Paul Basagoitia's 'Any One of Us' Documentary to Premiere on HBO

Sep 19, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Paul Basagoitia's Any One of Us documentary will be premiered on HBO on Tuesday October 29 at 9pm. The documentary follows Paul's recovery from a burst-fracture of his 12th vertebrae and partially severed his spinal cord sustained at Red Bull Rampage in 2015.

The film will chart Paul's road to recovery from the date of the accident through his rehab, with much of the footage being self-filmed by Paul himself. Red Bull Films began working with Paul 9 months after the accident to tell the story in a way that could raise awareness and help others who have suffered spinal cord injuries.


The full release is below:


PRESS RELEASE: HBO

HBO Sports presents Any One of Us, a revealing documentary produced by Red Bull Films, chronicling pro mountain biker Paul Basagoitia’s remarkable journey to recovery after a devastating injury. Offering an unprecedented look into the traumatic world of spinal cord injuries (SCI), the film debuts Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, it was announced today by Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.

The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms.

The feature-length presentation marks the first-ever partnership between HBO Sports and Red Bull Films, telling a story that begins on October 16, 2015, the date of Basagoitia’s traumatic injury, and unfolding in real time through raw, intimate footage — much filmed by Paul himself — of the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future. Directed by Fernando Villena, the film features a chorus of other diverse SCI survivors, shining a light on the struggles that Basagoitia and all SCI patients confront every day, and the hope that drives them.

“Any One of Us is an incredibly raw, emotional, and impactful film,” says Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “Paul’s story is unforgettable, and an extraordinary case study of what SCI survivors deal with on a daily basis as they work to recover from their injuries. We are proud to be associated with Red Bull Films and this production, and are excited for our HBO audience to discover this story.”

Paul Basagoitia, or Paul “Bas” as he’s more widely known, has never been a stranger to surpassing expectations and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. Born and raised in Minden, Nevada, Basagoitia was riding bikes – without training wheels – from the age of two. By the time he turned seven, he was winning BMX contests.

In 2004 when Basagoitia was in his teens, he tagged along with his friend and fellow Reno-area native, professional mountain biker Cam Zink, as he headed to one of the world’s premier mountain biking competitions, Crankworx, held annually in Whistler, BC. Once there, Paul entered the mountain bike slopestyle contest with a bike borrowed from Zink, and he pulled off a stunning run that ended with a perfect backflip onto a massive step-up to win the event.

Basagoitia returned to Crankworx the following year and repeated his slopestyle win, cementing his place at the top. In his twenties, Basagolitia became the first person to complete a 720 on a mountain bike and landed the first double backflip on natural terrain in front of a global audience at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage event in Utah.

Three years later, back at Red Bull Rampage, where Basagoitia was one of the favorites to win, his life changed forever. A slight mistake saw him off his line and tumbling down the rock face. As a result, he suffered a burst-fracture of his 12th vertebrae and partially severed his spinal cord.

Starting from the first days in the hospital where he found out that he was paralyzed, Basagoitia turned his camera onto himself and began to capture his recovery experience. These personal videos reveal his struggles and triumphs as he moves from the hospital, to rehab, and eventually home. Nine months into his recovery, Red Bull Films, with director Fernando Villena, began working with Basagoitia to tell his story in a way that could raise awareness and help others who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

The HBO Sports presentation of Any One of Us is directed by Fernando Villena; Produced byBen Bryan and Nate Nash; Executive Producers Scott Bradfield, Charlie Rosene, Jim Sayer, Paul Basagoitia, Aaron Lutze and Werner Brell; For HBO, Executive Producers Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein; Edited by Rose Corr and Original Score by Turtle. The film highlights the Wings for Life Research Foundation in their aim to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Read our full interview with Paul about the film here.


54 Comments

  • 55 1
 Wow. Props and continued prayers for you, Bass. You the man.
  • 19 58
flag RedBurn (Sep 19, 2019 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 Will Bas compete again in Rampage? I hope not...

Rampage risk level doesnt worth it ! Dead Horse
  • 12 7
 @RedBurn: You're more than welcome to not watch the event or watch any edits or look at any articles relating to freeriding. I understand its hard for some people to understand these riders' passion relating to this discipline.


I'm very happy his documentary got picked up and will be seen by many who don't understand this type of riding, like RedBurn here. I can't wait to see more footage of him ripping around down the road!
  • 46 0
 I still have the YT Tues from the #irideforpaul auction.
Its so good to see him making progress.
  • 7 0
 I used to love running into Paul and Cam around Whistler during past Crankworx. Both are such good dudes and great riders. Props to Paul for fighting so hard, and good luck in the future.
  • 9 0
 Back is fused not died...dang auto correct.
  • 5 1
 A true hero and legend. Have been following on Paul's recovery on Instagram since he got injured. It is sure that his recovery and what he had been through will be an encouragement and inspiration for many people, no matter they are also injured or healty!
  • 4 0
 Good to see you back at it! I have had a broken back and it is died now, so while it's different for everyone in a sense I feel your pain. You can't ever let others tell you what you're capable of. And good luck on the "Random Tandem", wish I could get a turn.
  • 3 0
 Oh man, that's rad and well deserved. Paul is an inspiration and a hell of a hard worker! Never met him but he did answer a question I had on an IG Story about his Scott eBike super fast which was pretty cool. My wife and I were just talking about this Doc last night and were curious when it was coming out. Going to be a tear jerker but eager to watch it.
  • 6 0
 Dam, wish this would of been on Red Bull tv as would of loved to have watched it
  • 2 0
 Win win for red bull. They put on incredible events such as rampage where riders put any regard for their own health a side. And in the inevitable event that a crowd favourite gets hurt, they can just monetize their recovery. But barely anyone talks about the atheletes that get hurt during a redbull event and get no support whatsoever from red bull. Which I'm sure of will be the vast majority. Kind of hypocrotical. Then again who a I to talk, I'll be watching rampage for sure!
  • 4 0
 I’ve heard this is a very powerful film. Looking forward to seeing this one day
  • 4 0
 Heard Bas on one of mtb podcasts, can't remember which one. It was a great interview, and he talked about making the film and his recovery. Looking forward to seeing it. I'm expecting it to hit hard and turn this tough guy into an emotional puddle.
  • 1 0
 @JustinVP: vital mtb
  • 3 1
 I remember watching the 2015 rampage event live when Paul went down. One of the craziest moments I've ever seen from a live sporting event. I'm glad Redbull stepped up and stayed with Paul throughout all this
  • 4 0
 Can this be released pay-per on other platforms please?!! Put the money to good use for Paul.
  • 2 0
 Serious question:

I am not a TV person so not sure how I can watch this if I don't have cable TV.
Can one buy just one movie from HBO?

Are they connected to any online platform where I can catch their content?
  • 1 0
 Dunno about the UK, but in the US you can do a 7-day free trial on the HBO Now service.
  • 1 0
 I was lucky enough to see one of the first drafts, and then see a premiere of the film-of which Paul Bas attended and that made it even more awesome---but, this is a killer documentary about people, must see it, share it.
  • 4 1
 Soooo who's gonna share their HBO Go/Now password? lol
  • 1 0
 Just do a free trial! (Or take a crowbar to your wallet and pay the $15 a month! :-D )
  • 2 0
 Such respect for Paul, and I hope he can continue to create his new best life as works to move forward!
  • 2 2
 Obamacare is working now? US has strange policies when it comes to healthcare. Like in Sico, where the guy has to choose one of his 2 fingers, because repairing both is too expensive.
  • 7 1
 Yup. We have our issues just like any other country; however, I still like my chances here.
  • 2 0
 Sico sounds like a soft drink.
  • 2 3
 @COnovicerider: You've got high chances to find some blue meth
  • 2 5
 @colincolin: or be killed by gunfire.
  • 2 1
 @colincolin: better than getting ran over by a rental van
  • 1 1
 healthcare isnt policy, its goods and services.
  • 1 0
 Documentaries like this are so damn important. Really hope this gains more views. People need to see 'the other side' of being a pro athlete.
  • 1 0
 I’m pretty excited for this to air, it shows what real life is like for different people with cruel circumstances, gonna be powerful.
  • 1 0
 Took a ride with Paul and a friend last year. He's come a long way. Truly inspirational.
  • 1 0
 Great talk is available with Paul on the vitalmtb podcast . Well worth the listen .
  • 1 0
 Yeah Bas! Stoked to see your story getting the views it should and HBO is a great avenue for it! Stay strong brother!
  • 1 0
 Truly powerful and intense documentary, everyone should make sure to watch this!
  • 1 0
 you are an inspiration to all the people who has sustained life chanching injuries, stay strong !!!
  • 5 4
 none of these people can afford HBO.
  • 1 0
 Been looking forward to this since I first caught word of it
  • 1 0
 Awesome, such a strong mind and will to endure. Inspirational x
  • 1 0
 Stay strong Paul Bas. You’re an inspiration to many.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know his current progress? Walking on his own? Riding?
  • 1 0
 I’m so excited to watch this!
  • 2 0
 You are an inspiration
  • 1 0
 Pumped on this documentary and excited to see it. Many props to you Bas
  • 1 0
 Props! Will be watching
  • 1 0
 YEEHHAWWW go Paul!!
  • 2 2
 Pay for it and watch it.
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