Marshall Mullen in Malibu

Mar 25, 2013
by Long Nguyen  
 
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Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen.
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Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Name: Marshall Mullen

Location: Malibu, California

Marshall, I personally think you have one of the most famous yards right now on the web. Everyone wants to ride there and I know you get hit all the time by other riders about filming there. How did all of this come about? Did you ever expect that to happen?
Actually I'm not sure how it happened. I started building them 6 years ago, but recently a few pictures got out and naturally, being unseen, it caught riders' attention. Then it took off.

I don't think I did… I never really thought about it. I always thought of them as just jumps in my yard.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Where did you learn how to dig?
I sort of figured out how to dig just by trial and error. I think after you spend so many hours building, you start to learn what works and what doesn't.


How did you get in to riding?
When I was younger, about 12, I rode motorcycles quite a bit. My friend Andrew had been riding mountain bikes, so eventually I started going with him. It didn't take long before I came to the realization that this sport was way more fun. It pretty much turned around right there. Just by chance my neighbor was a mountain bike fanatic, he had a big influence on me and gave me a lot of guidance.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Have you been asked to build anywhere else?
Yes. I have built some different types including for private individuals. One that turned out pretty cool was one I recently built for Oakley. I have a few new projects in the works that should be interesting.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Do you get help when you are working on your jumps?
Good question…I wonder the same sometimes... I hate to say it, but the answer is pretty much no. It takes longer by myself, and can be boring as hell, but it allows me to build it the way I have it envisioned.

Whenever Tyler McCaul comes out to ride, he ALWAYS makes sure he puts in the time to help out with whatever is needed to make the jumps work.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Some people might have a misconception about Malibu, what is the riding like around there?
Yeah, it's not all mansions and movie stars…

It is mainly limited to xc and all mountain riding. There are miles of trail that can be a really good time. The riding scene isn't huge here which is probably why there are not many DH style trails, but the extensive trail bike rides make up for it. Because of this, I have been spending a lot of time on the Stumpjumper which is great for this area.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Do you have any riding buddies?
Yes. I have been pretty lucky to have good friends who like to ride the same things I do. Mike Montgomery comes up to ride quite a bit, and whenever Tyler McCaul comes in town we squeeze in as much as possible. Also my neighbor rides almost everyday. Riding with him is beyond a challenge, but I always come home pumped.

Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen
Deity Components rider Marshall Mullen

Anyone you would like to thank?
First off I would like to thank Eric at Deity who has believed and supported me ever since we met.

I would also like to thank the following people for the support they have given me, Geoff at Specialized, Drew at Decline Magazine, Steve Blick at Oakley and Jason at Bonk Breaker. Last but not least, I would also like to thank Kenny. He has helped me with so much over the years and has taught me.….everything. I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am now if it wasn't for him.

59 Comments

  • + 27
 Props to marshall for building some sick jumps and an awesome looking pump track. Even if he is a rich kid he still put in a ton of work to build that all up and 99% of the people here wouldn't do that even if they had the land. On top of that, he's got some talent on a bike. Keep up the good work kid.
  • - 7
 I think 99% of the people on here absolutely would do that if they had the land.
  • + 13
 Not that big and not that well. Kids got great vision and building skills.
  • + 6
 to be honest its almost as sick as the semenuk compound. not as big and all but the quality of the work hes done here is incredible. great job man
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  • + 15
 Is'nt that last jump the jump where Adam Williams did the first 720 tail-whip
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  • + 12
 What a backyard! That is a dream house in Malibu for sure.
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  • + 10
 no one ever complains when someone is poor. anyone can get rich "if" thats their motivation. the kid rips.....and he loves to bike.....all that matters. sick video!
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  • + 9
 Lots of jealous people out there..Love your set up Marshall!
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  • + 5
 Dude wrecked that turnaround been. So fast! He has built some excellent flow into that yard. Awesome to see someone put in hard work and have something spectacular as the result.
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  • + 8
 The pump track is pure art.
  • + 5
 Built with a spoon. Every bit of it Wink
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  • + 3
 im sure this is his parents house/property. he looks too young to have started building this 6 years ago and owning the property himself. if that is the case why not thank your parents for letting you use their land????
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  • + 5
 Is anyone else curious who his neighbor is?? If he challenges Marshall then he's got to be a ripper!
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  • + 5
 I want hydraulic bike storage racks too!
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  • + 1
 Pump track was bitchin and the jumps were dialed , the downhill looked a little soft and lacking features but I enjoyed it a lot . Easily the most valuable jumps on plannet earth.
  • + 1
 the trails are local trail rides... most dont have built features
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  • + 3
 Video of the friggin year! Props to Marshall and deity. Keep it up!
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  • + 2
 really impressive riding and jumps... can we get some info about how much land Marshall's family has? looks gigantic.....
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  • + 3
 Those are some sick jumps!
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  • + 2
 this video is full a pure awesomeness! hahaha the garage, the pump track, the jumps, all sick!
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  • + 2
 I think he was too fast for his trail dog! It had disapeared by the first turn
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  • + 2
 Marshall's digging and riding is dialed to 11!!!
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  • + 2
 "It's just part of the everyday struggle of growing up in the 'bu ya'll!!"
  • + 1
 Must be nice
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  • + 2
 Marshall Mullen and Dustin Gilding should build trails together!!!
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  • + 2
 thats just perfect, good on you man
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  • + 2
 GREAT Edit Long, Always love seeing your work.
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  • + 2
 Jumps are dialed, riding is dialed, my jealousy is dialed
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  • + 1
 Nice work, man! You were hitting that Great Wall of China berm so fast it literally shook!
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  • + 2
 Great article and pictures Way to go Marshall!
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  • + 2
 I'm seriously jealous what a place to ride
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  • + 2
 That lift for the bikes is sick!
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  • + 2
 dat bike! i peed a little
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  • + 1
 awesome video long, see you soon buddy
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  • + 2
 that berm was insane :O
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  • + 1
 What trail is that in the video?? Im right over the hill in agoura!
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  • + 1
 What song is this?
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  • - 3
 Shox fox very nice !!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • - 2
 My neighbours!! Hello
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  • - 2
 were did he get the money to have all that cool stuff?
  • + 8
 He obviously went to school, worked really hard, got good grades and then a good job to pay for the land and the time to cultivate such a bike playground. All good things come to he who... Wait, hold-on, he's just a kid! Just another rich kid with sponsors (who is he?) and the world at his finger tips...
  • + 7
 And before anyone say, yes I am jealous. Who wouldn't be?
  • - 5
 He doesnt look old enough?? i think his mum and dad 'went to school, worked really hard, got good grades and then a good job to pay for the land' and then bought him some sick bikes. which to be fair he has taken full advantage of.
  • + 25
 before the rich kid bandwagon leaves the station, I'd like to point out that I personally know marshall, and the land and house have been in the family for generations. His grandparents built the house by hand and the work ethic of the family runs deep. those jumps don't make themselves and neither did that house. Congrats on one of the best edits this year Marsh! you earned it.
  • + 13
 Anybody who looks past all the effort he put forward and falls back to calling him a spoiled rich kid is an idiot. I would only understand that if he had other people build the jumps for him, that would be something a spoiled brat would do. He built and fine crafted everything himself, like a genuine trail boss, he's earned the recognition by his work, which if you havent noticed are some of the nicer looking jumps in the world.
  • - 8
 No there just rich
  • + 6
 Why even bring up how much money some guy has or doesn't have? Opinions about people should be based on their behavior, not what family they're born into.

Loved the vid! Keep it coming...
  • + 3
 nothing wrong with having access to land (ie "rich" kid) but at least include your family that allowed you use of 200K worth of land while thanking a guy that gave you a couple t-shirts and $1,000 worth of handle bars and pedals.
  • - 1
 Meathooker you left of a zero or two in the cost of the land. These are the worlds most expensive jumps! I love it!
  • + 4
 wait so if i understand correctly, everyone that has jumps in their yard or a rich kid? I think that might be a bit of a jump to conclusions... no pun intended
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 It'd be so cool if he allowed the public to ride his land.
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