Video: Dean Tennant - Higher Calling

Mar 7, 2013
by MIND SPARK CINEMA  
 
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A couple weeks after shooting some of the trail segments for this edit, I found myself out riding those same trails. Each section from the video that I'd ride would remind me of how Dean rode them. Sections where I would barely get my tires off the ground, Dean would be doubling and tripling sections, landing 10 or 15 feet down trail. Now, I like to think of myself as a fairly capable rider, but trying to follow in the tire tracks of elite racers is a humbling experience. I know I'll never be that quick, but watching guys like Dean ride, I'll be damned if I don't let off the brakes just a little bit more next time I'm on the trail.

Higher Calling
After shooting the video, we teamed up with Jose Brand of Kano Games to bring you a two-dimensional replica of the features in "Higher Calling". Jose built the track for Free Rider 3, so you can ride Dean's lines without the risk of injury.



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200 Comments

  • + 182
 Dean/Mind Spark just won the internet for March. Good game everyone else, thanks for playing.
  • + 6
 Apparently I need to upgrade flash player, on an iPad... Never had that til now
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 cuz they switched the video back from html 5 to flash..
how do you guys like not being able to seek through the video without letting the thing fully load?
  • + 9
 Yeah hopefully they switch it back to html5 eventually. I liked being able to seek through the video...
  • + 3
 Could care less, you can usually tell within 5 seconds if a video is worth watching.
  • + 9
 some free rider 3 haha
  • + 10
 rebounds set up way too fast on his chumba
  • + 18
 Finally finished the Free Rider 3 track after what felt like 100 tries. 52.06. Come at me.
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 Can't reach the end...
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 @highstreet,come on fella,i think thats the green eyed monster in you tbh, this is deffo the best shreddin vid for quite a while,props to all involved!!!!..
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 THUMBS UP FOR FREERIDER!
  • + 3
 Pinkbike might as well just make this VOD today instead of putting it on the home page, then making it VOD next week!
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 Free rider is blocked on the schools computer Frown
  • + 5
 well, this will really help my procrastination problem with not only a rad video, but FREERIDER!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 freeride is dead?... VOYcontender! t o p - n o t c h, all the way!
  • + 3
 that game was way too hard!
  • + 3
 they got rid of the new player!
  • + 4
 Anyone else front flipped the first drop? Move over Anthony Massere.
  • + 1
 Just did it homie
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 i ate it sooo many times! sick movie too!
  • + 1
 but can you back flip it? I did Big Grin Got a time of 52.85 while tricking every jump!
  • + 5
 anyone else spend like 30 minutes on the linerider game then just give up??
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 I have the High score on the Freerider 3 track. Sick Video Dean, Aaron, and Nic!
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 FINALLY! 52.6 come at me bros!
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  • + 95
 what brakes is he running? Doesn't look like they are functioning properly
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 drifting machine!
  • + 1
 He doesn't use brakes, he braaapppss..
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  • + 50
 finally change the video format back! thank you pink bike
  • + 3
 Yea really, so much better...
  • + 4
 ooohhhh thats why it played!? i didnt even realize till now
  • + 4
 The old Flash player is like the worst player on the web, I'ts like the soup nazi. NO PAUSE FOR YOU!! NO SEARCH FOR YOU! HERE take this shitty resolution and frame rate and shut up or leave.
  • + 1
 the riding and freedier3 course are awesome though.
  • + 9
 Im very glad the old player is back. I guess only three days of non stop complaining finally caught Pink Bike's attention... thanks for hearing us!
ANd seeing as this was the first video I was able to watch in several days, I thought it was a great video. VOY? I think so.
  • + 0
 sorry man video of the year is already taken by damage inc. 2012 reel
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  • + 13
 I don't know what everyone is so stoked about, I thought he looked out of control. I mean, he couldn't even sit down, clearly he had troubles keeping it on the ground, and whenever he was in the air it wouldn't stay straight. Seriously Dean, that was great, I love your style and you are such a great embassador for our local trail system!
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 Great edit, great rider for sure but its not my cup of tea either. Probably gonna get some flak for this but aside from the jumps, it looked like it could have been a cyclocross track. So sick of videos showcasing dudes on full on DH rigs riding tracks with apparently no rocks or even bumps in them.
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  • + 14
 Sponserd by leatt ... Isn't even wearing it hahahaha. Ad the also massive jumps
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 Thats what i was just thinking hahaha
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  • + 13
 Ok. I watched the video now. Just beautiful and inspiring to watch!

PS: Yeaaah Transition Bikes! Smile
  • + 3
 1:16 is a great Transition Bikes promo shot!!! That was awesome!
  • + 1
 because norbs got robbed
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  • + 10
 think Dean Tennant just became my favorite rider ever, so much style and the way he shreds those berms blows my mind! and are those 661 filters he's wearing? thought they were discontinued
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  • + 10
 i seriously love mountain biking...........
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  • + 6
 THIS VID IS ONE OF ALL TIME BEST!!!! Amazing Trail and riding, fantastic filming/editing etc.....THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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  • + 3
 I love everything about this video!!!! The riding to say the least is ridiculous...he's in the air more than on the ground and that last shot in slo mo is epic!!!! Some of those drops look like he'll just keep falling! Love the colors, angles, tempo and song choice goes perfect with the riding!! GREAT job mind spark!! Another banger!!!!!
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  • + 3
 Dude last years edit spring cleaning was amazing and thought it couldnt be beat and this just blew it out of the watter. Amazing trail with an amazig rider filmed by an amazing cameraman. top notch edit just unreal!!
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 One of the best vids I've seen. Sweet editing, sweet location and a sweet fcukin' rider! I think the forest is still coming to terms with what just happened to it........
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  • + 2
 Dean came out and raced all 5 (vancouver) Island Cup Races last year. Was super awesome to see him return to his roots and do all the races. I wish him the best of luck. A humble and awesome guy!
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  • + 4
 I liked the part where Dean went big and fast with style........I mean the whole thing.
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  • + 1
 Sorry to leave a negative comment on a video I haven't seen; I'm not sure where the official pink bike suggestions thread is. I noticed the last few videos posted on the main page are flash. This is not conducive to my morning coffee and pink bike fix, as I use my iPad. Please don't let this be a permanent change; this would make me, and from what I gather from the comments, a lot of people unhappy.
  • + 5
 That's why I ditched apple years ago.. A company full of wind and trying to make everyone use there product or you can't interact with your friends. Its arbour time apple joins the real world. They switched it back because majority of users were having troubles with watching the videos on their new player. Once you leave apple you'll never look back..lol
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  • + 4
 Don't put videos with flash player please? U instantly eliminate all iPads from viewing this video!!
  • + 2
 Works fine on my iPad
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 iPads don't get flash player they just changed the format lol
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 Simple.. Don't buy into apples restrictive products..
  • + 1
 Hmm I didn't was a gift from the company I work for.
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 Best Vid ever created by humans! Although I'm skeptical that Dean is actually a human at all the way he rides, ALL OUT! I don't think he touched the brakes at all! Inspiring riding and inspiring cinematography. Mind spark is the proverbial SHIT!
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 i think i am pregnant now.......................But seriously this is one of the most beautiful videos Ive ever seen the scenery is sooo beautiful and i love the moss garden closer to the end and the use of those ginormous drops!! Keep it up!!!
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  • + 2
 I cant even imagine how much I would love mountain biking if I had the opportunity to ride such a prime zone. That trail is totally radical dude and that scar is well deserved.
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  • + 4
 That was so good in everyway
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  • + 1
 lots of fast big air, great video quality, seamless music, not too short or too long. all in all this was a great great video for what i want to see a MTB short film. Should be a contender for VOY. GL
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  • + 3
 Not only a fast and stylish rider, but a top notch fella too. Glad you're getting the exposure Dean, best wishes for 2013.
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  • + 2
 BANGIN!!! the boost and audio at 0:41 is unreal. So many sick moves and shots. Tennant is a total animal and the lads at Mind Spark are brilliant. Props to Dunbar Cycles too!
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  • + 2
 I get it. You dont cause trail damage if your tires are in the air! I think he "rode" about half the trail.
Awsome vid ! gets my fave.
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  • + 2
 Nice work!! If that last gap was the road gap at tzou, I've only seen two people hit it so far (but only one whip lol). Ride on brotha!!!
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  • + 1
 Awesome trail! I think i'm a fan of Dean Tennant now, such rad style. I never hated the z jumps in that game before, i think i've failed on the third z jump for like 12 times...
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 and this just happened...
imgur.com/zq0dHRn
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 lol on the last big drop
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  • + 4
 You can have my tr450 as a spare, im not worthy.
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  • + 0
 2 days of being able to watch videos and were back to "you need to upgrade your flash player, click here to install it" only you cant on a Mac, absolute bollocks, but hey, thanks for giving me a glimpse of what ive been missing for the last 4 years.
  • + 1
 Blame apple not anyone else.. They don't want you to use anything else but apple.. I don't know why people fall for their restrictive products. There is so much better out there..
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  • + 3
 I was in the middle of editing a bike film and paused to watch this.....I QUIT
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  • + 1
 Every time i see Dean Tennant in the title I know its going to be good. Iv'e come to expect nothing less than perfection. They didn't let me down
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  • + 1
 Deans got it pinned.such a great video,I can't help but to keep watching it.anybody know the music track that goes with this video please?
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 Song is Lana Del Rey - Ride (Barretso Remix)
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  • + 0
 Video of the month if not year (premature maybe but this is amazing), easily. Shame the music sucks as usual with mtb edits but the riding, cinematography and editing is incredible.
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  • + 0
 I think transition are missing out hugely, they have either gotta be stupid or developing a 160mm frame, a endurencey tr250 would be the perfect bike, unless im missing something?
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  • + 3
 Game was great but I think I killed him. Sorry Dean.
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 Ya the old video player is back fro me at least... Anybody else get the old player back? and I am watching this on my iPad
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 me too thank god
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 It's bac tg
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  • + 2
 thank you pinkbike for making videos work for me at work!! happy days...sick vid!!
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  • + 2
 That was some of the illest riding and filming I have seen in a long, long time. SO KILLER!!!
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 No words can explain an edit as sick as this!!!!! Dean+Mindspark = VOD!!! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Hell ya deaner! Stoked to have been able to give my two cents in the construction of the huck line! Can't wait to ride it with ya again!
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 Ido not have worlds to describe how I'm felling seeing this VOD! So stoked!
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 Best video of this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big Grin
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 I havent played freerider since my middle school days. I havent watched the video yet, just been playing free rider
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  • + 2
 hahaha just got the high score on the game! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 that was absolutely mind blowing ..best vid I have ever seen,,,,hands down wtf,
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  • + 2
 I'm almost glad im sick at home... I can watch this all day!
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  • + 2
 well, that 3 minutes was the highlight of my week
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  • + 1
 one of the best videos i have seen in a long time. perfect editing to. props to the people that made it happen an the rider
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  • + 1
 Awesome video. Kinda rattled cause I was going to use that song for an edit haha
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  • + 1
 I love that when the rider takes off a jump you cant tell where the landing is, everything looks so natural! Great video!!
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  • + 1
 SIC!! Lana Del Rey "Ride"" makes the vid even better. What remix is this? Fav!
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  • + 1
 never played freerider before.... where did the last 2 hours of my life go!!! Still havent finished the track haha
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  • + 1
 Pleeease someone show me the trail, that's absolutely mind blowing! Good job mind spark again!
  • + 1
 i can show you roman...
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  • + 1
 All that air time - you think he was hiding a weakness for riding on dirt. Awe inspiring!
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  • + 1
 one of the best video,perfect combination of filming ,soundtrack, editing ,and one perfect rider
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  • + 2
 look's great! 80% in the air Smile
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  • + 2
 3:07 seconds of godliness. Excellent edit.
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  • + 2
 click on video see the words Dean Tennant add to faves
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  • + 1
 Pinned! Great edit, this one actually made me want to trade this POW for dirt!
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  • + 1
 Such a rad video! That has to be the coolest looking trail I have ever seen... Does anybody know about where it is? PNW?
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 Vancouver Island, BC
  • + 2
 Is this somewhere at Prevost or Tzo? Or off in the random areas of cumberland etc?
  • + 2
 Both tzouhalem and prevost and I think a few shots from victoria?
  • + 1
 riding this trail has just been added to the bucket list.
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  • + 2
 whattttt!!!! Soooo good, kept watching again and again!
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  • + 2
 That outro is exactly how my mind ended. Blown.
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  • + 1
 Seriously one of the best videos I have seen on Pinkbike...very nice in every aspect !!
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 What music? I love that song...
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 Lana Del Rey - Ride (Barretso Remix) www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1VfL-S8Vtk
  • + 1
 I have been waiting to hear this song in a bike video. It lends itself perfectly. When life is fucked up I go out and ride and I forget about all my problems. Love it.
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 True. Im just entering home after ride... At the trail I try to remember the melody,replay over and over again in my headSmile
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  • + 1
 i would do some very unsavory things for the chance to ride tracks like that with riders like him
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  • + 1
 It seems like deans riding ability triples every year. His spring edits always get me so stoked for the seaso .
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  • + 2
 OMG! What a edit ! amazing video and music ! perfect ride! Good luck !
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  • + 1
 Rad riding and well shot. Loved the big jump/drop off what looks like virgin forest ...
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  • + 2
 my eyes are bleeding because this video is too awesome
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  • + 2
 www.canvasrider.com create your tracks and also ride BMX too
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  • + 1
 Liked the old school way of leaving the biggest and baddest til last. Super booosh! Thems some big hits bro.
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  • + 1
 his jersey looks like an extra size bigger on him. I cant help but notice how much it flaps around
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  • + 3
 What an amazing trail!
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  • + 1
 Sweet Jebus, I think I may have just pee'd myself. What a GREAT video. Makes me want to use a "sick" day, badly.
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  • + 2
 That was so sick worth the wait
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  • + 1
 One of the nicest guys...out there racing!! Just an awesome video.
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  • + 1
 Goodness that was such a quality video. Dean you are an absolute shredder!
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 He just lands everything perfectly.
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  • + 1
 WOW! get RAD or DIE trying! SOOOO Sick!
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  • + 1
 Someone pinch me, please...this must have been a dream...too perfect.
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  • + 1
 That moment at 2:18 look like zero gravity moves! Realy amazing!
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 I miss the island! great edit!
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 Can we get the snap from 2:50!?
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  • + 2
 DEAN! Killing it!
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  • + 1
 such a boss... sick edit...
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 Bike game ing~~~~~~~~~~~~~ing~~~~~~~~~~~ha ha ~! le's go !!!
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  • + 1
 Uhhh try ripping a little harder next time.
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 VOD and VOTY. End of comment!
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  • + 0
 What's with the new media player? Now you can't watch pb movies on apples products?
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  • + 1
 wow,just perfect,Trail,skills,driver,video all the round!!
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 moss gap was gnar, what a good edit
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 Wish I could watch this on my iPhone....
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 Sickest trail and riding!
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 BIG, FAST, SMOOTH, STYLISH, AWESOME.
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  • + 1
 This was really sickest riding. One of the best videos. Thumbs UP!
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 After the reel life trail building, here comes the virtual trail building!
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 Everything about that edit was awesome
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  • + 1
 WOW It's good, it's better it's amazing
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  • + 1
 Great vid !! Welcome back old video player :0)
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  • + 0
 That was some serious riding! And Im not talking about me in that game!... That bike have a way to short chainstay!...
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  • + 1
 Perfect of the most beautiful video
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 OMG , Amazing Vid !! Hello video of the month ? Smile
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  • + 1
 Holy crap Dean way to go, that got me stoked!!!
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 Yep. That's rad.
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  • + 1
 that was a beautiful edit!
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 LOVE THIS! Just brilliant Dean, and Mindspark!
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 When's the video of the year contest? This one's got my vote
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 sick that track is rad as fook!
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 I thought nuclear rockets were forbidden nowadays!!!
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 he is messing with gravity at 2.17! so fast
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 If that doesn't get you fired up to ride, then your in a coma.
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 What a vid amazingly shot and great riding
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 2:17 = sorcery
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 that was amazing
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 goodbye dem berms.
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 Holy mother of god!
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 VOTY... period...
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 damn this guy kicks ass
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 Is this where I place some ill-informed comment about the new video player? Rabble rabble rabble ... I should update my software ... rabble. Or something like that, right?
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 Sickest trail ever!!!!
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 1:49 was a bitchin shot
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 great riding & Video
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 Wow great vid!!
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 HOLY MOLY !!!!
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 Dude is more pinned than a Jewish voodoo doll of Hitler
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 awkward..... lol
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 STYLE FOR MILES !!!
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 HFS! Best.Video.Ever!
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 coool webbb sitee
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