Video: Class is in Session for Blenki's Schralp School

Mar 11, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

It’s the kind of ride dreams are made of – untouched dirt in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on trails that flow like mountain runoff. Speed, agility, and flow intersect at every corner, peeling your eyelids back and plastering a grin across your dusty mug.

For some, rides like this are few and far between, and the moment is fleeting - blink and it's gone.

Sam Blenkinsop was lucky enough to find himself in the middle of one while christening the Glendhu Bike Park, just outside Wanaka, New Zealand – and the crew from HUNT Cinema was there to capture his first tracks aboard the 2020 Sight.


Photo by Cam Mackenzie

Photo by Cam Mackenzie


bigquotesCapturing Sam's speed is always a challenge but he also has a great eye for shots, and loved giving us filmers and photographers some pointers!Nick - HUNT Cinema Producer


Photo by Cam Mackenzie
Photo Cam Mackenzie

Photo by Cam Mackenzie

Photo Cam Mackenzie
Photo Cam Mackenzie


bigquotesWe wanted a location that would capture Sam's speed and effortless style. One look at [Glendhu] and we knew that we could shoot the entire project there.Nick - HUNT Cinema Producer


Photo by Cam Mackenzie


Big thanks to Claire, John, Ranger and the incredible team at Bike Glendhu for their support and help on the project. Their team gave us an exclusive window as the first people to shoot up there before the park officially opened, so we wanted to ensure we could produce something that would do it justice.


Video: HUNT Cinema
Photos: Cam Mackenzie
Music: Thin Floors and Tall Ceilings by Odesza

Regions in Article
Wanaka


38 Comments

  • 34 1
 All I want for Christmas is to corner like Blenki.
  • 7 2
 You have 9 months to practice, good luck.
  • 20 1
 If I needed a bike at the moment I would be considering a Norco Sight. If I needed a new country to live in I would be considering New Zealand. If I needed some bike skills I would be considering Blenki's.
  • 16 2
 Trailbuilders hate him ! Click on the video and see how this man effortlessly destroys every berm..
  • 15 1
 Need a video of him and Bryn together.
  • 11 2
 I thought Wakanda was in Africa...
  • 8 4
 I think you mean Uganda, which is in South America soooo
  • 4 2
 yea, its where black panther is from....
  • 4 0
 @Waldon83: You sure about that?
  • 2 1
 @Waldon83: was Idi Amin a drug lord?
  • 5 1
 @Waldon83: That South America near East Africa?
  • 1 0
 @Mitch78: I think it might be closer to the McDonalds on Mayfair street. I'll have to check my atlas though, but I'm confident in my original answer.
  • 5 0
 No berms were harmed in the making of this film...... Yeah, right!
  • 2 1
 Siiick riding! but seen this sort of track and this sort of edit too many times. The only thing groundbreaking is the roosting quickly ruining the track work.
Also +1 from an old track builder fart for ride don’t slide.
You old roosters know it’s not the fastest way around a corner — young roosters watching and copying not so much. How about you show some real leadership and keep this sort of stroking off-camera.
NIMBP - Not In My Bike Park.
  • 4 1
 This is so good. I've had my Norco Sight long enough it's become cool again Wink
  • 3 0
 Didn't only give the photographers and filmers some pointers, because he f*@#ed those berms!
Yeah Blenki !
  • 1 1
 Siiick riding! but seen this sort of track and this sort of edit too many times. The only thing groundbreaking is the roosting quickly ruining the track work. +1 for ride don’t slide.
You old roosters know it’s not the fastest way around a corner — young roosters watching and copying not so much. How about you show some real leadership and keep this sort of stroking off-camera.
  • 5 1
 Ride don’t slide.
  • 3 0
 Glendhu Bike Park - Now closed for repairs.
  • 1 0
 Was hoping for a couple ETs and a few more cranks.

But either way, Blenki is on another level, whether he’s coasting or going full gas. Mind blowing skills.
  • 4 2
 the best edit on pink bike so far this year!
blenki #stylegod
  • 4 2
 holy lord of the rings, blenki is such a bikegod
  • 3 1
 Just going to go pick my jaw up off the floor now...
  • 3 0
 No berm was left behind.
  • 3 1
 Blenki is such a tremendous rider!
  • 2 0
 Roaching hard work since ages ago.
  • 2 1
 I could have watched an hour of that. So damn good!
  • 2 1
 Odesza + Blenki = Goosebumps
  • 1 1
 BREAKING NEWS: Blenki infects Glendhu Bike Park with the first known case of Corner Virus!
  • 2 1
 More shapes than Semenuk
  • 1 1
 He looks like he is having so much fun! You can't help but smile.
  • 2 2
 lit
  • 2 2
 Pure bike porn
  • 2 2
 We need more roost!
  • 1 2
 Scrub that berm into dust !
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