Lone Wolf Productions - Riding with Greg Watts

Sep 23, 2011
by Lone Wolf Productions  
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There are many big names in mountain biking these days, and a few seem to always stand out from the rest. Sam Hill; extremely fast world cup down hill racer, Kurt Sorge; big mountain freeride phenom, Jared Graves; 4 cross extraordinaire. One name that has been on this list of powerful riders for what seems like forever is Greg Watts. Watts is known for throwing some of the most innovative and progressive tricks in the entire mountain bike industry. In fact, many people call him double or nothing because it's so rare to see him pull tricks without at least one variation in it. Because of this unique ability Greg has become one of the most consistent slope style riders on the FMB circuit. It's a safe bet that Watts will end up in at least the top five of most contests he enters. For all of these reasons, we were excited to find out we would be working with him this year.

Warming up on the hip

Over the season Lone Wolf Productions.ca has been working with Greg, collecting footage to put together as a rider's section for Five Ten shoes. We went back to our roots for this segment, and sent Greg some Go Pro cameras to work with on his own down at the post office jumps in Southern California, along with the early season Ranch Style event. I was surprised when we got the cameras back. Greg had recorded so many tricks we didn't know what to do with them all. In addition, he had also done some training on the trails at Ranch Style, and I was shocked at how fast he was. As usual Greg performed at the top of his game at Ranch Style, winning the best trick event. At this point we had all of the POV footage we would need so it was time to set up a real shoot.

Back flip bar spin

We decided to meet in Whistler for Crankworx to film Greg in the slope style and best trick events. Watts did not disappoint and rode strong all weekend long, placing fourth in the slope style, and looking like a contender for the best trick contest. While other new riders were clearly intimidated or awestruck by the Crankworx course and its fans, Greg was focused and appeared to be oblivious that any one was there at all. Even as a filmer it was difficult at times to get his attention. I believe this is the mark of a true athlete, and a big part of the reason he is able to be as consistent as he is. When the dust settled we had managed to capture some amazing images, which tied the section together quite well.

Flippin out of the cabin

I would like to thank Greg for agreeing to partake in a Lone Wolf rider's segment. He was a true professional, was always willing to stay involved in the creation of his section, and was a pleasure to work with. I would also like to thank TNL Photography for tagging along with us to Whistler and capturing all the epic photos you see in this article. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Karl Heldt for his camera work and editing on this video segment - I couldn't have done it without you.

Flippin the hip

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45 Comments

  • 3 0
 friggen love it, after 10 years not riding, i come back to it and there really amazing stuff going on, i only used to see bmx bike doing that stuff, it looks so much better on mtbs Smile
  • 1 2
 How has gregg watts still not got a new bike sponser? Looks like he's still running that old gary fisher roscoe! surely someone would snap him up, gary fisher dont even exsist as a brand anymore (not on their own anyway, just as a segment of trek doing pretty much only 29ers or weird stuff from what i know)

weird.
  • 2 0
 He's been running a Haro Porter for 2 years now.... and has been sponsored by Haro for 2 years now... weird. Although i dont know what hes going to do now that Haro dosent make full suspension mtbs..
  • 1 0
 ya he rides for haro haha has for awhile
  • 6 0
 Needs moar barspins
  • 2 0
 He doesnt spin the bar but the bar spins for him.
  • 1 0
 What ever happened to throwing a nice lazy t-whhhip, or a backflip then a no hander. Why's he gotta always throw tricks like a machine designed to do trick combos? I mean Greg may have 99 problems but multiple trick combos to barspins sure ain't one Wink
  • 3 0
 greg is such a consistent rider. he contributes so much to the sport as a role model and rider. hell yea
  • 2 0
 greg kills it!
  • 5 0
 The role model that partys all the time haha.
  • 1 0
 hahaha I'm watching that movie right now!
  • 3 0
 Greg is a BarspinMachine! I like his flow and style.
  • 2 1
 Wait, that said that the video was sponsored by Banshee. If that means what I think it does, than Greg and Mike will be part of a very stacked Banshee slopestyle team.
  • 1 0
 Oh yes! Big Grin
  • 5 0
 the video is sponsored by banshee because lone wolf is sponsored by banshee. all lone wolf video have the same banshee logo and the begining
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure that if he was riding for banshee, he'd be riding a banshee in a banshee sponsored video, not a haro ..
  • 1 0
 This is a Five Ten shoes section. Banshee sponsors the project and will later have their own riders segment. Greg rides for Haro.
  • 1 0
 And mike is/will be on specialized.
  • 1 0
 NICE! Smile I love the video!
  • 1 0
 Unbelieveable game displayed there.
  • 5 8
 All I gotta say about Greg watts is this. Anybody who shreds can throw a barspin. it doesn't mean you should throw 10 a run. Sure they're worth throwing into a 3 or a backflip. But not everywhere. Remember the big crankworx hip. Anthony messere goes 15 feet high with a table. And watts airs off the side of the booter, 2 feet below the actual Lip and does a fucking barspin. This Is the epitome of a gay barspin. And a really bad decision. Anybody would rather see a good table or a whip over a barspin any day. It's not all about tricks, this ain't a video game. Get some style buddy!!!
  • 2 5
 CORRECT ANSWER!
  • 5 1
 its called "freestyle" MTB for a reason mate, not "certin" style MTB. but i get why you hate, it is probably a fair amount of jealousy, a little bit of fear and this is why you would be scared to do tricks. youd rather sit infront of your computer and hate because you simply will never be able to do any of these tricks. its okay if you are content with not pushing yourself and doing kickouts all day. greg is one of the most down to earth guys ever, he leads progression in this sport, and at the end of the day, look where he has got going "2 feet below the actual Lip" and doing a "f*cking barspin".

yours truly, a non hater
  • 5 0
 @bigtard............. wow, maybe your jealous because your not allowed to compete in the slope-style finals. The reality is you will never be as good as him. Greg is such a technical rider, and maybe he didn't boost 15 foot airs because he's experienced, and in the end he put together solid runs without crashing. So maybe 2 foot of air does pay off. And at the end of the day, a barspin is still a trick not just a bike movement. go do an unturndown or something...
  • 1 0
 before you guys go and diss gregg watts lets remember he is a old and b the first person to do a backflip doublr tailwhip 360 on a mtb. so shut up
  • 3 0
 anthony went 15 feet high because he comes from bmx.. i dont know why u would even bother picking out that he had one not so "impressive" part in his run. sure, he went lower than others and threw a barspin to compensate, but the rest of his run was sick! u should try looking at some of his vids.. the guys a nutball when it comes to tricks. clearly throwing the bar 2 feet under the lip was not a bad decision because he got 4th place this year (and i even think he deserved to beat zink for sure, and maybe even anthony). the dudes a legend and u should go around talking shit about professional riders ability to ride, theres a reason theyre considerd pros ya bigtard
  • 3 0
 you get some proper bellends on here, greg is top of the game!
  • 2 3
 Yeah. It totally takes being "from bmx" to go 15 feet. Well that's retarded but whatever. Maybe it takes being "from bmx" to realize nobody wants to see a million barspins? Consider that. Cuz bmx has already been through the "too many barspins phase" and that's why they've progressed onto better things and they don't just throw a f*ck load of barspins. Hey Leon. I know what your about. Dirt jumping, I've seen it. Does it bother you that there's a million 13 year old bmx'ers who would school you anyday of the week? Doesn't bother me. Cuz they will, but I'm still gonna go to the jumps and throw a bunch of tables and have a good time. Am I upset I can't barspin? No, not even a little because I can do anything else. Did I say greg sucks at slopestyle? No, I sure didn't. He rules. And if you wanted to do something besides hate on a hater(me) then you would also agree that way too many barspins Is kinda gay. And you'd admit that if he did less of them he'd probably score better. Because you'd have to be retarded to say that a ton of barspins is better than style.
  • 4 0
 cant even be bothered reading your comment..
  • 2 3
 Aiden horn. You're right. Serious bellend here. Benny. Not close to jealous. And are you saying you're happy with gregs fourth place? Yeah look where's he got, I'm sure he'd rather have placed better, and if he's wondering how to do that. It's obvious. Less barspins, more style. And swindelhurst. You're right he's way better than me. And they definitely won't let me compete in slopestyle. But if I wasn't 32, and I were trying to win I'd have to be more than consistent. And obviously a "bike movement" can be way cooler than a trick. That's why everyone was way more stoked on a 15' high table than everything else that went on there. And likely why everyone remembers third place as much as first, and won't remember fourth.
  • 3 0
 first of all anthony didnt throw a table in his 15' air, he just aired it which was sick, but u saying greg did a million barspins, there was 3, bar the drop, bar the 1/4 hip and a flip bar, and let me tell you flip bars are gnarly, yet alone on a stepdown. and greg won crankworx in 09.. sp clearly he's doin something right. and greg had a killer run at crankworx. and its not retarded that anthony being from bmx would make him better at airing 15 feet on a quarter hip. all the mtb riders aired pretty high, but anthony coming from bmx (which includes boosting 1/4s super high) would give him an advantage on height. any real rider would know that. i personally know that boosting a 1/4 helps from park riding which is what anthony is used to, not dirrt jumping. and about a bunch of 13 year old bmxers showing me up, thats fine. awesome even, the younger they start the better, and being jealous that greg threw barspins, w/e i can barspin and theyre alot of fun, and thats what riding is about; having fun. so while your having fun throwin tables, others (inclduing myself) will have fun throwing barspins and tailwhips and the such, because its all about having fun
  • 1 0
 I believe it was you aiden was talking about! ^^ ^^ as Benny is right, Barspins are actually Tech tricks and so Judges take this into consideration and Just because you didn't like the amount of Barspins he through,Doesn't mean the thousands of fans watching did !!!
  • 1 0
 I was meaning 'bigtard', i dont know why people hate, greg is soo good and a barspin is just another trick, its up to him how he wants to do his run, i do barspins all the time, i learnt triples because i do them such, im out of this conversation, over it
  • 1 0
 Love that song tup
those gopro shots were insane!!!!
  • 1 0
 YEEES! i can't beleive they used this song
  • 1 0
 So smooth!
  • 1 0
 sick video.......
  • 1 0
 Greg Watts = the MACHINE
  • 2 3
 Sam Hill who?
  • 11 0
 Mate they ride two different disciplines. fail.
  • 1 0
 Haha. I know who sam hill is ya clown. It was a comment on his terrible return and lack of presence....

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