcut here in Japan as well is devastating. The land under the trees turns to dry bug infested wasteland until the new saplings start to flourish which takes about 4-6 years after the cut! The story and the video was priceless. I loved it! RideOn!
  • + 1
 Tell em brother.
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 RideOn Brother!
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  • + 5
 //what type of bikes are those, bmx
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 Nice video Huge props to these guys too those cutblocks are next to impossible to build in.
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 passed you guys on the sooke highway more than once, i always looked back to eyeF*ck the bikes. Wonder if they left the trails there when they were done... wouldnt mind shredding that!
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  • + 5
 Howey! always making Tsawwassen proud!
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 Props just for building in a clearcut. No two ways about it, they suck to work in and they are a ton of ongoing maintenance.
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  • + 2
 cool video. really creative building too. I also like that he shopped at Home depot. Dont shop at LOWES. They fired me and they suck.
  • + 3
 that was rona..
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 I just bought myself an absolut sx and I bloody love it. I've owned a supreme, absolut hardtail, meta 4x and now my new beast. Keeping it single speed is amazing in terms of shutting up all the annoying rattles and chain slap you normally get- it goes through packs as well as the meta despite being an extra 40mm of travel. Commencal's are super nice- if I rode this trail on my bike they'd cut out all of Howies footage and just show me!!! Tee hee
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  • + 2
 holy f*ck!!! Only took them 8 days? thats crazy awesome. i would do bad things to shred that. if only i was good enuff, hahahha
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  • + 3
 Que pena la tala de arboles, debió haber sido un hermoso lugar en su momento.
  • - 3
 Yeap. Its a pity. It is a nice video but they couldn't found an ugliest place to ride: A forest clear-cut, one of the nastiest logging practices around. Pity for those trees.
  • + 19
 We agree, these clearcuts are ugly as sin and a horrible practise but they're a fact of life up here in BC. We wanted to shoot here to show how you can create something out of nothing. Not to mention we don't need to feel guilty about building things through pristine forest.
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 Great job! You guys did it perfectly the land is happy for your reconstruction! RideOn!
  • - 1
 @larock said: "We wanted to shoot here to show how you can create something out of nothing".
And you did and excelent job at it, man!!. Don't get me wrong. The video is awesome!!. It just made me feel very sad to watch the clearcut & remember all the thousands of square miles of forest that are being cut right now all over the planet. I just prefer to watch riding in forested places as opossite to clearcutted places. That is all.
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 Anyway, it's better to show these things to hide them, and what's better than show them riding?:
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 that was amazing, best video on pb by far. great to hear some hendrix aswell, none of this indie shit! great video aaron!
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 if they had a video of the year i would nominate this vid, fuckin sick!!
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 If this vid doesn't raise your stokemeter you are dead inside
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 Quite possibly my favourite FR video i've ever watched. The editing and riding were amazing, and i loved the tunes. Great job Larock!
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  • + 3
 these guys are killing it on here... long live VI..!
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 Yeah Howey soo sick! Killing it behind the lense Aaron.
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  • + 1
 Amazing vid, everything said in the article epitomizes the attitude I'm taking towards my own riding and projects. Props to all you guys.
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  • + 2
 Great footage, camera angles, lighting, music..... the list goes on & on! :-D
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  • + 3
 i love vancouver island!!! larocque is the man!
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 In a word, amazing. Sick write up secco, thanks for the mention!
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  • + 2
 VOD! Just becaouse of the music Smile Jimi Hendrix for VOD Smile Great riding Smile
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 Agree, awesome video, great soundtrack.
  • + 2
 Classic Rock has its place! This made the video awesome!
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  • + 1
 loving the vid and the photos and the bikes and the music and all
...whats the first song?
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 first song is called Gloss by Ki: Theory
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  • + 2
 That was the best vid I've ever seen on Pinkbike!
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  • + 2
 i never knew hendrix and riding went so well together
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 Awesome film, great riding and great soundtrack!!
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 Another amazing video from Larocque, Absolutely loved it!
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 Brilliant visions, both in the building and behind the camera. The riding was spot on and captured so cleanly by LaRocque.
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  • + 1
 howey always manages to impress, section in "whats next" was great and this has definately stepped it up Big Grin
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 I was wondering why this edit was so good then at the end I saw the logo which made everything crystal clear...
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  • + 3
 amazing video guys.
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 Howey is a rad dude, as is the rest of the crew. Sick video!
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  • + 2
 Larock still killing it. Awesome riding by BH and just whoa the whole vid.
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 Phenomenal vid. VOD tomorrow!
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 Awesome Video! howey is a shredder! And the nicest guy you'll ever meet
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 Awesome riding, Brilliant Building and Bloody good camera work!
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 this is gona be VOD real, real fast
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 SO STOKED i got to ride with him at COC
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 sooke bc. gotta love grad
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 thumbs up if you think this video will be VOD Razz
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 Thats a sick video real keen to see more
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 i rode with him best vid ever
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  • + 1
 eaaaaaaassssssssttt main!!! wheres the trail through the slash??
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 yeahh howey, that was rad, shreding !
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  • + 2
 Epic everything!
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 SWEET vid!! So well shot and cut! Great riding. Just very, very cool.
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 AAAAAWWWWWWEEEEEESSSSSSOOOOOOMMMMMMEEEEEE !!!!!!
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  • + 2
 thats legit howey
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 Larock+ camera = VOD
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 beers? vod though
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  • + 1
 Amazing! Yeaaa Howwieee!
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 Howeeeeeeeey*
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 original for sure
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 Best Best Best !
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