Video: Initiation I - Nico Scholze

Dec 10, 2013
by Kaspar Hornikel  
 
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Five years ago we started riding together, since then each of us has focussed on different areas. Nico took every opportunity to improve his riding skills. Kaspar worked hard on shooting and editing, which is now his full time job. Together we have travelled many miles, had an awesome time, and already shot a few videos. Since we both have full time jobs it's pretty hard to find enough time to plan and shoot something. but we managed to get our hands on some equipment and travelled for a total of two weeks without any budget.

Photo Christoph Laue

First we went to Nuremberg to pick up the camera and drive to Schwalmstadt, Patrick Schweika's spot to catch the first sunlight and shoot the opening scene. The weather was perfect all day, a few dudes joined us and Nico pushed himself to learn frontflip supermans, three double whips and a flip cliffhanger! A perfect start for an awesome week. The next day we planned to get to Witten but finally decided to stay at Patrick's place, to get some different angles and have a chill session. At the end of the day Nico said, "why not try a flip double whip?" He tried it two times in the pit and under-rotated, but the step up was a bit larger so he went for it. There wasn't time to chill anymore cause the sun was going down so he tried it and BOOM, first try, landed perfectly pedal to pedal, perfect shot with the last sunlight and two stoked guys traveling back home to shoot some freeride stuff. Thanks to Patrick and Luisa for being the best hosts over the summer.


Photo by Luisa Jungheim
Photo Christoph Laue
Photos Christoph Laue

Travelling with so much gear isn't that easy, especially if you're in the middle of nowhere and mostly two guys with a bike, a bag with camera equipment, lenses and a Steadycam. We weren't even able to bring a tripod or any food. Thankfully our friends supported us with some kebab and helped us shooting where they could.

Nico took a pretty bad crash while trying a 360 drop in the woods. He came up a bit short and knocked himself out (watch it in the Behind the Scenes). He couldn't remember where he was and that he landed a flip double whip a few days ago. At this point we stopped shooting and took a break for a few days.

The dark and foggy scenes at the beginning of the video were shot near Esslingen. The locals just finished working on a few rollers and berms when we arrived and were really happy to see us shooting their spot. Thanks guys!



Nico had the frontflip drop in his head for quite a long time but never had a drop for it. Chris Laue showed up and said he had a rocky drop just a few minutes from home. So we went there, shovelled for a few hours but it had almost no rollout and Nico crashed into the trees right beneath it. Luckily he didn't got hurt too much went for a second try and landed it. Chris got the shot, Kaspar got the shot, Nico was still alive, and we where all happy with the result!



Editing took longer, because Kaspar was only able to edit after work at his office, handling raw Arri and Red footage isn`t that easy. Thanks to Marian Schmid.

INITIATION is just the start of a yearly series of us traveling and having a good time while doing what we both love to do.

Thanks,
Nico Scholze and Kaspar Hornikel

Photo Christoph Laue



Rider: Nico Scholze
Photos: Chris Laue
Video: Kaspar Hornikel



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64 Comments

  • + 65
 Definitely one of the gnarliest videos I have seen in a long time, the front flip drop and cliff hanger flip were so raw. Sick edit.
  • + 2
 1 like. That was insane.
  • - 20
flag chyu (Dec 10, 2013 at 23:22) (Below Threshold)
 no oppo
  • + 3
 WOW
  • + 2
 Damn that was raw! Filming, editing, and riding all epic!
  • + 49
 This guy needs to be on the FMB tour!
  • + 4
 agreed. This kid is insane
  • + 4
 Yeah, that's all I could think about. Why don't I know this name. So many tricks I've never seen on a bike without a motor. RAD!!!
  • + 3
 So who is getting initiated? Looks to me like he's the grand master. I think he would be a top contender for sure. I almost lost it on that steezed out front flip off the kicker!
  • + 43
 Did he forget his Red Bull helmet at home?
  • + 7
 He probably just got it in the mail today.
  • + 15
 With that pocketbook of tricks I feel like he could do well on the FMB World Tour.
  • + 6
 Love the riding but not a fan of the first song
  • + 6
 that is one big bag of tricks. the front flip progression was badass.
  • + 5
 damn... and those backflip variations.... so good. loved the parts in the woods too.
  • + 5
 Just me or did anyone else imagine dirt bike noises during the back flip cliff hanger?
  • + 5
 definitely needs a sponsor! sick vid and tricks
  • + 6
 Hi is riding for Dartmoor
  • + 4
 Very fresh video ! Lot of style and huge tricks, well filmed. First time that we can see a dartmoor wish on pinkbike !
  • + 4
 That was awesome! Why have I not heard of him before?
  • + 4
 I love that stalled out front flip! This kid is sick!
  • + 2
 That was insane! Front flip to superman was crazy. How has this guy been flying under the radar?
  • + 3
 Both the filming and riding were definitely on another level. Good job.
  • + 3
 Sailor Dive Front Flip was my favorite! VOD!
  • + 3
 brandon semenuk + martin soderstrom + thomas genon WOW
  • + 3
 охуеть
  • + 2
 Точно..
  • + 2
 So good, that cordova flip was too cool.
  • + 2
 Amazing Cinematography! And nico is killing it too.
  • + 3
 Wird jedes Jahr besser!
  • + 2
 полный пиздец
и снято красиво)
  • + 1
 Nico-so awesome! Keep practicing and you can do more stuff that's impossible.
  • + 0
 Sick riding... for something that looks like it was shot in 1978. Kidding. But something about the lighting or video quality seems retro to me.
  • + 2
 THROWING down in Nike Max and jeans.. What a homie.
  • + 1
 damn.... that was a pretty banger edit! nice combination of good riding and filming
  • + 2
 great video with our esnos trail, thx a lot. ...amazing camera Wink
c ya !
  • + 1
 I love to see that trail, and even more to ride it myself Wink
  • + 1
 sickest edit i have seen in a long time
  • + 1
 hey where them barspins at?
  • + 1
 holy crap that was absolutely epic... intense
  • + 1
 holy man .. so sick edit ! You are insane !
  • + 1
 So epic! I dont even know what to say!
  • + 1
 Looks like someone's been reading M&M's book. Very well done!
  • + 1
 This guy kills it! sick tricks bro!
  • + 2
 All of the above
  • + 1
 super sick tons of skill nice vid
  • + 1
 sorry tom van steenbergen, this kid might be better at frontflips than you
  • + 1
 WOW! Literally all that needs to be said.
  • + 1
 Amazing is all I can say dam!!! keep killing it A+
  • + 1
 5:53 = Win times sickness radcore.
  • + 1
 songs? sickest video of 2013 in my book!
  • + 1
 1. Song: A.Chal - Ballroom riots (free on soundcloud)

2. Claire - Pioneers
  • + 1
 so much STOKE!!!!
  • + 1
 Wow~Big Grin
  • + 1
 Sick!!!!
  • + 1
 Popop?
  • + 1
 What cant he do?
  • + 1
 really
  • + 1
 WOW! 5!
  • + 1
 Sooooo sick!!!!
  • + 1
 Freaking Nuts!

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