bigquotesI've been given a second chance I feel, and I'm forever grateful of that. I'm not a religious man, but there was something spiritual watching out for me, and it took for one hell of a journey!
-Aggy


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Frame grab courtesy Sherpas Cinema.

Watching Ashes to Agassiz was like peering into the brain of a fourteen year old boy – action, fireworks, and boobs. Behind then entertainment factor however is a story about personal evolution and growth.

“The original idea was quite a bit different from what we ended up with,” explains Aggy, “after my injury the script obviously changed, and a story began to unravel organically.” What had started out as a ten minute ‘super segment’ to be filmed over the course of a year changed abruptly when Aggy broke his neck while shooting. The resulting adjustments lead to a story line that is “based off pretty much a true story, just told in a different and unique way.”

Filming had kicked off in the spring of 2013, and Aggy’s injury happened that fall. As is shown in the movie the crash is horrific and happens on a relatively nondescript section of trail, “I can’t believe that something I’ve ridden countless amount of times took me out like that.” While the film crew onsite didn’t want to, they kept filming throughout the crash and subsequent arrival of and treatment from the paramedics. It was uncomfortable to do, but once Aggy was on the road to recovery this footage gave the project options.

“[It] was really tough to get back on top of my game after suffering such a nightmare of an injury.” Aggy explains the struggle between healing and simply ‘keeping up’ when it came to recovery, “I really threw myself back into the pack, maybe a tad bit early, but it was the first year of Fest, I had the movie to finish, and Rampage was in the fall once again.” Watching the footage of the crash was initially hard, “[It] was really tough to see of course, no one showed me for months. Watching it is kind of crazy, it takes me back to a dark place every time I watch it. I feel so lucky, it could of been a lot worse.” Mitchell Scott who managed the project explained that changing the scope was a huge challenge. “We were trying to have a storyline, action, and quality cinematography, but they are hard to combine without sacrificing something.”

In the end the film follows a ‘based on a true story’ theme of Aggy’s recovery. “It fictionalizes the demons we fight against, either they win or you win,” says Mitchell. “I like to think that I’ve become a lot wiser,” Aggy explains as he reflects on the period of time during which the movie was shot. “I definitely see things a little differently now. I appreciate the smaller things in life a little more, and a don’t take a single day for granted.” Perhaps the deeper experience gets lost in the quirkiness of the movie, but the crash that we’ve all now watched countless times changed Aggy’s life. “There’s still so much that I want to accomplish, and I’ve gained a new level of motivation. I’ve never felt so focused and determined.”

There is no such thing as a perfect movie, but Aggy shares, “I feel that we accomplished what we set out to do, and I’m very proud of all the hard work that everyone did to make it happen.” He goes on to say, “in the end I am pretty stoked on how it all turned out. From what I hear it made people want to go out and ride, and that was a major goal we intended.”

Regardless of the challenges and changes along the way with this film, Aggy says, “we had always intended it to be weird, trippy, and funny!” Mission accomplished.

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  • + 151
 Can we have some photo epic of the boobs?
Please.
  • + 82
 I know I'm going to get neg propped to oblivion, but I was hoping for a lot more out of this vid. It was to much filler and not enough killer in my opinion. He is one of my fave riders but this just left me hanging
  • + 1
 Just a taste of the riders that come out of Kamloops. Still the best 6 bucks you ever spent. A taste...behind the legends that come before .....
  • + 21
 I completely agree with you on this one. Cinematically this film is stunning but I reckon I counted about 8 minutes of actual riding, then half of that was in slow mo too.
  • + 4
 yea, if he had more riding at the ranch and on the big gravel pits I think it would have been much better
  • - 1
 Im not trying to sound like a dick but if you want to watch just mountain bike riding here you go: www.vitalmtb.com/vitalraw
  • + 11
 Welcome to Sherpa Cinemas. If you want to watch a steaming pile of crap, check out Into The Mind. A ski movie where only about 10% is skiing. A lot of people in the ski industry hated it because it looked like they were concerned more about a demo reel than actually showcasing the sport. For instance, the Wallisch/Auclair urban segment (two of the best urban skiers) where they ride down some stairs and hit a 8 stair down rail... that's it. They also have a habit of cutting multiple times on the same shot which makes it almost impossible to get a sense of what's going on during the impressive stuff.

I was worried they would butcher this also but they pulled it off for the most part. I was highly entertained with only a few small parts that were cringe worthy. The only real gripe is how they showed all the biggest moves in the trailer. There was absolutely nothing surprising in the movie but it was all so sick. The volcano big mtn. shredding and the bad ass fireworks shots... ooh man. I say its worth the download for sure.
  • + 1
 Completely agree. I buy all these vids when they hit iTunes and this is the only one I haven't liked. Felt like a film student project.
  • + 2
 if you could only buy one movie from iTunes what would it be? UnReal, Ashes to Agassiz, Builder or Revel In the Chaos? Just trying to decide what to watch next
  • + 2
 Same feeling when I watch it in the premiere. I was like "What? That's the end? I need more of this!". Anyway, it is still a great movie in both riding and cinematography.
  • + 3
 UnReal. Literally watched start to finish 3 times in row when I bought and probably still once a week. @JonJonM
  • - 8
flag stacykohut (Sep 19, 2015 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 worst vid of the year. sherpas lick massive elephant balls. always hated their shit. revel in the chaos crushes this flick.
  • + 4
 revel in the chaos was amazing
  • + 1
 @JonJonM Tough choice... Revel has some of the best riding ever done but its short, UnReal was a really sick film same with Builder and both films have a slightly different roster so you can go with either and be happy depending on who you want to see shred. Personally I'd go with UnReal.
  • + 6
 It's a rough life when you can't get lollipops and a blowjob for a whole five bucks
  • + 14
 People have to realize this is the style of filming Sherpas does. They never set out to make the most ski/bike porn video, they want to add more depth to the videos they shoot. I think it sets their stuff way apart from everything else. It was the same bitching when Life Cycles came out. If you want to watch nothing but riding there's a million video's out there of that, but If you want something different that's a whole different level of cinematography not normally granted to our sport, then yeah Sherpa's kills it. Props to Sherpas and Aggy, and everyone involved in this for what I think is one of the best videos yet. f*ck, only pinkbike kids would complain about too many tits.
  • + 3
 When i buy a mountain bike movie I want to watch mountain biking and not a weird porno.
  • + 0
 Comparing Life Cycles to a Sherpa Cinemas movie is like comparing a roast beef to a bologna sandwich.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes you REALLY dislike sherpas cinema dont you?
  • + 1
 ^ Just one of their movies. I do recommend to buy this one so I don't see how that's a sign of not liking them.
  • + 3
 I thoroughly enjoyed Sherpa's winter video's... but was a little disappointed by this Aggy video... Not sure why. They've got the epic crash and then... not much else. Maybe I need to reassess what I expected from it to start with.
  • + 2
 Agreed, it was good but not enough of what we know Aggy is capable off until the last few mins.

I'm also not getting this new current trend of making an edit and selling it on ITunes - I mean I can see it from a money making point of view but why are we paying for these short edits that are posted on MTB sites every day for free.

If you wanna charge for the privilege of watching your favourite riders vid then they could make it at least 45 mins for a start.

Wasted a similar amount of cash on Revel in the Chaos and at the end was thinking why did I just pay for that???
  • + 11
 cost £3 to buy. it's got a badass rider riding badass doing badass shit, why complain about that it's also got one of the most stunning segments I've seen in a long time in a movie which is the Iceland riding seg, that piece of film was worth the price tag alone! the graft that went into this project was evident in this photo sequence, just made me appreciate it more! I remember the days of having to wait for magazines like MBUK to chuck a free video in to get to see any kind of riding now we get kick ass films delivered daily and STILL people complain! rant, rant, rant.
oh boobs! this movie also has boobs. boobs, bikes, badassness= WINNER.
  • + 7
 I bought the film through VIMEO. I really think a lot of it. Was really amped up to watch it and have to admit it wasn't what I was expecting... It is a masterpiece though and warrants a lot of respect. Absolutely every shot is amazing and beautiful. You can really tell that they filmed for 2.5 years and we're super critical of what made the cut. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised by some of the feedback... Anyways I hope the makers read this and hear how stoked I am on this project and that others will check it out too... I showed it to friend who's brother had been through a spinal injury and he said it was haunting to see themes in the film. He could really see the underline heavy emotions that they went through. Anyway, it's definitely a film that will stand the test of time.
  • + 2
 Eh, Sherpa can be really polarizing in how they make their movies.
  • + 2
 nert: Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated. We can let the haters hate.
  • - 3
 the whole thing comes off like a pseudo inspirational/motivational joke.

you should have made a movie about ron penny and the billy bike club instead, he stole the show in this steaming heap anyway.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes you really have it out for Sherpa Cinema ha
  • + 8
 Thanks for the awesome movie. It is a work of art! Smile
  • + 1
 I'm still speechless...payed for it...watched once...haven't been able to re watch yet. The crash hits far too close to home. Speechless, so I'll just tag along with you MrEtnie..."Thanks for the awesome movie"
  • + 2
 Lots of comparisons between Revel in the Chaos and this Film... For me these two films do not even sit in the same category. Revel in the Chaos made me envious of Semenuk's skill.... Aggy's video just made me want to go ride my damn bike.
  • + 2
 I'm going to say if you take out the Iceland part it was the worst movie of the year. I'm honestly a huge fan of Aggy and his riding but i felt like there was more boobs then riding. We didnt get to see Aggy's real riding style like we did in Follow Me.
  • + 1
 i could have watched his dumped 3's and that qp action for days............ but no.............
  • + 1
 what happened to the Iceland video? I sware I watched it the other day now its nowhere to be found :/
  • + 1
 I bought it, i watched it and i think it's coool xD I like the story concept(Aggy redemption), the girls ^^ the locations ! All looks amazing for me. Music suit this movie very well. The shot from dron ... blow my mind, this guy do this perfectly ! I prefer little bit shorter movie like this with few riders or just one.

I think Aggy has much more to show but overall i'm satisfied from this purchase Smile A! It's also nice to see KONA! KONA was my frist serious bike i've had \m/
  • + 4
 I bought this movie but can't motivate myself to see it more than once. Sorry for Aggy because I really like his riding.
  • + 2
 Like Agassiz but thought his film was seriously lacking. I don't think even Semenuk can really carry a solo film, riding is about riding with friends for me at least. I was most amped on the Fest Series edits this year.
  • + 0
 this movie is breaking the standards of the freeride movies, there is a story(true story), a story teller, on point soundtrack, amazing cinematography and obviously sick riding. personally i felt the naked girls is a bit cheesy and out of place (how can you ride a way from naked girls?).
the riding segments are so good all so after watching more the one time, i wish it was more riding at the end instead of the girls walking with the gun in the sun for more then 5 min...
  • + 0
 Judging from the comments there is a healthy content of cinematic expression, stunning scenery,and some boobs and riding. I will have to check it out. Pics are stunning. I wish I knew if they were shot with the Red cameras or the SLRs . No exif info.
  • + 1
 All the pics are SLR but the top fire riding shot is a frame grab from the RED.
  • + 1
 Great movie and if you have half a brain cell it tells a story. Little short and we want more riding but what we got was amazing. Iceland mountains , wicked freeriding. It's different.
  • + 1
 Amazing. Agassiz is such a loose rider and it is very humanizing seeing him having such a terrible unfortunate crash. Glad nothing worse happened. Hope he does well in rampage!
  • + 1
 Damn! that Aggy is one hell of an ambassador for the MTB sport/community.

And hats off to all of those involved in the making of the film.
  • + 1
 and hats off to the frankenstein shuttle driver
  • + 1
 Its like the whole movie was thought up by a 10 year old. Fucking awful. The volcanic scenery was nice though.
  • + 1
 Green camera charging. What one will do for the love of filming. Great stuff..
  • + 1
 so the part when Aggy gets "caught" by the demon, and the demon administers a couple drops out of a Visine bottle...? haha
  • + 1
 That Kona Process 167 is a sick bike!
  • + 1
 The pictures are MIND BLOWING
  • + 1
 no drugs were taken in the making of this movie...
  • + 3
 hm, when going for singe malts...they could've done so much better...
  • + 1
 Great work for the whole team. You deserve all our supports!
  • + 1
 sweeeeeeeet
  • + 0
 Brilliant stuff, it's more than a simple mtb movie !
  • - 2
 The best movie this year if you ask me.
  • + 4
 i'll take 5 grams of whatever you're smoking.
  • + 0
 Haha but it was different. I liked the strange story. but sure, Unreal was better. Then again, I think all the new movies are to short

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