Video: Dylan Sherrard - Longevity

Dec 13, 2013 at 12:00
Dec 13, 2013
by Absolute Zero  
 
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It's an ever-shifting balance working within the bike industry and at the same time maintaining that internal spark which brought you into the sport in the first place.

Sometimes the cloud of external pressures or roadblocks can begin to obscure the vision of what you once thought of as a passion but now see as a job. It's a common phenomenon across a wide demographic and often comes and goes in waves.

One individual who has yet to find that spark extinguished is a local bearded kid from Kamloops by the name of Dylan Sherrard. Years ago, a 36-hour bus ride to the famous dust bowl of interior British Columbia by the then-sixteen year-old from Whitehorse, Yukon ignited something that six years later hasn't subsided. No it wasn't a bothersome rash, but rather a lifestyle built around riding on two wheels.

I guess I haven't known Dylan for the better part of those six years and I am borderline copying and pasting from one of his earlier "Life in the Loops" writing pieces, but I had previously been a fan of his from his extensively awesome work with Silvia, his introspective Pinkbike articles, his time as a featured athlete on Team Robot as well as numerous incredible photo pieces reinforcing the notion that yes- you are allowed to do tricks on downhill bikes.

He also came accessorized with a beard, an add-on which we both had in common so I figured "What the hell let's see if he wants to shoot a bit of a mini-project?"

Dylan
The man. The machine. The beard.

After meeting with Dylan, it became immediately clear that he is a genuinely all-around friendly character, fierce owl buff and one heck of a hell of a rider. I'm thinking about it now actually, and during the entire shoot I'm pretty sure Dylan struck up a friendly conversation with every single person that came remotely near us on a bike- that is except for the sketchy drunk guy who decided to take it upon himself to claim possession of Dylan's blacked out Kona Operator which we had hid in some long grass for safe-keeping while shooting nearby. It was only then, when we saw a distant figure making off with his bike did I see the easygoing, positive enthusiasm drain from his eyes to be replaced by ravenous adrenaline fuelled rage which catapulted Dylan down the trail faster than a 2013 Stevie Smith World Cup run. After a few very calm words pointing out the man's confusion in property ownership, Dylan was once again in possession of his shred sled and we could continue what we had started.

What we put together was a short film taking a step back and sharing Dylan's humble view of how he see's his current lifestyle and an abstract vision of where he sees himself in the future. Also, he rides the hell out of a mountain bike...

Words, images and video by Liam Mullany

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64 Comments

  • + 85
 Dylan should get an invite to Rampage...
  • + 5
 That was the sickest video! Such an awesome rider to watch!
  • + 7
 Ya he should....he should also design the next Oakley icon sender
  • + 2
 Needs more big mountain.... I want to see him ripping lines... so much style.
  • + 5
 Absolute Zero cannot produce anything that is short of incredible, awesome work guys
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  • + 33
 RS should let him make an owl graphic for the totem, and for his own boxxer.
  • + 6
 It looks like the pokemon hoothoot!
  • + 17
 Haha, not my generation I guess.
  • + 5
 Ya only the "younger" pb crowd will know what I'm talking about. Haha
  • + 4
 but alas, the totem has been discontinued
  • + 3
 He should be doing the rampage and just about every other Freeride event. I would say he's even better than some of these guys who got top 10 in the FMB World Tour
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  • + 21
 his seat touched his arm on that nac.... mind blown. insane video
  • + 5
 that was a fine nac
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  • + 16
 Mountain cabin on the lake with endless trails.... Yeah thats my dream too.
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  • + 8
 Wow, epic tv is really epic, very nice video
  • - 7
 Wow! such video. many jumps
  • + 31
 Epic TV? Better watch your back. Specialized may have your number.
  • + 9
 haha that was a good one. I'm waiting for them to sue everyone for using the term "enduro" its only a matter of time greedy ass bastards
  • + 3
 looks like youll need a new pinkbinke account if they do...
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  • + 4
 Amazing video, Why doesn't this guy get more recognition in the industry? He rips just as hard as anyone else and has an amazing attitude, what more do you want? He reminds me a bit of Matt Hunter, a dude who can ride big mountain freeride and still enjoy hammering on an all mountain bike. This dude is rad!
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  • + 7
 Give him some CARBON kona!!!!
  • - 14
 Im not making a kona makes weak bikes joke here but i honesty for how hard this guy shreds idk If the carbon would be strong enough! This guy is really hard on his bikes! I wouldn't want to be doing this stuff on a carbon bike, not that I can to begin with tho!
  • + 4
 Carbon is stronger than aluminum. Sorry to burst your bubble. If you havent, watch the Santa Cruz testing video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=xreZdUBqpJs
  • + 6
 Ok cool actually haven't seen the Santa Cruz video! I just thought well it couldn't be but im wrong my bad!
  • + 8
 Aggy doesnt seem to have a problem with the carbon operator!
  • + 0
 Ok I wad wrong i get it im sorry.
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  • + 5
 Easily one of the most underrated riders out there, his skills and personality are mind blowing.
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  • + 5
 Sweet vid, sweet riding and a proper sweet life!! Shredhard
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  • + 0
 Sucks that in the loops you only get to ride some great trails for 6 months out of the year the other 6 are for other activities. You could argue that snow riding ain't bad but unless you have some spiked tires and skill those trails turn to ice hills quick. Oh we'll just wait for spring to arrive
  • + 2
 I am not sure what you are talking about, but Sav is open late February till Nov, and most years April till november for Harper and rio if not longer not to mention the other stuff.
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  • + 3
 I'm still not recovered from the shock brought by his jump+manual+front wheelie in his last video.
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  • + 3
 Kona sponsors some of the raddest riders. Dylan needs a '14 carbon operator and process!
  • + 1
 its funny how all his bikes are a few years old....whats up with that, Kona?
  • + 1
 The trail bike is a 13' Kona process
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  • + 4
 That nac was crazy
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  • + 1
 I have been looking for a way to put into words how I feel about mountain biking, and I found it. Ill just show them this video lol
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  • + 2
 Words of Wisdom and some dope Riding. Cant get no better than this S..t !!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 Best over the edge yet, Dylan kills it!
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  • + 1
 Oh my...... Dear me there's too much steeZe for the pinkbike player to handle!!!!!
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  • + 3
 Livin' the dream I'd say
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  • + 1
 god i love mountain biking.
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  • + 1
 That was a sick owl. My favourite birds.
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  • + 1
 He is like the ultimate Free shralper!
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  • + 1
 His trick style is similar to Shawn Palmer's snowboarding style!
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  • + 1
 always one of my favorite riders to watch
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  • + 1
 One of the nicest dudes around!
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  • + 1
 Error: file not found... aaargh!
  • + 1
 On the video player above?
  • + 1
 Yep... it didn't work from iPad or notebook... but it worked at my office YEAH!
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  • + 1
 What helmet is he wearing? Sick vid by the way!
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  • + 1
 Awesome rider, such a smooth style too
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  • + 0
 His name should be Dylan Shredrad
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  • + 1
 i wish porn was this hd
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  • + 1
 Absolute...ly Amazing!
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  • + 1
 So freggin saweet
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  • + 1
 amen to that dream!
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  • + 1
 Dylan is the man!
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  • - 1
 that downside wipe is sick!
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