Silvia Mondays - Shredhard Season Finale

Dec 25, 2011 at 23:30
by Karl Heldt Matt Miles  

Views: 122,025    Faves: 2,484    Comments: 134


Words by Shredhard

Stoked

Imagine knowing with complete certainty that today is the last day you will ride for the entire winter. It's a last chance, a curtain call. Collect everything you have stored on your imaginations back burner and either light it up or leave alone until spring. It's motivating if anything. Less motivating is the sting of a cold November hard wood floor shattering against your naked feet, or the absence of a warm bed and cozy morning spent refusing to rise. But in certain circumstances, certain details are easily overlooked. A thick frost on my window and a saddened sun struggling to break through a concrete sky made it hard to grab my bike, but sometimes my desires reach beyond a conventional warm winter morning indoors. I guess my priorities are shifted slightly, dragging me further away from what appears to be comfortable and closer to the things that really make me happy.

Cork

Such was the case that frozen Sunday morn. So many things identical to the last few Sundays past yet I knew this one was different. It was the last. And in hindsight, it barely even happened. A frosted and slippery staircase descending from my deck left me flat on my back before I had even touched my bike and that same villainous frost had stolen nearly every line I had constructed off in the hills. Had it not been for our descent into the valley floors I doubt we would have escaped the silver lining where we wanted to film. Even at the lowest elevation possible the ground still shimmered in a frost layer border-lining what I consider safe to ride. On more than a few occasions, leaning over in preload for whips and flips my tires slid out from the take off much sooner than I had anticipated and left me flying a little more sideways than I had intended. Conditions were sketchy.

Film film

Only frigid winds and dark clouds had made their way through the loops in the past week and winter wasn't getting any further away. But there we were breathing in the sting of a winter's morning air while Matt and Karl set up their camera equipment. The sun was shining and their wasn't a wind to whisper about. When all these seldom heard of realities come together at once the temperature becomes irrelevant. It's time to put down as hard as you can. Matt and Karl seemed really excited to shoot a final segment for their Silvia winter video series and I was excited to be riding in front of their cameras again. Mutual respect runs high between the work we all do and I feel like it always brings out the best in us. So we chased black shadows along the hills and traced the golden flicker of a winter sun setting behind each ridge while I rode the sun out of the day with tires dancing on glittering dust.

Table

Once the night rolled in and snow flakes began to fly we all gathered around to stare into a fire's flicker and watch the stars whirl round. In typical fashion Silvia was on it, brainstorming post production potential, capturing the gnarliest time lapses and exercising their creative genius. But I was too occupied in thought to join the camera game by the time that evening rolled around. I was thinking about how the year had come and gone so fast, and went full circle by the end of it all. Starting and ending with a Silvia session and all the unimaginable events that occurred between those two points.

Sky

I am often overwhelmed with how fast things change and worried about when they will change again. But looking back on all that I had accomplished this past year, I finally felt content with just letting things role and seeing where they will end up. I hope that next year will follow a similar storyline and I can't really see how it will go any other way. It's all simple stuff. I want to continue traveling around to weird places and collecting stories to share with everyone. Capturing images and producing content to help spread the joy of riding bikes with people around the world. Never stop progressing or finding new ways to get sideways. And maybe even trying out some big bike contests like Chatel Mountain Style or even Rampage, should I be so fortunate to end up in such places. While the dates and locations will always be subject to change only one thing is certain. I'll always be shredding hard.

Dylan Sherrard

Bicycle Cafe Kamloops
Kona
Race Face
Dakine

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Silviafilms

52 Comments

  • + 31
 season finale? I'm gonna miss all the sick edits Frown stoked for next season to see what you guys make!
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 I agree.. So pumped for the next season. This has been some of the best filming and riding i have seen this year.
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 Make some boarding vids!
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 Well that certainly brightened my work day up no end, i love the roar of the bike as it comes up to the jumps then those clicky hubs kick in. That sound to me is bliss even though i cant jump for shit...
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 Eeeeeeee,I thought that Silvia's last video of Matt was the best video I've ever seen on PB,but now I really don't know what to say about this one...
Sick edit,awesome work and even better riding...
Can't wait for the next Silvia masterpiece. Smile
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 You have my vote for "The Young Gun Of The Year Award" Dyl'. Keep Shredhard!!!
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 Awesome video! That was amazing to watch! Thanks so much for all the great edits you've given us all year! Great choice of music too! i've been jamming to ben howard for a while and when i saw this edit it just got me sooooo stoked!
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 I was out at the KBR this final day they were shooting with Dylan, its really cool to see the edit from it. Karl and Matt, you guys did an amazing job with the edit, captured the style and aggressiveness of Dylans riding while showcasing his style and smoothness. Dylan, you absolutely killed it! If you wanna head down to Seattle for some riding, I'd be stoked to show you around.
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 you guys are doing a great job! hats off to you ,Dylan, Matt and Karl. spring is just far enough away to get eveything healed and rested and for some new ideas to come into your head.by march it will start all over again!
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 Had my speakers turned down a bit and I thought the music was Us and Them by Pink Floyd at the start... got my hopes up a little.


Fair to say the riding / filming was so good that didn't matter anyway
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 Absolutely Beautiful, the most beautiful video ever, i can even think of something most nice then this.I would give a NOBEL prize to this video,and the best part is that Silvia always has original songs in their videos.
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 along with the amazing editing and shooting, I just cannot believe the stuff he is doing on a downhill bike. I would not try half that on my hardtail....
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 3 mins of perfection. What more could you want?
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 O my goodness, i can say that is deffinately say that is the best video I have ever seen on PinkBike, thank you Silvia, for making my Christmas wish come true! VOD
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 why is he running only a top guide?
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  • + 1
 Best vibes ever goIng on in this edit! Had no idea an operator could be shredded so hard! Fantastic work boys
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  • + 2
 big whips, Kamloops, 2012 kona operator could this vid get any better
  • + 1
 it coulda been aggy
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 Very nice video!! Kona 1... Kona haters 0
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 Once again, I am super impressed by Dylan's sic riding and his word-smith-ing. Yeah bro!
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 This is one of the best soo far, music choice went good with the video as well Smile awesome edit
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 I got picked up hitch hiking by these guys roomate, so random, but funny... Sweet vid, liking the relaxed feeling music
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 Cool feeling watching the video. I want to run out to my garage and go for a ride right now. Thanks for that.
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 flipping an operator dude youve got skill
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 OMG OMG OMG Ben Howard and bikes Smile
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  • + 2
 Song is Ben Howard, The Fear. Great edit nice to watch.
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 Top riding from Dylan shredhard, pretty cool music too.
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  • + 1
 Nice video,for me can be VOD! but....I Love this song, what´s the song?
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 It's a song by Ben Howard but I'm not sure what it's called. But he's a great British Singer-Song writer so make sure you buy it!
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 The Fear, from Every Kingdom, 99 pence on Itunes...
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 Thank Guys!
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 another great film by silvia
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  • + 1
 throws that bike around like its a bmx bike. So sick!
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  • + 1
 1:17 could have gone bad.
Saw it and "Oooohhhhhh"
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 Can`t wait for next season.
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 Im trying to figure out why he is not using his chainguide?
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  • + 2
 legend. period
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  • + 2
 now lets see an x-up!
  • + 3
 Watch Dylan's What's Next segment he shreds very hard there too.
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 Its my favoutite part of What's Next?!
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 Damn... Eek Another brilliant edit. Thank you!
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  • + 2
 Love Silvia-Mondays! =)
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 +1 yeeeaaap!
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  • + 1
 did not want that to end, footplant drop-in!!
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 kaboooom! good good whole wheat shreddies!
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 Style for miles!
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 yeah so good!
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 VERY NICE! Monday AIR!
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