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Summer Gravity Camps 2011 - Week 1

Jul 13, 2011 at 0:07
by Callum Jelley  
Walking up the stairs of the Garibaldi Lift Company at 9am to a buzz of excited chatter about A-line aspirations, berm shredding techniques and the beautiful waitresses serving breakfast could only mean one thing; Summer Gravity Camps 2011 had begun.

There’s nothing like seeing 30 kids, some first timers to Whistler and SGC, some 2,3 and 4th year returnees all so excited to ride, learn and ultimately progress at the hands of the best riders in the world. I’m just in the mix to document the young chaps ripping down A-line, blasting berms on B-line, negotiating the latticework of roots on Detroit rock city and getting new tricks dialed into foam, mulch or a 50ft by 50ft Airbag.

We had a great coaching line up for Week 1, Andrew Shandro, Thomas Vanderham, Brandon Semenuk, Jordie Lunn, Andrew Cho, Kyle Jameson and Mason Mashon. The coaches rotate groups throughout the week so that they get a chance to ride with everyone and try to impart some of their extensive bike handling knowledge to all the next generation of aspiring athletes.

It’s been a perfect week, 20+ degree days, bright sunshine, hero dirt, freshly rebuilt trails and good times being had by all.

The 50ft by 50ft Airbag is a new addition to SGC and it lives at the top of the famous Whistler Boneyard and let me tell you it’s a sight. It looks big enough to jump out of a plane into let alone nail your first back flip. Session it in the evenings as all the campers were getting tricks dialed or learning ones for the first time, Jordie Lunn however was practicing his Lawn Darts and double ankle grab heel clickers. Coming to a contest near you soon.

Thanks to all the coaches and campers for an unreal start to Summer Gravity Camps 2011. Thanks also to Trek, Shimano, FOX, Clif Bar, POC, ODI, Dakine, Go Pro ,JBL, Leatt.

Here it is, Week 1 Summer Gravity Camps 2011:

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  • 6 0
 Did you notice how they show that they get to cut in front of COC in the lift line. Thought that was funny.
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  • 2 0
 I NEED TO GO NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 i went to whistler some time ago it was ace dont put it off YOU HAVE TO GO WHAT HAVE YOU TO LOOSE GET IT SORTED i did come home black and blue and physicaly exhausted but so what
  • 2 0
 i love sgc, this will be my fourth year! cant wait!!
  • 1 0
 Sick you're going again!?
  • 7 6
 There airbag is so dangerous... You pedal down some bumpy ass run in on the mountain then you get ontop of the airbag and its at least 15 ft tall with a 10 ft jump off the top of it to get off. Saw a kid almost die because the run in so bumpy that he lost feet positioning and washed out and face first into the lip... he literally had a seizure for 15 minutes... scariest moment I have ever seen.
  • 4 6
 camp of champions or die.
  • 5 1
 yeah, ok buddy....have a closer look at 21 seconds. lol
  • 1 1
 Looks sick, but for those who want to stay in the USA, AYR ACADEMY at Highland is f*ckin awesome! Just got back and already excited for next year!
  • 2 1
 Leaving on the 23 to whis, SGC HERE I COME!
  • 1 0
 I'm going July 22nd, I CAN'T WAIT!!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 I went for the week shown in the video and it is that good!!!!! Ride in MTB heaven all day and then chill out at the air dome or the airbag all afternoon. So sick!!!
  • 1 0
 yessss. im there for the 24th.
  • 2 0
 too stoked!
  • 1 0
 I want to go back to whistler soooooo bad
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 I'm hopping to go for my senior trip!
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 They have an airbag now ?!
  • 1 0
 Week 2 was the stuff!
  • 1 0
 next year.....

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