2019 Pinkbike Awards: Video of the Year Nominees

Dec 17, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
2019 Pinkbike Awards


Video Nominees

It used to be that the best shot edits with the biggest moves in the most impressive locations were generally rewarded with the most views and plaudits, but that isn't always the case now. These days glowing thumbnails, all-caps titles and chest cams grab a lot of views while some well-crafted edits get swallowed in the content avalanche.

The Pinkbike Video of the Year award isn't about the most views or the most viral moments, but instead the art of shooting videos and telling a story. This is for the filmers and athletes that went the extra mile to deliver us with some stunning content. Here are our nominees for Video of the Year.





Fabio Wibmer in 'Urban Freeride Lives 3



Why it's nominated

The man with titanium ankles returns for the third instalment of his Urban Freeride Lives series. This time the streets of Lyon and Paris were in his crosshairs as he hucks off every stair set in sight. Cinematography-wise it's not the most impressive video in this list, but Fabio is starting to shave away the cheesy skits from his edits and instead just pack them with bangers, and that has to be worth a spot.




Brandon Semenuk & R-Dog in 'Parallel'



Why it's nominated

Two bike wizards performed a synchronized shredding routine and left our jaws on the floor. The precise planning, from the building of the track to the positioning of the shots to the impressive drone flying and the riding control make this a totally unique edit.





Danny MacAskill in 'Danny Daycare'



Why it's nominated

Danny Daycare was only a side project for the Scottish trials wizard but that is only proof that everything he touches turns to gold. The edit was made to celebrate ten years of Stu Thompson and Danny first working together on the Inspired video as Danny revisits some of his most famous locations. Danny now has his lighthearted, quirky formula down to a tee and every video produces is a pleasure to watch. This is, of course, no exception.






Brett Rheeder in 'Return to Earth'


Why it's nominated

Darcy and the team from Anthill have made some of mountain biking's landmark videos including Follow Me, Seasons, Not Bad, Unreal and Strength in Numbers. In Return to Earth, there's now another classic to add to that list. It was a film about living in the moment and in Brett's section we wanted that moment to last forever. This shoot has already produced a Photo of the Year finalist so it should be no surprise it has a section that's been shortlisted for Video of the Year too.





Reece Wallace in 'Flight Path'



Why it's nominated

After being passed over for Rampage in 2018 following his British Columbia edit, Reece decided he needed to take it up a level for 2019. He traveled south this winter to the crossroads of big mountain riding in Utah. A month of building and two weeks of filming later, Flight Path was the result. Huge moves, high speeds and big exposure, it was everything a Utah edit should be and it finally earned him another shot at freeride's biggest competition.




Mike Hopkins in 'Siblings'



Why it's nominated

Picking up where Skidsville left off, Siblings is all about the joy bikes bring us throughout our lives. Chances you if you're a mountain biker now you can relate to the adventures, discoveries and failures in this edit. It's without a doubt the feel-good video of the year.




Amaury Pierron in 'Reunion Island'



Why it's nominated

As we've seen time and again this year, if you put Amaury Pierron on a bike, magic normally happens. Dressed in just a t-shirt and shorts, Amaury lays waste to the corners of the Reunion Island and throws in some big hucks for good measure. Among all that though there are some incredible slow-mo tracking shots that elevate this typical shreddit into something really special.



Tom Van Steenbergen & Ethan Nell in ‘Mesa’



Why it's nominated

Mesa starts with a huge flat drop flip and doesn't slow down from there. There are big moves aplenty as two Rampage regulars flip and spin-off some seriously intimidating terrain. Much like the Pierron video above though, this is elevated by shots like the slow-mo scrub or the double berm shot.



Thomas Vanderham, Rémi Gauvin, & Carson Storch in 'Oscillation'



Why it's nominated

3 riders, 3 terrains, 3 different riding styles, 1 bike. This beautifully shot edit introduced the new Slayer to the world and it's technically impressive from the soundtrack to the shooting to the editing. But then, when you put these three riders together in an edit, was it ever going to be bad?



DJ Brandt, Hugo Frixtalon, & William Robert in 'The Calm Before the Storm'



Why it's nominated

From racing to bike design to edits, Commencal are doing plenty of things right these days. This is Commencal's second edit in this list and this time it's the launch video for the Furious. Similar to the Rocky video, this shows the bike in a variety of environments with some of its flagship riders. This is the longest video here but it never drags thanks to the stunning shooting and riding.





Your Turn

On this one, you get a say. Let us know which edit you think is best and we'll be awarding a Reader's Choice Award alongside our own.

What is your Video of the Year?









108 Comments

  • 146 7
 Norco optic video
  • 57 0
 Bryn got robbed
  • 24 0
 came here to see Bryn Atkinson in at least two videos but sad to not see him. Is his considered edits and not a video? Regardless though this is where we can give Bryn credit, and credit is certainly due!
  • 11 0
 I think "Oscillation" has that genre covered pretty good. But yeah, that was a sick video too. Love Bryn's micro-precise riding style.
  • 9 0
 100%. Bryn is a magician a bike and the filming is sublime.
  • 7 0
 @brynatkinson FTW. Best video concept and execution in a long time.
  • 4 0
 Was scrolling, hoping it would be a nominee but alas, it was not and I am disappointed.
  • 59 2
 Honorable mention: every Friday Fails video.
  • 38 0
 The latest Black Sage Fest edit!!

For may we all be Rough as F*ck!!!

R.A.F. JORDIE!!!
  • 7 0
 Can't believe RAF isn't in this, WTF!?
  • 3 0
 @excavator666: The last RAF video came out in November 2018, not this year.
  • 1 0
 @srjacobs: Wow, can't believe it's been that long.
  • 27 1
 Paul Coderc / My War was the best bike video I watched this year. If nothing else, because I hadn't really heard of him before, which made the video completely unexpected.
  • 22 2
 "Find Focus" (Bryn Atkinson/Scott Secco)
  • 17 0
 Commencal Our Own Way, the section with Frixtalon riding to GZA's 4th Chamber is the shit. One of the best cuts I've seen in ages.
  • 3 0
 agree that portion of the edit was really stuck in my head
  • 1 0
 One of the things I really liked about that edit was that it featured a rider on a bike other than a Commencal at the end. Commencal is such a great and chill brand, they just want to spread stoke for the sport, regardless of what bicycle is being ridden.

Can you imagine Yeti featuring a non-Yeti bike in one of their videos? LOL
  • 15 1
 Fabio's video borderlines on cinema and would just about be at home as a chase scene in a Hollywood action movie. The rest of them are mountain biking edits.
  • 2 0
 I thought you were talking about 'Siblings' and then I looked at the list again.
  • 7 0
 @n1ck: Siblings made my heart happy but only barely qualified as being bike related.
  • 5 4
 If you consider it at a level of a movie, then I would say that the stunts are excellent, but everything else is on a level of a high school cringe fest.
  • 5 0
 @Archimonde: Yeah I don't see that. I thought all of the extras included made it spectacular. The rattling coffee cup at the beginning, the kids coming to the window, the shot from inside the bakery and so forth really take it to the next level. The fact that he is going somewhere in the video adds an element of depth as opposed to a bunch of riding clips, and including people living their lives turns it into a story.

Don't get me wrong, I think based on Pinkbikes criteria of " the best shot edits with the biggest moves in the most impressive locations" that down to earth featuring Brett Rheeder probably still edges it out. And there are some other amazing videos in this list of people riding bikes. To call anything about Fabio's video cringe I simply don't get.
  • 3 0
 Am I the only one that prefers Wibmers Law? Both pretty epic.
  • 14 0
 Rough AF 3!
  • 3 0
 2018 was 1 of the top 10 last year.
  • 13 0
 The Same H1LL compilation video, hands down!
  • 1 0
 hahahaha. YES! Except the spelling is dreadful.
  • 1 0
 @n1ck: if you want something bad enough you see what you want to see
  • 12 1
 DEITY: Torridon featuring Martha Gill.

it might be a product film but it perfectly encapsulates riding for me.
  • 12 0
 Semenuk Raw 100 V5
  • 24 13
 am i the only one not into fabio wibmer's content?
  • 17 4
 Yes
  • 12 0
 Normally I’m not either, but Urban Freeride Lives 3 was pretty awesome.
  • 1 3
 At best, they lack the joy of a Danny Macaskill video. At worst they have hard landings and the interactions with passersby are somehow awkward.
  • 3 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: The interaction with passersby are mainly related to safety concerns...they have them there in case something goes wrong!
  • 2 2
 PB at its best criticizing someone for not buttering sending it off a bridge onto a ledge.
  • 10 0
 Siblings for me.
  • 2 0
 It's brutal how amazing a Diamond Back advert is.
  • 2 0
 Same here, that Siblings vid gets me right in the feels!
  • 6 0
 These are all great. I really dug the Oscillation vid, but I mean, I dunno, they're all incredible.
  • 3 0
 All the videos are great with superb riders, so it’s hard to choose. Personally I think Danny Daycare has an creative uniqueness of skill, mixed with funny.
Either way, all are excellent as anybody who really rides bikes would agree.
  • 6 1
 Urban freeride lives was certainly the edit that most of all blew my mind this year..
  • 1 1
 Yeah! While may not be the winner, urban freeride is back in the conversation.
  • 2 1
 @n1ck: The only reason to think it might not be the winner is because Pinkbike is already trashing it in the description.

There are a number of amazing edits on this list of guys riding bikes on a trail which I thoroughly enjoyed. Urban Freeride Lives has nearly 8 million views on Youtube in 2 weeks! It's clearly the best video.
  • 3 1
 It's the one that stressed me out the most. God damn!
  • 6 0
 They’re all shit compared to Frozen 2.
  • 5 0
 2019 was good to us. Soo many good edits.
  • 5 0
 Sorry Fabio, Jaws will always be the rightful owner of the Lyon 25.
  • 2 0
 Ali Boulala ending one of best videos of 2002. Flip Sorry, is the most epic. Don't care that it wasn't a make, no grab is how Jaws should've done it.
  • 6 0
 Parallel is bananas
  • 2 0
 Any FEST highlights from this year should be on this list. #1 in my book is Loosefest XL, especially when Andreu Ladondeguy threw away his bike and started punching the bushes at the end of his run.
  • 1 0
 Came here looking for this. My favorite of the year by far. Nothing gets me more amped to ride than this video and song combo:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0TN9UjVlU&t=3s
  • 1 0
 Where are all the women!?!? Pinkbike, you like to talk as if you are progressive, but then you do stuff like this. What about Vision from Veronique Sandler? That was hands down the best bike edit I've seen all year.

Be the change you claim to want to see in this world Pinkbike!!!!
  • 10 9
 Anyone else really bothered by the lack of "clean" landings in Fabio's video?

NO I'M NOT SAYING I COULD DO IT BETTER, NO I'M NOT SAYING IT'S NOT TOTALLY f*ckED GNARLY.... i'm just saying.....
  • 2 1
 He's pretty loose but for a rider of his calibre I'd say that's calculated in the edit
  • 3 1
 I really think it does give the edit some more intensity. IMO absolutely perfect landings do make things look a lot easier, like the rider is not even trying that hard *cough Semenuk *cough
In Fabio's video, the only cases you see are in stunts where he probably though that a clean shot was not worth the risk. Always remember that when a gap looks big in video, they're huge IRL. And pretty much all of those looked huge in video, which might say something
  • 4 0
 Mike Hopkins 'Siblings' just put a smile on my face. So nice!
  • 4 0
 Hit me right in the feels.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, my brother and I have a shit relationship, so this was almost like a what if. Still right in the feels.
  • 2 0
 Tough job choosing only one of these, they're all amazing. To me it's between Parallel and Siblings, though I appreciate the latter is not 100% a biking edit.
  • 1 0
 All amazing and worthy edits, but Amaury Pierron Reunion Island was the only one on the list that I immediately had to watch, even tho I’ve watched it dozens of times already. Such a great edit.
  • 2 0
 Ok so let s recap. Video of the year:
#1 Semenuk RAW100 v5 (Utah edit)
#2 paul Couderc My War

What you proposed above is a vote for #3
  • 4 0
 Where’s the norco optic video?
  • 3 0
 Where tf are Our own way and the optic video! Those were so good
  • 3 0
 Yoann Barelli Info the gnarrrrrr S2E1
  • 5 2
 Hmm there's been some rad videos with girl shredders...
  • 1 1
 I guess the public has spoken. Getting your 50:1 buddies out to roost a trail over and over and over and over is lame. Good luck to all the one trick ponies still trying to reinvent themselves to keep those checks coming.
  • 2 0
 Semenuk Raw 100 in the dessert. That was an historical video. Flip whip to manual is legendary
  • 2 0
 I hope 'Oscillation' can give Rocky Mountain some cred. Considering the bike...
  • 2 0
 How have I never seen Mesa before???? Rivaling Parallel, if that's even possible.
  • 3 0
 Can We get a Year of the Year award?
  • 2 0
 No, but you can have, Year of the Week.
  • 2 0
 Man, as dad of 2 little boys that I hope to someday get out on a mountain bike, Siblings got me good.
  • 1 0
 Also this might have been 2018 but “rider unknown” was very creative and gnarly
  • 2 0
 The Kriss Kyle Mtb Edit was really cool
  • 2 0
 don't they mean Gabriel Wibmers cousin
  • 1 0
 Kids Whistler bike park segment Return to Earth
youtu.be/uh4ZqGwOHEQ
  • 2 0
 Paul Courderc in "My War"
  • 2 0
 Martha and the Piano ????
  • 1 0
 My vote goes to every time Wyn Masters awards a privateer of the day to the recipient!
  • 1 0
 Three-wheeled car. Bernard Kerr's Blowin' Off Steam deserves at least a nod. youtu.be/FKebPWrxWIU
  • 1 0
 ``Oscillation``, why it is nominated?

Because it`s cool to see a well made video with some RM Slayers that don`t break Smile
  • 1 0
 This is such an easy one.
  • 4 0
 This is the way
  • 4 0
 @matt-15: This is the way
  • 9 8
 Vision! Completely missing female representation in this list...
  • 3 0
 The women of the sport made huge leaps literally and figuratively this year and that would have been a good addition to the list
  • 2 0
 Thank you! The thumbs down are from sad lonely males who need to continue to feel superiority in this world because no one likes them as humans.
  • 2 0
 Parallels no doubt!
  • 1 0
 Oscillation, rear triangle failure at 48 seconds.
  • 2 0
 RJ Ripper!
  • 1 0
 100% on board with this one
  • 1 0
 I’m letting my son pick...and he loves Danny Daycare!
  • 1 0
 Oli dorn&balu paws and wheels2
  • 1 0
 Andreu Lacondeguy - THE UTAH MADRE COMP | BUFF
  • 1 0
 no G Up or DIe edits made the cut? RObbery #RFEA
  • 1 0
 Bryn Atkinson Finding Focus!
  • 2 1
 Rough Af 3 JORDIE!!!
  • 2 1
 RAF 3 #longliveJordie
  • 1 0
 No baby yoda? Who cares!
  • 1 0
 Semenuk, ACT III !!!
  • 1 0
 the best...
  • 6 6
 Always Semenuk!
  • 1 1
 50to01 summer waves.
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