Brendan Howey - Island Winter V2.0

Mar 6, 2012 at 17:45
by Aaron LaRocque  

‘Winter’ in Victoria is a misnomer. It’s not that the Island doesn’t experience winter; it’s just that we don’t experience it to the same degree as the rest of Canada. According to the impeccably scientific Wikipedia page for Victoria, BC, ‘’like much of the Pacific Northwest the Koppen climate classification places it at the northernmost limits of the cool, dry-summer subtropical zone, or cool-summer Mediterranean Climate due to its usually dry summers.’’ What this gallimaufry of a sentence means, however, is that Victoria is blessed with the ideal climate for mountain biking. If you don’t mind a little rain, you can ride year round.

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Making a ‘Winter’ video in Victoria was actually more difficult than expected. The same climate that makes for ride-able trails in February also guarantees snow days are a rarity. Hoping for powder in Victoria is a bit like searching for fog; chasing a meteorological Unicorn where forecasts are as reliable as chicken bones and tarot cards. Between ferry trips, torrential downpours, building beers (Phillips Blue Buck of course), spotty light, and fulltime work, Howey managed to shoehorn in time for riding. And LaRocque finally got to test out his shiny-new baby: a Panasonic Af-100. The results? Well, they speak for themselves.

I have a quote pinned up on my corkboard that reads, ‘’with a vision, a positive result may materialize.’’ Howey and LaRocque knew what they wanted and executed with Dexter Morgan-like precision. They keep on upping the ante, it’s stressful but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Enjoy.

dank
  Fog rolls in and graces us with its presence only to dissipate and blow through as soon as cameras and wheels are rolling.

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  A few big, high consequence moves are executed to ice the cake

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  This feature sat untouched for 14 months before stars finally aligned and we had our chance to strike. Brendan logging air miles.

bigquotesIt's sick working with Aaron because he knows how to make eveything look good, all I gotta do is have fun on my bike! -Brendan Howey

cool bike
  Brendan stoked on getting the shot.

bigquotesI've shot in all types of places in many different countries and 'The Island' never ceases to amaze. It's one of the most unique and diverse places you can imagine. -Aaron LaRocque

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  LaRocque behind, and in front of the lens.



Rider: Brendan Howey
Video: Aaron LaRocque
Stills: Mike Zinger
Story: Scott Secco
Additional Digging: Piers Zdan/Rob Dunnet

www.commencal.com

More Howey/LaRocque videos:
Winter Edit V1.0
The Clear Cut

Are your trails snowed in? Is this Howey's best video yet?

97 Comments

  • + 18
 No gloves in the powder. Ultra hard core.
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 thanks for the digging credit, i do not think i did much, was pretty jet lagged
  • + 6
 I think this is defiantly one of the best video's yet, you make some incredible work larocque! I still can't believe I get to watch half of his videos for free haha
  • + 3
 Awesome video, that was a big ol' gap. Cool snow drifts, looked like he was riding in soap suds!
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 braap! so epic!!
  • + 0
 You west coastians as so spoiled! awesome weather, trails and terrain!
  • + 1
 you might be allowed to disclose this, but anyone know where near Victoria that is? Like more near saanich?
  • + 0
 I am super fucking stoked!!!
  • + 3
 the trails are on Mt. Tzouhalem in Duncan, the rest I'll leave it up to you to find.
  • + 1
 Thanks aaron. I will do my best! Another great vid by the way.
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  • + 8
 Top notch cinematography right there. That was magical!
  • + 3
 "add to favourites" don't mind if I do.
  • + 4
 Seriously man, this should get a VOD too. I love how there was a good mix of slow motion and real time shots. So many videos now have only slowed down footage... get's annoying.
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  • + 6
 Incredibly good, inspirational. Keep pushing the limits boys. Thanks for keepin it real larocqueo, glad to see DOF used in moderation.
  • + 2
 "glad to see DOF used in moderation"... amen to that!!!
The way this is shot creates the feeling of epicness, where you can actually see the rider in the frame and what he's doing.
Beautifully framed wide open shots where you can just take it all in... the trail, the lush colours, you can almost smell it!!!

Hello VIDEO CAMERA, you've been sorely missed on PB Smile Can't wait for more Larock!!!
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  • + 2
 HOWEY IS GOD. But this isn't even nearly his best video. His other Winter edit on his furious is one of the best ever made. Pretty similar, but just THAT much better. Kepp it up boss.
  • + 7
 One word.............. LA ROCQUE.... technically that's two words but you understand
  • + 1
 THE ROCK cause i think 'la' is 'the' in french.... mabey....
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 Sitting across the straight staring at the island with my leg broken in half. I hope to shred the island ASAP!! Great video and riding!! I'm sure some of those moves are "off the beaten path" but I'd love to join in on a send-a-thon!! I'd love to help dig too.....I thinks that's what I'll mainly be doing other than getting my calf back in shape!! Cheers!!
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 awesome video, some of those gaps were incredible, i would say, in terms of videography it was definetly in the top 3 for Larock and certainly in terms of riding, the best for Brendan
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  • + 4
 WOw... these gaps, drops... I'll never be able to do that!
  • + 6
 not with that attitude
  • + 1
 One time I didn't have this attitute and I broke my arm! These big balls things is simply not for me. Razz
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  • + 1
 That's funny that they happened to be filming on the one day this winter that we got snow (it was gone in a day and a half). Fantastic vid guys! Was it filmed in Sooke or around Duncan?
  • + 1
 duncan area mostly
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  • + 3
 By far the best video i have seen it quite some time!! how does Larock it do it?!
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  • + 2
 This video gives me butterflies. Eye candy + ear candy. I can't wait to ride big bikes. CANT WAIT!
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  • + 2
 With Larock being a huge Dexter fan, I just knew there was going to be a Dexter reference in there somewhere...
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  • + 3
 wicked rider, and wicked edit...as always
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  • + 3
 love the shots from the ferry
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  • + 2
 Now I am not going to be able to do anything today because I am just going to want to watch this over and over again.
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  • + 2
 I just started skiing and have been enjoying it quite a bit but this video makes me want to go out and shred on my DH bike!
  • + 2
 skiing is life in the winter! keep it up man! snowbiking is also insane fun, but only if you can keep your speed
  • + 1
 do you mean snow scoot or taking your bicycle in the snow
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  • + 3
 killin it howey, keep it up!
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  • + 2
 At 55s he looks like he's riding a bmx !
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  • + 2
 beautiful vid! love the ride!
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  • + 1
 alright.... its killing me... Can not find the track on either Amazon or iTunes... help a brother out. thanks
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  • + 1
 I got friends that can't slash as good on their snowboards...killin it bro!
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  • + 2
 Great film Aaron, going to find more of your work Smile
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  • + 1
 brendan howey is a ripper! ..can't even capture/ edit emotions better than this! ..LaRocques storyboard/s for hollywood.
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  • + 3
 Thats one biiig drop Wink
  • + 3
 So much in-air time. Amazing footage, song, location and riding!
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  • + 3
 sooooooo beast!!!
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  • + 2
 Woah Sttylle. Amzing pics Looks like a ton of fun.
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  • + 2
 great!! nice track!! and the film is so cool!!
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  • + 2
 Heck yeah! Awesome work guys!
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  • + 0
 Really nice vid ! but in my pov too many slow motion parts, need both of real speed parts and slow motion parts. Nevertheless Quality is top !
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  • + 1
 Hey LaRocque, what camera/set up are u using for this? any tips on still-cameras with good video functions?
  • + 2
 It’s The Panasonic AF100!
  • + 1
 This footage still looks like its on the HVX200 though....?
  • + 1
 a couple shots were on the hvx200 but the majority was the af100
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  • + 1
 That's an excellent drop, your bike had a big punishment and still rolling...like+++
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  • + 1
 The video was great, of course. Howey + Larock is one of the best combos.
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  • + 1
 do anybody know where the trail is ?
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  • + 1
 Amazing video and good music too!!
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  • + 2
 What. Just. Happend
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  • + 2
 larock ferr dayyzzz
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  • + 1
 Fantastic video! Does anyone know what song and remix features throughout?
  • + 2
 I think it's the Count Ninjula mix of "Blue Jeans" Lana Del Rey.
  • + 1
 Perfect mate! Thanks alot
  • + 1
 Yeah, and I can't find ANYWHERE to get this mix of the song either..... great.

Anyone know where I can get it?
  • + 1
 You have pm buddy
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  • + 2
 some amazing shit
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  • + 1
 Great vid guys .How do you ride like that with no gloves ?
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  • + 1
 Stunning !! Didn't want it to end
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 Anybody know the title of the song ?
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 Count Ninjula mix of "Blue Jeans" Lana Del Rey.
  • + 1
 unfortunately people are awesome and that remix was taken off youtube for copyright reasons... and now this vid can't be found on pinkbike, assuming for the same reason.. SHUPER
  • + 1
 that's strange, I see this song right now on YT Wink Larock thX a lot !!!
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  • + 2
 Fantastic ride!
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  • + 1
 Mystic movie and magical riding! RideOn!
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  • + 1
 I absolutely love it! A good follow up on Island Winter V1 !
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  • + 1
 2:09 is off the scale
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  • - 1
 after GT took GE from COMMENCAL , they need to showoff whit there new rider. AOWESOME VID !
  • + 1
 They lost Yannick Graniere too... I ride a Commencal myself- Do ya think Laroque will come and film me?!! ;-)

Sweet vid!
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  • + 0
 sick vid , ridden these trails before super fun
  • + 0
 chuckit is a pinkbike scammer. very misleading ad's. be warned people
  • + 0
 your so cool
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  • + 1
 Mode Freeride On
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  • + 1
 awesome little video.
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  • + 1
 Phenomenal edit! =)
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  • - 3
 So wait, were talking about Victoria Island like North of Canada. I thought that was all ice :/ whaaat?
  • + 8
 Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, located on the southern end of Vancouver Island.
  • + 7
 silly american
  • + 2
 Victoria is far enough south that it's not far from Seattle.... The Pacific Ocean currents help keep it quite temperate, in fact, they'll be enjoying Spring Blossoms soon, while we have 50-70 cms (1-1/2 to 2 ft) of snow in the Kootenays... Come Skiing!!!
  • + 4
 Dang it. I hate when Americans have no clue about other countries and then open their mouths (or begin typing a comment on PB). It makes it so easy for the more intelligent culture in question to clown us.
  • + 0
 Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
  • + 4
 Most of this video was shot in germany anyways.
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