Video: Aaron Gwin Goes Flat Out in Laguna Beach - POV

Mar 29, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Aaron Gwin takes the Intense prototype downhill bike for a ride in Laguna Beach, California.


211 Comments

  • 85 1
 How did the guy on the rock at 0:25 not notice the carnage going on behind him!
  • 53 4
 The beauty of nature is the only carnage that hippy needs.
  • 33 1
 High as fck
  • 49 0
 At least he had his shirt off on the rock.
  • 36 0
 @excavator666: No shirts on the rock! i dont make the rules
  • 3 0
 Amount of fcks given, négative
  • 4 0
 Selfie taking concentration was real.
  • 3 0
 He's having his Jim Morrison moment.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: Lol.. best comment.
  • 5 26
flag carlostrancex2 (Mar 29, 2020 at 15:51) (Below Threshold)
 He was a Trump supporter LOL
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing - if Aaron Gwin passed me on the track I also wouldn't notice Wink
  • 1 0
 @Nick252: Shirts off, on the rock. Shirts off on the ROCK!
  • 2 1
 There must have been a double rainbow, the guy on the rock saw, where he had to take his short off to wipe his tears because it was so beautiful!!! mushrooms
  • 62 0
 Gwin speed= social distancing!
  • 59 0
 So crazy how fast that is.
  • 13 1
 Some real serious lean in corners too!
  • 5 0
 Would love to see Gwin do a lap on Coronet Peak in NZ at that speed......or faster of course. I'd also like to see the Grim Donut ride review..... but you know.
  • 63 4
 Hope deep pocketed equestrians and dog walkers don't see this.
  • 17 2
 I was just waiting for him to run over a lady walking a dog in one of those blind turns.
  • 14 1
 There's no way they didn't scout the trail before his run
  • 6 0
 @slayerdegnar: Never seen anyone hike up that trail in many many runs, but who knows. its very steep.
  • 3 1
 Uh, on two different occasions I’ve almost killed hikers in the lower turns sections. One older guy w a dog and a bunch of art school kids another time recently. The kids even had all their back turned to uphill @krpduner77:
  • 30 0
 We are all talking about the rider but, the Gopro angles and smoothness are impressive. Love the raw sound of just the bike.
  • 5 0
 He did say that it wrecked his neck, but he did for us!
  • 8 3
 @carlostrancex2: he needed an excuse if his season doesn't go to plan
  • 2 0
 Would be great for other YouTube yahoos to note...


...not EVERY video needs to be filled with lame music. If your riding sucks (most of our riding does), the music isn't going to make it a better video. Why I rarely record anything.
  • 1 0
 The GoPro Max actually makes a good pov chest cam, never really thought of using it that way before this video. Still rocking my session 5 but this does make me want to upgrade. Doubt I would ever use the 360 feature but the pov alone is great
  • 2 0
 Bruh, I’ve seen your times. You can exclude yourself from “most of our”. @JSTootell:
  • 1 0
 @BrockLanders88: Shit, uh, I think that is a compliment? I'm not sure, as this is the internet and we don't compliment around in these parts.
  • 28 0
 Had to check my youtube settings to make sure playback speed wasn't 2X
  • 19 1
 Man I soooo hope we have a WC season!!!!
  • 26 5
 Not happening, man.
  • 2 1
 WE ll have, in 2022
  • 16 0
 Prototype seems to be working.
  • 15 0
 Gwinning offseason on a Dissector in the rear.
  • 3 0
 just testing some patterns for the new Kendas Wink
  • 2 0
 Running dual dissector's right now. They are awesome trail tires!
  • 1 1
 His rear tire is a Kenda Pinner. They are not a production tire yet but he's been running those since before the Dissector was released. Kenda are making some great new tires right now. Gwin wouldn't be riding them if they weren't solid.
  • 1 0
 @grizzlyatom: He's running that tire on the front. The rear tire is a Maxxis Dissector. Watch the video *hit pause
  • 15 0
 A little bit faster, and time will start running backwards.
  • 18 4
 Funny how a ranger is always at the bottom every time I ride that trail but I guess pro riders can ride it
  • 10 4
 Have you been ticketed on Telonics? I got a ticket at the bottom of Art Skool the other day. I always wonder how guys like Richie Schley ride illegal trails everyday for decades and never get ticketed, then I come visit for three days and get cited on a Wednesday.
  • 9 2
 Huh? I’ve shuttled telonics/silver surfer/PGs twice a week for probably 5+ yrs and never seen a ranger at the bottom nor have I been ticketed.
  • 2 5
 Well yhe bottom of this trail is in school grounds...school grounds that was rad lands b4 that. This trail is kinda grandfathered in, but social media aint helpn the cause.
  • 1 0
 It double posted for some reason..
  • 8 0
 There is a good chance that before he actually does the run he has people with walkie-talking letting him know if the way is clear. Thats what I would do.
  • 1 2
 @nvranka: Surely you've ridden past the closed sign at 0:29 that's been there off and on for the last year. Last time I rode it somebody had pulled it out and threw it in the bushes.
  • 10 13
 @jrocksdh: When I got my ticket, I talked to the pig about Telonics. I told him it is a historical right of way, that it predates the TollRoad. He said it doesn't matter, if it isn't on the park's trail map, it's illegal and you can be cited.

Every major riding area in North America has an advocacy group (SORCA, COTA, etc) why isn't there one for Laguna? Laguna has some of the best riding in the US, it has historical value as one of the early areas with gnarly trails, and a million mountain bikers live within an hour from it. Seems like somebody should work with the parks to keep trails like Wiamea, Art Skool, Ira's, Kindergarten, Bong Drop legal.
  • 1 1
 Huh? Really? Telonics runs out of the park and is usually off limits to ticketing rangers.
  • 1 1
 @BudGreen: all the same since 80s. Rangers actually like the history of laguna and its certain groups, but the the area hasn't grown while the population has.
Well, you've got fisn n game; lcf; state;coastal comm.; big time $$$ anti biker residents; ocparks; ocfa...all with jurisdictions.
  • 1 0
 @BudGreen: when you ride fast enough, the rangers are just another blur on the side of the trail. Wink
  • 1 0
 @lukesmialowicz: The ranger that busted me at the bottom of Art Skool was standing in the middle of the trail in the flat jungle section behind LCAD. There was no way to get past him or turn around and go back up the hill. I'm always down for a chase but it wasn't an option.
  • 12 0
 The lean angles in the corners. Why does he hold traction when if I went half that far my front wheel would wash for days?
  • 8 1
 keep the body upright, weight the outside hand... then be a God on top of that
  • 4 1
 @Legged: you mean he leans on God for assistance ....
  • 1 0
 Have more weight over the front.
  • 17 7
 I hope this is not an open trail for hikers ^^
It can hurt :o
  • 17 34
flag bansheeridermike (Mar 29, 2020 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 Amazing rider but bad publicity for mtbers in general. That is super dangerous to other trail users.
  • 23 3
 Agreed, cool video, but in a public/busy open space like Laguna? Hopefully he had some spotters to make sure that nobody was coming up from the bottom.

One other note is that lately I have seen hikers in areas and on trails where I have never seen another person in 30 years of riding. So many people trying to get out of their houses now, so stay safe out there.
  • 8 7
 It’s not a sanctioned trail, but people do hike on it occasionally....only idiots hike from the bottom but I’ve had some Asian tourists do it to me who didn’t know any better. No idea how they even found it.
  • 8 1
 Its an illegal trail for all users, technically. Like 96% of laguna, the trails were made well before there was any park system by wild animals and lag rads.
  • 10 0
 @salespunk: I have no doubt Gwin had people clear it for him first.
  • 24 0
 i was out there riding and saw him filming on this day. it was a monday early afternoon and he had a group of about 8 guys out there filming and spotting for him. of every time i’ve ridden this trail i’ve never experienced hikers on the lower portion
  • 3 2
 @frigofff: Would be great if info like this was somewhere in the description or even the video. Thanks!
  • 1 3
 @frigofff Yeah, I was guessing he had a crew of spotter to clear the trail. Much easier to get the KOM when you have your crew clearing the trails. Lol.
  • 6 0
 There's no way he didn't have people scouting the trail first
  • 4 0
 Even if I was another biker, I would be a bug on his windshield. That dude is quick!
  • 9 0
 I remember that one time back in 2008 when Aaron used a brake... Good old days!
  • 1 0
 Didn't even use a derailleur on this day!
  • 18 10
 What happened to all the coronavirus panic about not riding cause you might crash and burden an already overwhelmed medical system?
  • 9 7
 You tell us. You got questions, but no answers.
  • 8 0
 He skipped the jump so it's cool
  • 6 6
 Does not apply to p(/b)ros.
Kinda hypocritical by PB to post this, while they have a banner on top (on the desktop website) to ride with caution due to the pandemic.
  • 7 5
 So, are you condemning him riding now? That’s a u- turn, considering you boasting about being a super-spreader about a week ago. What happened, did you grow up?
  • 3 1
 Yeah. looks like an unedited rough cut video that was shelled out on the phone, from the car right after the ride...
  • 1 6
flag badbadleroybrown (Mar 30, 2020 at 4:22) (Below Threshold)
 @lev3000: it's adorable how daft you are...
  • 5 4
 @lev3000: No, it is not a U-turn. I didn't take a standpoint here - because it does not matter. Pinkbike, however, states "Mountain biking irresponsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic puts you and others at risk. Riding injuries put unnecessary stress on medical systems that need all available resources to fight the virus, and group rides increase your chances of exposure. Please follow all local health authority directives, and DO NOT take risks." at the very top of their home page in yellow. At the same time they post an article "Video: Aaron Gwin Goes Flat Out in Laguna Beach - POV". THAT is hypocritical. If you subscribe to the pinkbike logic of not putting others at risk, going full send down an illegal trail with poor visibility is about the worst thing you can do, yet they happily promote it...

By the way, my standpoint was "no need take unreasonable risk, but also no need to act like it is the end of the world". This video is way, way beyond that.
Oh, and I never, ever boasted about being a super spreader. I said equating a broken collarbone to dead people is stupid. I go for rides alone in the woods, but I don't go full send. No harm in any of that, and certainly no "super spreader".
  • 1 6
flag badbadleroybrown (Mar 30, 2020 at 5:42) (Below Threshold)
 @Kainerm: totally agree with everything you said. @lev3000 was talking to me and just didn't @ me. I hurt his feelings cause I said this whole thing was blown out of proportion last week.
  • 4 4
 @badbadleroybrown: You didn't hurt my feelings, but you almost definitely hurt other people with your blase attitude to Covid-19 you were so proud of last week.
I'm interested to hear your take on the "fake news and fake Pandemic" now? .
  • 4 5
 @lev3000: I'm still living in the real world where millions aren't dying... you break out of fantasy land or still a willing victim of the fear mongering?

Hey, remember how y'all were telling me there'd be tens of thousands dead in the US by next week last week... how'd that work out?
  • 2 7
flag lev3000 (Mar 30, 2020 at 6:09) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: So you have a better understanding of this than the WHO, scientists and your chief medical officers?
The USA has the more infected people than China had now (sadly) and a lot of people have died who wouldn't have. And you think your actions are still ok? I hope it doesn't directly affect you or anyone you care for, because you'll have to live with that for the rest of your life whether you like it or not. It's pretty simple.

Good luck in the future.
  • 3 4
 @lev3000: that's cute... you actually believe the numbers coming out of China. lol
  • 3 4
 Professional cyclists literally need to train because its their job. They also can ride at a much higher level than you or I without pushing themselves, and are also way smaller in number. The guidance is for all the regular people that needlessly can hurt themselves because of mistakes.
  • 3 8
flag lev3000 (Mar 30, 2020 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: My compliments on steering away from the issue. You have learned a lot from the, (brain of a nine year old) President.
  • 6 1
 @lev3000: It is deaths per million that you are missing. The US is a large country so 2,616 is 8 deaths per million. The UK's 1,408 is 21 per million or France's 2,606 is 40 per million. Our country is doing great and I am sick and tired of people criticizing our president as if it is some sort of cute past time. This is a global issue that is effecting all of us and we need to quit attacking each other and look for a way to support each other.
  • 2 2
 @phops: totally... cause pros never ever crash and Gwin himself has never gone down and been injured.

...and there was totally no chance of him flying around one of those corners pinned and finding a hiker walking their dog or something, potentially injuring himself and someone else.

Sounds legit.
  • 2 4
 @lev3000: not steering away from anything but there's no point in rehashing the hundreds of comments from last week just because you still can't accept reality. Didn't you say we'd have tens of thousands dead in the US within weeks... I'll be here in "weeks" when you're ready to come admit you were wrong, but until then there's not much more to say.
  • 2 7
flag lev3000 (Mar 30, 2020 at 11:35) (Below Threshold)
 @mkson: I agree with you about sticking together, but that means self isolating and leeroybrown doesnt acknowledge that and has boasted about going out eating etc. He also uses the same kind of alternative-facts about what is happening that your President does. You're right about deaths per capita, but Trump keeps saying it's all ok (mostly). I really hope your situation doesn't get worse, but that will omly happen if people (like Leeroybrown and Trump) acknowledge how serious it is.
  • 5 0
 how do we know what date this was filmed...?
  • 1 2
 @badbadleroybrown: Its like voting. You individually not voting makes zero difference. People not voting as a collective makes a big difference.

In the same way, if the pros are shredding, and one gets injured, apart from being in a hospital and possibly exposed to the virus, its not really a big deal. Big difference from everyone riding normally and WAY more people showing up in the hospital.

To be fair, I think he should set an example and not do this to encourage other people to not to this as well.

Also, the trail was scouted. Gwin would not to dumb shit like this.
  • 4 4
 @lev3000: I love how you TDStards just talk out of your asses...

Thump has lockdown in place through April at minimum and says getting through this with fewer than 100k deaths would be a success.

It must be hard to spend your life obsessed with what the leader of a country you don't even live in does and says, especially when you're clueless what that leader is saying or doing. What a sad existence you must have.
  • 2 5
 @phops: no, that trail wasn't scouted and neither was it closed to public access or anything else like that.

And no, it's not about one person doesn't matter... in fact, it's exactly the opposite. You either support the hysterics and think no one should be riding because they might get hurt and strain an overtaxed system, or you don't... any equivocation in the middle is just hypocrisy.
  • 6 0
 @badbadleroybrown: your name is badbouleroybrown but your comments make you sound like such a bitch!!!
  • 2 3
 @badbadleroybrown: I never touted any numbers before, I only expressed concern.
100k a good number!! You, like your dumb President will say anything to try and shine a turd.
  • 1 3
 @CaliCol: tell me more about being a bitch, I'm sure you've got lots of experience.
  • 1 3
 @lev3000: did that sound clever in your head before you typed it?
  • 14 10
 The trails in SoCal are so terrible. Anyone from the east coast looking for salvation during the winter months should definitely go elsewhere. Don’t go to the top of the world.
  • 9 1
 Especially tomorrow around noon. Worst day ever. Nothing but ruts, groove and cactus to pop your tires.
  • 3 1
 The first time I rode that trail we ran into the local "RADS" group hiking up the trail. Prolly 40 guys hiking straight up the trail with their bikes. They did not give a f@#$ ! Gwin woulda tore through em like a bowling ball.
  • 5 11
flag landscapeben (Mar 29, 2020 at 10:59) (Below Threshold)
 And it woulda served them right. I hate it when users ignore trail etiquette!
  • 1 1
 @landscapeben: RADS go where they want.
  • 5 0
 Must be the 37th prototype.
  • 4 0
 somebody please edit that first 30 seconds so it ends with han solo and chewbacca going hyperspace
  • 2 0
 Yaaaa Buddy! Awesome shredding! My hometown is looking Green! Winter must have been good this year! This trial is much much steeper in person, this perspective really makes it look flat! RideOn!!!!!!!
  • 4 3
 pro's should start running Garmin's on their stem cap while filming. so viewers can see speed, heart rate.. etc. whilst watching the video.. those are things i wanted to know...

P"
  • 1 0
 Gwinn has a video from a few years ago on this trail with the GoPro gps MPH on it. He was hauling ass. Prob on GoPros page as well.
  • 4 0
 Thanks AG we needed that.
  • 7 4
 Amazing! AG deserves a 'virtual world cup' win for this
  • 7 4
 He needs a bell in populated areas like that.
  • 33 0
 Wouldn't do any good...pretty sure he's moving faster than the speed of sound.
  • 6 2
 That was Intense.
  • 3 0
 Can't believe it took this long for this comment...
  • 1 1
 Well played. I'm surprised no-one said that yet?

Sorry, can't help it, Looks like Aaron was "Gwinning" all the way down...
  • 5 4
 Gwin is the only person in this whole video wearing a shirt. Pretty sure this is also where Brian Lopes is from. Coincidence?
  • 16 6
 It’s Southern California and near the beach. It’s usually warm and sunny so people tend to wear little clothing including no shirts. Not sure why this is difficult to understand.
  • 3 1
 Not a coincidence. Lopes is from there lol
  • 3 0
 I just realized that I ride like a little girl Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Don’t we all?
  • 1 0
 Does the pole-mounted cam swivel around as things get fast? Can't see it in the chest cam looking up at the helmet, but it's def there when he sits up at the end...
  • 3 0
 Greased lightning
  • 2 0
 WOW.... that’s COOKING!
  • 2 0
 Atta boy. Wide open as usual.
  • 2 0
 did that fork even move or was he just floating over everything.
  • 1 0
 I forgot which WC, but pinkbike did an interview and one of the racers made note that Gwin prefer a firmer suspension tune. It’s so he just floats over the rocks. I think it’s also the same reason why he prefers air over coil.
  • 5 3
 @Happypanda1337: old info, he changed with modern suspension tech FYI
  • 2 0
 That felt like I was watching MX GoPro footage. That was really fast!
  • 2 0
 It’s crazy how flat and easy he makes that look
  • 2 0
 That was a lesson in carrying speed
  • 3 1
 Gwin's back! Would have won 2020
  • 3 0
 jeebus
  • 2 0
 No virus could ever move at that kind of speed.I'd say, he's totally safe.
  • 2 0
 It's insane how sideways he gets that bike
  • 1 0
 most of these POV videos never deliver the feeling of the pace these guys are at. This one does...
  • 2 1
 Brap brap braaaaap speed, almost thought he was on a 125cc.
  • 3 2
 I can’t believe he didn’t run into any hikers!
  • 2 0
 Only hikers going up this trail are either locals who know to listen; or fellow riders hiking to do work or with their gf etc.
Hikers will usually go up TNA from the canyon.
  • 2 1
 @jrocksdh: Really hikers go up TNA. I have only rode it once and seem like it was too steep to hike up. TNA is a fun trail. I like it. I like it a lot.
  • 1 0
 am i riding a roller coaster? cos that was fast.
  • 1 0
 I can’t tell which is better; the bike, or the rider
  • 1 0
 What's wrong with his chin bar? Decals don't align
  • 1 0
 dude thats how all redbull helmets are.
  • 1 0
 @RodneyPierce: I did never notice =D
  • 1 0
 That V10 really works huh?
  • 1 0
 f*ck yeah AG! Haters on p.b suck, they’ll always hate. Keep shredding!
  • 1 0
 Watching this was so intense ......
  • 3 5
 it's definitely sped up. check around the -54 mark; he suddenly just stopped light speed faster than physics and the steepness of the terrain would allow.

gwinn is insanely fast, but something seems off.
  • 1 0
 I can only dream of my bike being that quiet
  • 1 0
 That's on a gimbal. They don't want you to know
  • 1 1
 much better riding compared to his driving. At least he gets his bikes first hand....
  • 1 2
 I rode that zone a couple years ago. So many people all over the place. Not the best place to send it that fast, unless you're Aaron Gwin i guess.
  • 1 0
 he just messed up everyones strava
  • 1 0
 Hauling!
  • 8 10
 Shit I like Gwin a lot, but if someone happened to be coming up that trail (especially through some of those warp speed turns) it would have ended so badly...
  • 6 2
 i'd reckon homie is looking so far down the trail, he would see it coming and adjust accordingly
  • 6 1
 @justmate0: impossible to do on some of those blind turns at the bottom. the whole time i watched this, i was thinking "this has to be a DH biking only trail, right?"
  • 1 0
 That trail is steep enough in spots that hikers seldom if ever hike it. Rode that trail 100s of time when I lived down there and never saw one hiker on it. You're right though...it'd be bad.
  • 2 0
 The bigger problem is crashed out riders standing in the middle of the trail.
  • 2 1
 @marti163: it only takes once though...
  • 9 0
 I bet that shirtless dude was a spotter for him. No hikers on that trail ever. They cleared everyone out. It ain't like any MTBer are going to refuse to stand aside while Gwin races through. I have run across him on trails and he never rides alone and is super courteous. He would never go all out unless it was some kind of promotional video and he had spotters.
  • 2 0
 Can be said for any trail in the world, right?
  • 2 1
 @marti163:

PSA: I’ve also ridden it hundreds of times and there are often hikers throughout the top half and occasionally down below.

Everything has decent visibility except waterfall up top, but below has some seriously blind shit. The berm sections you can spot people a turn or two ahead, but there are some straighter single tracky bits that can be ridden extremely fast and are fully blind.

I definitely ride it too fast and disregard the risks as do many others, but at least I am mentally expecting hikers. Not patting my back at all, but your comment was misleading imo and I don’t want an out of Towner to come and be surprised when a family of four is waiting around a blind corner or off a ledge

I, like many, have pinned it
  • 1 1
 @nvranka: Very true up top...in fact it's rare to make to the waterfall without seeing someone. Past the split from back door is where the danger is but also where the hiking is rarest. Whole upper section has good visibility as you've said, also bail out options. I've had to hike it to help an injured buddy down and it's pretty terrible...no wonder it doesn't make it on many hikers to do lists.

Closest call I've had is actually on an old video under my profile...couple of kids smoking pot crouched under a bush on the upper section.
  • 1 0
 Have you ever wondered why Toyota has a 'Prerunner' model? Perhaps it's named after something........
  • 1 0
 @mexicant: I believe this to be true
  • 6 6
 Not hating on gwin but looks a little sped up in the beginning?
  • 3 5
 Cant help me, but I think the movements from corner to corner are unnaturel fast. Probably Gwin is really just not from this planet. Is it possible to see if its speeded up a little bit?
  • 4 5
 @Marius22: yeah seems like he gets up to speed way too quickly at the beginning and the sounds are kind of tinty and high pitched. He’s fast enough I don’t understand why not just keep it natural
  • 1 0
 It's also interesting how those that can clearly see the modifications here get voted down...like people dont "like" the truth. Lol! Fools.
  • 2 0
 @bridgermurray: me either. It's also sad that folks vote against the truth tellers. Sad.
  • 2 0
 @Marius22: definitely sped up. Pink bikers dont want the truth bro, a little embellishment goes a long way.
  • 2 0
 @HeathSherratt: It's weird that pros do this. Huge fan of him, but a lot of Curtis keene's go pro footage is sped up ridiculous amounts on his youtube page as well. Just keep it natty, bro.
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: agreed. I got into it on IG with Loic about him speeding up his footage. When I sent him a diagnostic with the sound capture next to his footage he stopped arguing but he was pissed that I called him out. He battled with me for four or five days. Loic...the fastest dude in the world and he's speeding up his footy. "Artists are just really insecure people chasing approval like the rest of us."
  • 1 0
 @HeathSherratt: Hahahah no way! Good for you for doing that. I wonder how universal it is.. Dirty little secret in the MTB industry. I'd love a pinkbike expose article on it but I doubt we'll ever get one.
  • 1 0
 So green ~
  • 1 3
 correction: the 1:40 mark. maybe is the brush / speed tunnel effect, but it seems off. could also be the camera frame rate making it seem jumpy?
  • 1 0
 MAGGA
  • 4 6
 Sped up footage looks so weird to me. It makes me feel weird when I watch it, like an allergic reaction.
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