Video and Photo Epic: Adventures With the Samson Brothers

Jan 1, 2014
by Simon Nieborak  

Fuerteventura from Michael Wilcox at Top Button Productions

Same as many other riders and their fellow photographers and cinematographers, we sought refuge from a harsh winter back in the UK and ended up somewhere isolated on a strange island forgotten by God, where there are more goats than people. We knew very little about this place, actually, it was Blake who mentioned the name 'Fuerteventura' to us for the first time. He spent a brief holiday on the island and noticed that there was some virgin dirt to shred.

I might be wrong, but something tells me that we were the first ones to visit to Fuerteventura to ride mountain bikes the way we have. There are no trails apart from goat paths, not to mention any kind of a bike park. We had to scope and build everything on our own. It all sounded like a crazy plan to begin with, but as soon as we found out that Fuerteventura is also known as 'Forte Aventure' which in French means 'Great Adventure' we knew it was on.

Follow the journey of Blake Samson, his brother Ray and Harry Steele by watching an epic edit from Mike Wilcox which he cut especially for this occasion, and a fully extended set of best photographs taken by me.

  Here I am... Sitting on a volcanic slope... My favourite shoes are destroyed and full of tiny, sharp rocks. But it's not a good time to think about that because Blake and Ray are about to ride down besides me and I must take a decent shot, since hiking up here is a hell of a lot of work.

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roost front cover for dirt mag 134

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photos by Simon Nieborak

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  • 46 0
 holy shit look at all these pods
  • 5 9
flag chyu (Jan 1, 2014 at 23:15) (Below Threshold)
 bring back the 20mm axles!
  • 9 0
 Great. Yet another response that is completely unrelated to the original comment... *sigh*
  • 10 0
 Any one else remember this trip from a mbuk mag about two months ago?
  • 19 0
 Pepperidge Farm remembers.
  • 1 0
 you mean like four months ago!!! it´s old news haha still amazing though
  • 8 0
 Many, MANY, amazing photos...and some fairly dodgy clothing magazine shots, too.
  • 3 0
 Yep some ultra-serious posing going on...but awesome series of shots nonetheless...
  • 1 0
 Ya I was pretty impressed with the photography on this trip. Very good lighting and cool colors. The riding was also rad.
  • 4 0
 What a great film !! Well put together and great riding ".. Congrats ✨✨
  • 5 0
 NICE !!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 0
  • 2 0
 fantastic pics and vid, I went there for a weeks holiday about 15yrs ago, god that place was windy, and that was on the beach not up in the hills as well
  • 3 0
 all these photos are just consistent perfection and awesomeness... nice one man!
  • 1 0
 This is not by far the first trip there. I think some documentation (on the internet) is in order before posting an article (on the internet)... just saying:
  • 3 0
 nice video and photo report
  • 3 0
 that mid-travel saracen is so nice
  • 3 0
 realy epic !
  • 2 0
 i smell a fresh batch of pods here, all of these pics are just awesome!!
  • 2 0
 That Saracen FR/SS frame is prime, DMR ain't bad either.
  • 2 0
 my home island..........sick boys !!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I have the Dragon Vendetta and they are sick!!! These NFX Goggles look such a big step ahead. DRAGON has the game down!!!!
  • 1 0
 anybody else see that left hander in the back drop?
Surf and ride desert terrain I'm in.
Nice work boys.
  • 2 1
 Welp. Off to amazon to buy me some NFXs
  • 2 0
 Rockstar with Black lenses. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • 1 0
 sick Photos and a really nice Edit ! We need more Output of you guys
  • 1 0
 The locations looks like mini rampage
  • 2 0
 Didn't really look "mini" to me. but yea it does look sick!
  • 1 0
 Nice edit, sick riding and amazing places..
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 What music?
  • 1 0
 Moby - Be The One
  • 1 0
 Such a sick zone
  • 1 0
 That was fun
  • 1 0
 holly。such good pices

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