Video: Erica Lawson - Causing a Ruckus

Dec 31, 2012 at 11:00
Dec 31, 2012
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2012 has proven to be an exciting year for Erica. Returning to Whistler after three years travelling abroad made for a newfound excitement to ride a bike again. Upon her return in 2011, she got her bike fix borrowing bikes from friends and hopping on any shuttle or bike park ticket opportunity she could... it was a true bike bum season.

Whistler off season laps

With a background in flatland BMX and a bit of a childhood mischief-maker, Erica took on the nickname "Ruckus" amongst friends. Her personality and riding ambition quickly caught our eye. It wasn't long before Erica landed herself the first female spot on the team. This opened up an exciting new look into not only riding but the behind the scenes adventures that go into creating a mountain bike video series.

Assembling her brand new bike.

By the time 2012 rolled around, riding had become her biggest priority. For the first time in her life, Erica had a brand new bike to call her very own. With that new bike, came a new sense of confidence. Fitting in with her 2012 season goal of maximum progression, Erica was able to move in to a house with four other female mountain bikers with similar goals. Together the girls began riding faster, became stronger and rode with a fearlessness that soon had them scoping some of Whistler's bigger features. Then just as the season seemed to peak, Erica took it one step further.

post-shalemaster carnage

Two weeks before Crankworx, she placed herself atop one of Whistler's claims to fame - The Shalemaster. "I had never been to this cliff line, but watching my pal effortlessly drop in, I looked down eager to follow." Without hesitation, she dropped in hot and was instantly blown off the bike, sent tumbling down the shale cliff. 19 stitches in her head and elbow would have her hanging up her bike for the duration of Crankworx as well as losing a significant video spot in our GoPro Dirt Diaries edit.

Riding happens all year even in Whistler winter

This down time sparked a new attitude in how Erica would continue to do what she loved. Previously sending things blind and pushing herself beyond what was comfortable, Erica now found a new balance between risk and reward that focused on sustainable progression in her riding.


This season held ups and downs for this talented shredder, but in the end you can count on Ruckus coming out smiling as usual. "I have zero regrets about my 2012 season. I finished the summer with a fresh new understanding of riding, and with progression of riding comes progression of mind. Bring on 2013!"


Words: Michael Sousa
Video: Michael Sousa
Photos: Teresa Frendo, Ollie Jones, and Michael Sousa
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49 Comments

  • + 22
 Absolutely awesome story, and always neat to see girl riding getting out there and doing stuff I can't!
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  • + 18
 Question: How does one make their slider icon on your iPhone a bike frame? Cause that is so legit!
  • + 6
 But seriously someone should answer this question. I want bike slider.
  • + 2
 It's a hacked iPhone with our logo as the slider. Pretty neat.
  • + 3
 ohhhh. Is there a website that can lead you step by step on how to do it? I know there probably are many, but i want to know if you used a specific one?
  • + 8
 Jailbreak would be first step. Google that w/ your year-model and you'll see how to do that. Very easy to do and steps are clear/simple. Once you do that you'll have to download a "theme" onto the iphone. If you get more advance you can go into the "theme" folder then edit the "slider.jpg" image by yourself to whatever your heart desires.

Jailbreaking and bringing it to the genius bar will get you turned down. I use to work at apple and they really hate that (the company does not employees), so you should make back-ups on itunes and revert back if any problem comes up, then after revert back to jailbroken state. Kinda funny, you could get in really serious trouble if you work for them and they catch you with one hehe.
  • + 0
 jailbreak and install cydia.
  • + 2
 wow that crash must've been gnarly, stitches and all!
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  • + 9
 I can confidently say that she's riding features I would normally ride around.
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  • + 8
 RUCKUS!! Heck yes. That's the stuff.
  • + 3
 rucks killing it !
  • + 4
 huck it to flaaattttttt
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  • + 6
 The girl is styly when she rides and she goes big! Nice to see someone not wearing PJ style loud riding gear. Erica your cute too! All smiles and Style.
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  • + 4
 talk about BOSSESS! she totally ripped it up! Hope to see her doing well this coming season!
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  • + 1
 In the picture of here bike being built up, is that a thru axle she is running out back, iI thought the frames had qr dropouts only?? Its the only thing holding me back from buying a status...
  • + 1
 Not a threw axle, Its dropout in the back. The Status is a sick bike, super fun and easy to get off the ground.
  • + 1
 yep its just a plastic axle for when its in the box.
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  • + 3
 Yeah Ruckus! So proud of you Smile
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  • + 2
 Hellll ya. Keep up the hard work. Stoked to. See. More girls riding. Props
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  • + 3
 Nice one Erica! Absolutely killin it sista!!
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  • + 2
 Killin' it Erika, nice filming Sousa. Great job guys!!!
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  • + 1
 Always nice to see someone do things I know I can't do. Keep up the ruckus Erica!
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  • + 2
 Why does the music in chick videos always suck?
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  • + 2
 Another winner from Shegnarnigans. Keep it up!
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  • + 2
 All the beautiful bikes at 0.58 *_*
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  • + 2
 She is one amazing rider! Keep it up!
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  • + 2
 Nice Gap at the end Girl!
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  • - 1
 Friickkkk.... Yes, its nice to see videos of good lookin girls ride, but friick, it was haflway thru the dang video before we saw any riding!
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  • + 1
 How did she bust her head open? I'd like to see the helmet.
  • + 3
 I wasn't wearing goggles and a peice of shale got in my helmet. I wear goggles now haha
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  • + 1
 Erica shreds harder then I do... Impressive! Keep up the good work buddy!
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  • + 1
 A Shegnarnigans video that's actually about a girl!
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  • + 2
 Awsome video and read!
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  • + 1
 Rockin'! Keep it up Erica!
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  • + 1
 well done, was that squamish ?
  • + 4
 Yup, Squamish. The gaps are even bigger in 3D real life.
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  • + 1
 Yeah lady shredder! Way to slay
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  • + 1
 Harsh skin rips. Wild dirt shreds. Looking forward to seeing lots more.
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  • + 1
 The perfect girlfriend!
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  • + 1
 Ruckus is my new Hero!
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  • + 0
 Pretty fuckin tight in that maxle there...
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  • + 1
 chick with balls!
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  • - 3
 I'd like to buy that girl a new rack..........................................for her car.
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