We are at an Earl’s in Kamloops at 10pm on a Monday night. Tippie is telling stories about Richie’s escapades while Chris Lawrence, Elladee Brown, Christian Begin, and Chris Burger all drink strawberry daiquiris and give each other shit. Bjorn Enga leans over to me and says, “It may be a couple decades later, but this is exactly how it always was with these guys.”
We had just wrapped up a reunion of sorts at the Todd Gravel Pit in Kamloops for Darcy Turrene’s much-anticipated history of freeride documentary, The Moment.
Darcy organized for some of the original freeriders who rode their first lines for Kranked at the very same spot to return, reminisce, and ride.
Darcy – the filmmaker behind The Little Things
– was originally slow to agree to make this movie. “To be honest, when I first started this project I was pretty burnt out from a two-year snowboard film I had just made,” she explains. But having grown up in mountain biking Darcy knew she would regret if she didn’t get involved, “mountain biking has given me so much – pretty much everything good in my life I owe to mountain biking in some round about way – so I couldn’t turn down Christian Begin’s offer to make the movie.” Christian, the creator of the Kranked movie series with Bjorn Inga, had already digitized much of his old footage and gave Darcy full creative control over the project.
Despite having a career as a sponsored freeride athlete Darcy quickly realized that she was fairly naïve about the origins of the sport. “I knew about the Kranked films, and the FroRiders, and North Shore Extreme but beyond that, I didn’t know much. Needless to say, it has been really fun learning about all the history!”
And perhaps the best part is learning about freeride through some of the biggest names and biggest characters in the game. “I just can’t believe some of their stories, and they are all really silly, honest, and loveable.” Darcy knew most of the people featured in The Moment from her professional riding days but through the film has learned more about the important role they played in making the sport what it is today. “For example, Eric Berger I knew from the ski/snowboard photography world, I had no idea he was there shooting some of the first freeride images that were ever published.”
“Seeing everyone come together to relive the pivotal Kranked 1 shoot in Kamloops was way more emotional than I thought it would be,” says Darcy. “Seeing them all together, behaving like siblings, so happy to be there and getting nostalgic for my cameras really made me feel like taking on this film was a good decision.”
The Moment tells the chronological history of how freeriding came to be and those who made it happen, but it goes much deeper than that as well. "It’s not just talking heads talking about history – it’s people, their personalities, their roles, and how they all interacted during a small time frame that contributed to the birth of freeride as we know it today." The story is told through a mix of interviews and archival footage and photography – including many previously unseen clips and behind the scenes video. Stay tuned here for the trailer release on September 14!