Paralysis

Aaron Chase was paralyzed from the waist down. A stupid error, really, his back wheel slipped from a ladder bridge and he landed on his tailbone. He heard his spine compress, but there was no pain, there was no feeling at all. It happened in 2007 while riding at the Nissan Qashqai Challenge in Newcastle, England. This was Chase at the height of his powers, only two years removed from winning the Red Bull District Ride; he was a podium threat anywhere he rode. The fall compressed his spine and fractured his L1 vertebrae. The L, for lumbar, vertebrae form the base of the spine and are used structurally, for protection, and for movement. The spinal cord, which runs through the vertebrae, is as thin and delicate as al dente spaghetti. It is responsible for carrying the electrical impulses that allow someone to walk, run, or ride a bike.






Aaron Chase
Aaron Chase


bigquotesYou never fully recover from an injury at that level, you just learn to work with it.


Aaron Chase
 buildermovie images parisgore
Adam Hauck




Chase was strapped to a spine board and rushed to the hospital. Sometime during the ambulance ride, feeling returned to his legs, he could wiggle his toes again. After testing, surgeons implanted a medieval-looking collection of rods and screws to stabilize his spine. It looked as if a metallic spider clung tightly to his spinal column, locking bone into place and preventing further damage. The hardware from England would remain in Chase’s back for seven years; it was there during our shoot for Builder, a constant source of pain until specialists at DISC Sports and Spine Centre removed the metal in October 2014.





Aaron Chase






bigquotesIt's funny because when Chase and I started riding together, I didn't know about ''Aaron Chase.'' I started from BMX and didn't know how big of a deal he was and still is. It's so cool he's always trying to think of something new, and making all these out of the box ideas we BS about actually happen. Other times it can drive you crazy. He definitely pushes me as a rider. He's got a way of making me think it's a good idea to send some wild and weird things I probably wouldn't have. Chase has always been the pack leader getting trips together and looking out for me big time - I owe that dude a lot!


Adam Hauck





Aaron Chase
Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck


bigquotesThe kid is pretty much fearless, he pushes his riding so hard every time we go out. His confidence and control reminds me to keep my riding progressive.


Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck






bigquotesWhen I was posting photos of the dirt pipe people wouldn't stop asking where it was. Everyone had to know. I'd always give the same answer: ''It's obviously hidden, go find it!'' I ride with a bunch of BMXers all the time and Merrit wanted to have Brian Foster and Chris Childs come ride it for an edit. I had to shoot that one down this time, but maybe after our seggy comes out...


Adam Hauck




Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck amp Aaron Chase




Brothers


Aaron Chase and Adam Hauck (pronounced ‘How-k’ not ‘Haw-k’) are close like brothers. They push each other relentlessly, providing encouragement and putdowns, sometimes getting on each other’s nerves, but mostly the best riding buddy the other could ask for. Chase is tall and lean, and his riding seems to mimic his physicality. He is smooth and technical, almost lazy looking. He has an ineffable style, as if the bike were an extension of the body. Watching him, it's easy to believe that anything is possible on two wheels. Chase, 36, is married to Kara, his high school sweetheart. They have two children, Kendall, and Bode (you can already tell Bode takes after his dad), and a dog. Kara is equal parts spouse and manager; she helps with his business, organization, and scheduling.




Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck


Hauck is built like a pitbull, compact and muscular. You can tell he’d win in a street fight. He beat Garrett Reynolds at a BMX contest back when they were teenagers, but he had more fun on 26’’ wheels so he turned to mountain bikes. His style is aggressive, it looks like he could manhandle any trick in the book – and he usually does. Hauck, 26, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sonia, on July 4th, America’s Independence Day, and the day Paris Gore and I flew home from shooting. In a few years I’m sure we’ll see Chase passing on fatherly wisdom to Hauck. How to balance family time and riding, difficult combos like a barspin to diaper change.



Adam Hauck




Legacy


The last time we saw Chase and Hauck in a segment together was in New World Disorder 10. Their video legacy seems intertwined because of their split parts, and their shared vision for the sport. Chase, deservedly, is an icon, an inspiration to a whole generation of riders. I don’t think Hauck gets the credit he deserves though. He doesn’t ride many FMB events, nor does he live in a mountain bike mecca like BC or California. He goes about his business quietly, honing his craft and becoming one of the most technically skilled dirt and street riders in the world.





Adam Hauck amp Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck







bigquotesHot Jersey summers with 85% humidity and 90 degree days make any summertime build HELL! But it was worth it.


Adam Hauck





Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Aaron Chase
Aaron Chase
Aaron Chase





Jersey Barriers


New Jersey in the summer feels like the inside of a crowded sauna. It’s hot, and humid, and no one told us about the ticks. Lyme Disease is a huge problem in the Tri-State area (the junction of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and nightly tick searches found one burrowing into Pinkbike photographer Paris Gore's stomach - he managed to remove it.

What you don’t see here on Pinkbike is just how hard the riders work for a video segment; the sweat equity that goes into the builds, and the bruises that come with testing them out. On our third day of shooting, Chase washed out in some loose gravel. He fell, and gashed his hands and arm. He cleaned himself off and rode all day. No biggie.

We got a call around 10:00 p.m. that night: Chase was in the hospital. The anti-bacterial cream he’d used before bed had caused anaphylactic shock and his throat had started closing. At the hospital he was stabilized, and the next morning he appeared on time, tired, but ready to shoot. He’d had less than four hours of sleep but was still ready to go.






Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck
Adam Hauck


bigquotesDon't try to be the next _______. Just be yourself. Take a look and figure out what you do best. Have a plan and work at it, life ain't easy for anyone but you can make it fulfilling. Whatever you do, go all the way.


Aaron Chase
Aaron Chase





Live Free or Die


‘Live free or die’ is the state motto of New Hampshire and it’s tattooed across Chase’s shoulders, above the scar from his surgery. Both Chase and Hauck have pursued that ideal away from the comfort and safety of desk jobs and into a riskier career riding bikes for a living. Chase’s tattoo is actually a shortened version of the full quote, ‘’Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.’’ It’s a constant reminder to follow your passion, wherever your wheels may take you.







Adam Hauck amp Aaron Chase
Adam Hauck amp Aaron Chase


Buy Builder - iTunes - Google Play - Vimeo on Demand - XBox Video - Amazon Video
Pre-order your copy of Builder on DVD/Blu Ray here.




Builder World Tour
World Premiere - Monterey, California, USA - April 17
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - April 23rd
Corvallis, Oregon, USA - April 25th
Mt. Buller, Australia - April 25th
Victoria, BC, Canada - May 6th
Sooke, BC, Canada - May 8th
MSS Bike Park, Quebec, Canada - May 8th
Prince George BC, Canada - May 9th
Vancouver BC, Canada - May 15th
Kaupanger, Norway - May 15th
Kendal, Cumbria, Uk - May 15th
Whistler BC, Canada - May 16th
Mission BC, Canada - May 16th
Squamish BC, Canada - May 17th
Boulder, CO, USA - May 18th
Quadra Island, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Merritt, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Coleman, AB, Canada - May 22nd
Extreme Zone Cycles, Santiago, Chile - May 22nd
Banbridge, Northern Ireland - July 2nd
Cordoba, Argentina - May 22nd
Moscow, Russia - May 22nd
Krakow, Poland - May 22nd
Angelfire Bike Park NM, USA - May 24th
Campbell River, BC, Canada - May 26th
Novato, California, USA - May 29th
Valemount, BC, Canada - May 29th
Rossland, BC, Canada - May 30th
Bristol, England - June 4th
Hood River OR, USA - June 4th
Bracknell, England - June 8th
Revelstoke, BC, Canada - June 11th
Bellingham, WA, USA - June 11th
Penticton, BC, Canada - June 19th
St Louis, MO, USA - June 24th
Koblenz, Germany - June 24th
Silverstar Mountain Resort - June 27th
Glasgow, Scotland - June 27th
Stowe, VT, USA - June 27th
Juneau, AK, USA - June 30
Innsbruck, Austria - July 7th
Canmore, AB, Canada - July 8th
Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, France - July 11th
Monthey, Switzerland - July 11th
Taichung City, Taiwan - July 25th
Tucson, AZ, USA - July 29th


Please contact rose@pinkbike.com if you are interested in hosting a screening












pinkbike.com/builder #buildermovie


MENTIONS @pinkbike @trailforks @scottsecco @Hayescomponents @intensecyclesusa @KNOLLYBIKES @FiveTen @Maxxis @Contour @SRSuntour @iXSsports @mountainequipmentcoop @Margus @parisgore @bhawley @RedfernMedia @cmac @BangBangTheMovie @claw @EeehhZink @stephen @thomaswalker @mattmacduff




You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login
Must Read This Week

55 Comments

  • + 156
 Could be the best article PB has ever put up!
  • + 16
 Yep, gotta give credit where it's due, I read a ton of stuff about all kinds of topics and this is one of the most interesting article I've read in a while. Both the words and the picture are just perfect and mesh very well together. Please, keep those coming.
  • + 14
 Chase.. So much Respect, you're the man!
  • + 5
 Came here to say what everyone else will say for me: Chase is the man- he's a total gangster and totally selfless at the same time. Our sport is lucky to have him.
  • + 3
 Chase is the man @simonsilver , he took the time to show me a proper slopestyle setup a few years ago and then let me test the Highland Slopestyle course out for the upcoming competition with him. Great guy!
  • + 46
 keep these big picture articles coming, please
  • + 13
 Amazing interview! Great pictures aswell, it was a pleasure to read!

Only Adam being an up-and comer? Adam has been one of the big names in the big wheeled street scene for longer than most Pinkbike members have been riding bikes. Also I wouldn't call someone who've been in movies like NWD up-and-coming.
Adam's style is amazing and he's my all time favourite rider. Give him the respect he deserves Smile
  • + 0
 ummm which one?
  • + 3
 Adam Hauck
  • + 6
 Aside from being one of the best street riders on MTB around, Hauck is also one of the most down to earth, humble dudes you will ever meet. Super chill dude, was lucky to meet him a couple times when he came to Richmond with Chase and Lenosky.
  • + 2
 True that. Met him twice in NYC and he's a really cool guy indeed.
  • + 7
 These guys are the nicest, most down to earth talented riders out there. Their skill level is off the charts, even when the camera off, just street riding. Was very fortunate to meet and ride with both of them a few times over the years.
  • + 10
 Such a rad feature that Half-Pipe!
  • + 6
 A fantastic article and matching photography.
I was into riding big time but gradually lost my interest. Related to the article I was told that I was the second person in Europe to order Aarons signature Cannondale model back when it came out (pre production photos labeled it as the S.O.B). The Cannondale Chase (which was the final name) was a great companion for many years (I had a few of them) Anyways, what I find truly amazing about a guy like Aaron is that he stays in the game year in and year out. Even with serious injuries, family and what not. I never managed that.
  • + 8
 Aaron, if you read this, next time you'll be in France and need a driver for your road trip: Just ask.
I know where are the spots and where is the wine.

Brillant article.
  • + 10
 Brilliant article, amazing photos! Motivational stuff.
  • + 5
 What a sick photo article! I'm especially glad to see Hauck in the limelight because he deserves it for the awesome spots he builds, how hard he shreds, and for being a really cool dude on our scene. Search the interwebs for "Hauck Backgar." I can't wait for the movie to drop.
  • + 2
 *Search for "Hauck Backgnar"
  • + 9
 Eff. Yes. Boys.
  • + 6
 Nice to see fellow NJ riders/builders stories! Sorry Paris had to learn about our NJ tics.
  • + 1
 where is this in nj!? it looks like heaven compared to what ive got up here in the northern part of the state!
  • + 1
 Pretty sure it is in the northern part of the state.
  • + 3
 I was there in Newcastle at the Quashquai event in 07. We couldn't see the area where Chase landed so we had no idea how serious it was. It's an incredible display of determination to get back to this sort of skill level. Chase is definitely an inspiration.
  • + 6
 This is a great piece Paris and Scott....Just getting me that much more pumped for the film!! The photos are so good Paris
  • + 4
 Aaron Chase is one of the raddest guys around, he's been progressing the sport for such a long time. Definently one of my idols.
  • + 1
 Inspirational. As someone who suffers from back problems, I'd like to read more about how the pros recover. Who they see, what they do, how it goes. Mad Props to DISC Sports and Spine Centre and to Aaron for being tough as nails.
  • + 2
 Amazing work! i didn't realise AC's back was that bad and then when i saw on Facebook that he had his spine thing taken out i thought it was just a recent thing Good Work AC for gunning through
  • + 1
 I'm not into street or dirt jumping but huge respect to Aaron Chase. I remember when him and some other pro's like Nathan Rennie came through my hometown in Kalgoorlie and Esperance, Western Australia and I saw them riding some trails which I was able to find and ride for myself later on, it was inspiring seeing Chase hit those trails on film.
  • + 3
 Best work you guys have done yet. Well done Scott and Paris. Great layout as well - pics/words/captions assimilate brilliantly. Hats off!
  • + 2
 Love the photo behind him in the garage, think its a cut out of Mike Buff of the BMX Action Trick Team (84') . He teamed up with R.L.Osbourne when the legend that is Bob Haro left.
  • + 2
 A great write up. Its always fun helping theses guys. I even got a cameo in the one shot helping Aaron on the tree... sweet!!!
  • + 2
 Met and chatted with Chase in Whistler this summer. Hands down one of the coolest and most down to earth dudes on the planet.
  • + 2
 great ambassador of the mtb scene aaron chase, i hope his sponsor keep supporting him because i know he ride a cannondale and when i'll be out of energy i will get a red bull
  • + 5
 Brilliant article!
  • + 5
 that was beautiful.
  • + 4
 Awesome! Very inspiring!
  • + 3
 Rad article mad respect for those guys as fellow east coast riders!!
  • + 2
 Great article guys! AC, glad you got your ti parts removed. Hope we get to shred soon.
  • + 3
 I'd buy this as a book and put it on my coffee table. Any day
  • + 3
 So much Highland up in this bitch
  • + 2
 Aronn chase is epic and so is tony hawks ahem my bad Adam haucks ! Or should I say Adam hucks!
  • + 2
 Met hauck at a skate park in jersey, super cool guy and kills it on a bike
  • + 3
 The tree drop !
  • + 2
 both dudes are stand up and shred it!
  • + 3
 I love dirt
  • + 1
 Wicked article and pics. Makes me grateful for health and happiness. Keep these articles coming PB !
  • + 1
 2 rad dudes! Hauck looks like some sorta weird buff chick in that one pic though.
  • + 2
 Chase! You da man!!! Great article!
  • + 1
 AAH! Dynamic HTML! My eyes!!
  • + 1
 I thought it was Aaron Paul in the first picture!! holy crap!
  • + 2
 Great article!
  • + 1
 awesome write up. AC and Hauck are killing it.
  • + 1
 I did not know this!
  • + 1
 Nice article !
  • + 1
 #poundsign!

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2017. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.059914
Mobile Version of Website