Video: Getting Loose With a Dank Forrest

Feb 18, 2014
by Derek Dix  
 
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For thousands of years humans have existed on plains and settled in clearings, this land was viewed as easy to domesticate. In these open environments, vision assumes importance. It grants safety. Paired with a developing brain, this is what provided humans with the edge to survive. The sight of a threat from a distance provides time to think. With darkness comes the same limits to human vision and to this day there is still a safety granted around campfires. The fear of not being able to clearly see a potential threat is ingrained deep within our thought.


Just as much as clearings offered settlement, to some the forests offered cover, and has been viewed as a dark place off in the distance, home to real and imagined dangers that manifest themselves through fireside tales. The forest continuously poses threats and unease to human beings.

On the West Coast, the Pacific Ocean grants a generous annual rainfall. Trees grow to astounding heights, looming over their surroundings in an attempt to thrive and capture all sunlight possible before it reaches the forest floor. It is within the forest floor, cast in the shadow of these giants, the ground is barren and the troves of lush green undergrowth are viewed as an oasis amongst the darkness.

Whether man, beast or imagination, the mystery of what can be heard but not clearly seen, acts as a conduit, stirring deep and haunting emotion within this environment.


Anyone who has spent time alone in the woods understands the ease of unbroken silence and the thought-stirring reflex that occurs when a foreign sound breaks that silence. Being born on the shore, Banshee team riders and staff all have embraced the solitude of a solo ride in these dark woods. Broken silence and swift movements have always sparked the imagination to fabricate legends from what could not be clearly explained. There is always a tale within social circles of a friend(‘s buddy) who has spent time out in the woods and has either seen or heard something they could not comprehend. If there is not a friend that comes to mind, your circle is not out enjoying the woods enough.


Given the many gloomy days of trees shrouded in fog we experience in the region, Banshee team rider Forrest Riesco was the perfect candidate to pilot his Legend swiftly and aggressively through the damp and rough terrain. To an outsider his riding is enough to stir the ideas and emotions that conjure those fireside tales of the forest being a home to both real and imagined dangers.

There is always a legend.


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77 Comments

  • + 46
 From the music to feel, this video is different and I liked it. Hope to see Forrest back strong this season too.
  • + 9
 a completely different approach than seen in the past! Good luck this year Forrest.
  • + 10
 IT WASN'T LONG ENOUGH! god dammer... why do the original edits with awesome riding have to be under a minute while the other edits have 5 minutes of shit riding and filming?!
  • + 6
 Music wasn't my favorite but that's preference..that trail looks awesome and the riding was so dialed! Keep it up Forrest!
  • + 3
 Hes riding a Legend, My bike this summer is a Legend.......I am sooo stoked !
  • + 3
 cool video and riding... could've done without the hipster graphics though
  • + 2
 I'd prefer it with Burzum soundtrack.
  • + 34
 I don't know why everybody thinks they need a intro that is longer than the ride time of a video.
  • + 4
 real talk.
  • + 5
 no it's fake talk ya timbit
  • + 9
 What is a timbit? Google says that a timbit is a donut. Am I a donut?
  • + 13
 Yeah you are and DONT YOU FORGET IT
  • + 8
 Dude, people don't just make biking videos these days, they're art and a philosophical discourse on man's relationship with his environment and his need to escape from the life he has constructed for himself. Or something.
  • + 1
 "timbit" hahaha love it
  • + 8
 In 1995 I arrived in Vancouver alone with my mountain bike, with so many dreams and expectations. At times it was punishing, dark, lonely, but during those long gray months I would ride grouse and experience the mountains in a way just like this video. It just brought back the feeling, my eyes were welling up. Thanks for a special treat I have not had in a while!
  • + 9
 Was there a subliminal message in all those symbols flashed on the screen?
  • + 11
 there's not enough occultism in MTB
  • + 3
 Let's start one. What should we call it?

It will be a combination of the gruesome unholy rituals of satanic worship combined with the ideology of hard core DH DESTRUCTION-based philosophy. There will be a satanic shrine at all trail entrances and we will effectively infiltrate the EnduroWorldSeries circuit. ...

HEIL SATAN
  • + 2
 occult =/= satan
  • + 3
 unfortunately I'm old enough to remember how shite black and white tv was, but some how that vid wouldn't of looked half as good if it was in colour imo, great choice of music as well what ever it was, well done all who made it
  • + 2
 hey i reconize that last shot its 'the big stupid' and right next to it is a sick line down a greasy log that noboby could ride except Wade it was nicknamed "the milky Wade" love the shore these pics are a good rep love it in B&W
  • + 1
 While your history seems tighter than your punctuation and spelling, I don't think that shot is The Big Stupid.
  • + 1
 It's on Cypress... some one Wade did on the 29er with Sterling. It is one of Diggers one hit creations.
  • + 1
 Damb, you beat me to it! I am working on a gritty B&W edit right now with footage of giving it all ya got even when the weather is out to get you. But you video is far better than mine, great video work. I love the rawness of it. It's like we're watching a live security video feed of you guys ripping thru the west Pacific coast. Black & white is tricky. People think it's an easy one to pull off but you have to be able to switch your brain from color & light, to texture and pattern. Great work, keep it up!
  • + 5
 Ride forrest Ride!
  • + 1
 I think the mood of this edit/story compliment the shore to a tee. Great photos. I wasn't a huge fan of the filming job, however. So many great videographers submitting so much good content makes me spoiled I guess...
  • + 4
 So this is what drugs feel like?
  • + 7
 not even a little bit.
  • + 2
 Depends on the drug.. Wink
  • + 2
 I thought the filming could have been from further away, but otherwise, it lived up to its spooky intro.
  • + 2
 The beginning quote really made me think. Well said, beautiful video. Makes me want to ride
  • + 3
 it looks a bit like a blair witch project... awesome Smile
  • + 2
 Full stoked on this. Reminds me of the dear man of dark woods skate videos. Nice one dude
  • + 4
 Illuminati
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure I must've gotten brainwashed by the flashing subliminal messaging... Anyway I gotta go assasi- i mean ride!!!
  • + 2
 Awesome thanks for sharing, I love the forest, it is my home.
  • + 1
 Nice to see something not so "extreme" as the usual content. Good writing, photos and Salem track. Well done.
  • + 2
 Music killed it for me less than a minute in.
  • + 1
 When i read the post the only thing there was in my head was "POD POD POD POD POD POD"
  • + 2
 I like being out on my own I get an extra buzz from it .
  • + 1
 Talk about primal! Felt like I was watching some animal shredding down the forest to kill me.
  • + 0
 I didn't notice any "getting a little sideways" like the title suggests. Disappointing IMO. I like sideways. There wasn't any.
  • + 1
 Amazing LOVED it so of from the typical stuff. Yah short but really GREAT! Do More please
  • + 1
 Had my headphones in... That BEEP at 1:07 nearly killed me
  • + 1
 What were you watching on? I just noticed this as well, but only through iphone so far.
  • + 1
 I watched it on my MacBook. Maybe an apple thing? It just scared the crap out of me with headphones on
  • + 1
 lmao same here !
  • + 1
 Vid of the YEARS and Photos too good jobs banshee team cheers
  • + 2
 Did someone say DANK?!?!
  • + 1
 that was raw as f#ck, loved it!
  • + 1
 I think this video would seem better with a song of Burial...
  • + 1
 I dunno if i'm the only one, but those beeps are really really annoying.
  • + 1
 great track good vid vod Smile
  • + 1
 Raceface Team Chute Jacket! Hell yeah, great jacket.
  • + 2
 Nice work Dix!
  • + 1
 Really nice feel to this vid. Very nicely made dude.
  • + 1
 Great riding and video! This kid is a ripper!
  • + 2
 Kinda dark.
  • + 1
 Give me colors. I like colors
  • + 1
 Where's the dank...?
  • + 1
 What's with the music?
  • + 1
 cool tune!
  • + 1
 so much art
  • + 1
 ....fckn.good....!!
  • + 1
 superb
  • + 1
 Loose and Dank.... hmmm?
  • - 2
 Oh I get it, he said dank so weed ya know? LOL
  • + 1
 to short Frown
  • + 1
 Different...loves it.
  • + 0
 Thats secret trail at Mt fromme love that trail
  • + 1
 So much good
  • + 1
 Photos of the year!
  • + 0
 wow,,real dank
  • - 1
 if i knew it was in black and white I never would have watched it Frown
  • - 3
 Seems as though both the camera and song was from the 1800's this is 2014 for heavens sake!
  • + 7
 Sorry to disappoint my dude, I locked my Glide Cam and Phantom in my trunk when we parked at the top to shoot so I filmed this on my cellphone.

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