Going Green


Darren Berrecloth starts nearly every day by drinking a smoothie loaded with bee pollen, organic greens, and various body boosting powders from his sponsor Avena Originals. Often, it’s the only thing he’ll consume until lunch and sometimes he’ll fast clear through to dinner. This focus on healthy living is a far cry from the ‘Lucky beer and pizza for breakfast’ lifestyle that some may imagine he leads. At 33, Berrecloth is one of slopestyle’s elder statesmen, among the most influential and winningest freeriders in history - an icon of the sport.






Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern



Influence


Berrecloth has been a prolific contest rider over the years: winning the Nissan Qashqai Series, the Adidas Slopestyle (three consecutive times), and Monster Park (also, three consecutive times), as well as podiums at Red Bull Rampage and Crankworx Whistler; however, he built his name and reputation through building. Each year he managed to come up with groundbreaking features and progress the notion of what North Shore style bridges could do, while filming some of the most iconic video parts of all time in the process. You can see the influence his segments from Roam and the New World Disorder series hold when watching builder/riders like The Coastal Crew in action today. The boner log, first seen in Berrecloth’s New World Disorder 8 segment, is practically a prerequisite for every slopestyle course on the FMB World Tour today.



Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern




bigquotes My motivation to build comes from my childhood to be honest. Growing up there was nothing to ride except what we created for ourselves. A necessity turned into creativity and a passion. A true passion is something that never leaves and burns inside until you unleash the creativeness. Also it's pretty freaking awesome to have rad stuff to ride too!


Darren Berrecloth





Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern





The Disorder


Berrecloth’s opening segment in New World Disorder 10 was an instant classic, a masterpiece that ranks among the greatest video parts in mountain bike history. Where the Trail Ends was his next major film project and more of an ensemble effort, it showcased a number of riders and focussed strictly on big mountain. Sure we’ve seen him throw down at Rampage, but it’s been a few years since he’s shot any wooden features. In this age of instant gratification and the cheap thrills of a web edit, there’s less incentive for a rider to build truly unique and progressive moves. And I’ll be honest, I’d never made a movie before. I’m one guy with a camera, a far cry from the massive teams found on any Freeride Entertainment or Anthill Films shoot. Would The Claw phone in his segment for Builder?




Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern
Images for Builder by Baxter Redfern




bigquotesI try and use my surroundings and build off the terrain. The original boner log was a blown down out in a logging slash, I built it and stared at it for at least a year, not knowing how to ride it. You've just gotta get out and build something folks, the only way to learn is to try.


Darren Berrecloth




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Work


During his BMX years, Berrecloth rode brakeless for a year and a half because he couldn't afford a wheel straight enough to avoid rubbing. Success in riding - and in life - was not granted easily, he has worked incredibly hard to earn everything he has. Berrecloth is highly opinionated and passionate about the projects he is involved with, and was so prepared for Builder that he had a stunt/shot list prepared for each day to keep things on schedule. He can be terse and unwilling to suffer fools, but the blue collar work ethic that took him to the top of the sport is undiminished. He treated Builder as seriously as any other movie in his career.




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Lifer


I still have a collage of Berrecloth riding photos on my childhood bedroom wall, images of him from the movies that got me hooked on mountain bikes; inspired to ride, and build, and film. They say never meet your heroes, especially when you’ve worshipped them on ink and video since you were 13 years old. It truly was an honour working with him to create another segment that will (hopefully) stand the test of time, and influence a new generation of up and comers to pick up a shovel and venture into the woods. That’s where you’d find Berrecloth, without the magazine covers and DVD segments, without the trips to Nepal and the endorsement money: he’d still be in the forest, building strange things to ride his bike off, just for fun.


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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


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  • + 120
 Still by far my favorite rider
  • + 185
 He really is a great rider and person. Here is picture of him when he was young and just beginning to explore the mountains:
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  • + 21
 His first no-hander?
  • + 9
 Easily my favorite rider. Legend status
  • + 80
 Here is an old and rare picture of him right after his training wheels came off:
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  • + 8
 ^if i was him id get t shirts made of those pics
  • + 5
 He was much more cute back then. Ah memories....
  • + 49
 legend.
  • + 27
 Couldn't be happier when I was chairing the lift with him last year ... Kind of an other story on the way down trying to follow him on A-line .... !
  • + 5
 Sharing **
  • + 19
 a true legend he was the first person to ignite the freeride fire underneath me the segment in ROAM will always be my favourite
  • + 9
 His segment in The Collective was awesome too.
  • + 1
 Watched his section in Roam about a million times
  • + 1
 the first to write the song win. Not the title, the song.
  • + 14
 Most stylish rider. Many takes far better tricks, but his winning 36 lookback at crankworx best trick, his slow 36 with variations, 36 tables from big woodden drops like these from XGames are perfect.
  • + 5
 It's a good thing the sport had Claw in the early freeride days..his portfolio of builds is sick and helped show the sport how much fun boostin drops and skinny are. What I think of, are all those epic pictures of ladders in the furry North Shore terrain.
  • + 8
 Claw is a great bloke too...
  • + 5
 If your gonna watch the movie on pinkbike on May 23rd, buy yourself some trail karma by making a donation for a trail near you on trail fork....don't forget...every little bit helps
  • + 4
 When he 3'd that drop in the boneyard… I remember losing my freaking mind that someone would try let alone stick that, especially in front of such a crowd. That was an epic moment in MTB.
  • + 4
 For the many who haven't seen Berrecloth's part in Kranked 5, it was ground breaking stuff. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qr6xoM1x0E
The whole movie is nuts! with a sick sound track to boot.
  • + 5
 Yeah his segments in ROAM and the Collective really inspired me to drop the xc habit and ride some man sized stuff.
  • + 5
 legend!!! unique style... one of the main reason why MTBing is a big and respected sport...
  • + 2
 What's really cool is that as one of the "older" guys, he's still relevant to the kids and gives them his time. My 9 year old has his signed poster on his wall, spotted him in the line on opening day in Whis, and was stoked to be riding the lift with him first lap of the season. True professional.
  • + 3
 So I really want to watch this in Boulder on the 18th, but can't find out where it is going to be playing? Anyone know where to find this?!
  • + 3
 Hey @collin7, it'll be at The Dairy for two showings: 6:30pm and 8:00pm on the 18th. Hope you like the movie!
  • + 3
 11 bucks?!?! I'm there! Thanks Scott, really freaking stoked on this!
  • + 1
 @scottsecco... absolutely loved it!
  • + 1
 Thanks @collin7! Awesome to hear that man.
  • + 2
 Will never forget the 360 he pulled off the big drop at crankworx in '06 or around there. A friend and I looked at each other in total disbelief and the crowd erupted. Insane.
  • + 2
 I think he is probably one of the most versatile riders in the sport. He has great style, can ride anything, has a great list of tricks, and he doesn't do what everyone else does.
  • + 3
 This man owes you nothing... you owe him more than you can imagine. The Claw is law!
  • + 2
 Heard the bearclaw invitational has moved to CGP... Super rad spot for it !! Cant wait to see what he has brewing for a course .
  • + 2
 Can you provide more details on this? Its funny, because I was just talking to some island riders about Mt. Washington and how horribly awful its recent bikepark efforts have been. If the the Claws Invitational leaves, that place is 100% DOA.
  • + 1
 Well, there we have it. My thanks for confirming that. Another nail in the coffin that held my dream that one day the Claw would actually take over the Mt. Washington bike park and run it properly. Theres huge potential there and one day I know someone will make something happen there. Sad that its going to take quite awhile to happen. If the park was open they could be operating right now.
  • + 2
 The green back drop of BC with the the Claw executing styly air on massive jumps. Pics are stunning!
  • + 2
 My respect goes to the Claw. Please stop off on the world tour in Toronto we admire you dudes
  • + 1
 Those bars were so narrow!
  • + 3
 One of my favorite riders. Personable, hardworking and kills it on a bike.
  • + 4
 Dun dun dun da da da
  • + 3
 Does any know why he is still on the old demo?
  • + 26
 probably because he does freeride and the new demo is more downhill based made to go fast etc and he probably wants to stick with 26" wheels to make tricks easier
  • + 2
 probably theres something in development for fr/slope use he can't show yet... ?
  • + 7
 they already have a slopestyle bike which is what he's riding in the most of the pictures, i imagine he just uses his demo for the bigger stuff
  • + 26
 would be cool if spesh made a bearclaw demo which was still based around 26" wheels, and priced it right
  • + 6
 @whitebullit specialized and right pricing? that doesn't work
  • + 1
 Maybe he just likes that model the best.
  • + 3
 will always be the Freeride OG in my book.
  • + 3
 Soooo much respect for the Claw!
  • + 2
 that wooden sender!!!! looks so cool to jump!
  • + 1
 "A true passion is something that never leaves and burns inside until you unleash the creativeness."
  • + 2
 All his NWD and collective segments are epic. Dude is a legend.
  • + 4
 Especially NWD 6. Megadeth always pumps me to ride
  • + 0
 Legend.
In the UK the Athertons built "Hardline", to the Claw I bet this was just another build with a couple of jumps and a drop on it.... and he is onto the next one.
  • + 0
 No.
  • + 2
 NWD 6, hands down some of his best footage.
  • + 1
 Wow, Builder world premier in my childhood hometown? Crazy, must be the Mark Weir influence.
  • + 1
 great to read his story. its a reminder for us that tricks dont come in a day.
  • + 1
 Shame there is no south UK showings , would love to watch this
  • + 1
 he ia awesome on the bike i like to see him in redbull rampage
  • + 1
 Sweet Jesus, we need a screening here in Utah of Builder!
  • + 0
 Am I the only one who still thinks the term boner log should be replaced with giant earth dick of gnar?
  • + 1
 long live the claw
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