Video: Riding Boogieman on Vancouver's North Shore with Jeff Kendall-Weed & The President of the NSMBA

Oct 3, 2019
by Jeff Kendall-Weed  


Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Boogieman
A North Shore Classic

photography by Colby Mesick // filmed by Logan Nelson // words and editing by Jeff Kendall-Weed
Dark, damp, and gloomy- this is the famous Vancouver North Shore. Boogieman is a Mt Seymour classic, and is advocated for by the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, the NSMBA. The level of professionalism and the success of this trail organization is setting benchmarks for what’s possible with a strong mountain bike community.


Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
My name is Jeff Kendall-Weed, and I like to ride bikes, meet bike people, and make bike videos. Today I’m extra stoked, as I have a brand new Ibis Mojo HD5, complete with a new Trust Shout fork mounted up to it. Today’s plan is to head north across the border with filmer Logan Nelson and photographer Colby Mesick, where we’ll meet Cooper Quinn, president of the NSMBA.

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
[PCAPTION]The pilgrimage to BC is a trip every true mountain biker should make, and today we’d be riding one of the original North Shore classics- Boogieman.[/PCAPTION]


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Cooper Quinn, right, has been president of the NSMBA for about eighteen months. Last year, when I first publicly announced my desire to help grow advocacy efforts, Cooper gave me some great advice. It also so happens that he’s a total ripper on the bike!


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While much of the North Shore has been logged, every now and again you’ll be lucky enough to find a monster cedar like this one. We figured it was a gorgeous and fitting spot for a quick interview. Ibis Mojo HD5 for scale.

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
[PCAPTION align=center]As so often happens, my first ride on a brand new bike was going to happen in the rain. I had ridden a loaner HD5 for a couple hours a week prior, but didn’t finish building up my own until the night prior. With the extra interest that new bikes always get, I really wanted to channel that energy in a direction that could help benefit the NSMBA.[/PCAPTION]

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CBC is an easier trail, rated just a single black. While it’s a classic, and easily shuttled, it also shows what happens when shore trails fall into disrepair- wood structures need to be removed, rock armoring is falling apart, and braking holes exist before anything that even remotely looks like a berm. That said, I still had a great time on it!

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Cooper leading me off the Millenium log ride. It really surprised me how Cooper explained that what many advocacy groups need isn’t simply money or volunteers- it’s members. The larger a group’s constituency, the stronger that group’s voice will be when confronting land managers. Once a group reaches a substantial size, then things like professional, full time trail builders can become a reality.

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This wooden roll-in feature was the scariest part of the trail for me. The big ‘ol 178mm Trust Shout fork was great on this, but after a lifetime spent trying to ride bikes while going fast, trying to do slow speed stuff like this is a real challenge!

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This is the Shore! I’d love to visit again soon- and the broken bones should be fully healed by then!

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Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke


Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Cooper wasn’t afraid to rail the wet cedar skinnies. Having been to the emergency room three times this summer alone, I was fine to hit the inside, cobblestone line.

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke


Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
One of the only teeter totters on Mt Seymour, this one was really tricky. Riding through the old log was an exercise in low traction confidence. I ended up falling over a couple times- the danger of shooting a video while breaking in a brand new bike!

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke

Photo by https www.instagram.com colbias funke

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke

Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Even if you aren’t immediately local to Vancouver, every person who joins the NSMBA helps to keep the mountain bike community growing in one fo the sport’s rowdiest trail networks. You can join the NSMBA here.



Produced and written by: Jeff Kendall-Weed @jeffweed.
Video: Logan Nelson @loganpatricknelson.
Photography: Colby Mesick @colbias_funke.
Jeff is supported by:

Kitsbow Cycling Apparel
PNW Components
Trust Performance
Kali Protectives
Industry Nine
Jenson USA
Ibis Cycles
WTB


Photo by Colby Mesick https www.instagram.com colbias funke
Thanks to Kona Bikes for building this hip jump! And before we’re done, I need to ask one thing- give me a follow! Check my Instagram, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow me on Facebook. Hope you enjoyed this video!




MENTIONS: @JeffWeed




85 Comments

  • 12 0
 "I'm not a trials rider." Proceeds to nose wheelie around corners and track stand on technical descents. Humble.
  • 3 0
 LOL fair point Ian! I rode trials for about a year as a kid, and just got bored with it. I made it to sport class and then got fed up with going that slow. As a BMXer, I wanted to carry more speed and "send it" a bit more. The track stands and stoppies almost seem like universal bike tricks nowadays, plenty of BMX kids do that stuff too! Thanks for watching!
  • 6 0
 Rad vid as usual JKW, the trails in BC look super techy especially with all those wet logs and roots. My local stuff is mostly rock and none of the legal stuff is very scary, some of the not sanctioned stuff gets the heart rate going though.
  • 5 0
 Thanks watchtower! The BC trails have plenty of slippery, wet roots, but what I think is really cool is that they've been able to sanction stuff that's often more gnar than illegal/non-sanctioned stuff found elsewhere in the world. When our sport has that much positive momentum going it's really cool what's possible. This is exactly what inspired me to start promoting the importance of advocacy a couple years back. Thanks for watching!
  • 2 0
 @JeffWeed: What about that whole fiasco with the City of Van and the see-saws or something like that? I know it's been pushed back or hopefully completely squashed? I've ridden at the shore and it's my favourite place ever! Keep up the awesome work Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @monkeybizz: Hey there, thanks for the nice note! Regarding the teeter totter drama, Cooper discusses it specifically at ~4:00 in to the vid: youtu.be/MrqBEw9r4PQ?t=242 I believe it's all good now! That right there is the power of a good advocacy group! And FWIW, I join the NSMBA and am now a proud member!
  • 4 0
 @monkeybizz: The fiasco was diverted by great advocacy from the NSMBA and a large contingent of riders, myself one of them, who contacted the landowner and made our voice and wishes heard. The teeters were saved!

There is an article on the NSMBAs website here: nsmba.ca/teetering-on-the-brink
  • 1 0
 @awhite76: Thanks for your work! Glad every trail isn't full of teeter totters, but it's fun to hit them once in a while! Heron Pond has such a good one!
  • 9 0
 Power in numbers people. Join, even if you don't dig.
  • 2 0
 YES!!! This is so crucial. Thanks for watching Vandall!
  • 1 0
 ironically, I just joined my local trail advocacy group today, about ten minutes ago in fact. Now a card carrying member of Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE)! Ok, there's no actual card but, whatever.
  • 7 0
 Broken pelvis? no problem.
  • 9 0
 Hahaha thanks for your concern rolly! It felt totally fine by the time we shot that, but an x-ray a few days prior showed that it still had a lot of healing to go, hence my concern about tumbling off that small cliff. I'll never be the world's rowdiest rider, but I've turned it down a couple notches while things are still mending.
  • 5 0
 i like the video, it was the good mix of riding and talking. it's cool to know the history but you need riding too you have just the right amount of each
  • 3 0
 Thanks so much Jim!!! I'm learning that less is more when it comes to the interviews, but it's SOOO HARD to cut them down!
  • 2 0
 Good job! Boogieman is one of my favourite trails now, definitely not easy in the wet! I think CBC is even harder just thanks to how blown-out and unridden it is. You looked considerably less sketchy than me riding them!
  • 2 0
 Thank you Sam! I liked CBC, folks say it's "blown out" but I thought it was just fine. I do love slower speed, more janky trails tho!!!
  • 3 0
 Come check out North Conway, NH. We have plenty on Gnar with lots of opportunities to create more rad trails with proper funding/
  • 3 0
 Is that where Peter Ostroski is from? Rocky Mountain did a video with him riding his home trails that looked RAD!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed:

Correct
  • 1 0
 @mayha49: Would LOVE to get out there!!! That was one of my favorite videos of the year. Peter is a great dude, we used to race together quite a bit BITD.
  • 1 0
 Great riding as usual Jeff, you've really got the balance of riding and interview while having a good time dialled! If you want to ride some crazy legal trails then head out to the Lake District in the UK, there are some ridiculous old hiking trails that get the blood pumping!
  • 3 0
 Man, I would love to ride those trails one day to see how all this looks in real life.
  • 4 0
 SO worth a trip! It's hard to visit BC and not end up with decision paralysis when it comes to choosing where to ride!!!
  • 3 0
 Always love a good slow tech trail. It’s not always about going as fast as possible.
  • 1 0
 That's part of why we wanted to ride this trail- with healing bones, better to crash at 25 KPH than 45 KPH!
  • 2 0
 Watching Jeff gives me the same rush as riding tiny jumps and gaps myself. He's a wizard and I love him.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Jed! I appreciate that. Hoping to get back to some more progressive/gnar riding once I'm back to full health here!
  • 1 0
 Really interesting to see what the riding other people do. You can understand so much better than a 1min slash and burn edit!
  • 7 0
 Thanks Phut! Shredits have a place, but after being around bikes for so long, I'd rather watch a story and learn about interesting people and places than just watch riding. Unless it's a Brandon Semenuk vid, ofc!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: Fancy a trip to the UK to do something similar.
  • 1 0
 Always wanted to ride the steep, wet, skinny trails up there since seeing the NSX videos back in the late '90s! Fear I might be getting too old now..
  • 1 0
 Right on John!!! You should totally make a trip up. IMO today's bikes make the "crazy" old school trails much more doable. Modern soft compound tires are a godsend for the area. Have a look at Trailforks to see just how much trail is accessible in North Vancouver alone, and there's tons more heading only a few minutes east.
  • 2 1
 @JeffWeed: ...and even more only a few minutues West; Squamish, Whis, Pemby. :-)
  • 1 0
 @sxjimmy: Yep, head north up 99 on the Sea to Sky and there's a ton more. But it seems like a bit of a drive from Van! The Tri-Cities and Mission/Mapple Ridge/Chilliwack areas have TONS of riding much closer than the Sea to Sky!
  • 3 0
 Amazing video and so nice to watch such a slow attitude riding. GREAT !!!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Patryka!
  • 2 0
 @JeffWeed: well, that is me who thank you !!! Wish you all the best !
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed any plans to test 29” front tire on HD5 with that Trust fork? If so will you share details of setup and how it compares to 27.5” front?
  • 1 0
 Caddz, yes, that's on my list of videos to make, but I'm so biased that I'm worried it'll be too contrived to be real. I really like the dual 27.5 set up, and coming from a 20" wheel, the 27.5 already seem massive. I'm biased that it's not worth the effort. But who knows, it may be a game changer! I've been wrong about bike set up plenty of times before!

Just promise me that if I make that video, you'll a) watch it and b) tell all your friends to watch it! Hahaha!
  • 1 0
 Awesome video again Jeff! Do you have any plans of revisiting San Luis Obispo in the future for the local loam series?
  • 1 0
 Thanks Aloz! I had a plan to do an episode in SLO, as I now barely recognize the town's new trail network that's developed in the last decade. Unfortunately that plan has seemingly fallen through, but it's definitely on the list! Just got back from shooting three more episodes!
  • 2 0
 How is it a legal trail if RSTBC won't approve double black trails?
  • 1 0
 Brian, I wish I could answer that, but I'm not sure what you're talking about! Hopefully a MTB advocate from Canada can chime in here. There are plenty of sanctioned/legal double black trails in BC though!
  • 2 0
 Different land owners probably. Plenty of legal double blacks all over BC
  • 2 0
 Brian Boogieman is in District of NorthVan
  • 1 0
 Municipal land, not RSTBC managed.
  • 1 0
 @cooperquinn-wy: ah, that makes sense.
  • 2 0
 Helmets are mandatory,even in the shuttle truck ?
  • 2 0
 LOL right? I like to keep mine on as much I can as when the sweat cools down, and then I put it back on, it's immediate brain freeze!
  • 2 0
 @JeffWeed: the feeling of putting a wet helmet back on ...urgh!
Sick video btw
  • 1 0
 More quality content Jeff! Glad to see that you are back shredding and the new bike looks sic!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Crisco, I appreciate that!
  • 1 0
 Love it! Nice Edit! Sick riding! I gotsta get on one of those Trust forks!
  • 1 0
 Easily one of my favorite riders. Love his edits.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Coug!
  • 2 0
 How sick is the Shout??
  • 1 0
 Love all your vids Jeff. Totally onboard for all your advocacy efforts.
  • 1 1
 Id have 2 last names if one could be weed or stoner!
  • 2 0
 Hahaha fair call J! Still in disbelief that my wife took my bizarre name! Thanks for watching the vid!
  • 1 0
 Stay Strong Jeff!!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Truth! Injuries are mostly feeling well, but I'll be doing a lot of rehab this winter to recover fully for next year.
  • 1 0
 This is good content.
  • 1 2
 dark side of seymour is where its at . shhhhh
  • 2 4
 Boogie man is dead, and the old lines long gone. Rip
  • 3 0
 Don't be so dramatic. It's still a gnarly trail.
  • 2 0
 Boogieman and Severed Dick were the two North Shore trails I rode back in 2004 on my first BC trip. Until 2018 that was my only experience on the Shore. I remember walking a couple features on that first ride, but a bunch of stuff still looked similar. Glad it all exists as much as it does though, I seem to recall it was under threat of being torn out entirely.
  • 4 0
 @JeffWeed: There are people that like to moan that the Shore has been dumbed down recently but there are still many trails that are gnarly like just Boogieman still is. It's funny too that for all the complaining online the true gnarly trails on the Shore see the least amount of traffic.
  • 2 1
 @kwl1: maybe black by today's standards, double black or pro line originally, especially the log across the swamp
  • 2 0
 @kwl1: Lower Ladies Only was rowdy, and we didn't see ANYONE on that when we rode it!
  • 5 0
 i've been riding this trail since the beginning of time, and have to say most of the original character is still intact. smaller piledriver? nbd. certainly didn't mourn the loss of a couple janky structures (who remembers the BIG teeter)? it's a classic that always puts a smile on my face.
  • 1 0
 @xy9ine: That's really good to hear!!!
  • 1 0
 @JeffWeed: Exactly, you generally won't see anyone on the rowdy trails for the most part.
  • 1 1
 @kwl1: Many North Shore trails were built specifically to be challenging. When you make the trail easier you reduce the challenge . This is the opposite of the builders original intention.
The majority of riders do not appreciate these unique challenging trails so we reduce the challenge to make the trails enjoyable to a greater audience.
Wooden structures are a North Shore icon. Unfortunately these structures scream liabuility to the land managers . Thus many of my favourite stunts have been removed instead rebuilding the stunt and preserving the original North Shore heritage.
  • 1 0
 @Sshredder: Well, you can always find a chunk of land somewhere off the radar and build your own stunts no?
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