Video: Kialani Hines Tells Her Story in 'Validation'

Dec 11, 2020 at 18:46
by GrowCyclingFoundation  

Riding & Words by Kialani Hines
Video & Photography by Heather Young
Presented by Grow Cycling Foundation

bigquotesWhen Heather and I came together to create a video. Originally we were going to do a fun edit that didn’t really have any meaning other than shredding!

Though there is always room for videos like that, I thought about it and didn’t feel with the current state of the world that I wanted to completely ignore my role in our mountain biking community. So I sat down and wrote out a “script” of how I want a new generation of bikers to feel about riding bikes.

My goal with the short video is to share something I’ve been passionate about, help welcome all to something that has created a safe space for me, and to encourage new faces to fall in love with what makes them happy (hopefully that is mountain biking!).

It’s been an incredible experience and privilege creating my vision with Heather Young and Grow Cycling Foundation. I hope that it inspires all to follow whatever path they envision for themselves.
Kialani Hines

Photo by Heather Young

bigquotesKialani has always been an inspiration to me. Coming into the Crankworx scene and beating people who had been riding mountain bikes their whole lives. Always a positive attitude and always a smile on her face. She is an amazing ambassador for our sport and a lesson that whatever your dreams are, they are possible and bikes are a great way to achieve them.Eliot Jackson, Grow Cycling Foundation

Photo by Heather Young

Photo by Heather Young
Photo by Heather Young

bigquotesI didn’t grow up mountain biking, so as someone who found it later in life, I’ve experienced all the positives it’s brought to my life that I didn’t really know was missing. It’s been a privilege for one of my first film projects to be able to help tell Kialani’s story, and to be able to work with the Grow Cycling Foundation to deliver her message and support a project that both have the ability to bring a lot of positivity to the community.Heather Young, Director

bigquotesI am super excited to be working alongside Kialani and Heather young to tell the story of Kialani’s upbringing in the biking world. Kialani has a refreshing outlook on her childhood and didn’t let her race, gender, or surroundings keep her from achieving her goals and making her mark as a professional athlete. I hope she can be an inspiration to all, about working towards your goals from a young age, believing in yourself, and not letting society tear you down.Luca Cometti, Co-Director

Photo by Heather Young

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  • 30 0
 That was amazing!! Such a great rider!
  • 17 0
 this is how you drive more engagement in the industry/sport. Don't do a bunch of pandering about how you're going to make sure you hire female employees, promote female athletes, celebrate female industry needle movers, and put out content. Enough time has been wasted talking.
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flag JustAnotherRiderHere (Dec 14, 2020 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 yeah, god knows we do not want the best candidate for a position...we have quota's.....everyone, we need to find what slot we fit into....
  • 16 3
 @JustAnotherRiderHere: Have a little think sometime on how many times the actual best candidate for a job has not been hired because they weren't part of the OWBC.
  • 10 3
 @catfish9797: I think you two are on the same page? Unless I'm missing something? diversity hires are idiotic if they sacrifice qualification requisites in favor of representing a certain pigment, religion, or genitalia.
  • 1 6
flag JustAnotherRiderHere (Dec 15, 2020 at 17:25) (Below Threshold)
 @TotalAmateur: Hate Speach sir (are you identifying as a sir?). Reality is, to many it seems - hate speach.
  • 3 3
 @catfish9797: You are correct. So, the ONLY answer is to take away the question on all forms. There is no place for male/female black/white or any other physical trait in equality. It is a shame that many women and people of color are hired and so many think it was...only due to their gender or skin color.
  • 2 3
 @JustAnotherRiderHere: reality is hate speech to idiots, don't trouble yourself too much with their view points. but don't ignore it or they'll elect Biden lol
  • 1 0
 Kialani is awesome. Say it once, say it again.
  • 1 0
 @filmdrew: yesssssssss
  • 11 0
 Really awesome to see so many great female riders being promoted and take a lead role in the MTB landscape. Im so thankful for a sport that my 3 month old daughter will be able to grow into and will have the opportunity to look up to such great role models like Kialani and so many others.
  • 6 0
 Love the shot of her lining up with the kid. My daughter gave up the track when her BMX race buddy moved away. Not enough female mentors for sure. Good on ya Kialani!
  • 7 0
 Somebody once told me I ride like a girl. I dream of riding that well.
  • 7 1
 New style: put your shock reservoir on back to front....
  • 2 0
 I thought that was so you could plug your shock into the lighter socket in the car and charg'er back up??
  • 4 2
 I got 3 people in to MTBing this past year. Do I qualify? I was letting them ride my "buddy bike" which is an '09 Kona one20 Supreme. I wonder how many it could have been if they were riding a shiny new Pivot Mach 5.5?
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flag pbfan08 (Dec 15, 2020 at 7:09) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry, this foundation doesn't care about the 3 Caucasian Males you got into MTB, they have agendas to push!
  • 7 0
 @pbfan08: I like an agenda focused on getting more people riding.
  • 3 1
 I'm the first person to roll my eyes about social justice/shaming/cancel culture...and that didn't happen here. This is a super positive message presented very well. This is how we build inclusion.
  • 5 0
 Thanks again NY!
  • 6 2
 You can get a up vote before NY figures out how to tax that...
  • 4 6
 Vote them out
  • 4 0
 Thanks again Québec !
  • 1 0
 Love this. I missed out on BMX racing as a kid because it was ALL men and I got intimidated. So happy to see such amazing women out there paving the way for the young girls. Great vid!
  • 1 0
 It's not too late to start! The ladies bmx race classes are growing every year and we could always use a few more fun women at the gate.
  • 2 0
 Thank you Québec ! Super
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  • 2 0
 I sure like Kialani's very cool looking dog (Heeler, Mad Max lookalike...)
  • 2 0
 Excellent message! I'll be showing this one to my daughter!
  • 1 0
 she is such a great girl... can't wait to see more from her in the future....
  • 2 0
 Well done
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 So Rad!
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