GoPro of the World Best Line Contest - Who Won the $15,000?

Jan 24, 2017 at 15:50
by GoPro  



After five months of videos, hundreds of entries, and now your votes, we have a winner. The new owner of a nice big wad of cash is...


STEVE STOREY

Views: 47,989    Faves: 466    Comments: 92



Steve, congrats mate, after a couple of years in the running, you’ve taken the win! How does it feel?

Thanks! To be honest, it all still feels kind of unreal. I made it to the final four last year and it made me realize that a win was within reach. I didn't think it would be easy but I thought with the lines I was building it was definitely possible. So when this last season came about I made it a point to get the trails looking perfect and ready for filming. Man, I still have trouble believing it's happened haha. I'm super pumped about the result but it's still kinda feels like a dream!


Tell us about the process and concept of this video, you’ve shot a good number of videos on trails you built yourself. How did you execute it all?

Well, the process I guess started way back when we started building these lines. The plan was to build something that was beautiful and aesthetically pleasing while still being exactly what we wanted to ride. We took great care not to ruin the moss and greenery around the features we built. We replanted ferns and moss whenever we had to rip something up. I wanted the trails to look raw even though they had a ton of work put into them. And they had to be fast. I felt speed was key in making videos look good on these trails. I would've liked to have some big jumps in the lines but the terrain in Whistler doesn't really allow for massive airs unless you have machinery.


Now that you’ve won, have you got plans for the winnings? (We heard something about a trip to Iceland?)

There was a running joke about going to Antarctica if I had won. It was started by my girlfriend, Justa Jeskova, who is a photographer. She's been wanting to go there for a while now, haha. She's going to love that this is on the Pinkbike article. But Iceland, that sounds like a good idea! Definitely, something to think about.

I've definitely got a few ideas I've been playing with. Trips are always at the front of the list. I'll have to sit down and think about that one, though. Justa and I usually have a few destinations and project ideas we're toying around with. Open to suggestions though...

I will probably invest in some new camera equipment. I've been looking at drones for a bit and that will probably be my first purchase.

Most importantly, I'll be having a celebration of sorts for everyone that helped build Salsa Verde. Have to share the winnings with all the incredible people that came out and helped dig.


What's in store for Steve Storey in 2017? Can we expect to see more unique trails built and filmed by you?

For 2017, well I'll most likely be starting another trail build but I don't think it will be ready for this season. Our builds quite often get carried away. I'll start something thinking it'll be a rough line and only take a month or so then next thing I know it becomes a grand project with big ambitions, haha. But who knows, maybe I'll keep it a bit simpler and a new trail will end up happening this season.

Other than the trail building stuff, a few projects that I worked on over the last year will be coming out which I'm really looking forward to. One will be covering a trip we did in India in the fall of 2015 and the other will be on this crazy journey we took to Peru. Some seriously high altitude riding in both places. If you're interested in it all stay tuned to my social media accounts for info on how to check them out.

The one thing I can guarantee for this season though is I'll be riding lots and making POV vids anytime I'm inspired. I love how powerful the new GoPro's are. So much can be done with them and I make sure to have it in my truck with me anytime I go riding. You never know what's going to come up. Banger light, an amazing trail, anything could happen really. Always good to be prepared.


You have a lot of supporters at home. Who would you like to thank?

There are so many people I need to thank for this. First off, thanks to GoPro and Pinkbike for putting on a contest like this. It's such a rad event. I love seeing what people come up with and the voting keeps it exciting/nerve wracking.

The biggest thanks go to Danny Martins. He has put more time in than anyone when it came to getting these lines built. His favourite thing in the world is watching sports highlights, drinking coffee, and petting cats. All at the same time I think. The past few years of building, he's given that up as well as his free time to go biking so he could trail build in all kinds of gnarly weather. (The) Guy deserves some serious props and he'll be getting his fair share of the prize.

I would also like to thank all my friends that came out to help dig at any point. Even if it was only for a few hours it was something I never took lightly. Can't wait to celebrate with you guys!

Lastly, I'd like to thank my sponsors Knolly, Fox, Ryders Eyewear, Maxxis, Chromag, and Royal Racing.



How the Grand Prize Winner was selected:
The Grand Prize Winner was determined by a 16 seed bracket-style vote. All 15 winners from the 5 months of voting (3 winners/month) are automatically entered, along with one wildcard were entered into the bracket voting. Each Displayed Submission was only entered into the bracket once.

Each round lasted a period of two days and the video with the most votes went into the next round of voting. The process continued until the grand prize winner was determined.


Check out all the details on the the contest here - Full details, judging criteria and official rules here.


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MENTIONS: @gopro




89 Comments

  • + 183
 Its acually pretty nice to see him win the contest instead of a bigger Sponsored rider. And he deserved it no doubt about that!
  • - 31
flag thedriftisreal (Jan 25, 2017 at 15:17) (Below Threshold)
 Yea me too but his bike looks like a session
  • + 8
 I have only respect for the ammount a building this video has behind it. People who have never built would never imagine how hard it is to come near something like this trail. Keep rocking!!!
  • + 58
 "We took great care not to ruin the moss and greenery around the features we built. We replanted ferns and moss whenever we had to rip something up"

That is good to hear that extra care was given building the trail and trying to preserve it. Very cool!
  • + 7
 I literally looked at the video at first and thought...man, those boards are new but this trail looks barely ridden. Why does the trail look old, but fresh loam?

I got distracted at one point where there was a mossy log on the right in a hard left turn that was used as the cap of a turn thinking "That's a lot of moss. Old trail? New berms? huh...."

Glad he let me in on the secret. Can go back and watch the video better informed now.
  • - 3
 Oh that's why it looks like old 'n' shitty.
  • + 1
 @Trials-FTW: it did look overgrown at first
  • + 47
 I am honestly more jealous of the riding conditions in this video than I am the cash (although 15k would be pretty nice rn). Utah's winter is feeling longer and longer everyday. Can't wait to get back on dirt! Thanks for the stoke! Congrats
  • + 3
 Just keeps dumping too. Frickin snow! haha
  • + 4
 I started building a ski bike to remedy that.
  • + 9
 You say that like snow is a bad thing. Epic powder conditions as of late.
  • + 1
 Dude, I would give anything to be back home in Utah right now!
  • + 6
 there are actually people living in Utah. something else that I've learned.
  • + 30
 Stoked to see someone getting the love (and cash) for riding a rad trail that they built. There is no mountainbiking without builders; well deserved!
  • + 3
 Couldn't agree more!
  • + 7
 Thanks guys! The cash is definitely appreciated but with or without it we'll keep doing what we do. The big difference now is that we'll be able to reward ourselves with some new tools and extra beer.
  • + 25
 Before the contest even came out, I was circulating your video to all my friends. I think it's one of the best explanations of what mountain biking feels like when you're pinning it. Rad video, nice work, and congrats!
  • + 2
 For sure, this is the video you want to show to the people who you want to start biking! So sick. There isn't a more perfect pov vid in my opinion. Very much deserved win.
  • + 6
 Thanks @naisemaj @pigit77. Love hearing that people are enjoying it. After all the hours that went into creating it, it's truly an awesome feeling knowing people are pumped on the video and trail.
  • + 14
 Hey man, you're like, $3,000 shy of the top-of-the-line Carbon enduro bikes!
  • + 10
 Hmmm, guess I'll have to take option B and get 3 DH bikes instead Wink
  • + 1
 @stevestorey: Great answer.
  • + 9
 Congrats Steve, great vid, fantastic line. Enjoy the cash.
  • + 3
 Cheers boss Smile
  • + 6
 Being a trail builder, it has given me inspiration and pride that a fellow trail builder was able to win this contest! I was doubtful anyone could win when put up against Fest Series/Rampage runs. Congrats!
  • + 1
 Thanks man! I definitely thought it would be tough to beat out a Fest or Rampage run. Not impossible though which is why we put so much effort into the small details on Salsa Verde. I'm glad we did it. Sometimes it felt like we were being a bit over the top when it came to re-naturalization haha.
  • + 4
 I had a feeling he would win, and think he deserved to given the number of videos he had in the initial bracket. Furthermore I like that he hasn't forgotten the people that helped along the way. Congrats on the well deserved win Steve. PS I think I watched that edit at least 20 times during the contest. So FAST!
  • + 3
 Thanks man, really appreciate it! There's no way I wouldn't be sharing this with the guys and gals that helped out. They did so expecting nothing back so it's the least I could do. I was blown away by the amount of people that wanted to help and came out.
  • + 2
 @stevestorey: Given you had a few options in the contest, was this the one you thought had the best shot at a win? Or was one of the others your favorite? Just curious
  • + 2
 @kjjohnson: I thought this was going to be the one with the best chance. I was hoping to get it in better light similar to the conditions in my Roca Verde video. Unfortunately that didn't end up happening which is why I posted this one, which was actually a backup, until the end of the contest. That said, I was really happy with how Cerveza Verde and Roca Verde turned out.
  • + 4
 Very deserved winner. Guy built the trail with lots of care to look after the area around and rode the hell out of it. Congratulations Steve Storey. First time i saw this video it went straight to favourites. Hopefully your entry for next year will involve a trail in Antarctica :-)
  • + 2
 Haha, that would be insanity! You never know....could happen Wink @Justa25 would be quite pleased if that was on the itinerary.
  • + 6
 Hell yeah. There is some justice in the world after all.
  • + 2
 Nice! Well deserved, Steve! Not only was it a fast flowy line through aesthetically pleasing terrain, but I think a large factor in taking the win was how smooth the footage was (likely due to the use of a gimbal). I'm sure more and more riders will be using gimbals which will only result in better, smoother POV footage for everyone to enjoy!
  • + 9
 the gimbal was a solid investment.
  • + 2
 @racerfacer: I wonder which one he used? The FeiyuTech offering is junk...
  • + 1
 @ollyforster: He had Z1 Ryder version 2 in February, dunno if he upgraded since then...
  • + 1
 I have the Z1 Ryder v1 and it sucks balls. Any sudden movement and it just points down to film the top tube. And sudden movements never happen in mtb : )
  • + 1
 @Pedro404 he still uses v2
  • + 3
 Thanks @avcb, glad you enjoyed it.

@ollyforster, @JoeRSB is correct I am still using the Z1 Rider 2.
  • + 1
 @hgrenade: well, the FeiyuTech wearable gimbal broke after it over rotated and pulled its own wires out... it never made a single successful ride without some issue or drama. What a waste of money and after talking to some professional filmmakers, who coincidentally work for PB, they said the same the thing. They're great on groomed trails but as soon as it gets rough and wild, game over.
  • + 1
 @ollyforster: Damn, that sucks. Sounds almost useless for mountain biking....
  • + 2
 Maybe gopro and pinkbike should do a "NoPro GoPro" best line competition. Only unknown everyday riders. Its relatable much like the winning video. That trail is something any rider would love to put tires on. As a buillder its inspiring to see a dude like him win this and i think a lot of people are receptive to a working class hero type of rider that still puts his hands in the dirt and shreds.
  • + 2
 coming up soon on pinkbike:
A "Gimbal Review Post"

I sure wouldnt mind that. Been thinking about buying one for a while but not sure which one is the best.
Obviously, the one used in the video gets the job done nicely!

congrats on winning!
  • + 1
 It does work well but it isn't without problems. The cord attaching the controller to the gimbal could use some improvements. It has broken numerous times requiring some ghetto repairs.
  • + 4
 Congratz, well deserved - Awesome riding and awesome trail! Have fun, buddeh!
  • + 1
 Cheers pal! Appreciate it Smile
  • + 3
 After seeing Steve's submissions I hoped he was going to win. So happy the correct choice was made, great rider, great trails and really nice footage to boot.
  • + 1
 Thanks @Doherz, appreciate the props!
  • + 2
 The fact that he put effort into preserving the nature when building this trail and keeping it raw is awesome!!!! Mad props to you Steve!!!!
  • + 1
 Thanks Lar!
  • + 4
 Congrats Steve! Great riding
  • + 2
 Cheers, @Uhlrichl1 much appreciated
  • + 1
 Superb natural trail feel, loved it when i first saw it, you can have all the fancy bike park jump vids you want but there's nothing like hitting a good woodland trail in the heart of nature. Well deserved buddy.
  • + 2
 I didn't think it deserved the win until i read the interview and what went in behind the scenes. good work chap!
  • + 2
 My favorite since the beginning of the comp. And still can't understand why he's using an open face helmet.
  • + 3
 Thanks @bastian. The whole reason I went with the half lid is because I pedalled there. Not that it makes it right or wrong, anything we ride in Whistler outside of the bike park is generally done so with an open face helmet.
  • + 2
 I think you broke a spoke bro, ping. Amazing track congratulations!
  • + 1
 I thought the same when I initially watched it. I think it was just the sound of duff and chunks of bark pinging off the spokes, music to my ears Wink
  • + 1
 Good job! For some reason when I saw the video I knew it would score the win. @stevestorey
  • + 1
 Thanks, man. Still feeling on top of the world to get the win
  • + 1
 steve should get a full face, the one he has makes no sense, for his style of riding
#getSteveafullface
  • + 1
 Haha, noted Smile
  • + 2
 @stevestorey: hahaha cheers man and congrats Big Grin
  • + 2
 Intense!! -Djaugust's daughter
  • + 1
 Wonder what his mount setup was? It's way to stable to only be a chest mount...
  • + 1
 It was a chest mount but I used a gimbal to stabilize the camera.
  • + 1
 @stevestorey: Which one? It is extremely smooth.
  • + 1
 @Archimonde: the Z1 Rider 2
  • + 1
 Best chest-view I've ever seen!
  • + 2
 Cheers boss!
  • + 0
 I have to say, if that's all it takes to win I'm going to filming! It looks like my Sunday ride.
  • + 1
 Congrats, I favorited this vid
  • + 1
 Congratulations! Great inspiration and awesome riding!
  • + 1
 Thank you! It means a lot hearing so much positive feedback. Appreciate it ????
  • + 1
 4 question marks were supposed to be a thumbs up haha, stupid question marks!
  • + 1
 Nice Vid man! congratulations!
  • + 2
 Thank you! So damn pumped to take the win.
  • + 1
 Awesome - Congrats Steve!
  • + 1
 Cheers guys and thank you for your support Smile
  • + 1
 Where is this trail again? I can't seem to find more information about it.
  • + 1
 Amazing work Steve!
  • + 1
 Thanks man!
  • + 1
 Steve rocks !!!
  • + 1
 Yes, congratulations!
  • + 1
 Cheers pal, stoked to say the least!
  • - 1
 $15 large for that? WTF? O.o
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