Grip It and Whippet: In Memoriam of Kelly McGarry - Video

Mar 6, 2016
by Odigrips  
 
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Anyone lucky enough to interact with Kelly McGarry was instantly struck by his good-natured personality and ability to make you feel like an old friend within minutes of meeting him. We at ODI were fortunate to have been able to work with Kelly over the past few years and were ecstatic when Kelly approached us about doing an edit with his beloved dog Tui. Just hours before the planned release of this edit we received the devastating news of Kelly’s passing and made the decision that it would be better to hold off on its release until those closest to him were in a position to want to share it with the rest of the world. We are honored to be able to release this now with the blessing of Kelly’s friends and family both as a fitting tribute to a great person and as a reminder to enjoy the ride of life.



For anyone who has inspired by Kelly and who would like to help continue to support his passion for mountain biking, we would encourage you to visit and contribute to one of the following Trusts that were set-up in Kelly’s honor.

Kelly McGarry's Go Fund Me Page
Kelly McGarry Memorial Trust

Funds collected will be used to fulfill his passion by “advocating for and building mountain bike trails in New Zealand and supporting emerging/promising/rising New Zealander mountain bikers in pursuit of achieving their goals domestically and abroad.”

Kelly McGarry

"While we were lucky enough to have worked with Kelly, we were not as close to him as those who lived and worked with him on a daily basis. As such we felt it was appropriate to allow those closest to him to memorialize Kelly along with this video. Paul Rayner, Kelly’s friend and videographer, provided the following words about Kelly. We encourage all those who were impacted by his life to contribute to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments as well. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those who knew Kelly. He will certainly be missed. RIP McGazza." - Colby and everyone at ODI

Kelly McGarry

"When I first got to Queenstown good fortune just seemed to spill out into my life without much prompting. Due to bad fortune, I arrived without a camera, but within 3 days a local GC, who I had never even met before, offered to lend me his camera to shoot some photos. Through a stroke of fortuitous happenstance, within a couple of weeks, I was shooting with the world famous Kelly McGarry! Now I'd not had much personal interaction with pro mountain bikers before then and like many normal people, a lot of pros are elevated to hero-like status in our eyes through magazines and films - not many of us common folk expect to ever mingle with our heroes.

He insisted on a high five over the formal handshake. I was taken aback by his open friendliness and casual demeanour, which made you feel more like an old friend rather than a new acquaintance. As we set off to hitch a ride to the top of the trail we were shooting, to retrieve his van, I told him how much I loved the last jump on the trail. Kelly suggested that I session it whilst he fetched the van. When he turned up to collect me, he shouted up: "Hey choppa, do you want me to get a photo of you on that jump?". Kelly freakin' McGarry wants to take a photo of me on a jump!? What the hell is going on? Is this real life? Where am I? I got to shoot with Kelly a number of times since I’ve been in Queenstown, and as a relative newcomer to the bike film scene, this was a big deal for me. But it did not take long for Kelly to move from fantastical mountain bike legend into the category of a friend. Although all his friends would probably still categorise him as a legend to this day. One thing that always stuck with me was that after just about every photo shoot, he would ask me if I'd like to use his bike to do a run of the trail and he’d shuttle me to the top.

This experience reflects the sentiment that Kelly really enjoyed his life and wanted others to enjoy it just as much as he did. I feel privileged to share this film with you all and hope that it carries that same sentiment, to celebrate his life and most importantly our own. That is how he would have wanted it.

Kelly, Tui and I had a real fun time shooting this film. Although Tui did get a bit grumpy sometimes when Kelly made her hit the same sections over and over again. I feel stoked to tell you that Kelly did see the final cut, and was super pumped on the film. I hope you all enjoy it just as much.
" - Paul Rayner- Interrobang Motion Pictures

Kelly McGarry


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132 Comments

  • + 451
 Poor little dog lost his master.. The rest of the world lost a legend... FreeRideInHeavenDude....
  • - 96
flag nicklb (Mar 6, 2016 at 18:01) (Below Threshold)
 I wish he was my master, such a lucky dog
  • + 171
 Lord can we have Kelly back? Take Trump instead
  • + 10
 They will meet again.. RIP McGazza.
  • + 83
 I wont lie, as a dog owner I am extremely choked up after watching that... Dogs are so loyal and so smart. That poor pup will be spend the rest of his days searching for his buddy to run trails with. I could not imagine what kind of void that leaves, for the dog, for his family, and for his riding buddies. #GoldpedalsforMirra #GoldheartforMcGarry
  • + 18
 it is obviously not a dog, but park rat, and kelly was not his master but riding buddy
  • + 13
 That dog has the lowest scrubs I've ever seen, he doubled that creek gap, but he also cuts the corners on the trail...
  • + 24
 His Dog shreds harder than most PinkBike users I bet.
  • + 4
 Kelly's dog does a great job of keeping up. I love that his pooch stays on his back wheel and not out front. Great job training that dog some manners. I love riding with a back wheel dog that knows his place. RIP McGazza
  • + 3
 Balling my eyes out. Made me miss rides with my whippet - www.pinkbike.com/photo/13244793 - a Great Dane is just no good on a trail.
  • + 307
 It's not often a video puts a smile on your face and a sadness in your heart.
  • + 45
 Well put.
  • + 4
 I couldnt explain how this vid made me feel and you nailed it
  • + 157
 Smiling while I hold back a little wet eye. What a perfect posthumous video for Kelly. Good times and happiness ooze out of that edit even with the sadness that came after the filming. Thanks Paul and odi for making another little bit of Kelly's life real for all of us who weren't lucky enough to know him. RIP McGazza, forever a legend and Kia Kaha to all this friends and family.
  • + 130
 RIP, guy was a f&*king legend amongst men, more so now
  • + 111
 VOY, Perfect everything, RIP McGazza
  • + 11
 exactly, that was just .. perfect. no words
  • + 7
 loved that edit.RIP Mcgazza
  • + 9
 Absolutely amazing. Love the riding, the edit and the doggie.
  • + 5
 Unbelievable, such a talent cutt short.
  • + 89
 Too early in the morning for onions....
  • + 70
 Damn, what adds to the hurt of his loss is feeling sad for the dog that he will never be able to hit the trails together again.

Just breaks my heart. Frown
  • + 67
 "One thing that always stuck with me was that after just about every photo shoot, he would ask me if I'd like to use his bike to do a run of the trail and he’d shuttle me to the top." A non-biker might say "meh" but we know how huge that is! what a LEGEND!
  • + 58
 That dogs scrubs are sick! RIP McGazza
  • + 54
 Man that dust really gets in your eyes.
  • + 35
 Them Feels, Ride in peace bro Frown
  • + 12
 All aboard the bus kids, we're going on a feels trip. Frown
  • + 31
 While his passing is ultimately tragic, I take some comfort knowing that at any given second during the 4 minute video, Kelly is having more fun and enjoying life more than some people will experience in a lifetime.
  • + 22
 Amazing video. You'll be missed big guy
  • + 20
 McGazza, you will be remembered as one of the sports' best, not just as an athlete, but also as a person! Shred in peace!
  • + 21
 Long Live McGazza.
  • + 16
 Dont normally post anything, but this is worthy. I saw him outside a food place once and stopped him. He talked to me for a few mins, and he was super cool. Not trying to say I knew the guy or anything just reinforcing what everyone else is saying. He was the man. RIP.
  • + 12
 Awesome vid, its a shame that i didnt appreciate how much of a wicked rider and man McGarry was until it was too late.
Cant seem to find how to favourite the vid?
  • + 13
 Video of the Year.
  • + 8
 Wow! The more I find out about Kelly McGarry the more I like him. We sure lost a good human being. I'm placing my vote for VOY fo that one!
  • + 10
 Even after death he can still put a smile on our faces. Rest easy Kelly.
  • + 7
 It's one of my favorite vids now. I had goosebumps coz it's kinda happy and sad at the same time. Can imagine how much the dog misses him already! Ride in peace Kelly.
  • + 6
 I hope someone is still taking that dog out onto the trails. It would be so sad for Kelly's dog to miss out on having that much fun.
  • + 6
 The hole that Kelly's passing left, will never be able to be filled. Larger than life. Period.
  • + 7
 Sick job Paul as always and some great words!! RIP Kelly
  • + 7
 I hope the dog gets a fast new mountain biker.
  • + 6
 a minute of silence for this man at crankworx and rampage events are the least of what he deserves. RIP Kelly!
  • + 4
 Rest in peace Kelly! Man you were an inspiration and a legend. I wish I could ask you the question about how you make your dog run so fast! I hope your family are coping well.
  • + 8
 Instant VOY.
  • + 7
 Well he may have died young, but at least he lived his life the right way.
  • + 7
 I am so glad I watched this. Thanks for sharing.
  • + 5
 VIDEO OF THE YEAR... HANDS DOWN.. R.I.P. KELLY.... and YES, he IS a LEGEND. (ALWAYS was in my eyes !!!!!!! ..) was hard to watch without f*cking losing it...
  • + 7
 saddest happy video I have ever seen
  • + 3
 Words cannot describe the loss to the community that was Kelly passing. And all the thank yous possible to Odi and Tui the dog for making this. Ride in Paradise Kelly. We miss you.
  • + 6
 Totally love the dog...Rip man
  • + 6
 Tui's reaction to the sound of the hub gave me a chuckle. Dog loves mountain biking as much as his master. Excellent edit.
  • + 2
 Epic, Awesome, rad, everyting in there that is totally awesome dudes, dog check, epic riding, McGazza!, VOY!!! glad the dog gets the front seat and couch, just like my riding buddy, MG was and will always be awesome, even more after that, cheers.
  • + 4
 Smells like VOY to me.

*dog scrubs
*dog does left - right transfer
*dog shreds
*dog needs a world cup sponno

OH LAWD that was good and sad. Poor little fella.
  • + 4
 Love the part at 1:38 where Kelly goes through the creek.
And then Tui comes through after and is all like: Not today my good friend... Ima huck it! Brap.
  • + 1
 I would like to think that all of wonderful thoughts and memories of Kelly would translate into donations to his Memorial funds.PLEASE donate towards these funds to ensure his legacy as you all have said ...will be remembered and used .this has been shared 10,000 times and viewed many more times... COME ON PEOPLE.. for a price of a sandwich or coffee you could donate towards his legacy!!!
Details are on this wonderful tribute:
www.gofundme.com/KellyMcGarry
givealittle.co.nz/org/kellymcgarrymemorialtrust

Kelly McGarry's Go Fund Me Page
Kelly McGarry Memorial Trust
  • + 3
 Very very touching video. I know his family and friends are going through a very tough time but it's really heartbreaking to think what his dog is going through as well.
  • + 5
 beautiful tribute to a true legend... and his dog shreds too.
  • + 5
 awh man... right in the feels.
  • + 2
 I miss Kelly's smiling face, he was the peoples champ...RIP Kelly #mcgazzaforever This is what I remember about the Big Kiwi www.freeridermag.in/a-tribute-to-kelly-mcgarry
  • + 4
 Video of the decade. it is so hard to believe... 33 years old... his smile...
  • + 3
 Brillant video !! Mc Garry you're for ever in our hearts , you are a Legend. Ride in peace, we'll meet up there one day I hope
  • + 5
 what a nice guy. will be in our heart while we ride.
  • + 5
 man I wanted to go to bed without crying for once...for once :/ Legend!
  • + 5
 1:59 the dog can scrubb !
  • + 5
 Ride in peace Kelly , you will always be my idol!!
  • + 4
 thanks for the video and the words, a great video and I am so happy he got to see it. RIP kelly
  • + 4
 Kelly McGarry- one of the only people to be able to whip more than a whippet!!
  • + 5
 My heart is bleeding! Ride in paradise mcgazza.
  • + 6
 A true legand !
  • + 4
 I never knew him, but I miss him
  • + 3
 such flow and style. Tui is ballistic! thank you Paul Rayner, ODI and everyone else involved :o)
  • + 4
 This video makes me smile the whole way through. Shred in peace Kelly.
  • + 3
 The relationship between these two is inspiring and incredible. It's so sad to watch this video.. Rest easy
  • + 1
 Any body know what the cause was? It's very rare for a young man to have heart attack or DVT. Not being morbid, just trying to put it all together. I work in the medical industry so just curious.
  • + 2
 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO ALL AT ODI FOR THIS VID !!!!!!!!!!! ( they have always been the grips that i have used...) you guys are the best.
  • + 2
 That last shot of Kelly and his dog riding slow-mo into the sunset... Watched this video this morning and I've been thinking about that shot all day. Rest in peace.
  • + 4
 That was hand down my favorite film. Damn sucks he's gone.
  • + 4
 VOD!!! ALL DAYMMMMMMMMM DAY!!!
  • + 3
 RIP Kelly, that video was brilliant regardless, i felt sorry for the 350'S, and the poor dog i hope she's ok.
  • + 3
 Love the dog's scrub at 2.02
  • + 3
 It's only March and I already have my choice for VOY.
  • + 1
 Could not have a better tribute video to Kelly. Never met him before in my life but this video tells me all I need to know.......kudos!
  • + 1
 Rest in peace Kelly. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten! The world lost a legend! This edit was amazing but now where is the dog staying Frown
  • + 2
 I'm not gonna lie this video made me cry. Going to miss more videos of him but man that dog can shred like him. RIP Kelly
  • + 2
 As a rider and dog owner that was great and terrible. Please contribute to the trails, and dog shelters around you.
  • + 3
 RIP Kelly! Prayers for your family and your dog!
  • + 4
 #gazzaforever
  • + 2
 To carry his legacy on, we all collectively must shred harder than we have ever shredded before. RIP Mcgarry
  • + 2
 Damn the two of them were a great pair!! That dog was flyin'!! Kelly McGarry shred in heaven.
  • + 2
 The world of MTB trully lost a fck*n awesome legend, we miss you Big Guy. Ride in Peace Kelly. This video is perfect.
  • + 3
 That was the best vid I've seen in a long time.
  • + 4
 poor dog wait for Kelly.
  • + 2
 Without question, for me, the best video of the year. Doing what you love most, with your best friend. Peace...
  • + 3
 Long live bad arse McGatty
  • + 3
 His doggy is sick and crazy as McGazza! R.I.P.
  • + 3
 R.I.P You will be missed!
  • + 2
 OMG my dog is called Tui as well ! She's rips too. RIP Kelly
  • + 2
 That was awesome! You will be missed, and forever remembered!
  • + 2
 Best memorial edit I've seen. #respect
  • + 3
 loved it
  • + 1
 Tui knows how to scrub a jump like a pro! Damn good video. Ride in peace McGazza
  • + 1
 what a great video, chokes me up a bit every time I watch it. #McGazzaForever
  • + 1
 When you see a Whippet going flat out it really puts his speed into perspective. RIP.
  • + 1
 I hope that with a few years of practice I might one day scrub half as well as Kelly McGarry's dog.
  • + 2
 that Battle Wagon as Best Supporting Vehicle.
  • + 3
 incredible video
  • + 3
 Shred In Peace Bro!
  • + 2
 Hits me right in the feels, Rest in peace you legend
  • + 2
 I almost cry when i wathing this video. Bless your soul Kelly.
  • + 2
 So nice and sad and nice again
  • + 3
 Intense
  • + 2
 Like at Rampage.....Kelly McGarry 3- 2- 1- LEGEND
  • + 3
 Ride in Paradise Kelly
  • + 3
 RIP Kelly
  • + 2
 You know your fast when your trail dog is a whippet!
  • + 1
 every thing whas big with him his lengt his smile and backflip's
  • + 1
 thanks for inspiration Kelly ... cry cry cry Frown
  • + 1
 He was so upbeat so I'm glad this video had the same feel
  • + 1
 Beautiful movie RIP Kelly
  • + 1
 Thanks for bringing a tear to this robot's optical sytem.
  • + 2
 what a dog!!!
  • + 2
 VOY fer shure!
  • + 3
 needs and "Add To Favorites" tab for the vid
  • + 2
 very regrettable
  • + 2
 Rest in Peace
  • + 2
 love you kelly
  • + 2
 RIP to a absolute legend
  • + 2
 tears to my eyes.
  • - 3
 Ride in peace kelly????

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