FASTFOKUS Episode 1 - Sweet As Bro - New Zealand

Mar 15, 2011 at 13:05
Mar 15, 2011
by Damien Vergez  
 
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Who hasn't dreamt of shredding with their favorite rider? To grab your bike and head out with him/her on some fresh single track with flowing corners and big jumps… Regardless of our nationality, it's something we all think about.

When we were filming Pista Prest Dago and Moustache Gracias, my friends and I came up with this crazy idea for the FASTFOKUS team to travel to different countries and film with different pro riders on their favorite tracks.

But with which pro riders and where?!


I spoke with Seb Giraldi, manager of the Châtel Mountain Bike Park, and Ben Walker from Champéry and Scott, and they were immediately motivated by the project.

An episode in Châtel was an obvious choice for me, Châtel being a great mountain bike park which everybody knows and loves. A big place for MTB and the host of one of the biggest European freeride contests : Châtel Mountain Style.

After speaking with Seb I sent a message to Kelly McGarry, who I met in 2010 in Whistler during my holidays. He was open to the idea of making an episode in his home country of New Zealand.


After a few months of negotiation with sponsors and athletes the project was put into motion!

I would like to say thank you to Adidas Eyewear, Spank and Shimano France for their support in this adventure, and particularly Scott, Marzocchi and Châtel because without them this project would have never been possible.


All of these partners have the same vision and hunger as myself to develop the freeride scene all over the world.

I would like to say thank you to the pro riders who accepted to ride with us!


I’m very proud to show that in France we have a big culture of freeride mountain biking and I want to communicate this to the world.


So, I present to you the first episode and the schedule for upcoming episodes, which I hope will entertain you, and motivate you … to ride your bike!

1st episode : Kelly McGarry – New Zealand:

Views: 63,704    Faves: 1,621    Comments: 163



2nd episode : Cedric Gracia – Andorra
3rd episode : Steve Romaniuk – Chatêl Bike Park
4th episode : soon !
5th episode : soon !

Cheers
Damien
FASTFOKUS

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75 Comments

  • + 14
 Fasfokus ALWAYS comes up with good quality and interesting short documentary. Make a movie man, I know it will be sweet!
  • + 2
 Spanks new Tweet Evo rims look sick
  • + 3
 i just wanna point out... kelly has the dopest car.
  • + 1
 That must be the new Diamondback prototype..! They said they had one in the works and they were testing it. Must be good to go almost!
  • + 1
 No Tom it's Kelly's Corsair Dominion, still not on the new bikes yet and this was filmed a few weeks back now
  • + 1
 You sure? The one in the photo doesn't have a swappable shock mount, the rear dropouts aren't bolt-ons either, and the shock is at an angle instead of flat like the dominion, plus the tubes visible are a bit different, way straighter!

At the start of the video the bike on the back is his Dominion with the fluro parts. But he rides something else.
  • + 7
 epic, not big on the long comments, but this deserved more then a "cool" or "awesome" what an awesome place to live, That would truly be most amazing to live there.
  • + 1
 So sick to see the places i've been to in such and epic vid, i gotta get back to down to Queenstown with my bike sometime!!
  • + 1
 Seen them guys riding when I was riding there the other weekend the voltages look even more amazing in person also met Dan Atherton on the gondala too, top guy I tried to follow him down the trail but he was gone after the 2nd corner lol
  • + 1
 Great vid, met Kelly up on the Gondola tracks when he was there filming this. Bloody top guy who is down to earth and willing to strike up a conversation with anyone else on the trail.
  • + 4
 cant wait for Steve Romaniuk...gonna be a mad one
  • + 3
 gotta love the scott voltage Big Grin
  • + 3
 Amazing scenery in that video and sick riding - great work!
  • + 2
 deserves VOD for sure nice nice nice and one more time nice landscapes,trails.
  • + 1
 Great riding you guys!! If I had my bike with me I'd go take'r for a hot lap!!
  • + 1
 oh fuck c'est du lourd vievement le prochain episode et encore plus le 3eme a chatel avec romo
  • + 1
 thats got to be one of the best short bike films, ive ever seen, amazing work. exactly what i want to aspire to make.
  • + 1
 that was one of the best videos ive seen in a long time. how much are tickets to new zealand?
  • + 2
 VODVODVODVODVODVODVODOVDOVDOVODODVODODOVDOVODVODVODVODOVODVODVODVODOVDOVO
  • + 2
 Rad vid guys! NZ is definitely on the places to go list.
  • + 1
 Oh, that French guy with the shovel again! Have been waiting for your new videos, guys! Great as always! VOD! VOD! VOD!
  • + 1
 New Zealand HAS to b the most epic place in the world. i gotta live there some day
  • + 1
 Was all them sweet berms on the Gondola run? Think I might do Easter holidays here!
  • + 1
 Yeah, looked like Hammy's Track, which is easy grade, but by far the most fun IMO
  • + 2
 Can you take your bikes up in the Gondola or do have to pay some bike shop $150 for 2 runs?
  • + 1
 You can buy 1/2 day, full, or 3 day passes, but can upgrade each as you wish. About $165 for the 3 day, you take your own bike. They limit the number of Gondola's available to riders during dinner times, but if it's quiet, you only wait a minute or 2 at the bottom, if at all.
  • + 1
 1/2 day = $40 for 5 hours riding
  • + 1
 cool idea! im so looking forward to the following episodes Smile
nice vid guys!

sweet as bro! hehe
  • + 1
 Nice, great vid guys. Makes me want to move back to NZ. Can't wait to check out Queenstown now the lifts are open!
  • + 1
 MLIB!!! no wait TLIB a.k.a their life is bro
  • + 1
 Looks like a fun bunch to shred with on some rad trails. Cool video!
  • + 2
 damn...
  • + 1
 Just great. True genius! I love the bikes!
  • + 1
 alors comme d'hab..juste beau !!!me rejouis de voir la suite !
  • + 2
 BOOM new zealand!
  • + 1
 double rainbow!!! wooooooooooooooo
  • + 1
 Sweet Newzealand. Dreamland! And nice Video bro
  • + 2
 that scott is beautiful
  • + 5
 those scotts are beatiful!
  • + 1
 Promises to be a great series!
  • + 1
 great idea! great video! great trails! great luck!!!!!!
  • + 2
 STOKKED
  • + 1
 Same!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 great vid cant wait for episode 2 CHEERS
  • - 1
 those jumps were huge...well maybe not for some of you guys but were i live we would never have jumps that big unless it was a crazy race or something like that
  • + 1
 Wicked vid, the jump at around 8 mins looks a beast.
  • + 1
 THAT VIDEO WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 The best train ive seen on any mtb video, sweet riding Smile
  • + 1
 That place looks amaizing!!! Sick vid guys!!!
  • + 2
 I gotta get to NZ.
  • + 1
 what was this filmed on...
  • + 0
 A camera.....?
  • + 0
 lol pwnd.
  • + 0
 no, two ! lol
  • + 1
 I already have the bike, where do I sign up for the team Big Grin
  • + 2
 TUBORG!
  • + 1
 those trails look amazing
  • + 1
 This is Spectacular!! Amamazing
  • + 1
 page of Pods!
  • + 1
 best video for a while
  • + 1
 VOD !
  • + 1
 ace!
  • + 1
 thats a sick video vod
  • + 1
 sweet as BRO!!!!
  • + 1
 Kiwi as bro.
  • + 1
 BOOM new zealand!
  • + 1
 GO ON MY SON!
  • + 1
 that looked fun
  • + 1
 Very Good. Nice forks.
  • + 1
 Ahhhhhh, loving the new volages!! Big Grin
  • + 3
 Scott makes nice bikes, I would love me a Voltage. Im also really loving the 66 in that ti color. Awesome.
  • + 1
 black kids! awesome band Big Grin
  • + 1
 so sweet and sick!
  • + 1
 damien, I love your vids
  • + 1
 awesome

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