Sequence Saturday 41

Dec 1, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Chris Kovarik can drift a corner like no one else, and when I chose to shoot with him for my Deep Summer slide show this was one of the shots I had in mind. I know it's been done on video before, but I thought it would make a cool sequence as well. I wouldn't normally be comfortable with most riders going this fast, this close to my camera, but for some reason I wasn't overly stressed lying on the ground unable to move with Chris drifting sideways at high speed barely a foot from my head...

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Photo sequence by Ian Hylands

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236 Comments

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 Chris Kovarik really cannot ride his bike straight, if you catch my drift.
  • - 118
 True Story:
Last time I heard "... if you catch my drift" from a girl who tried to tell me she was a lesbian.... My life went sideways...... on the ground.
  • + 51
 Kovarik's drifts are so good, Ken Block is getting jealous Wink
  • + 30
 it would be better if he was actually drifting and not skidding.......
  • + 9
 WE MUST all support Ian for the broken lenses he got from Kovaric . . i think they are expensive too!
  • + 6
 im willing to bet bikerboywill, skid or not, Kovarik still makes it look better
  • + 1
 Broken legs you mean?
  • + 2
 really wasnt comfortable with him riding that close, but you were comfotable with him sending rock shards into you camera lens?
  • + 3
 Check out this PB video of Chris around the 2:00 mark - its drifting!

www.pinkbike.com/video/285187
  • + 1
 I love knowing exactly where at whistler a sequence of picture is taken
  • + 2
 I had to see so much rock since Colin McRae was visiting my country for 'Acropolis Rally''!!!!! Kovaric keep those coming!!!!!!
  • + 1
 @ stompeinator
Good for you!! so do I.

To anybody else who looked at this and thought he was skidding I think the camera had just picked up the spinning wheel at the same point in each picture cause the front wheel also looks like its not spinning from picture to picture
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 Skids are for kids.
  • + 0
 I wanna see a picture of Chris Kovarik when he was in high school... He must of been such a skid...
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  • + 83
 Coming in sideways, Flowing lines like pens, Elegant as bouquets, yet too dirty to cleanse, Rocks chipping chainstays, Kovarik's skid receiving all tens, Hope he mans up and pays For my new camera lens
  • + 24
 WAIT CHRIS MY CAMERA IS RIGHT...there..
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 MY FUCKING LENS
  • + 24
 if ever there was a time to say it, it would be now BRRRRAAAAAPPP
  • - 43
 There is never an appropriate time to say it.
  • - 27
 22 wannabe motocrossers and counting.
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  • + 23
 He's just rippin that corner like I rip farts
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  • + 12
 Everyone today are too obsessed with having long travel bikes and sticky tyres so that they can generate the maximum amount of speed out of a corner. Props to this guy for putting the fun back into riding like when we were kids. I'm sure everyone used tks have competitions with their friends to see who can do the longest skid. Sometimes the quickest way around the corner isn't always the most satisfying.
  • + 21
 Yes... except he is on a long travel bike & most likely has sticky tyres... the difference being is he can drift like this only faster
  • + 7
 @Alyn, whadda ya mean, "used to"????
  • + 3
 He's got nothing on me anyway! Before I did a skid that lasted all day!
  • + 15
 Skids in your pants don't count by the way ^^ Wink
  • + 11
 this is ridiculous. levy should never have written that article...now all i hear/see on pinkbike is people giving other people crap about what bike they choose to ride. i dont even ride a long travel bike and i find it really f*cking annoying.
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  • + 12
 Reading these comments is always a way to induce a headache...
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  • + 8
 Ian wanted to know how it feels to get stoned... so he asked Kovarik who is always sideways for some help!
  • + 4
 k I'll admit that was pretty creative
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  • + 8
 im personally too sideways to come up with a joke to win the suit
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 With eight grand of camera gear and a potential makeover on the line, I bet the bigger skid mark will have been left in Ian's Drawers.
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 I'm glad to see a sequence that's on the ground; they're all usually of jumps/tricks - cool to see one on the ground...wich brings me to the actual content: Kovarik is THE best when the trail gets loose... his drifts (NOT SKIDS) are absolutely sick!! What I don't like about this sequence, however, is that half of it is just blurry rocks.. I mean, the first half of the sequence was RAD, but then the second half was just rocks... :/
All told, I love this sequence and Kovarik is the best! Big Grin
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 As a sequence it is way cool and I like it. It is at a Bike Park and I am sure Chris has paid for the right to ride like crazy. However, as a trail builder drifting and berm bashing makes me cringe. One of the 4 semi photos of the year is a berm basher. Cool, but you better not be doing that sh?t on my trail! Just remember, if you are not at a bike park, don't kick the sh?t out of a trail unless you are willing to fix the damage.
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 Hate to be that guy, but thats a skid. Back wheel is locked through the entire sequence. In my honest and somewhat douchy opinion when I drift, I'm braking the back wheel loose while keeping it spinning. Needless to say you still put yourself and equipment on the line for a sick shot.
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 Fast&Furious - Canadian Drift
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 lol 3 hours late
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 i don't care? Mad
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 You're never too sideways unless you're looking over the back wheel.
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 When i lean it's mean, it's like nothing you've seen. My last cutty was muddy, it even covered somebody. Cuz in the dirt and vert, you need to stay alert. When i drift it's swift, i was born with the gift.
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 Poor camera... and to the rider, I really do appreciate his style the way he enjoys the ride because that's what I think mountain biking is all about, about the pleasure of the ride. I think that we have focused on the speed to much and kind of forgot to simply enjoy our ride....
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  • + 1
 Chris is so good at getting sideways on the trails that he got bored with it and decided to defy some physics on the gravel access roads at breakneck speeds.. nothing unusual here.
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  • + 0
 The Karver coming in hot, about to pulverize the trail, with Hylands set up for the shot, hoping that he doesn't bail. Sliding the wheels sideways, with one foot dragged spraying rocks in his face, but Ian had the shot bagged.
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  • + 4
 dudes looser than a 5 dollar hooker!
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 Dun, dun, dun, another lens bites the dust.
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 This is a true "Ant Hill Production" looking at some sideways dude in their new film "From the Ground Up". Reports say that the photographer commented after the photoshoot "thank god for exo-skeletons" Smile
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  • + 4
 ...the coolest sequence I have seen. Period.
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  • + 1
 And just as Chris committed to the drift and planted his foot, he thought to himself "Did i leave the coffee pot on?". Cause such things are effortless for these demigods we call pro riders.
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 When in need of fast, accurate, landscaping, call C.Kovarik Garden Services. We specialize in rock removal, trench building and all other landscape carving. Good rates for returning locations.
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 I recon most riders drift, but normally completely by accident because we're out of control and trying to stop ourselves hitting a big frikin' tree lol
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 I met Chris once. He walked towards me with his right shoulder and his pet crab was walking beside him. His hat brim pointing towards his left. We went for beers and he sipped from the handle part of the mug and talked out of his ear all the time cross eyed... This guy doesnt do anything in a straight line. legendary...
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 i really wish i could delete this comment. nothing like having a few beers and surfing the net...
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 If you think about it compared to drifting a car, it is actually pretty incredible. I have tried drifting both, and while it is relatively easy in a car, all I got from doing it on my bike is a road rashed backside
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  • + 1
 Slide slide slippity-slide with switches on the back lets go for a ride Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage slide slide who's guna ride drifting so fast on this mountain high -spin'n it old school
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 "All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I." this quote is actually from Louis L'Amour but it could also have been said by Chris Kovarik himself Smile
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 Don't you get it? The angle of the getting sideways like that exceeds the price of the lenses! So it is worth it!
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 Sittin' Sideways by Paul Wall ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- you see me actin bad I'm showin out and pullin stunts say cheese and show my fronts, it's mo' carrats then Bugs Bunny's lunch I got a cup full of that oil, and I'm paid plus I'm sittin side ways
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 this is what happens when you only have one stabilizer as a child, having to use your foot as the other one for all eternity!
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 WEAR ON EVOC VEST TO PROTECT YOUR CHEST

*Evoc should make a special edition of the vest- "Ian Hylands Pro model" with pockets for photo accessories
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 Great shot.......I always like to see Chris ride, he is a bad ass. I wear his signature shoes and I think their name say it all about Chris and this shot....."Carver"!!!!!
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 Can't help but think that this reminds me of the roost in the movie Hot Rod. Time to raise money for a "conveniently priced" surgery! Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap Brapp
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  • + 1
 (Ian, spitting rocks and teeth out of his mouth) note to self- next time bring lens filter, goggles, and full face helmet to the shoot.
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 I would hate to see the state of his toilet if he can pull skids like that...
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 From: NASA
To: All of North America the asteroid Kovarik is coming get to a safe place and hide there will be a ton of collateral damage
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  • + 1
 No one knows he races flat track every Monday he's just getting some sideways practice as well as working on his media skills!
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 that nukeproof handles so well and i wish i could rip corners as well as and as awesome as Chris Kovarik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Most certainly is an Intense M9... But I do agree on the ripping corners part. I wish I could ride half that fast in that loose of a corner...
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  • + 3
 these attempts at jokes are just awful....
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 true that- desperate for a vest?
  • + 9
 The crazy thing is all the corny jokes and poems normally get propped. They haven't been posting the winners anymore, I wonder if they actually give them away still...
  • + 4
 why does this 'awful joke' comment get the most prop and it is pretty much the exact words of highest prop'd comment in sequence 39... no need for it to be top comment twice
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 Calm yourself young grasshopper, props don't win the prize.
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 GTFO with all your negativity bro. Just have some fun here.
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 i dont even care im just pointing out the the fact that he pretty copied the most prop'd comment of sequence 39
  • - 3
 Sadly in this one he's just skidding, not actually drifting. Frames 4-9 show the rear wheel not turning at all. While the dude is a complete lunatic on a bike... this particular photo is a skid anyone could pull.
  • - 2
 I'm with Socket
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 its a skid yes, not exactly one anybody could pull though
  • + 9
 my wheels not turning in photographs is constantly a problem too socket, tell me when you find a solution
  • + 1
 Bottomly, as much as your comment made me chuckle, Socket is right. The stickers on his wheel don't turn, the wheel isn't turning, photograph or not.
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  • + 1
 sick shot Ian! anybody willing to chime in on how photographers protect the lense on roost shots? want to start shooting in the summer
  • + 1
 put a filter on the lens.
  • + 3
 Piece of plexy glass in front of the camera. Can get a decent size sheet of it for real cheap from most hardware stores
  • + 0
 Or, consider shaking things up a bit and not shooting hours of footage of dudes sliding through gravel and leaf litter. Courage.
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  • + 3
 In the words of Sam Hill "hold it wide and let it slide"
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  • + 2
 Have you been injured in a biking accident? Call Chris Kovarik....Attorney of getting your drift on.
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  • + 1
 "I'm on the cage gettin side ways, dolla for five on the high way"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu_qEsjqHcs
YEEEEE
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  • - 2
 Listen up....

Drifting is not only important while on your bike or in your car. It's important in life...in order to contantly find The Edge!

Kovarik has always had "the grab the bull by the horns, style"
I'd like to think that a man like him...would probably believe in a quote like this...

"Know your limits.
Not so that you can honor them,
but so that you can smash them to pieces
and reach for magnificence."

By: Cherie Carter-Scott


Cheers!
...and I do not care in the least, about winning a prize for this!
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  • + 1
 This happened to me the other day my skid marks were kinda different though;p
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  • + 1
 I would love to take photos like this too... But I would need that protection vest!
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 getting looser than a redneck at a rodeo!
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 fast and furious-canada drift
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 who won this contest last week? or the week before? Im a little skeptical...
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 Skids are for kids.... and for fun Big Grin
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 one day I would like to that on purpose Smile without landing on my ASS
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  • + 2
 Someone all Houston, an asteroid has drifted into Earth
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 He's like lawn-mower-jumper, Ray, from youtube! "JUST SHOWERIN' THE PLACE WITH ROCKS!!!"
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 I hope the camera is as "NukeProof" as his knee pads, cause he got it sideways and that drift was really "Intense"
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  • + 1
 sometimes while i'm riding i look to my left, just so i can feel as if i'm going sideways half as much as Kovarik
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 skid... you can see that the decals on the wheels are staying in the exact same place
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 RIP camera lens. You will greatly be missed. It's a sad day for the Pinkbike comunity..
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 sittin sidewayz, boys in a daze.
sittin sidewayz, boys in a daze.
who remembers paul wall? haha!
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  • + 1
 comin in hot.....leavin the camera man out cold......he'll be tasting dirt for a few weeks
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  • + 1
 I saw them shooting this at the bike park that day! It was like a rocket ship coming down the hill!
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  • + 2
 Feel the Dust, Touch the Dust
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  • + 2
 The blast and the furious: Whistler Drift.
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 Fast, and the Furious Tokyo Drift
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 My favourite sequence yet!
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  • + 1
 could have a put a bit of effort into the cornering, my nan can go faster than that!
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  • + 2
 I wonder how many times he took out the camera
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  • + 2
 He smashed the corner harder than he smashed the lens.
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  • + 1
 in sequence 6 his knee pad is sending a message, a message in which theres a sideways nuke ahead
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 Stop... just, stop.
  • + 1
 ah your just jealous you cant make terrible jokes like me
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 no, no he's really not.
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 so there's a sideways nuke (which isn't a thing is it?) within the 'message' itself? ah yes, indeed.
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  • + 2
 Better than Tokyo drift!!
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 i like shot 9, i like the compostion of the ground and flying stones, its clear and unsaturated, wot wot wot
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  • + 2
 anyone else thought shots 11 till 18 are pointless
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 Don't know. Stopped watching at frame 8. Was worried about cracking my iPod screen.
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 This is my reason for getting up early and heading to PinkBike every Saturday morning!!
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 Don't you get it? The awesomeness is worth the price of the lenses... Wink
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  • + 1
 nice slide and dust cloud
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 Drifting not skidding. Kids take note.
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 Skids are for kids Smile
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 nice shot on the sequence Camera
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 Skid of Lens DESTRUCTION!!!
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 i'm gonna buy some karvers.
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 Nice new camera. Hey, watch this!
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  • + 1
 Man, watch out!!!
You made me eat dust Evil
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 He's more sideways than a politician during election year!!!!!
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 That's what it looks like when you ride without your traction control
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 sideway like that is alway a goog way to broke ya camera...... props bro !
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 BRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAATATATATATATATATATATATAAAAAAAAAAAAAATATATAAAAAA!
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 long live the King of Rip'n Roll!!!
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 most guys like it tight, Chris Kovarik likes it loose!
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  • + 1
 Sorry Chris but the Mammoth Mountain race was back in the 90's!
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 i Hope his camera isn't not broken.
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 Chunder from Down Under
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 That suit is fucking lame.
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 I had a good comment. But it got slashed away from me.
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 why you son of a mountain biking BITCH!
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 If in doubt, flick it out
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 That drift was simply Intense!
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 Neaaaat, shame its focused on some shrapnel and not chris...
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 I was going to comment about the lens. I guess Im a bit too late.
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 Raw power..its just raw power
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 I think there was something on my lense... go back and try it again
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 That triangle stone on photo 12 is just amazing! =D
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 Going straight is not an option!
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 "DID YOU GET IT?!?!?!"
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 F*ck! My Eyes!
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 I heard he work at Whistler safety, cleaning loose rocks from curbs.
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 sick sequence! i want to win this vest ...
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 Screw it, cameras are replaceable, sequence Saturdays are forever!
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 I THINK HIS BIKE IS BENT!
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 save gas drift your bike!
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 Might as well bring a god damn bull dozer to move that much dirt!
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 I sure hope Ian has some plexi glass in front of those lens.... Ouf !!!
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 Power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! © Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear Big Grin
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 do you even know what DK means? Donkey kong? Drift king !
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 if in doubt when going flat out, get the back end out.
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 shoot a freeride they said, it will be fun they said... Big Grin
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 go fast and stay loose
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 How are you so fast at the corners? 'ohh, ill just whip it'
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 its never good when someone comes sideways into you guns hot!!!
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 Kovarik's lense bill must be racking up..
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 Thats gona leave a big skid mark Wink
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 Now i know what DRIFTing is!!!!
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 looks like a skid to me, the wheel aint turning.....
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 its Chris Kovarik drifting off to sleep!
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 watch out for the visual cliff!
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 Kovadrift !!!!!!
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 When in doubt, lay it out!
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 And thats the way the cookie crumbles!
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 You owe me a lens.
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 He got that so sideways it was like a drunk on a saturday night
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 This guy is looser than sam hills 2008 world champs run
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 Now i know what DRIFT means!!!
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 OOOOHHH That's GOOD ROOOOST!!!!
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 Kovarik is like an extinction level event for any trail he rides.
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 M9n that was Intense!
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 Sideways drift is cool Until Hylands needs new lens Excellent haiku.
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 In the words of a wise man... "Gettin zesty, doin two wheel drifts eh?"
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 I haven't seen a skid that long since laundry day...
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 Used to be the slip and slide now its the rip and ride!
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 Looks like... he´s crooked in straight lines. YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAH!
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 Last time I saw a skid like that I had diarrhea...
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 almost as stylee on the ground as in the air! Sick Chris!
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 sweet nectar
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 There goes my good lens
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 I think Ian Highlands will need a new camera and a major face operation after getting blasted by that drift!!!
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 you could at least spell HYLANDS right. i mean it is on the top of the page...
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 very nice drift
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 and new lens...
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 Nuclear drifting
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 E Brake Engaged
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 speedway style ....
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 who waxed the floor?
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 From Drift to Dust
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 So who won?
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 Coming in hot!!!
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 I like my bikes, the same way I like my Women.....Fast and Loose.....
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 Expensive, with plenty of rear end travel
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 why would you like a loose girl...............
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 you are an idiot....
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 A tight one is better
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 either way, like you say, it's gonna be expensive.
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 rubbin's racin son
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 Puts Speedway to shame!
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 Bet that camera guy wasnt too happy with his lens...
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 Who needs that vest anyway...I mean seriously..
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 The photographer could do with it I'd say.
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 Three people taking my comment way to seriously Smile
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 DADADADA I SAY DRIFT IT DADADA DRIFT IT GOOD
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