Kelly vs The Volcano: A Memorial Film

Mar 8, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  


bigquotesIt is with mixed emotions we release this film. Our good friend and absolute champion of a person, Kelly "McGazza" McGarry, passed away recently before he could see this film completed.

We shot this film on White Island in January in association with Tourism New Zealand as a promotion for Crankworx Rotorua, an event that Kelly helped make a reality.

Kelly was an inspiration to so many. He easily takes the prize for being the happiest, most stoked and genuine athlete we have ever filmed with. We hope he enjoys the film.
- Colab Creative


The Kelly McGarry memorial trust:
Kelly McGarry was a hugely influential and inspirational character on the bike and off his bike, touching the lives of bikers, trail builders and youth in New Zealand and around the world.

The trust will advocate for and build mountain bike trails in New Zealand and support emerging / promising / rising New Zealander mountain bikers in pursuit of achieving their goals domestically and abroad.

The memorial trust is being registered as an official charity organisation in New Zealand.

Gofundme: gofundme.com/KellyMcGarry
Givealittle: givealittle.co.nz/org/kellymcgarrymemorialtrust#

Images for New Zealand Tourism video to White Island with Kelly McGarry by Mark Clinton.
Images for New Zealand Tourism video to White Island with Kelly McGarry by Mark Clinton.
Images for New Zealand Tourism video to White Island with Kelly McGarry by Mark Clinton.
Images for New Zealand Tourism video to White Island with Kelly McGarry by Mark Clinton.

Video: Colab Creative
Images: Mark Clinton

Images for New Zealand Tourism video to White Island with Kelly McGarry by Mark Clinton.



86 Comments

  • + 137
 The definition of a legend among men. He will be dearly missed, but there is no doubt in my mind that he will forever inspire generations of of riders to come. More than anything he blessed this planet with such positivity and love for life. Shred on Kelly, and thank you for everything.
  • + 12
 This video has inspired me a lot, I almost cried at the end.... Ride In Peace Kelly
  • + 76
 YT should make a sick color coordinated bike calling it the "McGazza" and donating a percentage of sales to Kellys family.
  • + 11
 I'd buy it!
  • + 5
 I'd want to buy it but not be able to afford/justify it
  • + 60
 You can take Beiber, the Kardashians, Kanye, Miley, all of them together if need be! Just give us back McGazza!
  • + 19
 This post is good and bad at the same time...
  • + 10
 Hmmm ya id trade them to get kelly back
  • + 2
 i agree 100%
  • + 72
 You can't trade shit for gold, unfortunately Frown
  • + 31
 And you can take Donald Trump too
  • + 5
 Nobody wants him though
  • + 53
 Bike rack on the back of a jet ski = how I'm cleaning my bike from henceforth.
  • + 9
 How cool was that ?
RIP Kelly.
  • + 6
 Or just getting it rusted... ????
  • + 6
 It'd work well if it weren't the ocean!
  • + 3
 Guess I didn't think this thru lol
  • + 35
 So much love for McGazza. The man left some big footprints in the mtb culture.

"Thank you for living your dream. You inspired us all." I like that line at the end.
  • + 9
 Such a legend of NZ, one of the true Kiwis that make me proud to be a Kiwi, thanks Kelly for being an awesome human! Such a choice vid as well! Makes me laugh
  • + 6
 Still so hard to believe the big smiling giant is no longer with us. The world lost a real gem. His spirit makes me want to be a better person. .RIP Kelly.
  • + 6
 Jeez another awesome video of an awesome legend and inspiration, like who would hang from a heli with a bike!?! the MTB world is going to miss this guy. Rest in peace Kelly!
  • + 5
 I think him being hoisted up by that rope is symbolic of him leaving the world of the living, and flying to Mountain Bike Heaven. RIP Kelly.
  • + 1
 How did they know he was going to die?
  • + 6
 In classic McGarry style, instant smiles and laughs. You will be missed but not forgotten.
  • + 3
 Wow. One of a few who are really living the sport. Freeride. Everyone wants to describe it, other just do it!

Can anyone tell me the name of the song?
  • + 2
 i'm a wanted man Royal Deluxe
  • + 2
 Kinda sad and happy at the same time to see all these articles about a legend that we'll all miss.. Hope you are shredding Kelly !
  • + 4
 wish this film was about 45 years longer
  • + 3
 the best always leave to soon #mcgazzaforever
  • + 3
 My Wife wanted to have his Baby!
  • + 1
 Yeah, I like to think of myself as a tough guy here, but I've got tears.

"Thank you for living your dream. You inspired us all."
  • + 2
 Helps you put things into perspective. Simple things matter. Thanks Kelly. We all thank you.
  • + 2
 I just finished a ride session and then watch this ... I want to be back in the mountain now!!!
  • + 1
 i'm loving all these Kelly videos! this dude saw so much epic shit in his life - the bike mount on the jetski is tops for sure
  • + 2
 Legend gone too soon... farewell man.

Beer
  • + 2
 what is music in video? Plz!
  • + 1
 This is now my absolutel favorite Kelly the Kiwi shredder video.

Damn what an absolute LEGEND~~
  • + 1
 God is jealous of his talent, take him away! Master, I hope you happy in the heaven.
  • + 1
 My kids thought that was hilarious! My son asked if he had a good life and I said what do you think? He said yeah.....
  • + 1
 Why can't a evil Rothschild die, it's always the best that go first, god had better mountain for him in a other galaxy.
  • + 2
 He lived twice as much as me in less time.
  • + 1
 As a tribute to Kelly (and what an awesome guy he was) we should have a KVOTM, every month. Just saying. =D!
  • + 1
 like stalone ones sat the men that deserf to life die first than the men ho dont
  • + 2
 R.I.P McGazza may your soul live with the mtb gods
  • + 1
 How did they for all that hair into a a wig?? Gonna miss this dude, I wish I could live 50% as well as he did.
  • + 4
 I actually thought it looked like Connor Macfarlane with the wig on, was wondering if that part got filmed at a later date?
  • + 1
 Man man, thats all McGazza himself!! He was stressing so much about us burning his hair. So many laughs shooting this!
  • + 1
 Hands down the best intro to a bike video. RIP to one of the finest legends ever.
  • + 2
 Bravo for that! Great job on that video.
  • + 2
 That was the greatest thing I've ever seen.
  • + 1
 That's one way to wash your bike.... Wouldn't like to see the bearings after that though.
  • + 1
 1. NOOOO MY HAIRRR 2. all hail yt bikes 3. REST IN PIECE KELLY
  • + 1
 Man on fire! Rest in peace mcgazza.
  • + 1
 That was flippin epic! Awesome!!
  • + 1
 "Ahhhhh my hair" lol

RIP Kelly, you will be missed
  • + 1
 An amazing video! RIP McGazza
  • + 1
 Hell yeah Kelly....... RIP!
  • + 1
 Im sure he is having this kind of fun right now. :-)
  • + 2
 Rip it Kelly!
  • + 1
 Holy Shit, Kelly was the man, the hero we all need! RIP friend!
  • + 2
 Best eulogy ever!
  • + 1
 Such a unique dude. Ride on brother.
  • + 1
 Live big Dream big Be awesome Become legend
  • + 1
 Forever a legend, a badass and a true freerider.
  • + 1
 This gave me goosebumps.. RIP Kelly Frown
  • + 1
 RAD VID AND SUPER RAD DUDE! R.I.P
  • + 0
 RIP, the only guy ever to rock the mullet in true style!
  • + 1
 RIP
  • + 1
 Ride in peace Kely!!
  • + 1
 RIP
  • + 1
 F'in gnarly boots.
  • + 1
 Legend. Forever.
  • + 1
 Dude is such a badass.
  • + 1
 Epic !
  • + 1
 our hearts Kelly ;(
  • + 1
 #LegendNeverDie
  • + 1
 speechless!
  • + 1
 RIP
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