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Video: Kirt Voreis Rides Creative Lines in 'Desert Skatepark'

Jan 12, 2022 at 7:06
by Ian Hylands  
Views: 8,812    Faves: 8    Comments: 0


Modern day trailbikes are a lot like the venerable Swiss Army Knife. They do a lot of different things, and they do them all fairly well. Thinking back to when I first started mountain biking in the early 1990's there was really only one type of mountain bike. Fully rigid, with 26" wheels. You could of course choose either aluminum or steel, and you could run your tire of choice, as well as clipless pedals if you wanted them. But that was really it.

Riding on Vancouver's North Shore we either rode the road to the top of the mountain, or shuttled, and then rode the trails back to the bottom. The cross country racers rode the trails up as well, but for most of us we used the road. When we got to the top we used a hex wrench or a quick release to drop our seats before riding the trails down. It's almost unbelievable how much mountain bikes have changed since then, now we have full suspension and dropper posts.

Kirt Voreis getting tabled on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

In the beginning of 2021 Kirt Voreis and I headed to southwestern Utah to shoot some photos and video for my friends at SDG Components and DEITY. Every time I ride Guacamole and Gooseberry Mesa I always end up staring at what seem to be endless natural quarters and hips, I always picture it as a giant rocky skatepark. I'd never taken the time to look at any of it with someone who might actually be able to ride the features though, so that was our first mission. After a full day of scouting with Kirt it turned out that many of the hits I'd seen weren't worth shooting. They were definitely rideable, but they didn't really lend themselves to anything worthy of shooting. There were a few that did work however, so we focused on those.

Kirt Voreis getting all tucked up on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt's Niner RIP 9 RDO is a finely tuned machine. Fully capable of tearing up almost any trail you can point it at, it floats over rocky terrain like a beast and then jumps like a much smaller bike when needed. It's custom painted in purple camo with contrasting orange colored bits and other little touches. All put together like an art project by Kirt himself.

Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah
Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah

Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah
Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah

Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah
Kirt s Niner RIP 9 RDO in Utah

Kirt dropping in on a trailside feature.

Kirt Voreis getting tabled on a natural quarterpipe in Utah
Kirt Voreis getting tabled on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt Voreis getting into a table on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Gooseberry Mesa and Guacamole trail have some incredible riding through fun technical terrain, with some fast flowy bits and lots of little trail side features to play on. Including a few that were perfect to show off Kirt's riding skills. Barspins for days!

Kirt Voreis does a footplant on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt Voreis getting all tucked up on a natural quarterpipe in Utah
Kirt Voreis does a footplant on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt Voreis getting all tucked up on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt Voreis getting all tucked up on a natural quarterpipe in Utah

Kirt Voreis getting all tucked up on a natural quarterpipe in Utah


Kirt's friend Daniel Silva came along to help out with the shoot, and brought his daughter Olivia along for her first ride in Utah. Mostly accustomed to the loose dusty trails of southern California she adapted quickly to the rocky terrain. Keep an eye on this girl in the future!

Olivia Silva in Utah

Olivia Silva in Utah
Olivia Silva in Utah

Olivia Silva in Utah

A quick little BTS from the photos we shot on the last day




75 Comments

  • 44 7
 All that B roll, then short slo mo clips of the actual riding. I appreciate a video that isn't a continuous chesty pov shot... But why leave all the good riding clips on the editing floor? Show the full clip, ditch the gratuitous slo mo, and give in to the value of raw audio and reject copyright free music culture. Say nay to bland, repetitive music. Bike tires make better sounds than that band did.

Photos are amazing. I appreciate these articles that blend photos with the video.
  • 11 4
 Seemed like they filmed this for a sponsor advert which is chill. More Kirt the better.
  • 3 0
 take a hint from filmers like Christian Rigal and Darryl Tocco
  • 11 2
 I actually really liked the music for this. The bike setup bit took up quite a lot, and some of the quick cuts were a bit weird, but the latter half was great. Kirt showing how playful 29ers can be too! Highly recommend his youtube channel too, always good vibes and rad riding. Awesome photos too!
  • 11 2
 This was two days of filming in the desert, and one day of shooting photos. Just Kirt and I, and I can't shoot video and photos at the same time. Sorry you don't like my editing style?
  • 10 0
 @IanHylands: No need to apologize it's not a personal thing. Just me voicing my opinion.

With the promo edit done, let's just say nobody would be upset if you uploaded a small compilation of the raw riding clips at natural speed. Do it for da culture

edit: Also I thought the fill flash was absolutely brilliant, especially with his bike/gear colors. As a fan of photography I'm a big fan of daytime flash and think it's severely underrated, and very helpful for action stuff for obvious shutter reasons
  • 5 0
 @IanHylands: Ian I’ve been living vicariously through your work since the early days of BIKEmag when it was a frontier magazine for all things MTB. Killer to see two legends still at it.
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: all good, I was more trying to tell a story, and I can definitely do a quick shredit as well, just need to find the time. There are definitely some shots that I didn't use.

Thanks for the fill flash props, I'm definitely still way better at shooting photos than video I think...
Cheers!
  • 2 1
 @IanHylands: Yeah photos you can usually just get it right in camera. Videos typically need editing to make it as dramatic and impactful as a photo could be, but it's hard because everyone wants a different editing style. Whereas most people just want natural, well exposed shots. And everybody hates over saturated HDR stuff. But video editing is super subjective.

Yeah flash is a good time. Andre Magarao has done incredible work with Anthony Napolitan and other MTB dirt jumpers in SoCal. That style looks really fun (slash stressful to nail the settings)
  • 1 0
 @redrook: I fully agree with you about the music. Was expecting some lame bs after lepigpens comment. I wonder what his idea of good music is...?
Riding speaks for itself!
  • 1 0
 @keithrad: Dynamic music with lyrics, ideally. Not bland repetitive generic rock sounds. Turns out we can both have opinions and we don't need to agree. That's what public comment sections are for! But thanks for asking.
  • 11 0
 That was heckin' rad! Keep living the dream Kirt!
  • 8 0
 Thanks for the stoke!
  • 5 0
 Very Cool, looks like a lot of work getting the filming shots just right. Obviously, I love watching more riding, but I love how this is a little different perspective with the bike set up, unique shots, and just more of a cool take on things.
  • 4 0
 Thanks! It's a lot of work filming and shooting stills as a one man crew!
  • 6 0
 Allways true inspirational ridding....like my 47 years ,this Kirt breath MTB... yeeaaahhh Boy
  • 4 0
 Word up!
  • 7 0
 F***ing Legend.
Class of his own.
  • 5 0
 Thanks for the stoke!
  • 5 0
 Kirt, constantly evolving, never changing. Mountain biking should be fun. Kirt makes it fun, always!
  • 5 0
 Maybe its just me missing our annual desert trips for tge last couple years, but this was amazing!
  • 4 0
 Get back out there!
  • 4 0
 @Voreis: yup, gonna try to make that happen!
  • 6 0
 So... What you're saying is he can do a bar spin...
  • 4 0
 Im a fairly simple human... I see Voreis.... I full stop and watch and feel pretty darn good about life, afterwards. Dude is just a freaking Manchamp.
  • 1 0
 Word up!
  • 2 0
 If all I have to do to watch fun clips from a great location, of a great talent showing his craft (while I sit on my dead a** in front of a laptop} least I can do is appreciate the person/editor behind the camera. Which I do.
Good stuff all around.
  • 2 0
 At least you are building up inspiration for the next ride while you watch! Thanks for checking this out!!
  • 2 0
 i read desert skatepark and thought of donuts, chocolate and cake.. Stupid me. But I really liked the edit. Ian Hylands is one of the best behind the cam and Kirt Voreis one of the sickest Riders off all time. so what can go wrong. Yeah
  • 7 2
 Thankfully there is no vaccine against this kind of sick.
  • 6 1
 The people deserve a Bike-E edit from Kirt
  • 4 0
 Def gonna bring it out there next time!
  • 2 0
 @Voreis: Lets do it!
  • 3 0
 yeah so we’re gonna see alot more orange and purple components in ‘22. I like kurt’s style, always have…..and a shout out to the gang of Nelson!
  • 1 0
 Kirt Voreis is my Mom's celebrity crush. Kirt, she asked me to tell you to stay off your recumbent bike, and to instead give her a call if you fancy riding something lying down.... I really don't know what that means, because she doesn't have a recumbent bike to loan you.
  • 5 0
 Utah is amazing
  • 5 0
 Fav rider to watch
  • 4 0
 Stoked!
  • 4 0
 Kirt doing Kirt things - gotta love it
  • 3 0
 Love seeing Voreis ride and the video is great. The photos are next level awesome.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for watching!
  • 3 0
 Didn’t know Niner made a 26” freeride bike
  • 1 0
 hahahaha!
  • 2 0
 Love Voreis' style, we have the coolest legends of any sport! Thanks for video and pictures to keep stoke high.
  • 3 0
 @oliviasilva08 Rips!
  • 2 0
 Another Blackrock vid please Kirt! Butter Stick was made for you...
  • 1 0
 blackrock as in blackrock desert in nevada?
  • 2 0
 @VTwintips: Black Rock is a mountain bike trail network west of Salem
  • 1 0
 Yes, need to get back out there, too much fun!
  • 1 0
 Video filmed in portrait and won't switch to landscape. Wanted to watch full screen, not fraction of screen
  • 2 0
 Fun time watching you play!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 The bike looks crap before painting.. why put all that effort in making it worse..
  • 1 0
 ух какой яркий завидный парень)))
  • 1 0
 Way to represent. #OverTheEdge
  • 1 0
 Could have watched that riding for about 20 min or so
  • 3 4
 No coping on the ramps = not a skatepark.



(That's what another guy said, idk, I don't skateboard)
  • 1 0
 Hah!
  • 1 0
 This is a super popular park next to one of my local bike parks, here is the link: www.google.com/search?q=eagle+skatepark&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari&safe=active&dlnr=1&sei=P03kYZSZC9ae0PEPr9G2iAI

No coping on the bowl huh?
  • 2 2
 No crappy comments about it looking like a Niner? Are we done doing that?
  • 3 0
 At this point any bike is better than no bike. Pandemic go away!
  • 2 0
 I love my bike, it takes chances and won't bow down to any trail! That's beautiful to me!! I dig the look.
  • 1 0
 @Voreis: true. I just always amazed when someone makes that comment on any Niner story. They don't look a bit different or worse than any other brand really. I never understood the hate
  • 3 3
 so, old guy does some bmx moves on his sister's bike, what's the big deal?
  • 2 0
 The new SDG Tellis dropper lever that this was all shot for is the big deal!
  • 1 0
 Send it dammit
  • 2 4
 Awesome video, but I hate when people bar spin their mountain bikes.
  • 2 0
 I Love them on everything with bars and wheels!
  • 1 2
 who edited this lol
  • 5 8
 hmmmm...meh.
  • 2 0
 We will try harder next time!
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