Day 1 With Margus Riga - Sea Otter 2013

Apr 18, 2013
by Margus Riga  
Day one of the Sea Otter 2013 featured the Pro Downhill training and first of four industry hang out sessions.

Riders strolling in for early morning DH training .
  Riders strolling in for early morning DH training.


One of the lovely sections on the Sea Otter DH course.
  The most fun section on the Sea Otter DH course.


Training train.
  Training train.

Gee...looking very comfortable today.
  Gee...looking very comfortable today.

Sea Otter s infamous uphill section on the DH course.
  Sea Otter's infamous uphill section on the DH course.




Gee Atherton.
  Gee Atherton.


Logan Binggeli.
  Logan Binggeli.

Anneke Beerton.
  Anneke Beerton.


Danny Hart.
  Danny Hart.

A rider sitting down and taking a deep breath to count his lucky star he s ok after casing hard on corner two of the DH course.
  A rider sitting down and taking a deep breath to count his lucky stars he's ok after casing hard on corner two of the DH course.


Bell Helmet s brand manager Benny Cruickshank and girlfriend.
  Bell Helmet's brand manager Benny Cruickshank and girlfriend.

Paris Gore testing out the new all-wood helmet. So choice.
  Paris Gore, testing out the new all-wood helmet. So choice.

The Teva tent was all shoes out front and party out the back.
  The Teva tent was all shoes out front and party out the back.

Sam Hill.
  Sam Hill.

Stevie Smith.
  Stevie Smith.

Sam Dueck.
  Sam Dueck.

Sick Mick.
  Sick Mick.

Brendan Fairclough.
  Brendan Fairclough.

Pro photog Dan Barham and semi-definately-not-pro bullrider.
  Pro photog Dan Barham and semi-definitely-not-pro bullrider.

Kyle Strait.
  Kyle Strait.

Josh Bryceland and Steve Peat.
  Josh Bryceland and Steve Peat.

Jordie Lunn.
  Jordie Lunn.

Ryan Leech...quite possibly the world s nicest human being.
  Ryan Leech...quite possibly the world's nicest human being.

The Trek boys.
  The Trek boys.

Bulldog and R-dawg.
  Bulldog and R-dawg.

Cory Wallace and Chris Sneddon. Kona s kick-ass cross-country contenders.
  Cory Wallace and Chris Sneddon. Kona's kick-ass cross-country contenders.

Andrew Neethling and Jared Graves.
  Andrew Neethling and Jared Graves.

Everyone wants a piece of the Athertons.
  Everyone wants a piece of the Athertons.

Gee Atherton.
  Gee Atherton.

Colin Meagher full-time pro-photog and also full-time pro Tequila connoisseur.
  Colin Meagher, full-time pro-photog and also full-time pro Tequila connoisseur.


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66 Comments

  • 65 0
 Poor Beaumont, doesn't even get captioned in the photos anymore...
  • 6 0
 ^ Well put.
  • 6 0
 He's an adopted Atherton, grouped in altogether, which is something I don't think anybody would object too much.
  • 5 0
 First thing I thought, he's no longer an individual, he somehow just an Atherton! Gotta be damn annoying, they may as well start calling him Fred Atherton or something!
  • 34 2
 Beaumont got robbed
  • 1 3
 Loving the photos. One thing though, the copyright stamp is awful. No style to it at all, just slapped on, detracts from the actual photos I think!
  • 1 0
 Doesn't it look like Gee Atherton is running a Maxxis Minion, and not a Continental tire?
  • 28 6
 loving the black and white!
  • 7 2
 Yes! Great artwork, Margus!
  • 31 11
 Too much, I'll say it's too much B&W
  • 19 1
 When it says "A black and white view of Sea Otter's racers and characters" I wasn't expecting too much in the way of colour.
  • 8 1
 i think if they were all colour, i'd be jealous of the blue sky!
  • 3 2
 Jonnyintern...your words are true dude!! I'm just sat in merely sunny Devon, with dripping wet, boggy trails! And these pics of sea otter are just making me dream of my future travels!!!
  • 1 0
 yeah we have some pretty glorious weather this time of year out here in California!
  • 2 0
 So Marcus, how about some color?
  • 1 0
 black and white = instant history
  • 8 0
 As evidenced in the picture, I bet Leech's yoga info attracts more hot moms than all the other booths combined.
  • 8 0
 where is dan atherton???
  • 2 0
 Sooo, Hill is finally testing clipless at a race... Interesting. I know he as been testing them on the Mega for enduro, but I guess he knows that clips are a must have for the SA world champs and is testing them on less important races for now.
  • 3 0
 It would be nice to see all the diffrent bike everyone is running. I am wondering what bikes they will choose.
  • 3 0
 Mitch is a contender for sure 'cause he pedals like a maniac, but no one will deny Gwinn as the favourite yet again
  • 3 0
 Graves has won the three years in a row. He'll be the favorite for the 4-peat.
  • 2 0
 My money is on Gwin winning aboard an Enduro 29...or possibly Lopes on that new Ibis 29er.
  • 3 0
 Hill x Atherton x Gwin x Hart x Smith and so on.... A lot of big dogs from the WC grid.... gonna be interesting!!!
  • 5 2
 Sik Mik for the WIN!!!!!!
  • 2 1
 it's overcast, grey and gross in Canada, and we're forced to look at dark, colourless photos from what I thought was a hot, sunny, green place....
  • 2 1
 2nd this. I think Margus only has that one setting on him camera. Soon anything shot in that similar b&w tone will be called a "Riga" shot.
  • 6 6
 Personally I don't think it should be called a DH course when most of the riders choose to run anything but DH bikes on it. Not hating, Just saying.
  • 5 1
 What else do you call it?
  • 3 1
 We'll call it an uphill course just for you! Although being serious now, since everybody seems to want to get their knickers in a twist about it, we could steal the skiing terms for the smaller than downhill events, Super Giant Slalom, Giant Slalom and Slalom.
  • 1 0
 It's a Super-D race.
  • 2 0
 I like pic #2, the guy tricking it up on the unicycle...
  • 1 0
 Super stunning collections of b&w!! awesome captured Margus..like always!!
  • 1 0
 Wonder what the vibe would be like if the Trek and Specialized tents were next to each other.....
  • 1 0
 No Dan Atherton, Martin Maes and Tyler Vernon? Or they just were somewhere else?
  • 1 0
 Excellent photos. So many killer personality shots there. Dig Smiths casual vibe. Go Steve!
  • 1 0
 I like how Fairclough is trying to hide the linkage of the new gambler enduro!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Did kyle strait's dog die. Why so serious?
  • 1 0
 3rd pic is sick!...whipped out with a bottle cage complete with water bottle!
  • 3 2
 2nd pic..... Pretty big jump for a unicycle.
  • 1 0
 Haha I thought the same thing, I had to look at it twice
  • 2 1
 Awesome photography... really enjoy seeing everything in B&W
  • 1 0
 When are the events going to be aired live on pinkbike of an other site?
  • 1 1
 9th photo down looks like a 29er Enduro. Will be interesting to see the race results from that
  • 1 0
 One of my favorite photographers on earth!
  • 1 0
 Cory Wallace rode to Sea Otter. Badass is right!
  • 1 0
 Ryan leech with all the ladies!
  • 1 0
 Wow Margus, that Steve Smith photo is Awesome. Love the B&W.
  • 1 0
 that 3rd bic i beleve is "chappy" with the water bottle,not 100% though
  • 4 4
 Black and white is the new color?
  • 1 0
 grave's gonna smash it!
  • 1 0
 Awesome stuff!
  • 1 1
 hill on clips , what is the world coming to !!
  • 1 1
 THE RACE HAS TOO DAMN MANY SINGLE CROWNS!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 Waaat, Danny Hart doing a straight air???
  • 1 0
 great pix, cheers
  • 1 0
 Great style, as usual Wink
  • 3 4
 the Athertons must feel like they are museum items
  • 2 0
 Ha - Wax Museum!
  • 1 2
 Top photos as per from Pinkbike, love the B+W.
  • 2 3
 the best foto collection I've erer seen) so powerful emotions
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