Video: Mike Hopkins Homecoming

Oct 7, 2013
by Absolute Cinema  
Over the Edge ep. 2

I've spent my fair share of time as a visitor in the little Kootenay town of Rossland, British Columbia. In the Winter it boasts one of the most epic ski-hills in North America, with ridiculously deep and steep powder. In the Summer the notoriously outdoorsy inhabitants can be found hiking through the woods, swimming in the lake or taking in all the alpine glory the Seven Summit's bike trail has to offer. The vibe is unquestionably laid back and friendly, and upon arrival all visitors are greeted with hugs and baked goods, or maybe that's just my personal experience, but it's worth putting to the test.

With such a vast quantity of outdoor activities pumping through this town's veins, it only seems fitting that the byproduct would be a few talented individuals being pumped out as well. Mike Hopkins has been traveling the globe first as a professional skiier and then more prominently as a professional mountain biker for the better part of a decade. Despite the glitz and glamour associated with traveling the World on private jets and sipping Dom Perignon out of bejewelled camelback hydration packs (is that accurate Mike?), there's nothing quite like returning to your childhood home and revisiting the places and memories associated with those formative years.

So in I came as a transient cinematographer for the week to shoot both a short profile piece as part of the "Over the Edge" series I'm working on, as well as a teaser for Mike's secret project code-named "Imagination Station" (more on that later). Bruno Long, fresh off his first cover on Powder Magazine's latest issue came out for a portion of the week to get in on some of the action. The theme for the episode was revisitation, so in addition to spending a fleeting hour on top of Seven Summit's, we decided to go back and spend some early morning's on the trail we had previously shot for Mike's "Loam Factory" video, as well as returning to the epic forest he had shot for Life Cycles.

The result became this short piece: "Mike Hopkins - Homecoming"



Back to the Factory

Tough lighting conditions with harsh light in a dark forest but we all made the best of it.
Mike and Bruno working the tricky light

Seven Summits above Rossland, BC provides some bumpin' views, and mosquitoes

Sneaky little moonshot.
Sniping a moon sliver

Milking the last bit of light on our quick sunset session.
Catching the last little bit of light post-sunset

It's been about 4 years since Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb shot the opening riding sequence to Life Cycles in this radioactive green zone the guys named "Green Turkey." As we walked through fields and climbed through bushes to get from Mike's truck to the zone, I watched the environment change almost suddenly from the standard Kooteny forest into what seemed like flawless doppleganger for Japan. Although I was told the prime-time for photogenic green vibrance was mid-July, the subtle mid-September transition out of Summer was pumping out some seriously banger colours in its own right. We only had a few hours to get what we could, and despite the picturesque nature of the strip of trail, the biggest trick was trying to avoid poaching the exact angles from the movie. It would basically be a case of walking around a berm for a while, finally seeing something that looked perfect- followed by a sudden realization that I had seen that exact shot somewhere before...
But once we moved past those small hindrences, Mike got busy doing what he does best- absolutely destroying berms- and before anybody interjects about the disrespectful nature of his riding towards those poor corners, in the words of someone somewhere's dad, "I brought you into this world so I can take you out."

Over The Edge Ep.2

Over the next several months on Pinkbike, we'll continue to release more short "Over The Edge" episodes through the EpicTV channel highlighting different riders, locations and stories around BC. Check us out if you'd like to keep up with things:

Words and Video by Liam Mullany
Photos by Bruno Long


49 Comments

  • + 61
 loooooaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • + 36
 Second one looks like the trail from Life Cycles
  • + 3
 dat rooost!
  • + 5
 It is, foshizz.
  • + 24
 I was waiting for the leaves to change colour haha
  • + 7
 Brown Pow, you make me go wow......
  • + 1
 looooooooooong
  • + 1
 LOOOOK AT THE ROOOST ROB!
  • + 1
 2:13 INSANE scrub
  • + 15
 Hopkins edits=best thing ever
  • + 8
 In a few years, after he puts a few more out, somebody needs to just put them all in sequence so we can watch them like a full length movie. His edits make me want to ride more than anyone else's.
  • + 1
 so true. I load up Loam Factory on my laptop if I don't feel like riding. 5 mins later I'm ready to pin it and shred
  • + 7
 Nice riding... I was thinking Life Cycles before I read that it was the same area from the film! Good job guys, I feel inspired enough to go ride now... C ya!
  • + 5
 Wasn't there some sort of contest a while back where Mike Hopkins got partnered with Matt Miles and they had to make an edit....When did the results for that come out?
  • + 2
 I liked the music. I think. It seemed to keep building and building....and then I was waiting for a full-tilt rocking song, but it stopped. And then kept going. Good quick edit though. Great riding from a true great.
  • + 4
 Hopkins has so much flow its unbelievable. It must be just oozing out of him
  • + 4
 When Hopkins and Liam team up the result is always incredible! Love this edit!
  • + 4
 wow he looks soooo fast through those berms.
  • + 4
 Berm: Now you see it, *hopkins rides by* Now you don't
  • + 4
 Good to see Green Turkey again!
  • + 4
 To me Mike is my favorite pro out there. By far my biggest influence!
  • + 3
 One of the best vids I've seen in a while, short and sweet but so sick, epic edit. Nothing better than ripping some loam...
  • + 3
 I love all the loam in Hopkins videos
  • + 2
 And BOOM, you're pregnant. I love Hopkins.
  • + 2
 That last trail was the same trail that he filmed in life cycles
  • + 3
 That...was...sick!!!
  • + 1
 I hope Hopkins will land succesfully his hudge gap he crashed last year at the Rampage. It was so sick !
  • + 2
 Trail from life cycles film, YES!
  • + 1
 WOW! This video realy inspired me.
  • + 1
 His poor wheels. Mine would taco if he just looked at them.
  • + 1
 cant wait till i get my Norco Aurum
  • + 1
 that man can ride a bike like a fucking___________
  • + 1
 Hopkins video are a treat to watch, that guy has so much style.
  • + 1
 Mike Hopkins - Always chargin'!
  • + 1
 He shreds so hard it makes my eyes burn! lmao
  • + 1
 He is always soo rapid!
  • + 1
 cool guy!!
  • + 1
 SICK! JUST SICK!
  • + 0
 that trail remember me the same of life cycles, isn't it?
  • + 2
 it's the same trail. says so in the article.
  • + 1
 epic!! he is fast!
  • + 1
 Amazing!!
  • + 1
 foot cycles are cool!
  • + 1
 Shred-ding
  • + 1
 THAT LOAM
  • + 1
 What is that song???
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