Throwback Thursday: Brandon Semenuk at 15 Years Old

Dec 27, 2018
by James Smurthwaite  
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At just 15 years old, Brandon Semenuk featured in his own segment in the Vicious Circles DVD that was released in 2008. Just as stylish back then as he is now, Brandon's moves have evolved since this DVD was released but the way he rides is still distinguishable.


45 Comments

  • + 65
 This kid keeps it up and he’ll be famous someday!!
  • - 12
flag adrennan (Dec 27, 2018 at 13:17) (Below Threshold)
 they just need to get rid of that potato camera and they will really be onto something
  • + 36
 Every once in a while I watch NWD or some throwback video like this and get really amazed with riding, how each rider was progressing by adding a bit more style to those tricks, more extension to super seaters and so on. Nowadays the level of tricks are incredible, yet I don't get that excited when someone adds another barspin into an already combo trick. But maybe that's just nostalgia talking cause I started riding around 2007 and these vids were the thing that got me into riding bikes.
  • + 8
 +1 for something not being a "World's First" when it's a combination of 3 or more tricks that has never been done.

I really don't care if it's a 360 barspin to tuck no hander or a 360 tuck no hander to barspin...
  • + 10
 I agree.. Grew up on NWDs and Kranked vids and though cashrolls and 4-trick combos are really awesome and help to progress the sport, make it more visible and media-friendly, I still feel that a fully extended superman over a canyon ( Sam Reynolds!!) is much more massive move, than a 1080 with a barspin. Its almost as if it is slowly becoming a different sport with that BMX, multi-trick attitude.

You can see it at Rampage very well as it can be said, that irs being judged with a slopestyle eye more than with a freeride one. A tailwhip over a 50ft jump would most likely score more, than someone holding a lazy tobogan for 2 second on the same jump, putting his style into it... The question is how to judge these properly.

I think combos and such is great and I watch slopestyle extensively dont get me wrong Smile But those big, "simple" moves will have their place anytime... Kyle Straits suicide from his first rampage win gives me the chills every time, and yet it is such a "simple" move by todays standarts.

I dont think its possible to try to keep these two sides of MTB together fo much longer, what do you think?
  • + 3
 I remember buying a 2006 Brodie Bruzza converted single speed, off my buddy back in autumn of 07. First 'real mtb' and I remember watching NWDs and Kranked and Drop-in! When Hayes was making good brakes too back then. Oh the Nostalgia!!
  • + 15
 Nice reminder that you don’t need the latest and greatest bike / components to be totally rad! Even todays entry level kit is better than what was being ridden back then.
  • + 12
 Can somebody please explain me, how can he go so big on a bike with reach shorter than 500?
  • + 9
 And a 680mm bars.
  • + 10
 @WAKIdesigns: it’s not possible. Photoshopped
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Its Semenuk, he could probably do that on a unicycle
  • + 16
 His style has changed...or maybe it's just his jeans.
  • + 1
 BAHAHAHA
  • + 10
 Better edit and music than some stuff being released a decade later!
  • + 1
 Any idea what the song is please?
  • + 3
 Celebration - Joy Division
  • + 4
 Ceremony not Celebration. It might actually be the New Order version
  • + 5
 @Blackers: Ceremony - New Order
  • + 3
 Is it me or mountain biking was so much better before ? I can't help but think that all those old videos are so so gold compared to today's! one of my favourite old school vid featuring a competition is called " the Monster Park" if you've never seen it go watch it it's so cool !!! competitions format were a lot better too, with riders judging each other instead of a jury youtu.be/L0PCtjDjzJU
  • + 1
 It's too materialistic now.
  • + 5
 People who spend the most money on bikes look at it is a way to ride trails instead of send jumps and what not. Not saying it is a bad thing but the average mountain biker is more interested in single track and removable chin bars than senders and full faces. As such, the media, products and culture have taken a turn for that style. Although pockets of resistance still exist...............................
  • + 5
 Somebody sponsor this young lad, he's going places I can feel it in my bones!
  • + 4
 My first thoughts; my how bikes have progressed and clothing has changed... Brandon, same steeze and smooth style!

Good stuff PB
  • + 6
 Ah, to be 17 again.
  • + 3
 Really goes to show just how big the features are today on an FMB diamond leve event.
  • + 3
 Love the vintage filter in the end, as if it is necessary now.
  • + 2
 Even at that age you can see that signature smoothnessof his style. Like silk.
  • + 3
 He got smoother, better and became a god in the progress.
  • + 1
 I remember when skinny bars were cool for riding trails like 'Cut Yer Bars' in Whistler, lol....
  • + 2
 Damn I definitely miss the days before he became a diva
  • + 2
 Best song for any edit in 2018.
  • + 2
 No boost spacing.... Fake news!
  • + 2
 That no foot can can from drop, fucking badass
  • + 2
 Best mountain biker in the world.
  • + 2
 I want to see the aggy segment
  • + 1
 Ah back when we could still film our stuff with a potato.
  • + 1
 Anyone remember the "Downhill Soldiers"
  • + 1
 Incredible rider, one of the best.
  • + 1
 So that’s what Hueso drop looked like ????
  • + 1
 Lol @ 480p
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