Video: Tom van Steenbergen - Rise

by Harrison Mendel 
 
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Each year Oxford University Press, makers of Oxford Dictionaries, selects a Word of the Year. It’s top terms in 2012? ''Omnishambles'' for the UK and ''gif'' for America. And while neither of these has particular relevance amongst mountain bikers (although Sequence Saturday is a glorified gif) I think the concept could be used for our sport. In my mind 2012’s mountain bike word of the year is: collaboration.

This has been the season of partnerships; from old favourites like The Coastal Crew, Silvia, Anthill Films, and Freeride Entertainment, to new ones like MindSpark (Nic Genovese/Aaron LaRocque), and Absolute Zero (David Peacock, Liam Mullany, and Andre Nutini), we’ve seen resources pooled, talents combined, and creativity coalesced. And this video is the perfect example of a new paradigm, in it Harrison Mendel, Rupert Walker, and Virtu Media joined forces to film Tom van Steenbergen laying a smackdown on Kelowna’s answer to the Post Office. The iconic (some might say infamous/played out) Dreamland jumps.

Freakishly talented families aren't exactly uncommon these days (the Atherton's, McCaul's, Berrecloth's, Lacondeguy's, Genovese's) but the van Steenbergen's are proving they deserve inclusion amongst the elite. While Bas is known for speed and style, Tom ''SHUT THE FRONT DOOR'' at Crankworx last year, winning the Teva Best Trick with a massive frontflip tuck no hander off the Bud Light shed. And he took the junior Dual Slalom win too. And did I mention he's 16?








Video - Harrison Mendel, Virtu Media and Rupert Walker
Photos - Virtu Media
Words - Scott Secco

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95 Comments

  • + 51
 One of the only DJ vids hat kept me interested the whole way through, well played Big Grin
  • + 4
 agreed, excellent video
  • + 5
 Same here, I don't typically watch the DJ vids, but this one was special. That manual to front flip off the drop was amazing, such steeze, and confidence!
  • + 1
 Nice Work! The vid and riding is top notch...
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  • + 23
 So much talent.. And he is only 16. I think that we all understand by this video, the progression that our sport will have in the near future. Front flips and double back flips were once considered THE tricks to perform. Actually they still are!.And now this kid throws them again and again like it's something ordinary.
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  • + 23
 The front flip drop at 3:30 made me jump out of my chair in the office with a "WHAT!?". My coworkers think I have Tourette's Syndrome.
  • + 5
 Having read the article beforehand, I had something stuck in my head, so when he did that frontie, I jumped up from my chair in my office too, and shouted "Shut the front door!" It was embarrassing, as my boss nearly tripped over my chair...
  • + 2
 i remember when whyper built and flipped that drop, now everyones able to do it. really shows the progression, and in no way minimizes the coolness!
  • + 2
 The one Wyper built is like 200 feet to the right of this one.
  • + 1
 i stand corrected.
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  • + 22
 At first i was like "da f*ck why is he about to throw his bike off that drop" and than i was like " OHHH FUUCCCKK YEAH!"
  • + 3
 hahaha ya i thot he was just going to fucking chuck his bike down the drop haha
  • + 1
 Ditto. That was my fav part of the vid. Never seen that before.
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  • + 21
 Need more filler to appreciate all the killer.. I feel better knowing that you suck... At mini putting
  • + 17
 thanks for reminding me.. hahaha I really do suck at it though
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  • + 17
 alright, caveman drop a 20 footer, that's cool too...
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  • + 15
 I LOVE TOM 33333333333
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  • + 11
 Give it a couple of months and he will have a lot more stickers on that helmet.
  • + 15
 or maybe one that covers the whole thing
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  • + 6
 Kelowna's answer to Post Office haha!!! They are just soo similar... But damn does that place look awesome to ride right now.
  • + 2
 I'd say Kelowna's a bit bigger spot. bigger hill and gaps. Looks so rad.
  • + 1
 Some people just draw similarities across pretty wide gaps. I wish we had some freeride jumps like Kelowna or Kamloops though, don't get me wrong. Looks awesome like I said
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  • + 3
 Can't say I'm a fan of dirt jump videos, but that was amazing! The manual to frontflip off the drop is one of the gnarliest things I have ever seen! I'd say this video earns its superlatives.
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  • + 4
 "Tom van Steenbergen" reading that was reason enough to hit the fav button. such a talent!
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  • + 2
 when i saw the webcast of best trick in crankworx whistler, i thought who this guy was older... congratulations for him, his level and style are awesome, definitely will to see the next year... congratulations again tom
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  • + 5
 Holy sh!t balls...
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  • + 4
 Killin it a Tom! Keep it up
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  • + 3
 Did ANYONE know what he was gonna do when he started pushing his bike off that drop? Shits bananas.
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  • + 3
 Dirt jump vids don't usually do it for me...but this one is ace
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  • + 2
 Yeah fucking dikke edit Tom!
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  • + 2
 Yaaaaa tooooommmmmm!! sickest edit this season by far!
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  • + 3
 Killed it, boys. Unreal.
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  • + 1
 added to favs as soon as i saw the size of some of those jumps!!! insane!!!
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  • + 2
 if jesus rode a bike, he wouldn't be this good.
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 badass boyyy!!!
anyone knows the background musiq??
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  • + 1
 Just re-watched this vid, so good! Tuck-backflip to tuck-frontflip at ~1:00 is amazing. Bright future.
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  • + 1
 such a sick edit! one of the steeziest mtb riding brothers i know of! good job Smile
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  • + 1
 is he a downhiller with a bag of tricks up his sleeve or a dirt jumper with huge balls?
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  • + 1
 WOW! This dude is a BOSS, great edit, great filming, AMAZING riding. When can we get some more steeze?????
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  • + 1
 huge tricks, huge air slid ass riding super dope video! watchin at least 7 more times..
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  • + 2
 Well, the level keeps rising Smile nice edit!!
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  • + 2
 Absolutely dialed. Enough said.
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  • + 3
 Steeeeeeeeezzzzzzz
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  • + 3
 This kid is a ninja
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 I was thinking he and his bro are Jedis since it runs in the family.
I thought 2:41 was gonna be a fail-edit worthy clip... and then he did it. crazy skills! who even bothers trying that let alone succeeds at it?!
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  • + 1
 that was rad! Got me stoked!
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  • + 1
 One of the better vids ive seen in a while
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  • + 1
 this kid is just sick,,,, the time is now...
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  • + 1
 very impressed man, sick to see you got doubles! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK
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  • + 1
 major probs. kid has BALLS!
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 Ahh, that 1'st riding photo could easily be a POY for me.
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  • + 1
 Casual bike swap half way through, sick edit!
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  • + 1
 the people in those houses must've gotten quite a show
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  • + 1
 kid is sssoo sick!!
anyone know about the background music???
  • + 1
 minnesota - stardust
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 thnks petikalo....just found out yesterday too from my cuz
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 That was ridiculous! Amazing stuff.
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 And a double back flip if that drop wasn't enough.
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  • + 1
 Holy shit. that was amazing as hell. Loved every bit of it!!
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  • + 1
 this is on of my new favs.. brothers that rip...love it...
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  • + 1
 i shit my pants after that double backflip
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  • + 1
 So sick Tom! That was unreal!
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  • + 1
 It's like Post Office on 'roids!
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  • + 1
 EPIC....Just ordered my Blt frame so stoked on it
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  • + 1
 That kid is unreal! Awesome fronts.
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  • + 1
 Huge Ba%%s, and the skill to stand on it.....
What else can you say?
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  • + 1
 Holy Mary Mother of God.
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  • + 0
 TomVs Front Flip T-Whip! Let's see it!
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 Manual into a front flip....by a 16 yr old no less. Much respect!
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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ92dz3kS74


probably 16-17 himself when this was filmed.

Not taking anything away from Steenbergen- huge style and even bigger potential. Sick.
  • + 5
 Classic Brit, posting a Sam Pilgrim link. Haha
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 You Know!! Just making a point! Bring on the neg props- it just shows you lot from the other side of the Atlantic are rattled!! Ha ha
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