Whistler Smashed by Locals - Video

Apr 15, 2017
by Chris Ricci  
Views: 39,833    Faves: 695    Comments: 12


A few words with Conor Macfarlane:

CR: Coming all the way from New Zealand to Whistler every year seems like a big commitment. What draws you to Canada every year?

CM: The search for the endless summer, although the more summers I chase it the more I miss skiing as it was something I really enjoyed growing up. But I figure there are plenty of years left in my life where I won't have the chance to have endless summers so trying to make the most of it while I can!

CR: Describe the endless Summer

CM: After the NZ summer I do get a bit of Wintery goodness but pretty much when the ski fields open is when I fly out, straight back into the Northern Hemisphere summer. The last few years I have been on the road overseas for about five months a year so when I get back to NZ spring is well and truly in the swing of things so it's really only from now, until mid-June, that I have to get my fix of wintery conditions.

PC Mark Mackay

CR: Most people would say that you’re living the dream. While that may be the case, what type of sacrifice is involved to make this a reality?

CM:
The grass is always greener on the other side. For me the biggest thing is living out of a suitcase, or more realistically, a bike box for months at a time and being apart from those I love. I would definitely love to be able to go home between northern hemisphere events, video shoots etc but financially it doesn’t stack up for someone who lives at the bottom of the world. The other big sacrifice is my spare time, while in NZ I work a full time job (Huge shout out to my boss Reon for understanding what I do and giving me whatever time off I need!) to help pay for flying around the world which means that a lot of my weekends and spare time is taken up with digging, filming, photos etc. This is fine as I enjoy filming etc but it can feel like I have a lack of spare time over the NZ summer.

CR: What have been the most challenging and rewarding aspects of pursuing a riding career?

CM: Seeing end products in the form of videos or photos is pretty rewarding especially if you have spend hours on the end of a shovel making a feature. Also having people say you have inspired them or motivated them to do something is pretty cool! The most challenging part of a riding career I believe is dealing with injury and time off the bike. The mental game here is a huge part of it, I had five months off not long ago with scaphoid issues then was only back on the bike two weeks before I snapped my collar bone and required more surgery and more time off the bike. So for me, the biggest challenge is going to be to get my head in the right pace to ride at the same level as I did before as there will be a part of me saying to chill so I don’t get injured again. Over the years I have seen plenty of professional athletes go through this and it is never easy so I reckon that it is one of the most challenging parts of pursuing a riding career, something I am just about to go through but can already see it coming.

PC Mark Mackay

CR: What type of advice would you give to those looking to create a lifestyle that revolves around mountain biking?

CM: You just need to make it happen, so many people talk about it but never actually make it a reality. For me moving to Queenstown was the key as it allowed me to walk out my door and within minutes be dirt jumping, trail riding or down hilling. Stop talking about it, get out there and make it happen!

PC Mark Mackay

Riders:

Chris Kovarik
Trev Burke
Peter Matthews
Georgia Astle
Dylan Forbes
Jackson Goldstone
Denis Couchesne
Harry Armstrong
Conor Macfarlane

Production:

Influx Productions

Sound Design:
www.jettalazza.com/

Photography:
Mark Mackay

Special Thanks:
Whistler Mountain Bike Park

*Produced with the support of TELUS


MENTIONS: @influx



82 Comments

  • + 61
 I did need to replay 4:46 a few times to understand how this is possible Eek , and in fact I still dont understand hahaha Big Grin

This edit was absolutely mindblowing from the beginning
  • + 7
 Adds a whole new meaning to headspace and timing
  • + 4
 That's as big as you can go with an un-turndown no doubt!
  • + 4
 ahahah exactly the same ! I was in front of the computer trying to make that move like a maniac
  • + 1
 wifi trolled me so hard. video stopped at 4:46 xD
  • + 46
 That backflip with 10" of headroom left was mind boggling
  • + 10
 that's the new-ish clownshoes drop. Lots of pros b.f. flat drops these days but with that down ramp *right there* you're right - it's insane
  • + 40
 i just got a two year visa for canada. see you soon whis!!!!!!! im buzzing. england and its rolling greenery can go suck it.
  • + 3
 That just made my night!!
  • + 3
 Have some good times dude!!
  • + 31
 Never heard of trev burke before but DAMN the guy can corner.
  • + 59
 ????????????????
  • + 31
 Cheers!
  • + 4
 Yeh Trev!!
  • + 5
 @trevwahburke: you killed it dude, so much Steeze burns my eyes! ????
  • + 4
 TREV IS THE MAAAAN. Fixed my bike on many occasions too Razz
  • + 3
 @trevwahburke: You're up there with Luke Strobel as a god of cornering. Honestly that was mental
  • + 2
 Lmao @trevwahburke. Perfect response and sick riding. Because, man can you corner!
  • + 15
 What the heck kind of gravity defying talent am I seeing at 2:35?!
  • + 3
 Yea I had to rewind that a few times, absolutely insane!
  • + 9
 Holy shit, everyone killed it. That gap out of the berm the kovarik pulled took at least three replays for me to wrap my head around.
  • + 3
 I had the privilege of seeing him do that same in person. He'll do some training sesh's as part of particular riding camps at Whistler. It was terrifying watching him ride, feel his videos never do him justice (as I'm sure with all of these guys...and kids lol).
  • + 11
 Pete Matthews: ripping and so much style for such a huge human being.
  • + 1
 def. a few locals' lines with his riding...
  • + 6
 Outrageously good all around... especially after such a long break since the last time we had bike park to ride! Stoked for the melt down low
  • + 7
 Nice!!! I get blown away every time I see an edit that shows raw speed and skills all at once.
  • + 6
 That flat drop flip from conor was insane!!
  • + 1
 Is that not known as a drip? Or a flop? :-)
  • + 1
 What a kick ,but when that "boy" enter on the video I just start to laught ,like ,no way ,and laught again,cause .............,never mind ,if I had a chance to live another life I would definitely be trying to ride like these riders from the start of my existence.thank you all for showing me what it could have been,peace.
  • + 6
 YES Georgia!!!!
  • + 4
 He did not hit that berm that hard... 2:23


F@%k me!

...and Kovarik, poetry in motion kinda shit Smile
  • + 4
 that filthy ape up-down.... what just happened
  • + 3
 The last part was f*cking nuts. Flipping the clownshoes drop? Was this filmed on some planet with less gravity?
  • + 4
 Ya ever get mad when you go to whis to ride and the trails are closed
  • + 3
 Am I the only one that's good to mention what a stud Jackson Goldstone is?
  • + 1
 Killer Edit !! I only can confirm Trevs comment "It´s the bikepark, it´s like a drug" - that´s also my excuse for coming back to WBP almost every year since 2004.
  • + 3
 Ohhh yea man, your edits are allways favs!
  • + 2
 probably one of the craziest videos I have seen in 2017. also super inspiring. keep up the good work guys Connor is a beast
  • + 3
 I already know it's gonna be good Smile
  • + 2
 best filming I have seen in a dogs age......I felt like I was riding and spraying dirt
  • + 3
 yeah denis courchesne! bloody ripper!
  • + 1
 Never heard of denis Courchesne before but DAMN the guy can corner.
  • + 2
 Conor McFarlane is just jedi level
  • + 2
 Such a great video. Great work, got me all fired up to send!
  • + 2
 That jump where he punches threw the narrow tree gap... How!
  • + 1
 Geez... only been there once and still can remember just how massive some of those lines are... most all off those lines
  • + 2
 Looks like Conor Macfarlane is pretty good at back flips.
  • + 2
 That first backflip was amazing.
  • + 2
 :33 seconds in is a shot of Whistler's secret weapon...
  • + 1
 The use of slow motion was a great way to show the spectrum of speed by these riders. lol!
  • + 2
 the dirt merchant caveman! that was awesome
  • + 1
 Really well done boys! F***ing awesome from the very beginning!
  • + 1
 This was just sick to watch. The actual speed shots killed it.
  • + 1
 Damn. That was sick! Well done!
  • + 1
 These guys are the most insane!!!!
  • + 1
 These guys are fast as Fuk!
  • + 1
 Is this a bit older since Cunnah ist riding INTENSE now?
  • + 1
 Def motivating to go hard on my knee rehab and get back on the bike asap
  • + 1
 Ok, so now I'm REALLY stoked for opening day! Mind blowing riding!
  • + 1
 at some point I forgot to breathe, holy moly!
  • + 1
 ok the snow has to melt up there already!
  • + 2
 Savages!!!
  • + 1
 FAAAAARK, I'm going riding.
  • + 1
 Propaganda in the soundtrack... thank you!
  • + 1
 good heavens
  • + 1
 buzzing
  • + 1
 EPIC !
  • - 1
 That was so rad! At work on blackcomb, look outside at top of fitz elevation, snow... Soon bike park, soon!
  • + 1
 got steeze!
  • + 1
 Badass.
  • + 1
 Godamnnnn
  • + 0
 Whaaat?! That wasn't even good.
  • + 1
 Nice work, everyone.
  • + 1
 That was sick!!
  • - 3
 My last comment wasn't mea the to be interpreted like hate I meant it like with Remy it will be even more sick.
  • + 7
 You don't want a cube ruining this edit would you?
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