Video: Wink Grant - "Insight"

Nov 13, 2013
by Chromag Bikes  
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Insight: “The capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something.

You learn a lot about people when you travel in an RV with them. This was the case this past spring on the Rad Times Tour; it was the first time I had hung around with Wink for any extended period of time. He’s the kind of dude that you want on a trip like that, equally excited to get to the final destination as he is exploring the unknown on the way down. He’s definitely quiet, and it might be cliché to say, but he lets his riding do the talking. Wink’s quietly established himself as one of the most stylish riders in mountain biking, the fact is; contests seem to go a long way into determining ones reputation on the bike, but he’s managed to do this without the exposure that a big slope-style result brings.

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Wink just relocated to North Vancouver from his hometown of Victoria; Ross Measures caught up with him in the basement suite that he shares with Reece Wallace.

  You grew up in Victoria, but you just recently moved to North Vancouver, why the change?

I didn’t really have much going on for me in Vic, just doing the same old stuff, you get stuck in a rut in Vic, and Reece (Wallace) moved down here. I have always wanted to come check out the scene on the Shore. I just love this city man; East Van, the shore, and a bunch of the homies live on Lonsdale. It’s a good scene over here, super hyped.


  A ton of your energy is focused primarily on producing video clips; you totally throw yourself into it, what goes into making a classic video segment?

Time. Effort. So many people these days are like “I gotta film an edit real quick,” and they’ll go to their dirt jump park, and bang it out in three days, you know? Yeah that’s dope if you can just get after it in a short amount of time, but I don’t know, Garrett (Reynolds) said something along the lines that filming’s tight because you can film stuff that is ahead of your riding (ability), stuff that you're not going to be able to do every time, like in a contest. There’s a handful of stuff in this video that I couldn’t do if you asked me to do it, you know? I like filming a lot more, just cause you can chip away at something, like a project as a whole, and have a goal at the end of it. People get it twisted, and just rush through it, they think oh, It’s just a web video, whatever.

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  How long did it take to put this video together?

We started shooting while we were on the BR trip.


  So April.

So yeah, Seven months I guess. I tried to approach it like an actual video section. When people film for a skate movie, or a BMX movie, they take like a year or more. I wanted something to commit to, to work towards.


  What’s the hardest thing that you had to wrap your head around while working on it? Not the hardest trick per se, but the hardest thing mentally, or the trick you wanted the most?

I don’t know really, but I had a bunch of stuff that I wanted to get at certain spots, and I wanted to focus on not doing a lot of the same tricks. I didn’t want to repeat any tricks. I don’t know what the hardest thing would be, probably like, the first 3-whip at Bridge, that was the first one I had done in awhile, and it went really well. The switch truck was super scary, I hadn’t done one on dirt or mulch up until that point, definitely scary.

Reece Wallace: 450-bar?

Yeah, that wasn’t so much scary or hard, it took me like thirty tries to do that line; down-whip to 450-bar, I kept blowing it on the down-whip, or not getting the right spin on the 450, but it was worth it.


   Style is obviously a very important part of the way you ride, where do you draw from?

Um, If I could probably pinpoint it to one thing, it’d be the 2009 Post Office Jam, watching R-Dog ride, that was when I started getting back into riding, and I was just like Yo! That is sick! He’s just a prime example of someone that looks good riding a bike, you know? I was like oh shit, like, I want to be able to cruise through jumps and not do tricks and have people be like Yo! That looks like fun.

But, I don’t know, as far as inspiration for style and whatnot, I try not to mimic too much stuff like mountain bike videos. It’s kinda weird cause I run a mountain bike website, but I don’t watch a whole lot of mountain bike videos, mainly skateboarding. I watch a lot of skateboarding and try to draw stuff from it; it’s the sickest shit. I don’t know, I guess the people I ride with a lot influence me.

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  Are you doing what you do, for yourself, or do you have aspirations to have a spot in the industry?

Well, I don’t know, it’d be a dream to get paid to ride your bike, but it’s a pipe dream dude, I’m not really one of those dudes, a gnarly contest rider who can go show up at a contest and...


  Be a robot?

Well, not even, but realistically, like where am I gonna practice to be able to podium at several events, to get to where companies will be like this kid deserves to get paid, you know? A friend of mine, a skateboarder, said something, that applies to where I am at; I’m not trying to go anywhere with Mountain Biking, but I’m trying to go somewhere on my Mountain bike. I’ve met so many cool people, just riding my bike, so many friends; I don’t care where I end up with it. I’ll probably end up working some shitty jobs for the rest of my life, but I’m totally ok with that.


  Rich in experience then?

Yeah, I mean shit, I definitely take it seriously and I work really hard, I try and be the best that I can be, but I’m trying to be realistic here. Dude the shit that people can do these days is so f*cked, I’m just trying to be real with myself, and I just want to be the best that I can be, to be the best for the companies that support me. At the end of the day you got to look at yourself in the mirror and be, is this going to happen bro? Cause there is a very high chance it won’t.


  Who does support you?

Ian and Julian at Chromag, they’ve supported me since Reece (Wallace) got me hooked up with them, they have been nothing but amazing, it’s just really – really – really rad, riding for a company where you get to deal with the owner, everyone there is rad. It’s not some rep, or team manager from some huge corporate company, that you have never even met face to face, you know? It’s real. There’s no bullshit with those dudes. I can’t thank those guys enough for all the things they’ve done for me over the years.

Obviously Oak Bay Bikes, they hooked me up since I was 12, ever since square one, even when I quit riding and then came back they were just still down with me. Past that, obviously you over at Bicycle Rockers..


  Ha ha, yes, paying you in T-Shirts.

Ha ha, yes, paid in T-Shirts. But, Um, also Brandon (Semenuk), I mean he gave me a f*ckin’ bike dude, literally the best bike I’ve ever owned. And he just gave it to me. It’s kind of a trip, I kind of wanna just not be a shit-head when I’m on that thing, I don’t want him to be associated with some dick, some joey, frame casing jumps or something like that. I’m obligated, I’m like damn, I’ve gotta be on it at all times.



  You dedicated the clip to your grandma, is family a big thing for you?

Yeah definitely, I started out riding when I was 10, and I was super into other, more normal sports like baseball and basketball, and it was my older brother who actually got me into riding. I thought it was so much sicker just cruising around town with my older brother and his friends. Then it started to conflict with baseball, basketball, soccer, that kinda shit. My dad, and my grandparents did not get it all, they were so content on me being a baseball player, getting some scholarship, going to college, and I just got over it so fast. It got to the point where my dad was like “no, you can’t ride, you’ll get hurt, and it’s baseball season.

The whole family thing, they’ve done a complete 180 over the last few years, and before my grandma passed, they saw the first Chromag clip that I did, and they changed their tune, they became proud of me. It was really cool to see them come full 180 and be supportive of what I do. It was hard to try and pursue something that you love without the support from the people you really care about. It might be why I stopped riding for 4 years. Everyone kind of wanted me to stop, so I was like f*ck it.


  What drew you back to riding?

I was lying in bed every other night, thinking about quitting whatever I was doing and moving to Whistler for the summer to just kill it. You know what I’m saying? I had no outlet, no way of expressing myself, I got into trouble, did a bunch of bad shit that I didn’t need to get myself into. I needed another outlet, some way of sticking out; it just drew me back to riding. And it was f*cked, as soon as I started riding, I got so over all the other stuff I was doing, I didn’t need it at all, I started dressing differently, acting differently, hanging out with all the people I actually wanted to hang out with, and I stopped hanging around with the people I always got into shit with. It was literally a weekend of riding and I was back to normal.

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  Who did you grow up riding with?

Like I said, I grew up riding with my brother, and his friends, and then one homie, man, his name is Johnny V, he was two years older than me, in like grade 8, I was some Joe riding in sweat pants, a grom obviously, for whatever reason he was psyched, he was the shit. He introduced me to “Ride to the Hills,” Jesse Roberts is the shit, and he introduced me to BR. He taught me how to J-hop manual. He was the first dude to be like “yo, your no footers are sick and all that, but you look like an idiot when you are in the air.” I was like oh shit, I guess there is more to this than doing tricks. He would be blasting, mad pop, and just steeze one handers, and I would be like, but dude no footers are way sicker, what’s up with that? He’d be like “nah bro check this,” and just would just steeze them, he was the shit; seriously, he put me onto where I am today. Like riding in little posses and riding street on mountain bikes, even though I think that’s pretty wack these days. I can't say enough good things about that dude, I still talk to him a fair amount, but that’s the one dude that when I was younger, really put me in the right direction at a young age.


bigquotesThanks for taking the time to read what I've had to say. Shouts to everyone filming videos and getting after it on a regular basis. Most importantly shouts to all the kids on janky hardtails with hand-me-down parts. Everyone who's supported me or motivated me along the way it's been much appreciated. I couldn't have done it without the help from my mom for hookin' up my travel budget from time to time and my pops for feeding me and keeping me on. Jarrett, Carl, Luke, Boss all the island homies I see you. Tony and Chris at Superior Pizza located in the James Bay square 425 Simcoe. Q, veed, G, jonboy, witloc, haredog, Rupdog, Jesse, Zinger, all you fools. Rob at Cariboo, you know who you are, My bro, my grandparents, yoda's grove, haro. Tons of people I forgot, so forgive me. At the end of the day if you can look yourself in the mirror and be true to yourself that's all that matters. Do you. - Wink Grant


Words by: Ross Measures
Video by: Rupert Walker
Video Animation by: Scott Waraniak
Photography by: Harookz, Mike Zinger, Rupert Walker

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68 Comments

  • + 100
 So sick, this is the kind of shit that rises above all the other relentless noise and media that this industry produces. None of that fake baloney, just straight up soul and passion for riding. We don't need any Ricky Bobby's out here with Fig Newton decals on our windshields, but more people who are just straight up stoked on doing what they do because that's the thing they want to be doing. I think I peeked a few times into Rup's final cut timeline over the past several months watching what you guys had been putting together, and I am consistently blown away by how cut-above your style and technicality is. Seriously, first-round draft pick top tier podium shit. It can be a frustrating and cynical world trying to constantly fight for big-time support in this scene, and it's awesome when the right guy gets noticed, but your approach to what you do is a breath of fresh-air and I'm stoked to keep seein' more yo. Keep hammerin' homie, the MTB world needs more if it.
  • + 30
 Although it would be great to see Will Ferrell show up to the local trails in a wonder bread jump suit and a fig newton sticker over his goggles...
  • + 3
 Holy Shit does this guy ever need more video parts. 'Cause that was dope as balls
  • - 4
flag pdxkid (Nov 13, 2013 at 18:34) (Below Threshold)
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flag R-trailking-S (Nov 13, 2013 at 20:54) (Below Threshold)
 The whole anti industry movement is the real BS. Large amounts of cash flow come from industry- that's the work of a lot of people, and you ought to respect their work. The fact they are sometimes willing to give certain individuals large amounts of support for putting in all those years of practice is phenomenal- the fact that many have no idea how to work with these "outsiders" or others is tribal and petty.
  • + 10
 I think you're thinking of Golf bro... large amounts of cash aren't really landing on any athlete's doorsteps besides maybe 10 riders out there. The reality is the majority of what people would call "pro" mountain bikers also work other jobs to keep doing what they do
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flag R-trailking-S (Nov 14, 2013 at 20:36) (Below Threshold)
 That's exactly why I said individuals- I did not mention many. And all this "buzz" that the industry creates- yeah all those people have to be robots that do those promo videos. None of them can possibly enjoy their accomplishments, because surely they all mess up their shins because they need all that money that you just so poignantly pointed out is in short supply for the majority of professionally sponsored pros.
  • + 2
 yah liam you said it right dude! this has gotta be one of the dopest edits i've seen this year (and i cruise pinkbike all day at my desk job), and it's because it's just raw passion for the sport. definitely re-watched this a few times, and i'm sure i'll keep coming back to it hahah
  • + 8
 Amazing, humble perspective and steezeboss riding. Great interview. With this mindset and style, I wouldn't push a paid mtb career out of the realm of possibilities... companies are always looking for rad people with great attitudes to represent their company, it's not always about the biggest tricks. R-Dog still doesn't do many tricks and he makes a living off of bikes.
  • + 9
 That was an absolute pleasure to watch. Reading the interview only made it that much better. Thank you.
  • + 7
 dude huge props to wink for saying it how it is and not sugar coating it, lots of respect. remember riding with him at a few local spots a couple years back and just thinking that he was the coolest guy ever
  • + 7
 Quite possibly the greatest interview i have ever seen, Wink is the Realest-G.
  • + 4
 All time best vibes...the kind of filming/interview that makes me want to change my tune...
Wink and crew...you get my vote for VOY
  • + 6
 Purpose case: just like wink once said
"Just case, then swag out of it"
  • + 2
 Fucking awesome. Well edited and has a really hipster vibe different from all the other vids that have a fs700 at 240fps and use songs from vimeo staff picks... Great video Wink and Rupert, it made me wet. Nice VSCO film on the pics.
  • + 3
 Best article I've read all year, hands down. Mad props to this dude. Kills it on the bike and the right attitude to go with it.
  • + 1
 Love this type of shit! Take pride in what you do and do it because you truly love it. So refreshing to see and read something unique and interpersonal. If this video had no interview I would just be like "Damn... this dudes is a steezer" and would have no idea about his rad perspective/personality. Mad props on your work Wink. Keep steezin' and doin' you.
  • + 4
 First I was stoked on the Clams Casino, then I was stoked on the vibe, this video honestly just felt uplifting to me
  • + 6
 CLAMS CASINO
  • + 1
 which song is it? NEED TO KNOW haha
  • + 4
 SONG!!!! - Clams Casino - Realist Alive
  • + 1
 This edit was, for lack of a better term... Lovely. And that's nothing but a serious compliment. The music, the vibe, the care, the riding all speak clearly about who you are. It's a pleasure to find stuff like this every once in a while. Thanks, and keep doing what you're doing.
  • + 1
 i love the style of the kid. i really appreciate the content of the interview, real different and a big chunk of reality, told by a real kid with talent. that big chunk might even be hard for some industry riders and promoter to swallow. But that's a good thing. i have a hard time with the language tho. Not the swearing...that i could'nt care less about, but the overall familiar language used that, im my opinion, does not translate that good into words. I fear it takes away some of the message. anyways, this is great work.
  • + 2
 Awesomesauce. Seeing the stoke after the truck to opposite truck made me smile, in the end that's why we all ride. Keep it up!
  • + 2
 Whooooa - was that a real camera? Seriously though, what an amazingly talented and dedicated rider - properly inspiring stuff! Thank you PB, wednesday made!
  • + 4
 that's my booii!
  • + 3
 Awesome video Rup, great riding Wink ...
  • + 2
 Best article I've read on here for a while, need more riders like this in the sport
  • + 1
 That was just rad! The whole write up and edit were just sick! All of it was just so inspirational!
  • + 2
 that was so retardedly sick!
  • + 1
 that was was so good! the video and the words, you are such an inspiration wink!
  • + 1
 Soul riding, friends, rebirth, like it. Good tunes too, despite the fact that Slayer would have been great
  • + 1
 This video is what dirt jumping is all about folks. p.s this guy has mad style
  • + 2
 Thats all time. You guys killed it.
  • + 0
 Not really a fan of dirt jumping videos!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT THIS IS MINT!!!!!!!!!! Best dirt jumping video I have seen in a long time!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Yewwwwww! Boys killed it!
  • + 1
 Such good riding and the words are so true man definitely cruisin with the right attitude and just having fun with it !
  • + 1
 yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
  • + 1
 As an avid reader, curiosity is getting the best of me... what is "Lemonade + Ducktape Stuffs"?
  • + 1
 Nice interview and good vibe to the video. I've know the stress parents can cause until you prove them wrong!
  • + 1
 grandma rest in peace! great video wink rules!
  • + 1
 That 360 into hairpin left around 2:22, so clean, so sweet.
  • + 1
 ya victoria is a rut as far as DJ goes
  • + 1
 Volvo 240 Yeee yee! Great read
  • + 1
 Well that was fricken epic Eek
  • + 1
 Everything about this edit is fatastic
  • + 1
 Someone get this guy in crankworks
  • + 1
 Yeah Wink! Good to see you coming up
  • + 1
 nice !! i haven't seen a video like this in a while Big Grin
  • + 1
 It reminds me Monkey Style 2.
  • + 2
 Wu-Tang forever !
  • + 1
 Sickest post and edit I've seen in a while! Good work dudes
  • + 2
 Those tables..
  • + 1
 this is the best dirt jump edit iv seen, such smooth steez fulled riding!
  • + 1
 yea man, that was sick! keep it flowing!
  • + 1
 Well done on all levels, both riding and filming. Great write up!
  • + 1
 Yeeew sick write up, Wink kills it!
  • + 1
 My mans got it fully right
  • + 1
 So dope! Stoked on that oppo truck!
  • + 2
 SO good. I cried
  • + 0
 All i want for christmas are some jumps like that...
  • + 1
 What song is this?
  • + 1
 so effortlessly smooth
  • + 1
 Hoodies never get old.
  • + 1
 Good stuff.
  • + 1
 Nice Riding
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