About 2 years ago me and a friend, Rob found ourselves sat on the couch, bruised and battered more than we would be when out on our skateboards doing what we love. It was time for change, time for a new adventure. Then we found the forest and the adventure began. At first we would just go out to the woods for just a few hours every couple of days, but before we knew it we were there day in, day out. Exploring, laughing, living and learning the weird and wonderful ways of the bicycle. Going from 2 inches of urethane to 26 inches of stiff metal surrounded in rubber takes a bit of getting used to. The first couple of months after many plasters were stuck and painkillers consumed, we found the shovel and the adventure evolved again, it was like someone telling us "Here is an infinite pile of wood and a huge warehouse, go build your dream skatepark." The next learning curve began, but from that first day of picking up the shovel the digging and riding sort of became one. We had found our session. It wasn't about who could go fastest down the hillside or who could build the biggest sender it was all about the enjoyment and experience of it all.
A couple of years later, and I feel the reasons why we do what we do are exactly the same. We do go slightly faster down the hillside and the jumps are starting to make the hairs on the back of our neck stand up but it all happened naturally and with time. This year we were lucky enough to meet two rad guys out on the trails called Jud and Petty, whether its riding with them, shifting dirt or sitting round the camp-fire with a hot brew - they are nothing but awesome to be around. So massive thanks to them and everyone else who's been around, for all the man power that's been put in and all the amazing sessions that have gone down. This is a little video of a few of the trails we have built and or refurbished over the last year, hope you all enjoy. Mad Doctor and Jarude, biggest inspirations bar none. Sending one through the smoke.Late night campfire after a rad day on the trails.Bit of misplaced footing in the air.Newest trail 'Crescendo' being packed in and assessed by the diggers.The Marra Barra, absolute life saver.http://clayspades.blogspot.co.uk/