'Dear Kelly' - Carson Storch's Tribute to Kelly McGarry - Video

Jan 15, 2018
by Harrison Mendel  

bigquotesI think about Kelly every day. His sudden passing was hard on all the people closest to him. He was a great friend to me, and an even better mentor. I will always cherish the memories we shared during our travels.

I wanted to create a video in his name. I wanted to spend time with his closest friends, who I can now call some of mine. The idea was simple—fly to NZ, experience the inaugural “Mcgazza Fest,” ride his favorite spots, and enjoy the life that he lived in the place he called home.

There was an energy in the air during that weekend that everyone felt. It meant a lot to me that Kelly was likely the last person to ride some of those moves we filmed: the drop, stepdown, and scree lines. That was a major motivator to do what he would of done: send it.

Please visit the McGazza Foundation website and support what his closest friends are doing to keep his dream alive. RIP buddy, you will never be forgotten.
Carson Storch


Photo by Tyler Roemer

Photo by Tyler Roemer
Photo by Tyler Roemer

Photo by Tyler Roemer

Photo by Tyler Roemer
Photo by Tyler Roemer

Photo by Tyler Roemer


McGazza Fest 2018 is happening January 26th - 28th. For more information, click here.




Directed by Harrison Mendel
Cinematography by Harrison Mendel and Scott Robb
Edited by and David Peacock and Harrison Mendel
Colorist Sam Gilling
Sound Mix and Design Jason Chiodo
Title Design Studio Dialog
Still Photography Tyler Roemer

Special Thanks
Heli Glenorchy
Vertigo Bikes
Blair Christmas
Daniel Wypler
Brett Frew
Dan Frew
Red Bull NZ
Featuring Carson Storch, Fraser Gordon, Tom Hey, Samantha Hitchcock, Emmerson Wilken, and others.

Music
"Merry Us, Carry Us"
Flagship
Licensed from Music Bed


MENTIONS: @hmendel



50 Comments

  • + 223
 This is so heavy, but so up. Carson I’m proud to see you carry the torch for the big guy.
  • + 129
 What a great tribute to the big man! Thanks for this.
  • + 88
 God damn... Where'd those bloody onions come from???
Cry
  • + 11
 Fu*king ninjas... Cutting onions again.
  • + 4
 At the three second point?
  • + 9
 Crying at work is perfectly acceptable. *repeats numerous times to myself*
  • + 4
 My eyes are sweating.
  • + 1
 Damn, still so sad.
  • + 63
 We miss you Kelly

#MCGAZZAFOREVER
  • + 31
 I had the pleasure of meeting, riding and working w/ Kelly while I worked at Diamondback. I did a trip to NZ 5 years ago and he picked me up at the A/P, let me crash at his place, and we rode Gorge and Frew Farm jam. Thanks for everything mate Kelly, you are a true LEGEND in the biggest manner and thanks Carson for doing this video.. brings back so many memories. Much love McGazza, I also think about you every day!!! INSPIRATION TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
Scott Matual
  • + 30
 A terrific ambassador for the sport. Rip in Peace.
  • + 27
 Did that Rampage canyon gap backflip change your life? It did mine.
  • + 9
 Although I´ve never met Kelly in person he was always a very inspiring mountainbike rider. Watching one of his edits or just see him laugh was enough to want to go out for a ride and have a good time riding my bike with other people that shared the same passion.

I was lucky enough to get over cancer and therefore have to constantly remind myself that life is here to enjoy. So go out and ride your bike, be good with other people and never forget about people like McGazza.

Shred in Peace McGazza
  • + 12
 This is exactly what I'd want if I died. All the boys getting together in my name and sending it.
  • + 10
 Tears... almost 2 years now :'(
  • + 9
 This was done so incredibly well. His spirit clearly lives on.
  • + 9
 good on you mate great vid
  • + 7
 Sentimentality and bro love is not overrated. Well done sir
  • + 3
 Well done SR. Well done. I still can’t forget that backflip over that gap and thinking to my self ,who the f*ck is this guy?and then I realized that it’s the ONE OF A KIND ONES,I still feel that mankind,his family,his friends,but especially his women has lost one of the what the word HUMAN means.
  • + 5
 makes me real proud to be part of this mtb culture. best thing ive seen all year
  • + 6
 Damn, there's something in my eye. What a beautiful tribute.
  • + 4
 Everything about this is f*cking great...the sentiment, the riding, the videography & photography. Perfect tribute to the big guy.
  • + 5
 Do not cry do not cry do not cry... rip Mcgazza. Thanks Carson and the boys for this amazing video!
  • + 3
 Been meaning to get a Mcgazza Forever t-shirt for a while now. Anybody know where you can get them?
  • + 4
 awesome job ! Kelly forever !
  • + 4
 Still can't believe you're gone. Beautiful video.
  • + 4
 This is awesome! Miss you McGazza
  • + 5
 RIP McGazza.
  • + 4
 Fitting tribute guys, the big man would be proud
  • + 3
 Well done Carson. A great commemoration in the name of an old friend and true legend done right. ÷)
  • + 3
 Sincere, tasteful and beautifully executed. Well done to all involved.
  • + 3
 Great great vid. The last 20 seconds were sendy.
  • + 4
 SHRED in PEACE McGazza.
  • + 3
 Beautiful tribute. Beautiful souls.
  • + 1
 Beautiful tribute, and damn, that spin off probably the most photogenic drop ever hit was badass. Kelly would have loved to see the progression
  • + 1
 Still such a legend. One of a kind, flying around the world for McGazza Fest next weekend!
  • + 1
 big man, big heart, big soul, big loss!!
Thanks for the memories and the stoke !!

"Chicks dig scars"
  • + 1
 Hell yea, It's all about being a decent human being, keep shredding carson. Respect brother.
  • + 2
 Wow great tribute! love the style Carson!
  • + 3
 thank you!!
  • + 3
 Just the best! Smile
  • + 1
 Simply wonderful, keep shredding where ever you are bud!
  • + 1
 such a good video one of the best ive seen in a while
  • + 1
 Why can’t I save this video to my faves?
  • + 2
 Miss you Kelly McGarry!
  • + 1
 That was nice....
  • + 1
 Right on!
  • + 1
 So good.
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