Brandon Semenuk - Relentless XO Video

Jul 12, 2011 at 0:57
by SRAM  

The town of Whistler breeds kids strong and talented. It’s in the water and it’s on the trails. Everything a young ripper needs is at their fingertips in that zone. This area is one of the many reasons Brandon Semenuk is the caliber of rider he is. The combination of his personality along with the support and terrain Whistler provides, thoroughly shaped him into the unstoppable mutant he is today.

Brandon started out like most; he was that 11 year old skinny kid that rolled up, stared you down and brought their “A” game, whether it was XC, Dirt jump or DH. Brandon quickly found his stride and became a common sight at competitions and general adventure in the corridor. Brandon got bit by the bug bad around high school. So much so that he and his family decided he should be home schooled for his last two years of so he could focus on perfection.

This dedication has paid off handsomely. SRAM and Semenuk’s local shop, Evolution partnered with him at the age of 15 and never looked back. This edit is a mission statement. A declaration. A visual representation of the lethal cocktail Brandon brings to any battle and what he demands from the products he rides. Brandon’s brute strength, style, and diverse skill match seamlessly with X0.

Brandon Semenuk is Relentless.
Brandon Semenuk is X0






  Brandon’s quiver of bikes must to be set up a very certain way. Small changes make a big difference to the delicate genius.



  Brandon and the Coastal Crew have been wandering around the forests of B.C for the past few months in search of the perfect shot. Keep yours eyes peeled for gold from that mine.



  Brandon is a new resident of Squamish, B.C where his backyard serves up some lush DH and XC trails to keep him fresh.



  Kid’s got an ungodly amount of control and snap.



  A different perspective than what you see at minute 3:08. Looks like he’s riding a snowmobile here.



  Long and low whips.



  Semenuk has to rock a new jersey every few rides because his shoulders are covered with Maxxis Minion stains.



  Semenuk does so much with so little.



  Styles for miles.



  If you want to be competitive these days, you need to be ambidextrous. Three’s both ways round



  The king of the casual stance, it's his job…



Learn more about SRAM XO at Sram.com

Photos: Adrian Marcoux
Video: Taylor Sage

168 Comments

  • + 76
 4mm...?

You're kidding... Right?
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 No Tom. Are you kidding?
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 Tom rides at Rampage winning levels, he would know.
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 or would he?
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 Trust me dude, I ride Rampage. Do you honestly think someone would LIE on the internet!?!?

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 Haha of course not.. If you told me you were an astronaut I would believe you...But if you need help noticing a 4mm difference on your Rampage bike today's Tech Tuesday might help you out! Good luck at Rampage.... I'll be rooting for you to come in second to whomever my favorite American is at the time.
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 Wait, it says "Relentless" in the title, they say it in the video, but he is wearing a Red Bull helmet. Now I do know the actual meaning of relentless, but HEY, it still is also the name of a competitor brand of Red Bull. That is some marketing blunder, if you ask me. WTF were they thinking?
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 he has such a epic style
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 @tricknology

You can't copyright a word.
  • + 0
 I'm pretty sure rockymountain copyrighted the word "freeride" in the early 2000s, but i could be wrong and probably am.
  • + 7
 harry, of course you can. depends on what you use it for and how you use it. but stupid copyright was not my point. my point was about marketing and steering clear from unnecessary obstacles. whatever...
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 The title is relentless, and in the video title it says relentess... SPELL CHECK!
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 Semenuk isnt that good.... i mean he could have more steez, and sicker flow. Razz
  • + 2
 i've never even heard "relentless" so i'd say it probably isn't something red bull was worried about.
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 you've never used or heard the word?
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 in the context of it being a competitor of red bull, meaning some sort of energy drink, no i have not.
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 Ya I think its safe to say red bull doesn't give 2 shits about the ''relentless'' energy drink.
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 relentless, monster and red bull are the big 3 in energy drinks, with rockstar in the shadows. Relentless are very well known over here. They sponsor loads of stuff - the isle of man TT, the Animal Relentless bike tour is quite well known, and drink itself is in all supermarkets, corner shops and cafes about. Also, if I grew up in whistler and left school at 15 I'd be pretty good at biking too. Maybe not AS good, but pretty fockin' good.
  • + 1
 is any of that trail half nelson in his home town?
  • + 3
 i always thought he was a bit boring and weird but he can certainly shred
  • + 1
 I was talking to Shandro about him last week. and he was saying that every time he went to the Dirt Jumps in whistler, Brandon would be there, just riding, doing tricks and just practicing. this was when he was 14 years old. Brandon is no different to anyone else on this web site, he just knew he wanted it from a younger age. and then never stopped working at it until he got there.
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 man watching these videos booosts your ego soooo much... you start doing shit you never thought you could do.... then i went for the biggest jump at my 4x track and broke my collar bone.... but i was still pumped cause it was just after Semenuk broke hes at CrankWorx.... man we have soo much in common :S
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 kev, i have the same shoes as him! now both of us have something in common with him. and tom666, in america, i have never ever seen a can of relentless or heard of reletless! so its just the british people who are noticing it and over here rockstar, redbull, and monster are the really popular energy drinks.
  • + 1
 I thought he was a 6.0 guy not Etnies
  • + 5
 i thought anybody could wear whatever shoe they like
  • + 0
 he rode for nike,
  • + 1
 yeah, about 2 weeks ago Nike pulled out of MTB all together.
  • + 2
 doesn't 6.0 basically mean action sports overall?
  • + 0
 what do you mean, 6.0 is the action sports segment of nike products. so no, 6.0 does not mean action sports overall gromtard
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  • + 27
 his whips are just stupid... in the best kind of way.
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 he has to be one of the most stylish riders around! he's amazing!!
  • + 5
 the way he rode on those berms, its as if the bike weighed 1 pound...
  • + 6
 He tricked that whole trail as if it were perfectly sculpted dirt jumps with the speed of a downhill bike. Unreal
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 Brandon is a king and It makes me push myself to be like him. I may be at the same level as him but he blows me away every time I watch him ride and ride with him. I know Brandon decently well, he is a rad person and I thank him for bring his talent to this sport and making it what it is today! Cya at Crankworx B.
  • + 8
 I saw the part where you said "I may be at the same level as him" and i was thinking who is this delusional clown? And then i saw all the positive props and i was just thinkin "WTF???!!!". Then i saw your username...it was a lightbulb moment!
  • + 2
 you can hack it with b when it comes to dirt jumping, but you're not seeing him when it comes to mountain biking. imo.
  • + 1
 Probably not but you have no right to say shit
  • + 0
 I'm sure i dont need to tell you this but some people are dicks. Wankgrant is a prime example of this. He wouldnt say boo to your face but he's a big man behind a keyboard. Awesome rider. Keep it lit!!
  • + 3
 dude, casey, i was trying to be the least dick possible while speaking my opinion. i could have worded it different but i stand by it.. you could take a W vs b in a dirtjumping/slope contest but if it came down to big mountain he would win. i'm by no means flaming casey and talking all this non-sense about his life or whatever, i'm voicing an opinion of not just my own, but the many people who found casey's comment a little bold. I like casey and respect his drive on and off the bike, hes a funny dude and rad to ride with, but at the end of the day this is the internet where people come on here to voice there honest opinion and i'm respectably doing so.
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 And you felt the need to say it...why exactly? You wouldnt say it to his face so why say it behind a keyboard? There was no reason for you to give your opinion. This wasnt a discussion or argument about who was better so you should keep your mouth shut.
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 This video did blow me away
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 Soooo good, should have been VOD today! His riding style is off the hook!
  • + 6
 those were some butttery manuals
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 why does him getting maxxis minion stains on his shoulders not surprise me...
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  • + 9
 wish my PornPad would play the video!
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  • + 5
 Semenuk kills every style of riding, he's just an awesome rider and an awesome guy. and 4:42 - that is one of the best whips I have ever seen.
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  • + 6
 I think he knows how he wants his bike to be set up...
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 apparently he reads tech tuesday
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 He is definately one if the greatest slopestyle riders i have ever seen. saw him at Claymore Challenge and he just demolished the course even though it was all sloppy and muddy. Great rider and he definately has a boat load of control.
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 I really like how he drifts the rear end while maintaining only the front wheel on the ground...that's just awesome trick Brandon : D
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 Yeah that ^^^
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 Relentless is awesome. As for Brandon, I've had a chance to have a few conversations with him and he is amazing. For the top notch level of riding he performs, with it comes no attitude. Brandon is as down to earth as you can get. Keep up the good work Brandon.
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  • + 3
 are you fucked!!!!! he just put everyones half nelson run to shame. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF, man that was effed
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  • + 5
 this guy is my idol, he knows how to have fun in a bike, gosh :
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  • + 4
 never understood why he doesnt race worldcups! hes so pinned! i guess he's concentrating on being the best slopestlyer!
  • + 1
 Yeah I've always wanted to see how he would stack up at a WC race.
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 It seems alot of people don't understand the difference between free riding and racing. Racing is about winning, getting down the course in the shortest amount of time. Its a different mindset from just ripping up a trail the funnest way down with style and finesse and not worrying about a clock, sponsors, or the competition.
  • + 1
 Sad thing is, even when he is stylin' he would still smoke my best time! LOL
  • + 1
 Why do we not understand the difference between racing and free riding? He looks fast. That's why we would like to see how he does racing. Way to be a jerk.
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 @rlucky, i know full well the difference between racing downhill and freeriding, i race downhill myself and i know that lets say freeriding is a completely different concept to racing at a wc. it says it in the name, its about bieng free, not even having a set track and just having fun! you dont even need to think of the competition. im not saying he should race dh instead i just think it would be interesting to see how he stacks up as cyrix said.
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 what is the red full suspension bike he is riding? It looks like a fuel ex but it has a full chain guide...? I was under the impression that you couldn't put that guide on the fuel, so maybe it's a remedy? but it looks to short travel to be a remedy...any help?
  • + 5
 Custom remedy for slopestyle, McCaul also has one. They look so rad!
  • + 1
 Its a Team Issue Slope Style/4X bike... He's riding one of the 4 that we've built so far, unfortunately it's not available to the public at this time.
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  • + 1
 unbelievable. way beyond the skill that %90 of us riders could only dream of. he is BRUTAL on those trails. soo fast and stylish. mind blowing, and still does anyone know the song ? Smile
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 Will Crum- Macaroni www.pirateguerilla.com
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 Cool branding. All the sponsors and catchy phrases were really awesome. I was inspired by his brands and his red bull and the bike brand. Oh yea, the riding was good too.
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 Only one way to describe this video. Retartedlly Wicked lol. Oh hay im just going to pull a backflip off of this little jump. no big deal.
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  • + 2
 best video i have seen in a long time and he was shredding on all bikes that was amazing
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 For those of you wanting more info on Brandon's slope bike, check out this article.
www.pinkbike.com/news/Brandon-Semenuk-Slope-Bike-Sea-Otter-Day-2.html
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 Such dope style, but dirt jumping in casual clothes has way more style then wearing kit. Just saying...
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 Semenuk is just so stylish gotta love him! My favorite rider anyway!
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 I wish I was that good at anything in life...
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 Well, I think you are awesome at displaying humility.
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 My two favourite words: "Dropping in!"
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  • + 1
 can you buy his short travel frame. not the exact one but the same model. and also, what is the model please? Big Grin
  • + 2
 Not to be rude, but if you have the answer and you're going to post why not just post the answer? No cjm, you can't get that specific bike. It's custom and the normal remedy would be pretty different.
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 Because it feels cooler to be a pompous dick on the internet.
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 filmed at the same spot as Geoff Gulevich www.pinkbike.com/video/202873, but semenuk is way faster on it....
  • + 1
 Except that Gully is riding bobsled and Brandon is riding half nelson, so not really the same spot...
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 I watched the shot at 3:42 about 4 times.
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 me too! almost looks unnatural how smooth he did that.
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 Awesome to see him ride half nelson the way it was built for!
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 Sure is, those long manuals look like a fast way though some of those sections I love that nose manual with the bike turned out to the right at 3:40 and that line he took at 3;00.
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  • + 1
 sick video i wonder how many mosquito bites they got making this though hahah
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 Hold on! Wait a minute! The real trick here boys is Brando getn into those tight ass jeans! HA
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 That was absolutely re-Semenuk-u-lous! Way to rip!
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 i feel like he takes things a little less seriously now... he just looks like he was having some good fun which is awesome
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 One of the Sickest vids on Pinkbike Ive seen for a while! Smile VOD
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  • + 2
 Easily the best video I've seen in a while. Semenuk is just awesome!
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  • + 1
 Can someone tell me what grips he had on his 88?... I want lock ons with a flange so bad and can't find them anywhere.
  • + 2
 I think he's sponsored by The Sensus, so he must be rocking those grips
thesensus.com
  • + 1
 thank you so much man....
  • + 3
 Also check out the Deity Classic Grips they come with a small flange...
  • + 1
 Sensus grips wear down really fast
  • + 1
 intense makes the bomb lock ons with flanges. im rocking them on the m6 now
  • + 1
 right on thanks guys!
  • + 1
 ODI Ruffian Lock-on 130mm Flanged grips. Best. Grips. EVER.
  • + 1
 this has been the most helpful group of responses I have ever had in a comments section... thanks guys.
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 MY GOD!!! so agility!!!VOD VOD
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 Vancouver!
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 he is seriously the steeziest rider ive seen pretty much ever. that manual through the rollers was godly.
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 he shreds EVERYTHING!!!! Pretty sure he could race world cups and win if he fancied it haha.
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 can someone say style?
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 are those DJ''s in vancouver?
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 i wanna kno the same thing ?!
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 whats the song name? can someone message me a link or song title
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  • + 1
 Did he actually ride that or just float/glide over the trail...
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 what an amazing many over the 3 bumps...brandons a legend
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 I thought freeride was dead though? wtf?
  • + 0
 people might think that because this was just a big advertisement for sram xo
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 without integrated advertising there wouldn't be sponsors and thus no sweet edits
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  • + 1
 Brandon owns mtn. biking!!!!!
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 What is the short travel Trek bike? The second one in the vid..
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 It's a Trek prototype bike designed for slopestyle riding
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 this guy is so much confident... amazing ride.
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 2'47 till 3'54 is that half nelson on Squamish =D ???
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 Yes I'm pretty sure it was.
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 yep! that track is perfect on "small" bike
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 3:41 :O that was sweeeettttt
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 one of the best videos ive watched in a long time
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 He's going to be the best ever.
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 I thought he was a 6.0 guy not Etnies
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 etnies... what? what ..style ???
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 that was a awesome video i like the backflip he did Wink
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  • + 1
 That's crazy that he knows that his forks are off by 4mm!
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 Is that a cat jumping off his name in the first picture? haha
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 the dirt jumps at the end where are they? is that downtown vancouver in background
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 Vanier Park, right next to the Burrard bridge. Enjoy.
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 uhmmm im pretty sure he kicks ass Big Grin
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 whats the first song when he starts riding the DH bike ?
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 loving the song
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 silent assasin
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 We have the honor to live in the same era as the one who will be known as the best mountainbiker that has ever lived. Brandon Semenuk. The 4 mm thing makes him god.
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 Brandon is unique !
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 wow that is sick
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 nice POC knee pads! Wink
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 Are you kidding me?
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 wow that is sick
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  • + 0
 I'm speechless......
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 lol shit thats steezy!
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 go etnies! i ride the same shoes but in orange!
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 wow the same shoes but in a different colour, what are the chances of that?
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 dont know! its very ironic! and hes also the first person other than me that i have seen with those shoes so him and i have at least one thing in common, we both have good taste in shoes.
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 Maybe you should go shoe shopping together
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 Who can tell me the his shoes brand? thanks
  • + 1
 etnies. they're arron ross's shoes
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