Hopkins & Gravity: Ridden Hard, Put Away Wet - Video

Jun 27, 2012 at 10:08
Jun 27, 2012
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Words by Mike Hopkins, Photography / Video by Dave Peacock

Fog

It's late June and if you are a fortunate resident of the fine province of British Columbia, you will know it's been a fort night or two, since we last saw the sun. Words to describe the past month would line up something like this... Rainy, pounded, poured, soaked, saturated, soggy, pruned, pickled, to put it bluntly wet became an understatement two weeks ago. "Spring 2012" has officially been retitled "Monsoon Season".

But like most weather woes, one hits a point where he accepts the soak, spins wheels, splits puddles, and has a smashing good time. I teamed up with Gravity and my buddy Dave Peacock to set out to have some fun in nature’s sweat lodge. Four days, two days of digging, two days of filming, and one hell of a good time amidst a sky full of soggy assailants. Boom! Monsoon Season ain't so bad. Love the Soak.

Wet Berm

Rippin' Ruts


Escaping the rain





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70 Comments

  • + 51
 Mike Hopkins = proper mountain biking
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 yeah man, he always looks so in control at crazy fast speeds...
  • + 5
 yeah, and talk about a well coordinated kit- the red on his shock and forks with the red on his gloves and gogs, and the rest is obvious
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 Some constructive critisism on the film:

Obviously this was an awesome trail, But we didn't get to see much of it. Many shots were cut out so you didn't see the trail at all just i bike flying around. I would have liked to see some more of the trail so I can relate to how he's riding.

And there were too many repeated shots at each "feature". Sometimes you have to "kill your darlings" a little bit and choose wich shots you like the most. The video looses a lot of flow with all the repeating.

Great song though and some of the shots are truly amazing just wanted to share my opinions Smile
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 Have to agree with you there, repeated shots got pretty annoying. I'm guessing the trail was quite short though. Steeze was not in short supply however.
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 ^ It was pretty damned good for a promotional edit... you can't expect insane, movie-quality trails every time it has a certain rider's name pinned to it. Hopkins has one of the best styles in the game and that alone made it an awesome edit.
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 I totally enjoyed this vid but have to agree that 8 shots of that hip was at least 4 too many no matter how rad it was.
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 didnt know that's mike hopkins until the title.
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 maxeponken I was about to jump on with the same critisism. There were some killer shots in there, the last one was amazing and really finished it off well. But the repetition and obscure angles showing very little trail, coupled with the camera moving at 1 bajillion miles an hour at points meant we saw very very little of the actual riding. scott-townes, he started saying constructive critisism, and he gave it. No need to defend anything.
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  • + 18
 Such an incredible video!
Too many shots on that first jump though tup
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 ridden hard put away wet... sounds like my girl friend Wink
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 Maybe i'm being adolescent, but man that was f*ckin hilarious !!!
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  • + 5
 Such a sick video! Hopkins is one of the most stylish riders out there and makes everything look easy.
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  • + 4
 I always get so stoked when there is a new Hopkins video. I break my rule at work and watch the video right away mid-morning.
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 Hopkin is one of my favourite rider since the Lyfe cycle video, such an incredible rider to watch with so much skills ! Not to mention his awesome scrub/whip/off the jump while taking a berm... wow
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 I'm sorry but all I think about when someone whips into a tree is Beauty form Cannonball Run saying "I like trees Big Grin "

Also I think Mike is a great fit for the Norco team; love his style!
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 Cuz that transfer was soo epic,you wouldnt believe it without 9 shots of it.----Cool vid though...I appreciate it on another level ,living in the Phoenix area.I can almost smell the dirt.
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 Mike Hopkins is such an amazing technically skilled rider he even was able to change the lens of his google have way through, props up!
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 Can anyone tell me what jacket he is wearing and where to find because it's sick and it won't stop raining in Australia. Cool vid mean song. Chur
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 Sometimes you can't avoid it, but at least try to go around growing saplings? Wasn't too fond of the unnecessary bush wacking in this one...
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 maxeponken...its not a full trail, so it had to be pieced together like it is...its just random burms and kickers in fort shepord
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 I love the color of the 2013 Aurum! I Want it so baaad! Superb vid btw.
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 I was just saying to myself yesterday that I haven't seen a hopkins or buehler vid in awhile!
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 Love his riding and love his writing. Keep it up Hopkins. You should do some similar stuff for your skiing too.
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 Those bars and stem look wicked. Good luck to everyone
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  • + 1
 mike hopkins is still one of my favorite riders! sick vid, im diggin the song too
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 title - thats what she sait.
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 What happened to mike and the coastal crew, did they part ways??
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  • + 1
 Freeride has been revived
  • + 7
 Freeride never stopped Wink
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 that was sick! the song through me off a bit tho. Otherwise! Awesome Vid!
  • + 4
 it seemed like the song was glitching but other then that i liked it
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 what was the song?
  • + 1
 Yeah it sounded a bit glitchy here too, but I think it worked really well with the video (minus the glitches)
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 The Rural Alberta Advantage - Tornado 87
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 Yeah, glitchy and almost irritating... if it wasn't for the sick ridingWink
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 Some brilliant videos on the pinkbike homepage in the last 24hrs!!
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 freerides dead is still the best
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 Thats not a wet trail! This is what we call a moist trail in Scotland
www.pinkbike.com/photo/8283781
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 man I want one of those norcos so bad...
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 nice matching windbreaker Mike........always love his segments though!
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 Yep. That's BC in 'Junuary'
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 Immense video, however shit choice of song.........
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  • + 1
 such a sexy bike. that trail was epic!
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  • + 1
 Mike, go do it because it did before!
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 wasn't cool when he ran over that little tree.
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 I am proud to call myself a tree destroyer. Without us, this website wouldn't exist...
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 Rather boring. Great riding, but terrible song and way too many similar angles and shots. It Almost killed Hopkins riding...
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 High standards bro!?!
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 WAUUU exelente video.
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 one of my favs...
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 9 shots of that little transfer... what the?
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 crap products crap service i will never buy their products again
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 WAAAAAAAHHHH
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