Video: Race Face Explores the Sunshine Coast, B.C.

Jan 2, 2013 at 0:05
Jan 2, 2013
by Connor Macleod  
 
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Words by Katherine Short
Images by Katie Holden & Katherine Short
Video by Connor Macleod

Views: 38,550    Faves: 353    Comments: 39


Very few times do we notice the history and culture of the place we choose to ride. What makes these places so incredible? What makes them different? What kind of community does it take to make things run? How do we make connections? With hands being held in a circle, we move through this life with pride and purpose. To make this happen, it usually takes a collaboration of efforts and people.

The Sunshine Coast: Our office for the next 3 days of coastal adventures


The Sunshine Coast is a very important place to me. It is not only my hometown, but also my happy place. The area of the Coast that Katie, Connor and I explored was an area hardly anyone knows about in the biking world. I have spent endless years exploring my backyard, and this area is a very important part of who I am. I chose to highlight this area not only because the trails are unreal, but also because the history and culture of the spots are rich and storytelling.

We really wanted to open the video with ariel shots of the Coast, so we hired a floatplane.


In Halfmoon Bay the trails lead into covered coves that look tropical, and mossy rocks that look so pristine, it’s hard to believe anyone has ever been there. We are lucky to live in a world with places to still explore and discover. We think we know everything, but as we look closer, beautiful parts of our circle begin to surface.

You dont realize how vast our coastal landscape is until you are thousands of feet up in the air.


A huge part of the culture on the Sunshine Coast begins with the native people to the area. The Sechelt Nation is one of the oldest Nations in Canada because of the forever offering resources year round. With Sechelt’s milder temperatures and the rich resources of the ocean and the soil, it made it easy to settle. Kids on the Coast grew up with a very integrated appreciation for the nation. At celebrations, or ceremonies during our school years, we would have the band perform songs for us. It gave us an understanding at a very young age of what their culture looks like and why Sechelt is as amazing as it is. It was extremely important to me to have the Nation recognized in this piece because in my mind, they started our circle.

Teamwork and collaboration was a major theme in this edit, the more you put in the more you get out.


The landscape of the Sunshine Coast is one of the most unique landforms in BC in my opinion. It is required that you take a ferry from Vancouver to get to the Coast, not because it is an island, but because it is a peninsula attached at Squamish down the inlet, and at this point, there is still no road between. In order to really appreciate what the Coast looked like, I wanted to hire a floatplane to show from the air. Actually being allowed the opportunity to get aerial shots of the Coast was above and beyond any expectation I had. The pilot who took us around the area was absolutely amazing. He showed us the unique landscape of Sechelt; “The land between two waters”, gave us the full view around the infamous Thormanbe Islands and a view into the depths of our trail systems. Katie and I both agreed we could have spent the entire day flying around looking at the coast from up and above. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of flying.

We experienced typical Coastal British Columbia weather, including; rain, snow, wind and sun.


The Sunshine Coast like much of BC has felt the impact of logging although communities here are finding ways for both activities to coexist.


We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Sechelt Nation Band. Connor stumbled across some Vegas memorabilia.


There is a reason licence plates in BC read: Beautiful British Columbia


Katherine planned the shoot carefully to make the most of our short time together and daylight.


I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful piece we have put together. The project has brought so much joy to the three of us making it and I hope to pass that along in the circle.
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63 Comments

  • + 28
 Canadian landscapes... transcendental! And I like that Katherine Short rides a hardtail!
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 The BK Special shreds.... Brian Kelly is a GENIUS. Wouldn't have ridden nearly as well without this bike!
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 I bet he is, the bike looks amazing!
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 Having ridden steel hardails for a few years that 650b must be sweet. Is that Time ATAC pedals I see? Not a common choice, Slugger was the only other pro rider I have seen rocking them. Love the ATACS.
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 Best place to ride
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  • + 5
 Katherine is riding a custom built 650b steel hard tail hand made in North Vancouver by Brian Kelly, aka "BK Special". Brian designed many of the Cove Bikes including the infamous Shocker and G-Spot. For those who followed Ultramontane last winter, you would have seen Chris Fisher rip his BK bike in episode 03.

www.pinkbike.com/video/242519

Cheers to BK and his handmade bicycles, we need more craft like this in our industry!
  • + 2
 How do we find out more about the bike? Are they available for us regular folks?
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 Email me and I will pass along the info to BK for him to give you specifics Smile .. katherine.lea.short@gmail.com
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 Much obliged.
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 So refreshing to see this- fantastic riding girlz- we need to see so much more footage of the awesome riding done by women- and this was so beautifully shot- you capture SSC riding really well. Thank you! KellyO
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 Awesome. This kind of video makes me want to go ride more than any of the dubstep, slo-mo, skidding-around-turns videos that usually end up on pinkbike. This was trail riding at its finest. Thanks for sharing.
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 Great video and thanks for some history to boot. It looks like you all had a really fun day and i think getting the view from the float plane was definitely worth it. That's what i call awesome! ok ok now for my bike geek question is that a cove 29er? hmmmm....:-)
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 born in 1518 on the shores of Loch Shiel....
  • + 4
 Thanks for making a Highlander quote - I thought I was the only one who spotted that
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 Honestly, don't really get what Race Face had to do with this but it was incredible, well done and would love to see more like it!
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 Race Face is a company full of people who ride and love to ride and love the country where they ride. I know this sounds like marketing BS but knowing the people at RaceFace I really do believe that.
  • + 5
 Race Face helped fund the project as well as give us motivation to get shit done!!!!! We wouldn't of been able to do it without them. They are a 2013 sponsor of mine (Shorty)
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 I have been a big Race Face fan since '95 when I bought the square taper cranks I still use on my Litespeed hardtail. I was saddened when I heard they were going out of business. Although concerned they are now just a marketing company for products made overseas and tagged with a cool reputable name, I am glad to hear the folks at headquarters still have their hearts in the life-force of the sport. Videos like this warm the spirit and grow the love of our sport and the people who participate in it.
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 Thanks for the kind words Todd. 90% of the people that were working at RF before the shut down are back with the new company, and we still manufacture many products in our British Columbia facility the way we always have. Atlas cranks, all our carbon cranks (Next SL, Next, and SIXC) and Turbine, Race, and Team chain rings are all still made locally. Thanks for supporting our brand and North American manufacturing!
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 Everything about this is good! Wicked vid by Condor, great riding on the Coast, and Shorty, ya killed it! Super fun 'installment' from the new Coastal Crew-watch out boys! Lots of laughs and stellar scenery!!!
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 Great video but how do all these riders go off into the wilderness with absolutely no kit on their backs especially in mid winter? No food, drinks, spare clothes, repair kit or emergency kit? Or does the camera person just carry it all? Brilliant short film though.
  • + 10
 haha i guess they just take it off for the shot, it's probably dumped behind a tree somewhere i loved the video as well
  • + 6
 That place isn't actually so rural you need emergency kits but like 'Ham said it's most likely out of the shot.
  • + 1
 It doesn't matter how populated it is, when I role out of the trail head I always carry a first aid kit. Along with a space blanket, tools, food, tube, patch kit, knife, duct tape, zip ties, tire and shock pump, map(s), flashlight, spare quick links, and depending on the weather spare clothing.
It's a lot of stuff but I have used everything on that list at some point or another.

Awesome video btw.
  • + 1
 Yeah but are you with other people and a film crew?
  • + 1
 About half the time with other people but never with a film crew. If I could get someone to carry all of my stuff I certainly would. :-)
  • + 3
 "Film Crew". Probably Connor running around like a madman doing three people's work by himself
  • + 2
 That sounds about right. At least, when I film.
  • + 4
 Haha.. Of course you caught us in the act. To be perfectly honest, everywhere we rode here is considered my parents backyard. We were within a 5 min drive to get back to home cookin and the necessities. Connor is unreal.... He works harder than any of his riders! HUGE props to him!
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  • + 1
 Awesome Vid Connor, Katherine, Katie. . Great to see the Ladies getting some coverage as well. Loved the first nations chanting, very spiritual. Well Done
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 Looks epic, amazing project, video, report, images. Canada is top on my list for places to visit and explore with or without my bike!
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  • + 1
 Nice ride Short.... happy new year cheer to you, and your family! say high to Kris for me will ya... Miles "D"
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  • + 2
 Yay Shorty yay Katie excellent work Connor!
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 SSC quickly became a happy place for me too when I moved there for MBO, miss it now that I'm buried in snow in whis Frown
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  • + 2
 ^^^ More like brainless ^^^
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  • + 1
 That land looked flat as a pancake from the air..... But looked liked fun when on the ground, awesome vid guys well done
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  • + 2
 Canada would have to be on top of my list for places to visit ...
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  • + 2
 Nice work Connor, always like seeing your stuff
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  • + 1
 Such a beautiful video. Great film work, riding and location.
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  • + 1
 Good stuff. This was awesome to view just before bed time!
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 "There can be only one..."
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  • + 1
 The Pacific Northwest is the best...
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  • + 2
 Awesome!!! Watched 3X!
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 BUCKET LIST 1.BC
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  • + 1
 Awesome video, and I used to live in Sechelt!
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  • + 1
 Really nice shots. Great video.
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  • + 1
 One of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen.
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 lol there going to run over theredog
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  • + 1
 That was awesome. Definitely want to hit up Sunshine Coast soon!
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 Godbless vimeo >_
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  • + 0
 what a steady hand that Connor must have, well done Katie and Katherine
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 haha the steadiest of arms
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 Race Face??? And girl have a The North Face green jacket...
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  • + 0
 Rad video, loved it!
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