Videos: Aaron LaRocque's Top 10 Highlights of 2012

Dec 31, 2012 at 17:47
by Aaron LaRocque  
Well, 2012 was a heck of a ride. At the end of each year I like to look back at what I did, so here are 10 videos (in no particular order) from my favourite shoots of the year.

Brendan Howey and I have been shooting together for years now. This was one of several videos I shot with him this year. It became one of my most viewed videos ever.

Views: 321,661    Faves: 4,198    Comments: 187


Dean Tennant is another guy who I've shot quite a bit with. His skills and attitude make him one of the best guys to shoot with.

Views: 177,222    Faves: 3,570    Comments: 166


Mark Matthews spent a year and a half digging for this video. It was a privilege to be asked to shoot this edit. The effort put into this video, from digging, to riding, to finally shooting made this one of my favourites of the year.

Views: 187,433    Faves: 2,847    Comments: 147


Taiwan is one of my favourite places in the world. There's something about the mayhem of it that appeals to me. I'd been there a number of times before and had heard of some cool rides deep in the mountains, but had never seen any of it. On my trip to Taiwan this year I made sure to stay an extra week to explore. This was a project I'd wanted to do for a while and was a pleasure to cross off the list.

Views: 70,476    Faves: 586    Comments: 54


In January, I headed south to shoot with the Athertons in SoCal to announce their partnership with GT bicycles, a bucket list gig for any mountain bike shooter.

Views: 148,289    Faves: 1,485    Comments: 112


This was one of many videos I shot this year alongside Nic Genovese. Sam Hill is one of the greatest riders of all time. It's pretty awesome to have the opportunity to shoot with riders of that calibre.

Views: 130,798    Faves: 1,509    Comments: 74



Another big highlight was heading east to Copper Harbor, Michigan. Shandro and myself made the trip out there and were shown how they do things out in the U.P. It was somewhere I never thought I'd go, but after being there it is somewhere I'll surely be heading back to. Good riding and good people made this one of my favourite adventures of the year.

Views: 39,843    Faves: 392    Comments: 29



Crankworx is a staple every year. There's no other party like it in mountain biking. This shoot was especially memorable because of the number of guys it took to pull it off. This video was a collaboration between myself, Nic Genovese, Silvia Films, Virtu Media, Harrison Mendel, Scott Secco and Lear Miller.

Views: 115,940    Faves: 1,181    Comments: 64



Mongolia. Of places I never thought I would go, Mongolia would be right near the top of the list. The culture, the landscapes, the people, and the adventure make this a no brainer on my best of 2012 list.

Views: 44,597    Faves: 173    Comments: 32



My last major trip of the year was also my first trip to Utah. After the dust had settled at Rampage, a few of us headed to the sleepy town of Green River, Utah. We spent a week in Green River toiling in the dust to come up with something new. Not only a new video, but a new brand.

Views: 104,389    Faves: 1,446    Comments: 68



Photo Credit Nic Genovese
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2012 what it was. I hope everyone enjoyed this year in videos, and here's to 2013!
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33 Comments

  • + 44
 So many videos... So little time. Epic year LaRocque! Can't wait to see what's in store for next year! Keep em comin! Smile
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 The Dean Tennant one is my favourite
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 He's one fast guy.. Thats for sure. Talked to him at a race last year, awesome guy.
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 That man, that man :O most impressive riding i have ever seen!
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 Thanks pinkbike for the amount of time you guys put in to get us stoked
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  • + 8
 that joyride edit never gets old, props for having a sick song choice for every vid you make man! (except when lil wayne got in there for dean tenant-fall but it still fit at least)
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 The 1st video, that one with Brendan Howey is the definition of how a downhill video should look like, to me. I applaud.
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 Our trip around Taiwan was pretty epic, He Huan Mountain, Taroko Gorge, that hotel that took us forever to find, the beach in Kenting ... we should plan something epic for 2013 ...
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  • + 9
 Great job this year Aaron! May next year be even better. Cheers.
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  • + 9
 You're the best!
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  • + 5
 That edit of dean never gets old! Gets me stoked every time I watch it. You guys should definitely do another vid together!
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  • + 3
 I was there in Copper Harbor with them too. What a blast!!! And thanks to them for bringing more awareness to our project, the Copper Harbor Trails Club!!!
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 HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET TO SLEEP AFTER WATCHING THESE. AL BE LYING IN MA BED THINKING THEY WERE GREAT VIDEOS I WONDER WHAT I WILL TRY TOMORROW AND THEN HAVE GOT EVERYTHING I NEED FOR TOMORROW . AND THEN I WILL DO THE SAME ROUTINE TOMORROW NIGHT BECAUSE AM GOING RIDING ON SUNDAY AGAIN HAHAHA .
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  • + 3
 A whole page of Larock's best videos! Sit down by the fire, plug in my headphones, and enjoy! Salute
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  • + 4
 Awesome as always Aaron! You deserve ice cream buddy!
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  • + 5
 hell ya aaron !
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 have to love brendan howey's style man!! just clean and old school, not all crazy with tricks left and right. reminds me of vanderham!! love it dudes!! love it.
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  • + 3
 I want summer so badly Frown
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 Your edits are truly inspiring buddy, keep up the good work
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  • + 1
 Now when i see the name Aaron can't help but think of Key&peele substitute teacher skit. A A Ron!
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  • + 1
 Island Winter was simply a filming masterpiece, there was nothing that could have been more perfectly done. Excellence
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 Island Winter is brilliant with music, background and best bikes from AndorraWink
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  • + 1
 brilliant vids....all epics! cant decide my best one! roll on 2013
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  • + 1
 AL is one my favorite film director. Respect !
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 Why did I get here today! And I was supposed to study...
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  • + 1
 hi aaron, can show me your gear, from pre-production to post production?
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 yeahhhh he is our James Cameron! Smile ) thanks Aaeron LaRocque
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  • + 1
 Everyone of these videos was already in my favorites.
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 The 6th video. Back in the days when sam hill was on specialized...
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 do you know what is the track in that video of sam hill...thks
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 Island Winter V.2.0 one of the best vids on pinkbike,
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 He's a living legend
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