Video: Balance Ep. 2 - Ride On

Oct 22, 2012 at 8:23
by Kelsey Thompson  

Views: 18,817    Faves: 142    Comments: 6


In this episode Dave discusses the clarity biking provides and the night that changed his life.

Starring Dave Vanderveen
Produced and Directed by Kelsey Thompson
Animation by Deia Schlosberg
For music info please visit: balancetv.net/music
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46 Comments

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 More proof of mind over matter. Our minds are so powerful, that until we are faced with a dire situation we can never truly appreciate the power it holds. Glad you pulled through and get to enjoy the things in life that make you smile. Ride on bro!
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 Just so everyone knows this is a nine part series featuring mountain biking, snowboarding, and whitewater kayaking. This is Dave's first of three episodes, for more on the project check out balancetv.net

Glad people are liking this!
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 Keep'em coming . Really appriciated it
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 Dave you an inspiration, I had a similar experience where a motorcycle smash left me needing 9 hours of surgery to put my right ankle and foot back together and back on. I can't run any more but I can ride and that'll do Smile Well done Dave.....
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 back at ya... "I can ride and that'll do :-) " well said.
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 Met Dave this Spring at Red Shreds in WIlliams Lake, he was up there for the Peel Out and showing his new boats. Dude shreds and was hitting the dock jump with the rest of the kids!
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 Great story but this should be a good lesson why you should always wear a seat belt!
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 Normally I would say that is true. In this case, had I remained in the vehicle I would've been crushed. Don't get me wrong, I was in the habbit of wearing my seatbelt before the accident and still am but at that moment I wasn't (don't know why as I thought I was) which is in part the reason I lived through it and/or my injuries weren't more severe.
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 Well i'm glad you're ok, that's the main thing Smile
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 Hey i met and rode with him at sun peaks this year he kept up despite him riding with single crown .
I like the bike rack in the trailer.
great vid dave sitting watching bike vids with a damaged knee helps me relate.
Love the drawing at begiining,and the question why i ride ? priority 1
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 very inspirational story Dave... thanks so much for sharing. I am looking forward to more.

ps: nice to see someone else rocking the full body armor at the parks too... not enough kids wearing protective clothing.. they will pay for it when they get older Wink
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 Very Inspiring. Great to see you can still kill it. I often wonder what it would be like if biking or skiing was taken away from me. I'm sure it happens more than I want to know. I'm forever thankful I haven't had to go through that in my life. Great Riding Dave. On one of my favorite trails none the less. Cheers!!!
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 RideOn!
Beautiful story and great video!
It looks as if your able to ride again and enjoy your life, Im anticipating episode #2!

RideOn!
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 i associate ride on w you to the point that at first glance i thought this was your post!
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 hahahhaah Its funny me too! I thought one of my videos made a mark on time, ahahhahahhah Well this story was awesome and close to my same meaning as well. I started posting everything I do as RideOn when I dislocated my shoulder and couldnt ride for a long time. Even now over 3 years after my first dislocation and who knows how many afterward Im continuing to push my limits and RideOn! ahahhahahahhahah Its kind of funny but it goes hand in hand with Daves story as well. Thank you buddy! RideOn! Niko
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 Ironically, compared to Dave's situation, being a medic destroyed my back, and it finally gave out. Thinking of mountain biking helped motivate me to fight through to get back into shape. I certainly love the sport.
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 Thanks for the inspiration! I too am recovering from two tib/fib fractures in the past 11 months from two separate biking accidents and this gives me incentive to keep exercising to get going again. All the best!
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 Doctors always say that but the human spirit to push on is just so much stronger and yes you are an inspiration! I believe that on that night some devine intervention took place.....I dont think you were ready to go home yet. You have a mission and purpose now. Think of it as getting a second chance! You are in fact touching peoples lives as I write this! Ride on brah!
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 At first I wanted to say something super pumped but now I'm left speechless...
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 Very Inspiring!
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 I need to get me a job as a independent sales rep and remind myself not to go driving around too quickly in the wintertime.
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 Nice vid Dave! Riding tough, the human body wants to overcome just about everything!
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 I like the Intro when he describe mountain binking in his life pretty much describe why you ride....totally agree.
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 Thanks for the kind words. :-) This episode is filmed on Addiction at Postil Mt in Kelowna.
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 great story awesome riding and I loved the sticks at 5:51 hahahah I gotta start using that!!!
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 Nice video, Inspirational story, good to meet you this summer.
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 i am soo making me one of them mirror hangers
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 That jeep is a beauty!
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 Thank you very much, sir! I totally appreciate this! Rock on
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 Awesome video. Trail looked like "Addiction" to me.
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 you are correct
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 Random Question: How Recently was the ATV gap lip changed to wood? Summer 2012? Thanks:-)
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 the lip wasn't changed. There was another, larger one added using the same landing but coming in from a different angle. put in sometime over this past summer. It's really well built and smooth.
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 kayaks and paddle boards selling well at the moment then?
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 Did you see the Jeep? They got to be selling pretty well Smile
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 I had the stock Jeep before the accident but "built" it after so I could still get my "trail fix" since I couldn't ride and at the time didn't know if/when I could again. I did most of the mods myself from my wheel chair. Part of my rehab I guess. haha.
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 amazing story, what a guy!!!!
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 Were is this its sick
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 Addiction in Kelowna
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 right in the feels
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 so does he have a foot??
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 Going to have to wait for the next episode to find out Wink
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 ahhh why do you do this to me. now im gonna be thinking about feet all day at school
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