Many people feel that the Schley name is synonymous with Whistler and B.C., but Richie has expanded his home turf into the US, moving part time to Laguna Beach California. In true Schley style he has set himself up with a great place to live. He lives across the street from one of his sponsors; Crank Brothers, only a few blocks away from the beach and is surrounded with other legendary riders such as Brian Lopes, and Hans Rey. Having come from B.C. and being constantly surrounded with mountain biking I wasn't sure what to find in an affluent area of the United States. Would we be looked at as side shows, did people even know what mountain biking really was there, and was there any other riders in the area? I was shocked to find that mountain biking was hugely popular there with riders everywhere and even many other pro level riders. While we were shooting, the Athertons were even in town training. Laguna has a strong riding history rooted in the area, and the community was very welcoming and enjoyable to experience.
I had intended on just shooting a riding section, but after experiencing Laguna the lifestyle oozed its way into the filming and I felt it also needed to be represented in the section. Shooting with Schley was great, easy, and having the opportunity to experience his new stomping grounds was an excellent experience. A big thanks to Richie, and IXS for making this section happend and allowing me to film in this amazing place.
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