Stephen Matthews: The Shore's Second Coming - Photo Epic and Video

Jul 6, 2016
by Scott Secco  
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The Shore


Growing up on the outside looking in, Vancouver’s North Shore epitomized what I wanted mountain biking to be. Split times and podium finishes didn’t seem important there, and the trails in photographs looked raw rather than refined. The North Shore had a mesmerizing draw about it that let my imagination run wild, even from 1000km away. I wanted so badly to understand the networks of the three legendary mountains between Deep Cove and Horseshoe Bay. On a map it was clearly a finite amount of space, but as I stared at magazine photographs, and watched films on repeat, it sure seemed like an endless forest. From the foothills of Alberta, my surface understanding of the place drew a few obvious conclusions. The riders were revolutionizing what it meant to ride a bike, the trail building was influencing trails around the world, and both of those together made for some of the most stunning photographs I’d ever seen.


Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.


When I first met Wade, I was living in Whistler and was enamoured with riding the bike park day in and day out. Every time I’d come down to ride the Shore, I made a million wrong turns, chose horrible routes, and couldn’t figure out why it was the complete opposite of what I had dreamt up in my head. Wade’s famous for saying things like, “When you’re ready, the trail will find you” or “This is the Shore, buddy… the more you put in, the more you’ll get out.'' His ambiguous statements start to make more sense when you ride with the guy. The Shore’s network is a maze of greatest hits with no room for complacency. It’s in both Simmons’ and the Shore’s character to be challenging, relentless, and truly awesome.

Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.


The backyard of my home in Calgary was taken over by my brother, Peter, and I for a few years. We’d build ladder bridges from scrap wood, and elevate them using the sawhorses from our dad’s workshop. At one point we had ladders and skinnies stretching the entire width of the yard. They gradually rose up to drop off the fence, out of the yard, and into the street. The novelty of riding these suspended sidewalks has worn off for what feels like most riders, but it still puts a smile on my face.


Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.


We get to ride and play in amazing natural places that lend incredibly well to creating stunning riding photos and videos. As mountain bikers, we’re media rich with a never-ending stream of high quality content to passively glance at. The vivid photos of the North Shore from the late 90’s and early 2000’s have left unforgettable impressions on my mind. They represented so much more than just action images to me, it was visual proof of the life I wanted.


Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.


I now call North Vancouver home, and I’m proud to be a rider in the community here. I’d like to thank Wade, Digger, and Sterl for not only helping with this project, but for the continued inspiration they’ve given
me over the years. See you on the trails!


Stephen Matthews was really excited about riding a brand spanking new space bike from the future also known as the Yeti SB6C So excited in fact that we went and shot some photos of Stephen riding the aforementioned bicycle.
stephen matthews riding a brand spanking new yeti bicycle


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Rider/Words: Stephen Matthews
Photos: Reuben Krabbe
Video: Scott Secco
Sound Design: Keith White
Score: Oliver Brayshaw
Narration: Terry Walker


MENTIONS: @yeticycles / @stephen / @ReubenKrabbe / @scottsecco



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100 Comments

  • 79 2
 2:00 - That feeling, that shot. Beautiful.
Whenever I see new stuff from Scott, I make time, grab a cuppa, stick my headphones on, sit back and immerse, and he never fails to deliver.
Somehow, you just capture the essence of everything I love about riding. As long as you keep making these @scottsecco, we'll keep watching.
  • 23 0
 Hey @SubMarined, thank you so much for the kind words! That's so cool to hear you enjoy my work. Really appreciate you watching the video and taking the time to comment, it means a lot to us filmer types.
  • 41 0
 That tyre role, dayum
  • 14 0
 How does he not destroy rims on the rocks, running those pressures?
  • 8 0
 I just don't don't know how people stay mounted with that much flex. I hate flexing tyres!
  • 3 1
 @Andy-ap: He probably weighs 140lbs soaking wet! If my tires roll like that, they come off!
  • 6 0
 @AllMountin: by lowering them for the shot and than raising them again haha
  • 15 0
 @leggatt: You got it, 6'1", 140lbs. I thought I was normal until I ran my BMI. Now I'm concerned I may be underweight! www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
  • 1 0
 @stephen: That's too funny! You look all right to me. Nice edit!
  • 21 0
 Nice video Scott. Seconds into it I was thinking how much it was like a Life Cycles segment. Top notch stuff. Really awesome photos of some great riding too Reuben. Cheers guys.
  • 7 0
 Even the music is Life Cycles-que
  • 5 0
 Life Cycles is still one of my favorites. Hell, it might be my favorite with Strength in Numbers in second place.
  • 2 0
 That's because everything about it screamed "Life Cycles" Smile

Good video though, I definitely dug it and have the itch to go ride again now.
  • 7 0
 @jeremeybyrne Definitely some serious Life Cycles influence here. That's by far my favourite bike movie of all time!
  • 24 0
 Cute slab at the end eh
  • 20 0
 What brand of dog is that? I want one
  • 4 0
 ducktoller
  • 16 0
 "brand" lol
  • 2 0
 That's some funny shit right there.
  • 13 0
 Yeahh talking about leaving it all behind and the life I always wanted, I'm moving from Brazil to Vancouver in october. Let's hope everything works out (this meaning I need a job, a new bike and some friends to ride with Smile )
  • 3 0
 ill ride with ya
  • 6 1
 You've got your priorities right - just don't ask about the housing..
  • 2 0
 Me too!
  • 2 1
 @powderturns: Seriously. I think a lot of people don't take into consideration how absurd the housing and rental markets are here. Almost as hard on the shore to find a place as it is downtown or in East Van. Shits bonkers.
  • 2 1
 The riding is awesome everywhere not just the shore. The Valley, Sea to Sky..... everywhere.... you have made a good choice. Message me when you come and I'd be happy to show you around the trails, been riding with a good group of guys. Also if you need a job and aren't afraid of labour I could probably hook you up somewhere in construction.... that's the one uptick of the crazy housing market is construction jobs are rampant at the moment.
  • 2 1
 @myfriendgoose: that's why I chose Naniamo way cheaper than vc and only a ferry ride away. Unfortunately I had to move back to Onterrible because of family issues but I will be back!!!
  • 2 1
 @mhoshal: I'm soon leaving Seattle for Bellingham... Close proximity to the shore, and even closer to the trails I can ride every day.
  • 2 0
 @sngltrkmnd: Thats a wise move. Get a Nexus pass and you're chilling! Also Wander Brewing is one of the best around. For sure check out the valley systems like Bear/Red, Vedder, and Woodlot. More trails within an hour of Bham than you could ride in a year, and most of them are empty during the week.
  • 2 0
 Thanks @CrazyHorse4 and everyone here. I will be in touch Smile
  • 11 1
 Another @scottsecco masterpiece!

#theresnoplacelikehome
  • 8 0
 gives me the goosebumps !
  • 7 0
 This should be in theatres
  • 3 0
 Talk about running low pressure~

I would love to know his rider weight and what PSI/Bar he was running at the time.

The lowest I've run is 24psi rear tire and 24psi front. Felt grippy and helped soften the ride but I didn't feel too confident over roots and rocks at high speeds thinking I'd just bang my rims up.
  • 7 0
 Hey man! I'm about 185lbs and run 29psi in the rear, and is a Maxxis Aggressor DD tire on SRAM Rail 50 wheel
  • 2 0
 @stephen: Thanks for the info~

I'm 145lbs @24psi (sometimes) so I'm wondering if this is happening when I hit corners fast.

No where near your level though haha
  • 1 0
 I weigh about 145 also and run 20 psi rear, 18-20 psi front, sometimes a little less for both. If I'm in the park I usually run 22 psi rear. My rims are 31.6 mm internal width and I'm running tubeless.
  • 3 0
 I met Digger on a recent road trip up there. Such a nice, awesome guy and great history as one of the godfathers of North Shore trails. Thanks for the chat and all your work up there Digger! You guys are doing it right.

Great work as always @scottsecco!
  • 2 0
 Thanks @russellpj! So many legendary characters on the Shore, we actually had a tough time choosing who to feature. We really should have mentioned the NSMBA's tireless advocacy for all of us trail users. We're lucky to have so many technical and diverse trails.
  • 5 1
 I live in Colorado and have ridden classics all over the mountain west. One of my most memorable biking experiences was a single day I got to spend on The Shore.
  • 4 0
 canada they have it all ,rest of world take note!!! this is how you build trails ,bikes are designed and tested ,riding these trails cant beat that.
  • 3 1
 Wow! So far, this is easily my favourite video of the year! I'm not sure if it's because I just drank a coffee, but I got the sweats watching this. I wish I could have this video play everytime I boot up my computer. Well done guys!
  • 5 0
 Time to move countries.....
  • 1 0
 Amazing video, love your work Scott... oh and the riding wasn't too shabby either. I'm sitting in my office in downtown Vancouver staring across at Fromme, almost time to go home and head over for an after work ride. So lucky to live here.
  • 1 0
 Great vid! I can relate to the words as well, growing up in Calgary, building sketchy stunts, now having made the migration to Van. I remember back in the day when I'd see Peter slaying the jumps at COP. Guy was a legend in my books growing up.
  • 6 1
 Flat tyre?
  • 3 0
 Rad video neighbor, best one on PB in some time. Classy work by both you and Scott. Keep it up.
  • 2 1
 Can you put up a list of the trails you rode @stephen in this video? I recognise some but not all and would love to ride some of the others shown here. Where is that open section with all the BMX style rollers?
  • 7 1
 Hey @krager, we put together quite the shot list for this project. The BMX style rollers are the new exit to Corkscrew under the powerlines on Mt Seymour. The NSMBA has been doing incredible work on our mountains here! (Become a member!)

Other trails include, CBC, TNT, Corkscrew, Firehose, Slippery Canoe, Coiler.
  • 1 1
 @stephen: Cheers!! Looks like I need to drag my sorry arse a bit further up Seymour then.
  • 1 1
 I rode by while they were filming this section (at 1:35) thinking "great, now I can finally figure out how you time these rollers by watching the video when they release it" since the spacing / timing is really tight and hard for me to figure out. I need to watch this section super slow to see how its done but honestly I don't think I'll ever get anywhere near as good as this, ever Frown
  • 3 0
 The new flow section after Corkscrew is called Power Line.

www.trailforks.com/trails/power-line-56230
  • 4 3
 @stephen: is that massive rock roll at the end built for this segment? Guessing it's not on a sanctioned trail Smile
  • 7 5
 @stephen: CBC - only second to secret CBC for the bestest trail ever
  • 3 3
 @leelau: hit it the other day! Cypress..so hot right now! ????
instagram.com/p/BHdkRQwgsV6
  • 4 3
 @leelau: Not that secret lol
  • 7 4
 @theedon: Not the biggest slab on the Shore. Perhaps the most instagrammed
  • 3 2
 @leelau: oh do tell....
  • 3 2
 @leelau: we'll have to head out with a tape measure one day to get to the bottom of this Smile
  • 8 4
 @theedon: actually that slab is in Squamish where the best trails are. Everyone go to Squamish
  • 3 2
 @leelau: yes Squamish is rich with slabs!
  • 2 1
 @leelau: that slab is much gnarlier than intestinal fortitude or penthouse slab, would love to see these slabs you speak of in squam
  • 1 0
 @stephen: where is that big roll? I have been to seymour and have rode pretty much every loamer there and i cant seem to find it. Is it on seymour or another mountain
  • 2 0
 nothing, nothing, compares to the north shore, trust me I am an bearded elder. best video ever. for me this sums up everything about this magnificent bike thing we do.
  • 1 1
 @scottsecco Any image or video of that long rock drop/roller with run out? Until I actually saw the boulder in the Garbanzo Zone under the lift, I never realized how improbably huge some of these rock run ins are. The one under the lift, even though at the end of the day, I walked back into the Demo Center and watched the video of it, just can't wrap my mind around it.
  • 3 0
 Lovely video and article. Well done.
  • 4 0
 Cool cinematography.
  • 3 0
 Always good to watch Matthews ride!
  • 11 10
 I'm about to build a North Shore here in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with the same size trees, terrain, boulders, and an actual shore line
  • 3 1
 There is one North shore and it is in my back yard P)
  • 3 1
 lol I don't know why you got negative propped, I thought your comment was funny!
  • 2 1
 That's cool @Ryanrobinson1984 - put up some pictures after you're done.
  • 3 0
 Not enough elevation to compare. There is just nothing like the Shore. Pisgah is the Shore of NC and it only has a fraction of the elevation. Good luck on your endeavor. Smile
  • 3 0
 I thought he was being sarcastic...
  • 7 5
 No skinny game? Not a complete rider IMO. I still love me some elevated skinnies, even if the masses won't ride 'em.
  • 2 0
 Amazing riding in a beautiful place! Phenomenal photography. And a Yeti! Nicely done!!
  • 1 0
 A good representation of the North Shore. I have to laugh though as all those trails are empty of riders. They are all on the featureless boring flow trails.
  • 1 0
 Truly awesome, the years I lived on the Shore were some of the best and really helped me become a better rider.
  • 2 0
 Dude, your tire almost fell off eh. Unreal video!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 1
 These trails, WOW! Everything about this was awesome. That drop @ :47, holy crap. Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Awesome video and photos, great stuff, makes me dream of riding the shore again!
  • 1 0
 Great video Stephen! I'm visiting the Shore for two weeks in August, can't wait!
  • 2 0
 Maybe the 3rd coming will include ladder bridges again.
  • 1 0
 Right on, Stephen. Ride on.
  • 1 0
 Good Dog! The rest was killer too!
  • 2 0
 Time for a new VOD
  • 1 0
 what fork was that? never seen it before...
  • 4 0
 Hey @seismicninja I'm running a Rockshox Lyrik RCT3 Solo-Air 180 on my Yeti SB6c. Good times all the time!
  • 1 0
 One of the best edits I've seen this year for sure.
  • 2 0
 That line at 0:46. Wow.
  • 1 0
 Something reminds me of lifecycles - mere beauty I see here. Magnificent!
  • 1 0
 When are you two Mathews brothers gonna get together and show off? Smile
  • 1 0
 Blown away, beautiful trails, riding and cinematography!!! Beer
  • 1 0
 Wow!!....
  • 1 0
 Soooo gooooood.
  • 1 0
 That dog can chug.
  • 1 0
 diggah!
  • 1 0
 Very cool
  • 1 0
 Epic Stephen!
  • 1 0
 that dog is the business
  • 1 0
 Pure Beauty! I love it!





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