Video: The Young Rippers of Highland Bike Park

Sep 21, 2015
by Danielle Baker  
 
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Four young rippers, Malcolm, Anthony, Kaiden, and Nathan, got together to film this edit at Highlands Bike Park. We took some time to chat with them about the ins and outs of filming, setting goals, and getting sponsored.

Highland Bike Park
  Malcolm and Anthony - two of the young rippers featured in the edit.

MALCOLM | 7

bigquotes My dad can keep up with me, but not for long. When I get a bike with 24 inch wheels, I will definitely be faster than my dad.

Who taught you how to ride bikes?
I taught myself.

Does anyone else in your family ride bikes? Who? Can they keep up to you?
My dad. my mom, and my three year old sister all ride pedal bikes. My mom and sister can’t keep up with me going downhill. My dad can keep up with me, but not for long. When I get a bike with 24 inch wheels, I will definitely be faster than my dad.

Who are your heroes/favourite mountain bikers? Why?
Kaidan is my favorite mountain biker because he is really good at dirt jumps and downhill and he is my friend. Anthony is my other favorite rider because he is my friend and he can do a lot of stuff better than me.

What is your favourite trail? Why?
My favorite trail is Hellion at Highland because it has big jumps and technical spots also.

What is your most recent achievement?
I started riding the big line in lower Sherwood Forest at Highland

What do you do when you aren’t riding bikes?
That’s a good question. I sleep and go to the beach and go snowboarding.

What goals are you working on this summer? New tricks, going faster, bigger jumps?
I am working on the denture feature on New England Style at Highland.

Do you have any sponsors? If so, who are they? If not, who would you like to be sponsored by?
I am sponsored by my parents.

What was your favourite part about making the video?
Riding was my favorite part, waiting around was not very fun.



ANTHONY | 9

bigquotes I just learned to do no footers in the jump park!

Who taught you how to ride bikes?
My dad taught me how to ride when I was three years old. I started out on a glider bike that was made out of plastic tubing but I broke it trying to do jumps. I also started out doing the Kids Camps at Highland Mountain Bike Park and now I do Summer Ride. I can’t wait until I’m old enough to do Ayr Academy. Chad and Chris (coaches) have taught me to jump and do big drops.

Does anyone else in your family ride bikes? Who? Can they keep up to you?
My whole family rides bikes. My dad and I ride downhill but we also do a lot of cross country rides as a family. My mom and my big sister Anna mostly ride cross country but sometimes they ride downhill too. My dad can keep up with me when we ride downhill but I’ll be faster than him soon.

Who are your heroes/favourite mountain bikers? Why?
I really like Brandon Semenuk because he is super good at riding. I also like Cam McCaul because he’s funny and also very good. A long time ago I said hi to him at the Claymore Challenge.

What is your favourite trail? Why?
Highland Mountain Bike Park is my favorite place to ride and I have a lot of favorite trails. If I had to pick one it would be Cat’s Paw. I like it because it has lots of cool transfers you can find. It’s really fun to ride it and find new lines to ride.

What is your most recent achievement?
I just learned to do no footers in the jump park and I also learned to do the denture on N.E. Style and the last drop on Bone Saw.

What do you do when you aren’t riding bikes?
I like to ski with my sister and friends in the winter. I really like music and I play the piano. I’m also into running, soccer, and playing car racing games on my Xbox.

What goals are you working on this summer? New tricks, going faster, bigger jumps?
I’m learning to do no foot cans but they’re very hard. I know I’m going to get them though.

Do you have any sponsors? If so, who are they? If not, who would you like to be sponsored by?
I don’t have any sponsors but I would really like to be sponsored some day. I would love to get sponsored by any company but when I’m older I want to be a pro and get sponsored by RedBull.

What was your favourite part about making the video?
Riding Cat’s Paw with Malcolm, Nathan, and Kaidan was so awesome! I also liked the train we did on the dirt jumps in Lower Sherwood Forest. We all really had a great time all riding together.


Highland Bike Park

KAIDEN | 10

bigquotesI would like to be sponsored by a bike company and someday maybe Red Bull.

Who taught you how to ride bikes?
My dad, our friend Pete and lots of people from Highland.

Does anyone else in your family ride bikes? Who? Can they keep up to you?
My brother and my dad, and they can keep up with me.

Who are your heroes/favourite mountain bikers? Why?
Cam McCaul. I like that he always has a positive attitude, and he is funny.

What is your favourite trail? Why?
Tombstone [at Highland]. It is a really fun drop!

What is your most recent achievement?
Tombstone drop to the big double and hitting the Pinkbike double on the slope style course.

What do you do when you aren’t riding bikes?
Work on our jumps at home and practice for my gymnastics team.

What goals are you working on this summer? New tricks, going faster, bigger jumps?
Practice more tricks and hit more jumps on the slope style course, like freebird.

Do you have any sponsors? If so, who are they? If not, who would you like to be sponsored by?
I have one sponsor now: Amateur Cooperative. I would like to be sponsored by a bike company and someday maybe Red Bull.

What was your favourite part about making the video?
Riding with my friends!


Highland Bike Park

NATHAN | 14

bigquotes [My favourite part of making the video was] showing that kids on the east coast are shredding hard on bikes and showing people how cool Highland is!

Who taught you how to ride bikes?
My dad, our friend Pete and lots of people from Highland.

Does anyone else in your family ride bikes? Who? Can they keep up to you?
My dad and my brother. My dad can keep up with us, but we go higher and bigger on jumps.

Who are your heroes/favourite mountain bikers? Why?
Cam McCaul, Mat Macduff and Jamie Goldman. They seem like no matter what they are always having a great time riding!

What is your favourite trail? Why?
Hellion [at Highland ], because it is just jump after jump, and it is fast!

What is your most recent achievement?
The Tombstone drop and double at Highland, and tuck no handers.

What do you do when you aren’t riding bikes?
I like photography, filming and editing bike videos.

What goals are you working on this summer? New tricks, going faster, bigger jumps?
I would like to get a suicide no hander, shoulder buzzer and a 360.

Do you have any sponsors? If so, who are they? If not, who would you like to be sponsored by?
I am sponsored by Amateur Cooperative and Demon pads. I would love to be sponsored by a bike company someday.

What was your favourite part about making the video?
Showing that kids on the east coast are shredding hard on bikes and showing people how cool Highland is!


MENTIONS: @Highland-Mountain-Bike-Park

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55 Comments

  • + 78
 When I take my 3 year old to practice riding on the neighborhood street, after 2 minutes he is on his hands and knees poking at a dead slug with a stick. Focus man! Focus!
  • + 7
 Hahaha
  • + 11
 What you don't see is the hours that Malcom and Anthony's dads have spent sitting in the highland trainning center or watching them hit the dirt jumps. These dads have put a ton of time in.
  • + 45
 What? These kids didn't roost the f*ck out of every corner! Perhaps the old phrase "Skids are for kids" no longer rings true!
I for one welcome these kids to trails around the world. Not only are they all better, and faster than me but they aren't trashing the trails for internet points
  • + 4
 Skids are for 30 year olds who want to feel badass. Glad to know someone's teaching these kids right!
  • + 4
 At 43 I'm still better than these kids. By the time I'm 44, probably not. I'll have to practice my "back in my day" stories to feel relevant. But seriously, I've watched these kids progress over the last 2 years. Amazing is all I can say. The Highland crowd is a really cool place for kids. I see it with my son. Never a complaint about being "too slow" . Hope these kids feel the same way about me when I'm older and "slower".
PS awesome video
  • + 3
 ^^ The first line sounded harsh but I was just trying to explain just how fast this generation is progressing.
  • + 18
 These kids make me feel insecure
  • + 2
 same here bro! lol
  • + 16
 They went from 19" to 20" wheels because of the perfomance advantages of rolling better etc. etc...
  • + 16
 shame they want to be sponsered by an energy drink
  • + 6
 I agree, although I would prolly slug down a few redbulls if they paid me to travel the world and ride bikes.
  • + 14
 An energy drink that puts money behind our sport? What's the shame in that?
  • - 2
 energy drinks are evil and shouldn't be marketed towards kids.
  • + 5
 They are not evil hahaha. Moderation is the key like with everything.
  • + 9
 Evil? Good grief. Charlie Manson was evil, Hitler was evil...Red Bull is a freaking overpriced caffeinated drink. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • + 2
 energy drinks that finance their projects and cover their medic bills
  • + 14
 I'm pretty sure Anthony's desire to someday ride for Redbull has more to do with him wanting to be like some of the pro's he looks up too and very little to do with the drink itself. Until very recently he thought all they made was cool videos and bike helmets.
  • + 0
 Marketing super sugary caffeinated drinks at kids is a little insidious. The recommended sugar intake (added sugar, not counting naturally occurring sugar in fruit and other produce) for kids is around 130 calories. A small can (250ml) of RB has 108 calories from sugar. Around 80% of their daily sugar intake. These little shredding groms are probably doubling (or more) the energy output of many kids, so for them its not a problem. But advertising and sponsorship works, other kids will buy into the image and charf down 500ml cans of energy drinks to be like the cool kids. The US and NZ are two of the worst in the world with kids obesity rates. When the benefits of selling sugary drinks is privatised (profit) and the cost externalised (healthcare) there's no market signal to do anything but sell more cans of drink to everyone.

Not that I'm against Red Bull at all, I'm just in favour of trying to minimise kids exposure to sugary drinks. This would likely be done by reducing advertising aimed at kids and reducing accessibility. Those mechanisms seemed to work for tobacco.
  • + 5
 You mustve watched that video where the jesus freak lady explains how monster is basically satan in a can.....I cant believe how much RedBull spends on oddball events and action sports, they do more for extreme sports than anyone.
  • + 11
 HOLY CRAP! THEY WERE SENDING LIKE 20FT. DROPS! Oh wait, they're 3ft. tall, whoops. It never gets old seeing little kids absolutely shredding. The MTB scene is promising in the US and its very exciting to see where it'll be in 5-10 years. Keep on shredding young uns!!
  • + 6
 I love that I was at highland yesterday, eyeing the trail gap and thought, no that's too big for me today then the first dropout the edit, the kid nails it. SOOOO pumped that I'm humbled by they little rippers! Keep ripping! Also, age aside, this is a great edit!
  • + 8
 Man, I wish I was 10 again.... and access to a bike park
  • + 4
 Heck yes. These kids have so much fun on their bikes its pretty inspiring...always a smile on their face. Anyone that has rode Highland knows how good some of the stunts in this video are, especially for little kids!
  • + 7
 This video is proof that our sport is the BEST
  • + 2
 Especially with FEST
Just don't forget the REST Wink
  • + 3
 Big thanks to Pinkbike and Highland for putting this together and getting it posted. The boys are all going to be stoked to see it! #AntShreds
  • + 4
 Way to go Groms! Cheers to the Ingy's- good to see my old nieghbors getting after it on the screen, progression!
  • + 3
 these kids shred harder than I do. I would never even think of dropping Tombstone, and these kids are doing in on 20 inch bikes at 9 years old.
  • + 5
 Killin It Guysss!!!! see every one on the hill
  • + 1
 at big bear this weekend it really makes me feel dumb when I see a 7 year old do a sucide no hander, clapping his hands behind his back when i'm here trying to get my whips further than 3* sideways. Kids these days...
  • + 1
 How do these kids get the chance to do this? I'd love to have the ability to shoot with some guys, it would be so cool! Anyways, Sik riding, so impressed by the really little guys especially!
  • + 3
 The future is bright... Awesome!!
  • + 2
 WOW.... the moment a 7 years olds boys kick your ass on a montain bike!!! well played young sir !!!!
  • + 3
 Reality check: I'm average.
  • + 3
 These kids are gena be the sickest generation ever
  • + 2
 are there kids around every weekend? id love to get my son up there and meet up with them
  • + 1
 Lots of kids on the weekend. Will taper off with colder weather but this past weekend there were tons of kids. My son (5 years) loves it there. As for those kids, ya, see them often.
  • + 1
 Spring and fall are actually busier at Highland than summer....
  • + 3
 Speaking for Anthony and myself, we're typically there at least one day every weekend. Malcolm, Nate, and Kaiden as well. Please come up and introduce yourself if you see us. Always love having new friends to ride with! There is such a positive scene at Highland, especially for the kids. Even when Anthony was just learning we never once experienced anything but positive and enthusiastic support from anyone we've met. I would say we see that even more now and as a dad it makes me proud to watch Anthony do the same thing with the even younger kids or those just starting out. Very different experience than other sports we've been involved in. Can't say enough about it. See you on the hill!
  • + 1
 thanks, we are from NJ so its tough to get up there... i did promise my son a trip there this year, locotiki, i will hit you up when we might go up...
  • + 2
 Great video. You just can't hate when these kids are obviously having so much fun and have the skills to match.
  • + 1
 haha - all those kids are sick riders... mad props to lil Anthony - he's got steez!
  • + 1
 I ride highland once a week and am still scared to ride half the stuff these kids are doing....
  • + 1
 awesome kids...make riding a bike looks really easy...
  • + 1
 Their whips made most of us rethink our entire biking careers.
  • + 2
 yeah guys!
  • + 1
 dude these kids are sick, few years they'll be better than me
  • + 1
 These nano-schralpers destroy.
  • + 1
 That put a biig smile on my face!! Bikes are awesome!!
  • + 1
 what trail was that big wood transfer on and where is highland?
  • + 1
 Buncha rad dudes!
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