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.
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.
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.
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.
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