Californication - Part 1 of 4

Apr 27, 2010
by Margus Riga  
For this year's Sea Otter Classic bike party near Monterey California, Pinkbike, Race Face and a bunch of medialites rented a mansion on the seaside. The following four photo stories are an attempt to show what went down.

Early trip pics inside,
Welcome to California. May I take your order? Two double-doubles please.
Welcome to California. May I take your order? Two double-doubles please.

The moment we entered California driving in from the North, we were hit by a freak storm that followed us all the way in to Monterey.
The moment we entered California driving in from the North, we were hit by a freak storm that followed us all the way in to Monterey.

Just outside of silicon valley. Home of the Windows wallpaper zone.
Just outside of silicon valley. Home of the Windows wallpaper zone.

So close you could smell the makeup.
So close you could smell the makeup.

Finally getting to see the ocean coming in to Cannery Row in Monterey.
Finally getting to see the ocean coming in to Cannery Row in Monterey.

First night at the mansion. Aaron Larocque, warming up to the new digs.
First night at the mansion. Aaron Larocque, warming up to the new digs.

Casey Groves, ready to throw that shit down.
Casey Groves, ready to throw that shit down.

This is Stella.
This is Stella.

The plan was to shoot dirt jumping for two days and just take in California, before the craziness of Sea Otter. The first place we hit were the Aptos dirt jumps, which were soaked to the bone.
The plan was to shoot dirt jumping for two days and just take in California, before the craziness of Sea Otter. The first place we hit were the Aptos dirt jumps, which were soaked to the bone.

Time to hit the beach.
Time to hit the beach.

Just another mediocre California surf break.
Just another mediocre California surf break.
And another.
And another.

It took this guy ten minutes to set up this obstacle course.
It took this guy ten minutes to set up this obstacle course.

There were like ten of these guys in the parking lot.
There were like ten of these guys in the parking lot.

Back at the dirt jumps, the boys were busy pumping the place dry. I fell in this  <br> with my camera before I took this shot.
Back at the dirt jumps, the boys were busy pumping the place dry. I fell in this
with my camera before I took this shot.

The rule at Aptos is dig before you jump. Casey, digging his way for an evening session.
The rule at Aptos is dig before you jump. Casey, digging his way for an evening session.

Just another not-so-popular dirt jump zone overlooking the ocean on top of a cliff.
Just another not-so-popular dirt jump zone overlooking the ocean on top of a cliff.

Aaron Larocque wandering while wondering why no-one wants to shoot at this place.
Aaron Larocque wandering while wondering why no-one wants to shoot at this place.

While Aptos dried out, we hit the Aptos High step up. A nice and soft place to practice new moves.
While Aptos dried out, we hit the Aptos High step up. A nice and soft place to practice new moves.

Casey Groves.
Casey Groves.

Greg Watts.
Greg Watts.

Starting things out nice and easy.
Starting things out nice and easy.

Greg Watts, barely able to stay awake.
Greg Watts, barely able to stay awake.

Paul Bas to Casey Groves...
Paul Bas to Casey Groves..."Go bigger."

"Ok."

Interesting.
Interesting.

Lots of dirtjumpers are running the new Havens. Nice testament to the lighter and stronger mantra that Easton's been pushing on these wheels.
Lots of dirtjumpers are running the new Havens. Nice testament to the lighter and stronger mantra that Easton's been pushing on these wheels.

Just another set of dirtjumps we didn't hit.
Just another set of dirtjumps we didn't hit.
Team BC. Putting in the work to ride the shit.
Team BC. Putting in the work to ride the shit.

Back at Aptos, things were drying up real nice, just in time for golden light.
Back at Aptos, things were drying up real nice, just in time for golden light.


The locals take care of these puppies something serious.
The locals take care of these puppies something serious.

Finishing touches and let's go.
Finishing touches and let's go.



Just another local, lounging on a Tuesday afternoon.
Just another local, lounging on a Tuesday afternoon.

Testing the air.
Testing the air.


At Aptos, if you're good, you can stay in the air longer than on the ground.
At Aptos, if you're good, you can stay in the air longer than on the ground.

Tyler McCaul, demonstrating that theory.
Tyler McCaul, demonstrating that theory.

Watts.
Watts.

Some people scoff at the wooden booter. Looks ok to me.
Some people scoff at the wooden booter. Looks ok to me.

No wooden booter here.
No wooden booter here.

Maybe we can hide the booter.
Maybe we can hide the booter.

And session's over. Let's go check the surf.
And session's over. Let's go check the surf.

Steamers break in Santa Cruz.
Steamers break in Santa Cruz.

A locals only kind of place. If you miss the right, the wave takes you into the thirty-foot cliff.
A locals only kind of place. If you miss the right, the wave takes you into the thirty-foot cliff.

This dude cut out only three meters before the cliff.
This dude cut out only three meters before the cliff.

With day one and two melding into each other, it was almost time for Sea Otter. Brett Tippie was also supposed to be showing up soon. Here we go.
With day one and two melding into each other, it was almost time for Sea Otter. Brett Tippie was also supposed to be showing up soon. Here we go.

Stay tuned for part 2 soon!


28 Comments

  • 14 0
 Soooo sweet dude! Love your photos!
  • 6 0
 Those photos of the storm are just amazing. True art Margus....super sweet.
  • 5 0
 awesome photo gallery....feel the power of the wide angle lens Smile
  • 3 0
 the third excellent photo story by you this year, margus! keep it up mate!
  • 1 0
 Margus you kill it. Shore photos were sweet and these are rad too.
  • 1 0
 sick talent infront of and behind the lense!
  • 1 0
 i aggree, the wide lense looks sick, i wish you could fav articles!
  • 1 0
 Awesome shots Margus! Stoked to see what you got that night at the step up! -ep
  • 2 0
 Absolutely amazing!
  • 5 0
 loled hard at windows wallpaper zone lol
  • 1 0
 It has to be awesome ! Nice place, nice trails, nice pics, nice riding, the end is nothing less than amazing. I cant wait to see the 3 other parts !!

PS : The windows wallpaper was funny hehehe
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike needs a faviorte all button for articles
  • 3 0
 great photos. there is nothing really to say except that California is chill...
  • 2 0
 haha you guys were still about 6+ hours of driving to LA. But yep CA kicks ass
  • 2 0
 Baaaaad assssssss! And im stuck here in korea...
  • 1 0
 very very impressive photography. really looking forward to the next set tup
  • 2 0
 i NEED those jumps!!
  • 1 0
 Great post, and some epic photos.
  • 1 0
 very nice jump's Big Grin great pictures
  • 1 0
 Amazing pictures, Margus. Love the photos taken from the highway!
  • 1 0
 loved the story. hoping to see more from you.
  • 1 0
 yessss!!!! in in out is boss!
  • 1 0
 I gotta say I'm lucky to live in Cali...Hella.
  • 1 0
 Awesome writeup and great photo! Super job!
  • 1 0
 i feel more and more home sick every time i look at the california shots.
  • 1 0
 Yooww Nice article!
  • 1 0
 good ride!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome pics tup

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