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Santa Barbara: Greatest Hits, Episode Two - Video

Jun 30, 2016
by Satchel Cronk  
Views: 3,863    Faves: 25    Comments: 2

There are few places quite like Santa Barbara; nestled between the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean. Going into the last few months of our four years of school at UCSB, my buddies and I decided we wanted to showcase some of our favorites among the wide variety of riding options that we enjoyed.

Nelson s wheelie skills on fine display in front of a particularly spectacular sunset on the Santa Barbara coastline.

In this episode, Nelson Monge rides some front country classics and flows the community pumptrack that we built, and then all three of us involved in this series get out for one final beachside shred together before graduation.

Images for Santa Barbara Greatest Hits Episode 2 with Nelson Monge.
Our first day shooting for this project, Nelson and I lucked out with some epic conditions at Elings Park.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode
Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Left: That's UCSB out on the point if anyone is looking for an ugly place to go to school.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode
Front country trails feature plenty of rock, but there's definitely flow, fun, and some surprises to be found if you go out and explore.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Images for Santa Barbara Greatest Hits Episode 2 with Nelson Monge.
Left: Nelson getting his GQ on (this may or may not have been a spy shot on my part). Right: Flowing the Isla Vista Pumptrack.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

In the final section of the video, Nelson, Jimmy, and I cruised from our apartment to Elwood Mesa, some open space next to IV that has some fun little sections of trail in an amazing setting.

Satch s sliding selfie series. It hasn t been too warm in Santa Barbara as of late so I tried to pack the dust ocean and lightbro in this one to convince myself that summer really is coming.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode
Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

With a big week of final exams looming this kind of study break does a whole lot of good. On a more contemplative side than PB posts usually entail I ve noticed that I am often at my most creative during hectic weeks of final exams. This observation combined with a recent shift of perspective on my impending future that recognizes the importance of photography in my life made this quote by Jessica Hische particularly impactful when I stumbled across it the other day The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should do for the rest of your life.
Elwood offers some pretty spectacular trail access right from campus.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

Going out and shooting all together was a pretty darn fun way to spend one of our last nights at school together. I have to give a huge shout out to these guys (and the rest of the UCSB MTB crew) for being a big part of making my experience in Santa Barbara as awesome as it was.

Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode
Santa Barbara Greatest Hits - Episode

The classroom education was meaningful and greatly appreciated as we look towards the future, but mountain biking gave us the friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for reading, and to everyone in Santa Barbara that made it such a killer time.

Words, photos, and video by Satchel Cronk.


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  • 8 0
 I'm glad to see that Elwood is still undeveloped. There was quite a fight for that back when I was on the UCSB MTB team. Props to the people who got a pumptrack in IV! Keep up the SB shredding gents for there are many roads out of Santa Barbara, and few roads in.
  • 7 0
 That'd be these guys who put hours and hours of work into the pump track!
  • 5 0
 I discovered mountain biking in the early 90's while living in Isla Vista, and cut me teeth riding the bluffs of Ellwood. My first downhill mountain run was front side on Cold Spring Trail, and by chance, Shaums March was one of the few on the ride. Even after eating sh*t the whole way down, I was inspired and totally hooked! While working at Isla Vista Market I met one of my best friends, who was a member of the UCSB mountain biking club, and I began riding with that crew. They showed me the rest of what the SB front and back country had to offer. 20+ years later, I'm still riding all of these killer trails at the age of 45, and I can't imagine what life would be like if I hadn't moved to SB and discovered this sport.

@satchscratch the two videos you posted bring back fond memories of the early days and motivate me to continue getting out there on two wheels and enjoy what this place has to offer. Nice work!
  • 2 0
 Bumps for Shaums March - I remember he rode a Chumba at Rampage in like 2004.
  • 3 0
 Another solid video boys - keep me coming! Go Gauchos. I mis that feeling of smashing out the 6800 block of DP on my way to Ellwood to smash dirt jumps then riding home as the sunset, just knowing that Isla Vista and cold beers were waiting for me.
  • 3 0
 Been riding/living in SB since I started going to UCSB back in '99, and it's an amazing place to live. I definitely missed a few classes due to Ellwood & More Mesa dirt jump sessions back in the day.

My introduction to the front-side trails was a shuttle down Tunnel with some fast locals, which was a total eye-opener as to just how "rocky" a trail could be. Pretty unbeatable scenery too.
  • 4 0
 I'm loving this video series. Maybe you guys should take a victory lap and come back to UCSB for a 5th year and keep making these.
  • 3 0
 Satchel is my new favorite writer, photographer and videographer when it comes to putting together a sick episode!! You should make a prequel/sequel to your time at UCSB.
  • 2 0
 It's cool that these guys love their local ride spots enough to make these vids. Would be cool to see riders in other parts of the country (and world) that we haven't seen much of already do this too.
  • 2 0
 Great to see. I've really enjoyed satchels work an will look forward to what's next! Satchel, humboldt is crying out for your work!
  • 2 0
 knew this video was going to be awesome after seeing the first one. lovin the vibe these videos have. keep it up, makes me want to apply to UCSB haha!!
  • 2 0
 Very cool edit

Digging the trend of using more laid back / hip-hop music in videos. If there's one thing this world doesn't need it's another mtb video trying to be "epic".
  • 2 0
 This is the most positive comment thread i have ever seen. It is a true testament to the quality of work and just how rad SB is.
  • 2 0
 Gotta shoot something like this in Slo. Man, the trails there are killer. You can find almost anything that suits your fancy.
  • 3 0
 Rad! Can't wait to get back to that place!
  • 3 0
 Cool video but the stills are truly epic
  • 2 1
 Coldsprings and San Ysidro are super fun and technical trails in SB. Those are the trails if you're looking for some MTB challenge.
  • 1 0
 Cold Springs is beat. Everything else is running top notch though
  • 2 0
 If only I knew about mountain biking when I went to UCSB 20 years ago... way to keep the MTB vibe alive up there! Rad video!
  • 2 3
 I was visiting santa barbara and saw episode one of this series right before I left. I decided I would do a quick ride on some of these trails. Bummer to say, these were some of the worst trails I have ever ridden. Never go back.
  • 2 1
 Love these Santa Barbara "Greatest Hits" videos. Any idea about the trail name in the video?
  • 2 0
 I would think it would be obvious with your name. Jesusita.
  • 1 0
 @smgishot13: Thanks!
  • 1 0
 This makes me miss UCSB even more! Killing it with these photos and articles, Satchel!
  • 1 0
 Is that a giant reign sitting on plus size tires? Great camera work and riding guys.
  • 2 0
 Nope juast fat rims!
  • 1 4
 I just left the Central Coast and for how many beautiful places there could be trails it is really lacking a variety of trails. I got so sick of driving 20+ minutes just for good riding. Meanwhile in Utah I cant not find a trail at every little pull off into desert. I miss the weather though, so much.
  • 1 0
 20 Mins? I have to drive 20 mins just to the Closest viable option. You are lucky. But, yeah, Utah can be harsh.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: I'm not saying there isn't great riding in that area. I just cant stand the driving required to get to some of the amazing trails. I just feel like every direction I look here is a trail within riding distance. That's the only point I was really trying to get across. I still visit the area and ride often!
  • 2 0
 @Schy: I'm with ya - my part of the BA (SF) sucks for nearby riding, Central CA is way better between SLO and SB, but Utah rules - except for weather extremes. Last time I went to Moab it was so cold we resorted to drinking cinnamon schnapps at Slickrock. Total Derrils. Don't get me started on Summer - lots of beers required.
  • 2 1
 I just left San Luis Obispo last year and grew up in Santa Barbara. The weather is the only thing I can miss.
  • 1 2
 This has to be one of the top 5 dumbest comments ever posted on PB.
  • 3 0
 @smgishot13: Sorry, I didn't stop and think that 20 minutes isn't that far of a drive for most people... I wish I could delete the original comment. I am ironically on my way to SLO while typing this. Sorry to make people angry.
  • 2 0
 @Schy: Nobodys angry - it's Pinkbike! Looks like you got a cool setup in UT. Hang up and drive, fool!
Cheers
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: I'm furious. This comment sent me into an uncontrolled rage and down a path of decisions that have ruined my once promising life.
  • 2 0
 @smgishot13:
Ha! So pretty much a run of the mill visit to the PB forums. I recommend watching that Fabien Cuzzo 'madness' race edit they posted today to calm down and regain your sense of purpose.
  • 1 0
 Where is the pump track located?
  • 1 0
 Estero Park in IV
  • 1 0
 What was the music track name?
  • 1 0
 Styles of Beyond - Mr. Brown

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