Video: Celebrating Father's Day with Ethan & Andrew Shandro in 'Son's Gonna Rise'

Jun 16, 2019
by CLIF Bar  


For Ethan and Andrew Shandro, time in the outdoors has always revolved around riding bikes. Of course, when your dad is a two-time world cup winner and a freeride legend, it’s not surprising to learn that the bike would play a huge role in shaping Ethan’s youth. But that’s not the point here. The point is that you don’t have to be one of the world’s best mountain bikers to have an amazing experience with your kids in the woods. You just gotta go into those woods with your kids and then good things will happen. After all, there’s no better way to nurture a relationship than time spent outside. And maybe one day... your little shredder will be leaving you in their dust.


Photos by Sterling Lorence

Ethan Shandro

Ethan Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro as a grom in Whistler Bike Park Summer Gravity Camps

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Andrew Shandro coaching his son Ethan on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Ethan Shandro with father Andrew Shandro on Vancouver s North Shore British Columbia

Brought to you by Clif Bar.

Created by Anthill Films.

Directed and edited by Colin Jones.

Photos by Sterling Lorence.

Archival Footage from “Seasons” by the Collective.

“Son's Gonna Rise”

Performed by Citizen Cope featuring Carlos Santana

Written by Clarence Greenwood

Published by Cope Music/Wixen Music Publishing

Courtesy of RCA Records

By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment (Canada)




MENTIONS: @CLIF / @sterlinglorence / @anthill



58 Comments

  • + 49
 Well, my dad sucks at mountain biking. I'm gonna call him tomorrow and tell him thanks for nothing.
  • + 10
 I wish my kids rode more. Regardless, anything I can do with my kids outside is a bonus. I love my boys. Happy Father's day to me. Smile
  • + 2
 @rrolly: ^what he said^ and will keep encouraging my two, bribing the oldest with a freshly built stead helped.

I'll also take your fathers day, and ours in September here in NZ Wink
  • + 8
 From one dad to all the others: try to get them on bikes, but embrace whatever they love in spite of your passion. Just cuz u don’t want to tap dance doesn’t mean they don’t love it the way you live to ride.
  • + 3
 Have you seen MTB Heroes Season 2? I love the section of Timo Pritzel where he takes his dad to the pumptrack. There is no "sucks at mountainbiking". If you're riding mountainbikes and you're smiling, you're doing it right.

Of course there is the recent "not your typical bike video" on Youtube where Timo takes his own daughter on a ride. Not on her own bike yet, but just fueling the passion. Whether she'll be racing bikes eventually or just decides trail running is more for her, they got out there had some good times.

See there are probably different approaches to parenthood. Some parents want their kids to follow in their footsteps or at least want them to reach the "level" they got (like graduate at uni or something). Others want to overprotect their kids to keep them safe and on the straight path until they settle a "normal life". In these days where anything can happen, I realized that I'd be most sad if something happened and I realized there hasn't been enough fun, giggles and love. I made that the biggest part of being a parent. Spend time together, have fun, be part of each others successes and challenges. If you don't suck at anything yet, find something to suck at right now. Because that's the huge challenge kids face. They need to learn something new, initially suck at it and only see others who already mastered it. That's fine, but they also need to see others struggle with something and deal with that. I'm cheering for my daughter now that's she's riding her first meters on a unicycle unassisted. And she's cheering for me when I manage to do a couple of static hops in a row on my unicycle. And crash. And get up again. And call it a day. And give it another go next day.

So yeah, it is great as a parent to suck at something and that it is just giggles and no reason for frustration. It teaches them so much more than you showing them your perfection. What is it you can't yet do and really want to learn? Manuals, front wheel pivots, front wheel hops... Unless you're a top trials rider, there is always something you don't yet master. Work on those challenges as your kid works on his/hers. Laugh at failures and celebrate it when you or your kid finally succeeds. There is always something new to suck at.
  • + 24
 Definitely feeling this. My daughter who's 15, has a burning desire to race. I used to race DH lots when I was younger. Had kids, and couldnt find time. As my family has grown together we all seemed to gravitate to bikes. I can be honest and say it too some pushing from me, but we all love it. This year not only am I training my daughter, and racing with her, I'm also watching my son (5yo) getting into riding. This definitely put a knot in my throat. Coming from wanting to pull my hair out cause she wont stand, to crashing and needing stitches, blood, sweat, and many many tears. Her love for this sport and my love for this sport. I am a father, who most of her life was simply a spectator. I watched her dance, cheerlead, and do all sorts of girly things, while my wife stays interactive. This has been the one thing that we have been able to share together. She follows Vali Holl, Tahnee Seagrave, and Rachel Atherton. She wants that redbull helmet. Pretty cool to be a part of that. Hering my son say, "I'm gonna beat you in a race daddy", and deep down saying to yourself "I cant wait for that day". Being a father is one hell of a journey. It's hard as hell. Despite the journey that is your own, be proud to be the parent you are of the kids you have. No matter what commonalities you share, know that you are one of the people that has helped shape their minds, and made them into who they are. Be proud of them, help them when they need it, and always stay true to your morals and values. Happy fathers day to all the dads out there.
  • + 2
 This needs a million upvotes. I'm a dad too, married to a loving and awesome wife and we have two wonderful kids. Well said brother and Happy Father's Day to you.
  • + 23
 That was simply out>f-ing>standing.
  • + 1
 Amen! Great watch
  • + 14
 I'm a dad and just got done riding with my boys this morning...squeezing in a morning ride before I roll into the bike shop I own and operate. You couldn't put it any better as a father who watches his son with all the hopes and dreams and all of the worry and reality knowing that fate lasts as long as our light shines....this worlds deep boys and if you don't realize how sacred it all is then it's all for naught.
  • + 6
 Citizen Cope again. Red jersey on Ethan, grey on Andrew. Nice touches. The Shandro and the Stevie Smith segment in Seasons were both amazing (and the Matt Hunter segments, and the Thomas Vanderham, and...). This is awesome - and right in time for father's day.
  • + 4
 now I feel old...first time we got to Shandro (Andrew) ride with his kid he was like 4, now he’s kicking ass in the UCI juniors.
  • + 1
 I thought I was the same artist for the music as the seasons segment. Nice touch.
  • + 5
 Great vid.. love it..

Sadly, my 15 year old boy has been around bikes his whole life and could ride any bad ass bike he wanted, but just doesn't enjoy it, seems it it not for him (which sucks because he is really good at it). It's ok with me, he has other things he does to keep active, but sort of heartbreaking at the same time..
  • + 12
 Interests come and go, and develop differently over time. Just because he's turning away now at 15 doesn't mean he won't come back to it when he's 24. Keep the possibility open for him.
  • + 1
 @3lfd3wd: yup, door is always open..
  • + 2
 Yup. Started biking @ 8yrs, all but abandoned it once I got an atv & motorcycles to ride with buddies @13 yrs, then bought my first true mountain bike @ 25 yrs and haven't looked back. I am 100% fully addicted now, yet hitting myself for not riding more when I was younger. I was focused on snowboarding, motorcycles, and chicks.

He'll realize what he's missing, that's for sure.
  • + 3
 From the above article:
"But that’s not the point here. The point is that you don’t have to be one of the world’s best mountain bikers to have an amazing experience with your kids in the woods. You just gotta go into those woods with your kids and then good things will happen. After all, there’s no better way to nurture a relationship than time spent outside. And maybe one day... your little shredder will be leaving you in their dust."

That point really hits home. Was never into downhill riding, but my self/spouse started at an older age when my son was just 7 yrs old. Quickly we all got better, and by 11 yrs old basically his mom got left behind in the dust. Parents/future parents, no excuses, get them out there on the trails, they are the future of the sport. Beats sitting on the side of a soccer field or pool any day. Linked some video showing day 1 on a mt bike trail at 7, then 3 yrs later at 10 in a video trying to win a season pass (mom is actually in both). Now just turning 15, I gave him a larger frame to keep having fun (not a dh racer which doesn't matter, but still a solid rider). Now in high school, I get to join xc rides as part of his NICA team.

Best father's day gift.

At 10 yrs old:
youtu.be/sdOrdy3ZoZw

1st time on a mt bike trail at 7 yrs old:
youtu.be/a9viws0Tk3U
  • + 1
 Very cool. What's with the handle bars when he was 10?

Mine is 2.5 and soon I'll be teaching him how to pedal. He is doing excellent on a balance bike.
  • + 4
 Remember Shandro from way back in the kamikaze days, total legend, Ethan looks like dad gave him those world class racing genes, Awesome video, props to Andrew for making it all possible for his son.
  • + 4
 Thanks PB for putting this up. My boy is racing in the East Coast MTB championship enduro race today. Totally hits home. Happy Father’s Day to all.
  • + 2
 Awesome video, as a dad there is nothing better then watching your kids grow up and be better than you.
My 15yr old son has been riding with me in the forest for 13 years....from a 12” bike to a tag-along, hard tail, first f/s to his current enduro sled. About 18mths ago he became fitter, faster, more skill and hit everything harder.....proud.
  • + 1
 That chain whip action is a perfect example of why you need a chain guide! Epic shot. Also, happy fathers day to all dad shredders. Just got my little shredder his first bike, a strider. He's an adrenaline junky, surfing on his rocking horse no-handed, spinning in circles until he's dizzy, falling, then getting up and doing it again. Def gonna smoke me on the trails.
  • + 3
 As the dad of a 3yr old whose just discovering bikes, this really gets me in the feels. Hope he keeps enjoying it and we can ride together as he grows up.
  • + 1
 Watch the Matt Hunter one with his boy if you haven't already. It'll get you big time.
  • + 4
 Is that song a throwback to shandrow's segment in an old film? Collective perhaps?
  • + 1
 Great piece, starts with Ethan riding in front, finishes with Ethan charging in front. He's looking fast, next wave of Canadian DH racers. Hats off to the NSMBA for building trails that we can ride with our kids. 20 yrs ago there was not much for kid friendly riding.
  • + 1
 Peaty was right, “Shandro is just Old”

- I’m old too, just always thought the quote was awesome. Love the sound track too. Alway love riding with my sons, doesn’t matter if it’s in the woods or on a sidewalk. Sharing the freedom of riding with them is the dream.
  • + 3
 Hits home. I get so anxious watching my son Liam compete but also super proud of tge man he has become due to riding a bike
  • + 3
 I am living this Dream as I type this post. My son is 19 and just turned PRO. I watch him ride
and wonder "Am I Dreaming"
  • + 2
 Are you Randy’s Dad? If so you’re a legend !
  • + 4
 that chain slapping around...
  • + 3
 Some serious Blue Steele in some of these photos.
  • + 1
 So Awesome! i actualy see them both on the Shore and in a second know who are them by their style, but young Shandro have better weight distribution regarding the pics Smile
  • + 1
 such a rad thing seeing him progress from Seasons to a WC Rider!!! P.s haven't noticed his name at the recent WC Races, is he injured?
  • + 2
 Nothing I love more than riding with my son...nice piece.... Giver Ethan!! Smile
  • + 2
 Now THAT looked like a Session! A good one for Father an Son Smile
  • + 2
 Huge Shandro fan, way to make the world a better place
  • + 1
 Great to see how Ethan has progressed from that early vid! But wow I'm feeling father time........
  • + 2
 Wow. Too cool guys. Ethan gets SGC everyday...
  • + 1
 The "old" man still looks pretty damn fast on that bike...
Cool video. Thanks for sharing it with us.
  • + 3
 Best article of 2019
  • + 2
 Some of my favorite people on planet earth.
  • + 2
 This is so awesome, Well done Shandro!!
  • + 2
 Awesome stuff...
  • + 1
 Brings a GD tear to my eye.....
  • + 1
 That one hit right in the feels. Some top notch parenting old man Shandro.
  • + 1
 I miss my little ripper so much, happy fathers day everyone
  • + 2
 Epic
  • + 1
 Mandatory soundtrack from Seasons.
  • + 1
 This video is an inspiration! Great!
  • + 2
 So cool!
  • + 1
 Which ones the Dad riding?
  • + 2
 Loved it!..Great Job
  • + 1
 I’m just a Troy Lee dad..
  • + 1
 Great stuff guys :-)
  • + 1
 Looks like a session..

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