At Home With Sam Hill

May 16, 2012 at 3:58
by Kian Esmaili  

While Sam was back at home in Perth we got some time to catch up, film, and hear what he had to say about the upcoming round in Val Di Sole. I was lucky enough to have Jackson Davis ride alongside Sam. Jackson came fourth at the Aussie nationals this year in under 17's and came first in the WA state championships in the under 17 class. With Sean Lee on photo duty and Kian Esmaili on film duty, here is the finished product.

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Fireroad hucking


Kian getting his interview on.

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killer edit from Kian Esmaili coming soon...

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101 Comments

  • + 134
 Congrats on becoming a daddy yesterday Sam!
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 Lol....Jacksons gonna be so stoked with a daddy like sam! no doubt.
  • + 36
 Jackson is not his son
  • - 17
 they are actually there for down force. another black box technology
  • + 2
 Jackson is the son of Sam's coach.
  • + 5
 omigah these pictures are BOKEHLICIOUS!
  • + 11
 HAHAHAHA im gonna tell Tony that someone thought his son was sam's son...
  • + 1
 Looks like Sean spending the grand or so on the 135mm prime really paid off.
  • + 1
 Sam wants to win a WC again so bad. I can feel it.
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  • + 36
 I think Sam Hill might be a robot.
  • + 0
 ya, don't be too excited your having a kid... =P
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  • + 25
 sam has got the biggest eyebrows
  • + 38
 not eyebrows... spoilers.
  • + 8
 they are actually there for down force. call it another black box technology
  • + 4
 diamond like coating probably?
  • + 3
 kind of like dimples on a golf ball ... it helps reduce turbulence, increase aerodynamics around the face area.
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  • + 17
 Sam fricken RIPS cant wait to see him win some races this year!
  • - 20
 Keep waiting....
  • + 15
 Just like Canada is waiting for stevie....
  • + 1
 Meeeooowww!!
  • + 22
 And like how America is waiting for Gwi...... Oh wait. Nevermind. Wink
  • + 1
 Hey, I'd like to see him win a race, I just dont think he will. The game has changed, no one on flats won anything last year so it just seems the odds are against him beating Gwin, Minnar, Brosnan, and Hart on any track. Though with Gee out, slightly improved.
  • + 17
 Yeah cause pedals are probably the deciding factor....
  • + 0
 At the top of the so sport, yeah, they seem to be. Consider that the strong peddlers are gaining a half second in any significant pedal section and going just as fast in the technical sections and you begin to understand why even superfast guys like Hill and Fairclough consistently finish several seconds behind Gwin and Minnar.
  • + 16
 No one on flats won anything because gwin won everything, Not because flat pedals are worse than spd's..

Why are everyone forgetting so fast? Sam has had injuiries the past years that's why he hasn't had good results. I remember when he was out all year and then he returned to the world championships in canada and everyone was counting him out just like you do now.
Then he smashed it and owned everyone by winning. And he still is THE smoothest and most in control rider out there NO DISCUSSION.

Congrats on the kid Sam!
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  • + 14
 Greatest downhill racer of all time and a good fella to boot. Congrats on becoming a daddy Sam, always a pleasure working with this guy, 100% class act. SAM HILL
  • - 16
 3rd greatest DH racer of all time, both Nico & ACC had more successful careers and were more dominant than Hill by any measure. And by the time Minnar retires he will likely have a more impressive career than Hill. Greatest DH racer of all time on flat pedals, yes. And definitely a solid guy.
  • + 5
 No mention of Peaty Protour? More titles than Nico iirc
  • + 4
 Peaty has won more world cup races than Nico and he did that because he's been on the circuit for longer (and cause he's good!). He does NOT have more world cup titles than Nico! Peat=3 Nico=5 nor does he have more World Championships! Peat=1 Nico=7 (plus 3 Junior titles).
As for Sam Hill he is great but far from THE Greatest! List goes (so far) Anne Caroline Chausson, Nicolas Vouilloz, Sabrina Jonier, Greg Minaar, Steve Peat, Missy Giove and THEN Sam Hill.
  • + 4
 Greatest in the fact he elevated the game of an entire field/sport, more than any rider before him. Greatness does not always come with results. Just like Leigh Donovan is the greatest female in the sport, but I am biased since she is my mrs, but she did not win as many titles as ACC and Missy, but I saw how many she cultivated in the sport and how many women she brought to the sport.
  • + 5
 Yes, Sam did elevate the sport in 2007. I think he will surprise some people this year, well I hope.
  • + 3
 Why are everyone forgetting so fast? Sam has had injuiries the past years that's why he hasn't had good results. I remember when he was out all year and then he returned to the world championships in canada and everyone was counting him out just like you do now.
Then he smashed it and owned everyone by winning. And he still is THE smoothest and most in control rider out there NO DISCUSSION.

Congrats on the kid Sam!
  • + 2
 I never said Sam was shit! He's great! He is my current favorite worldcup rider but and it is a big BUT he is NO WAY the greatest rider of all time! As for smoothest that also goes to Nico. Just watch the old eurosport videos and you'll see what I mean.
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  • + 5
 these guys pop every piece of terrain like its a ramp, and when they get to that road gap, sends it! they just bounce and skim the trails - not ride them
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  • + 5
 Just me or do both of them popping of the jumps remind you of some australian kangaroos?
  • + 1
 Yup they do, I just love how they just spring off the jumps
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  • + 4
 KIAN you made main page you little ripper now gett outa perth and make the move to Canada! Cant wait to shred again bro good work with the video!
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  • + 1
 Thank you SintraFreeride! I've been hoping someone would point out this fact to overly partiotic englishmen sooner. Peaty is good yes, he's a bluddy legend, but please stop going on about how he's the greatest because he's won the most races. He's had over 15 years to get those wins and Minnaar has the same amount now in less time. Nico also has way more titles in less time.. so no, while it is an amazing feat to still be a top 10 contender after this long it by no means makes him the greatest
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  • + 2
 Congratulations on the new lil Hill! So stoked to see Sam back on the bike hungry and rippin hard! I hope the rest of the field didn't forget about the danger man!
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  • + 2
 Great video Kian, Jackson looking fast behind Sam. I think Sam is going to kill it at val di sole, new daddy want to show his son he still got it lol...
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  • + 4
 POP.. pump.. pump. POP.. pump POP..... -- Like watching Rabbits!
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  • + 2
 Shiet, can see at 1:20 when he hits the gas and pulls away from Jackson, hope Sam does good this year, most of the tracks suit him, can he beat Gwin..
  • + 1
 I noticed that too. It takes Sam 3 seconds from the first root he pops off to the last tiny lip he pops off before disappearing off screen. It takes Jackson 3.3s to travel the same distance. This is assuming they were both up to speed when they came into shot.
  • + 1
 jacksons 15..??? and sam hill is a world cup racer?? do u expect more?
  • + 2
 I wasn't insinuating that Jackson is slow, I was appreciating Sam's speed.
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  • + 2
 I know Sam is a world cup rider for a reason... But god damn he is fast. Saying that, the other little nipper is not half fast either. Puts me to shame!
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  • + 3
 sam looks hungry for a win, definitely he wants the revenge from his world championship final back in '08
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  • + 2
 Awesome work Kian! Awesome shots by Sean too...and of course some clean riding by Sam and Jackson...diggin' it forsure!
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  • + 3
 I see the Xanthorrhoea barber has been hard at work...
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  • + 3
 Sam Hill to double fist EVERYONE at Val Di Sole.
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  • + 3
 he has the sickest specialized
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  • + 3
 I hope Sam does well this year.
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  • + 2
 Sweet vid....where's that sweet bit of track at??
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  • + 1
 Damn, like a pair of Kangaroos hopping through those sections! I say that fondly Smile
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  • + 2
 Droped a few pounds anyway......
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  • + 1
 Siiicckk Vid!.What are those forks Sam's riding? Bring back black!!!
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  • + 1
 Where in Perth is this trail located?
  • + 1
 In the hills, mundaring
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  • + 1
 This is sick, the song is "Little Bit" By: Lykke Li
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  • + 1
 like how they bounce on the ground!
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  • + 1
 Shot at 1.20 is sooooo rad
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  • + 1
 Look forward to seeing Sam on the top step of the podium braaaaaaap
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  • + 1
 Hell yeah Sam Hill! I'll be stoked to see you at the top again.
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  • + 1
 they look like brothers :O
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  • + 1
 Sick Vid buddy! lookin forward to riding that track!
  • + 1
 Nice edit! It's been how long since the last world cup race? Can't wait, but I'm dyin over here -__-
  • + 1
 Track looks great! Where is it? Mundaring-Kalamunda?
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  • + 1
 whens the val di sole race?
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  • + 1
 You go Sam can't wait to see him at fort bill. Congrats on the arrival
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  • + 1
 Get Sam!!! Great video! The song is Lykke Li - Little Bit!
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  • + 2
 Lykke Li - little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg Remix)
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  • + 0
 Gwin will win. Its even in his name.
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  • + 1
 Get on the hunt Hill!!
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  • - 1
 don't understand sam nothing what he says...cool Big Grin
  • + 5
 Sam speaks English. Unlike what you just typed..
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  • - 2
 Jackson Davis´s style looks like Gee´s doesn´t it? Any one know the song´s name?
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  • + 1
 Lykke Li - little Bit remix Wink
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