Must Watch: Joel Anderson's Malaga Madness - Video

Dec 19, 2017
by Tom Caldwell  
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Last month, Joel popped up and offered me a place on his holiday down to Malaga, Spain with Roost. A holiday to sunny Spain in wet and windy December? Oh, go on then. We instantly started scheming ideas for a video and looked into possible spots.. ie. watching Not2Bad, as all the local Malaga trails were used and shot (very well) for that film. We settled into Spanish life for a week and eyed up the best corners, gaps, natural whoop sections and gas2flats, as well as fully taking advantage of the brilliantly cheap economy every lunchtime. I even got to ride my bike every day. Belting.

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First of all we checked out La Zubia, a stone's throw from Granada and not too far from Sierra Nevada, Europe's most southern Ski Resort. Also know as Minnaar's test track, its a fast and marble-y track dropping into river bed gullies such as this one, with hips and lips galore. Joel took full advantage!

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If you've seen the Not2Bad film, then you'll see a lot of that movie is shot in an old housing/leisure complex that is completely abandoned. And it's not exactly hard to gain access to. Once we got in, it was a complete playground with jumps and transfers everywhere. The lips needed a bit of work beforehand, but nothing the Spanish sun couldn't handle. An old guy walking his 6 goats along the ridge stood and watched the riding for a good hour. We thought he'd call the rozzers, but turns out he just wanted to see what was going on. Thanks, Spain, for being so chill.

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I think the locals should make this place into a legit Bike Park. It's phenomenal. Here Joel drops a leg over the big quarter pipe whilst tanning his left side.

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About 20ft out, 30ft down at a guess? Well, either way, it's nuts. Step onto the roof, completely blind and hope like hell you're in line with the landing. Joel was scared for this one.. it took a good few run-ins before he committed. He hit the Loosefest jumps first run down to give a bit of perspective. We have massive respect for Semenuks flip nac off this roof.

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This is probably the most Spanish image I've ever taken. And I'm not used to so much blue sky either. You could easily move into these properties.. they can't be more than 8,9,10 years old? Great condition.. just left to sit and rot. If I were on the streets, I know where I'd go.

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Joel sends some style from the blind roof through the Spanish sky. “If it were in a bike park you'd do it any day, but because it's off someone's house, it's kinda sketchy”.

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The man himself, ready to take your order from his poolside bar (yes, that's what this is), along with his steed – the Banshee Legend.

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The features just keep on appearing, and they're all amazingly photogenic. We need more riding spots in abandoned leisure estates! Here Joel hits one of the smaller features, the blind drop out of the house.

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We then moved onto the hip lines, that nestle beside the property in the valley. Unfortunately, the largest hip had a pond in the run in (I don't think drainage was a top priority for the builders) so we shot the other line, a 40ft step down into a similarly sized hip. Fair play Casey Brown for sending it and R-Dog for 450'ing it. It's great to see features from other films, it definitely ups the respect.

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Clicking the table and floating over the hip. I know there doesn't look like there's much on the hill behind, but there's a run into two step downs and then into this hip. Only took an hour or so to get running.. so if you're local, go ride them!

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The most clicked table of the day. Granted, the fisheye is helping but that is an awesome shape from the Somerset lad. I already want to go back to this spot!

Big thanks to Stans No Tubes for making it all happen, to Roost MTB for the swish hospitality, Archie and Sanders for showing us the spots, and to Joel for once again risking his life.

Video/Photo/Words – Caldwell Visuals


MENTIONS: @caldwellvisuals / @StansNoTubes / @roostdh




70 Comments

  • + 66
 Joel Anderson is FKNG RAD
  • + 40
 I’m Joel Anderson I land where I want
  • + 1
 he reminds me of Ronnie Mac in a way
  • + 24
 Joel Anderson's last video was on a Corsair Konig. I bought one because of that video. Now I guess I have to buy a Banshee Legend.
  • + 12
 Funny, the last video i saw of him, he was on a btr pinner.
  • + 3
 His Instagram was a pretty good when he was in whistler, he was on a legend back then to. the gap he did on shalemaster was ballsy looking!
  • + 2
 He seems to be on a different bike in almost every video. I'm pretty sure he was on a yt for a bit.
  • + 5
 @el-nombre: He was on a deal with Wide-open so he got all sorts of bikes through them, he is on a Banshee deal now but he'll be on something else soon I'm sure!
  • + 4
 f*ck you get pumped = best vid on pinkbike. He's welding!!!
  • + 1
 My apologies, I should've said "The first Joel Anderson video I saw, he was riding...."
  • + 25
 Love the soundtrack choice, The Sword rips!
  • + 2
 They are amazing live
  • + 1
 Whats the Song ? Its AWESOME !!
  • + 1
 @glenno: Iron Swan, so sayeth the credits at the end. I hadn't heard this song before, but after a couple minutes (especially once the vocals came in) I was like, "hey, isn't this The Sword"? Love this band, really distinctive style.
  • + 2
 The sword rules. Found them from chase hawks part in fit life
  • + 1
 @glenno: Hell yea they are!
  • + 14
 He looks like the pornstar from those milf-boy movies :-D
  • + 2
 No surprises. Bruce Venture won EWS series twice.
  • + 6
 @chyu: Not sure if this is a joke or serious
  • + 14
 Same trails as not 2 bad but way sicker
  • + 10
 Rides like a DH'er. He has style but he's not afraid to sacrifice it for speed.
  • + 9
 Wasn't Sam Pilgrim at the same spot few weeks ago? Rad video though
  • + 7
 Lolz at those Brosnan shake-outs. Isn’t tie dye reserved for Vinny T!?
  • + 4
 I've been feeling sad without any Brosnan shakes lately
  • + 6
 More articles & videos like this please.
  • + 5
 I'm on it!
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals: Tom, I seriously hope you make a feature length DVD soon, your music choices are spot on, as a matter of fact everything is spot on, ALWAYS!

I'd buy it in a heartbeat and I've not had a new DVD to watch for years! PLEASE!!!!!
  • + 2
 @cunning-linguist: Something along these lines will happen soon, probably after British Pie. I would love to do a proper DVD/booklet kind of thing. Watch this space!
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!
  • + 6
 "Stan's wheels... All good!"
  • + 3
 Hmm, after this video and the overshot by Reed Boggs at Rampage it seems those Stans Notubes are some pretty damn strong rims
  • + 2
 we stayed and rode with the guys from ROOST MTB in Malaga beginning of November , the same places as Sam and Joel it was fantastic get your next riding holiday booked , we will be back next year
  • + 4
 Yep, we should all move to Malaga.
  • + 0
 Did you really think you could use a track from a recent snowboarding movie and we wouldn't notice? I don't blame you, the fourth phase was real nice. Also, where did the BTR go? I like that machine. Nice video--great job bringing the hype. I'm going to go ride now.
  • + 3
 I don't watch snowboard films myself - I'll have to go check it out though! BTR was a one off thing for Joel. But thanks! Glad you enjoyed dude.
  • + 2
 @caldwellvisuals: first heard Iron Swan on Chase Hawkes fit life video section how many years ago? Probably most bikers introduction to the sword
\M/
  • + 1
 Yep 2007 Ten years ago
  • + 4
 Fourth phase wasn't the first film to use Iron Swan either... It's a badass song.
  • + 2
 chase hawk in fit life was the beginning of an era
  • + 1
 @gjedijoe: This times 100!! Stricker, Wiz an Jimmy Jimmy Levan \M/
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals I was mostly joking honestly that you stole it from a snowboarding film, hard to express sarcasm via the internet. You all are definitely right, Chase Hawkes' video definitely came long before the Fourth Phase, I'd never seen that bmx video before. I'm so honored that the finest mountain bike filmmakers in all the land replied to my comment, thank you caldwell visuals. I await the Biggest Slice of British Pie so I can further spread the word of British looseness here in the northeastern U.S.
  • + 1
 @Coldspringer: Very true! It's no prob. Ha! Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you enjoy the Pie! The third will be as wild as ever. Happy new year man.
  • + 4
 Aha, so now this is that thing they call fasto?
  • + 3
 Some sick trails ridden there at some crazy speeds. Props.
  • + 3
 Holy shit!!! What did I just watch and why are my palms sweating??
  • + 3
 F@ck yeah, that got me pumped!
  • + 2
 Kid was pushing so hard he looked outta control most of the time, RESPECT.
  • + 3
 Kid's rippin
  • + 3
 Bravo Bravo!!!
  • + 1
 Don't listen to the hipsters
We need more edits with Metal sound tracks!
Maybe some Slayer next time?
  • + 1
 great riding with matching soundtrack!!
  • + 1
 Damn someone likes air! sweet!!!@!!
  • + 1
 That video was Legend... wait for it...... AIRY!
  • + 2
 YEAH!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Tom C killing it once again with editing and music choices
  • + 1
 Thanks man! Appreciate it.
  • + 1
 @BenNbike j'pense que m'a garder le dh........... !
  • + 1
 Holy Shit! Joel and Caldwell never disappoint. ....and song name please.
  • + 2
 The Sword - Iron Swan
  • + 3
 Cheers bro! Go hard or go home.
  • + 2
 Tip Top stoke and ting
  • + 1
 Happy ride. Wow
  • + 1
 Brapppp!
  • + 1
 Archie!!
  • + 1
 FUCK YESSSSSSSS
  • - 2
 Had to watch on mute, once a song has been used on such an iconic BMX segment, like Chase Hawks in Fit Life, it can not be re-hashed. Period. Otherwise, all good
  • + 4
 Afraid I've not seen that video, but I'll have to check it out! I'm not a fan of poaching soundtracks so cheers for the heads up.
  • + 1
 @caldwellvisuals: Should've used Bad Man Bill Withers: youtu.be/9vlM1ekJ144
Perfect length too.
  • + 1
 I reckon Joel isn't far off mtb's version of Chase. Fast, high an smooth so, it works for me!
  • + 1
 Agreed. a solid vid, but yup... First time I heard The Sword was on Chase's part.

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