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.
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.
So close you could smell the makeup.
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.
Casey Groves, ready to throw that shit down.
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.
Time to hit the beach.
Just another mediocre California surf break.
It took this guy ten minutes to set up this obstacle course.
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
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.
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.
While Aptos dried out, we hit the Aptos High step up. A nice and soft place to practice new moves.
Starting things out nice and easy.
Greg Watts, barely able to stay awake.
Paul Bas to Casey Groves..."Go bigger."
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.
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.
The locals take care of these puppies something serious.
Finishing touches and let's go.
Just another local, lounging on a Tuesday afternoon.
Testing the air.
At Aptos, if you're good, you can stay in the air longer than on the ground.
Tyler McCaul, demonstrating that theory.
Some people scoff at the wooden booter. Looks ok to me.
No wooden booter here.
Maybe we can hide the booter.
And session's over. Let's go check the surf.
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.
This dude cut out only three meters before the cliff.
Stay tuned for part 2 soon
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.