Mike Montgomery Creates The California Roll at The Camp of Champions

Jul 2, 2010 at 23:07
by Ken Ach  
Mike Montgomery rolled up to The Camp of Champions to learn new tricks, ride with campers in the Whistler Bike Park and "The Compound" at The Camp of Champions - home to the private COC dirt jumps, 365 Sports Big Air Bag and mulch pit. Mike was also stoked to pass on some knowledge to campers. The knowledge to pass on just got a little crazier today. If you wanted to learn new tricks and stay current, it's time to come to camp.

The California Roll is here.
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Mike Montgomery started trying the nothing combined with a body varial yesterday into the 365 Sports Big Air Bag. He sent it probably 15 times, coming close on quite a few. The bag makes for a quick turn around time for lap to lap. It's definitely the new standard for learning/figuring out new and old tricks safely.

Once he nailed a couple into the 365 Sports Big Air Bag, it was time to take it to the mulch pit and throw it down for real.



He took a few beat downs, rolling out in the mulch and at the end of the evening almost nailing couple but got bucked on one landing and then sliding out on another. At the end of the day the San Diego native cruised by me and with a confident tone said... "Getting It Tomorrow".

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Snowboarders, skiers and mountain bike campers watched the show as Jack Fogelquist, Gareth Dyer and Alan Hepburn and a few campers sessioned the mulch pit after Andrew Taylor and Greg Watts left to get something eat, having had an amazing session earlier in the evening. Greg's double back is off the hook. The progression that is going down because of the 365 Sports Big Air Bag and the mulch pit placed right beside, is amazing.

As the sun dropped behind the mountains and the clouds lit up, Mike rolled in off "The Compound" roll in ramp and sent it. After a couple of close misses, he banged two off, one after another. A slight dab sent him back up the ramp to nail it clean. He "Got it Tomorrow" to the cheers of The Camp of Champions campers, coaches, filmers and photographers. An epic night. The California Roll has been served up fresh to the bike world.




Speaking not just for myself, but for everyone at The Camp of Champions - campers, staff and coaches, CONGRATULATIONS! It was amazing to watch and we're really happy that you made history at "The Compound". I know when we first thought of having an air bag and mulch pit combined with the dirt jumps we were hoping that something like this would happen. Crankworx is going to be crazy. You'd better book your plane tickets and hotel room at The Aava Hotel now and get ready to watch Greg Watts defend his Monster Energy Slopestyle title while Mike Montgomery as well as our other coaches such as Andrew Taylor, Kelly McGarry, Alan Hepburn and others try to unseat him.

The Camp of Champions still has a few spots remaining it their last two camps for this summer. Book your spot and come experience what Whistler and progressing your riding in Whistler with top pros from 10 AM to 10PM is all about.

Bike Check with Mike from Goldman's house, put together by Trigger Media:

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Congratulations again Mike,

Ken and everyone at COC.




107 Comments

  • + 7
 More influential riders with a neck brace on! This is a good thing! Are neck braces fashionable, of course, but who cares, they save your life! You cant put a price on that, especially when you've got a push bike worth £££££!
  • + 2
 Yeah....I wasn't convinced they're needed until I rode w/ a buddy 2 days ago and he nose cased a jump, landed awkwardly, and broke C1-2. I think I'm going to go get one now!!
  • + 7
 I love Montgomery's unique tricks, the california roll is just a new one, he has been doing awesome stuff for a while.(comma)
  • + 0
 he dosnt do unique tricks, he does tricks guys do on bmx and does them on a mountain bike, renames them and then says there new
  • + 1
 I don't care about the relativity of tricks in other disciplines of sports, Montgomery mountain bikes.
  • + 0
 if it wasnt for those other sports he wouldnt be pulling those tricks so credit needs to go to those sports, if he didnt come up with the trick he shouldnt be naming it
  • + 1
 wow brett, get a life, one comment would have been sufficient
  • + 0
 now youve just wasted some of your life telling me how to live mine
  • + 1
 it's a sick trick for sure but it has been done before.( in other sports), go a head and rename it but just remember to give some of the other people credit for it too..

Can't wait to see how other people will put their own style in this trick.
  • + 1
 great article, great trick, great to see Mike putting his Banshee Rampant to good use!

but the trick name? california roll....

its a "body varial", Travis Pastrana was doing these on his MX bike in his video "Revelation 199" back in 1991

its not a combination of a nothing and a body varial - a body varial is automatically a "nothing" as you have to let go of the bike to spin your body round

I've done these on my BMX into water off a jump, and its damn hard!!

check this out, 1995: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/5294039/


great to see this done on an MTB, but with full respect to Mike / PB, no need to rename it?
  • + 0
 Ummmmm sorry dude, nice rant and all, but come on!

The trick name "body varial" sucks! It is due for a rename! Its just so basic.

Now the ironic thing here is I dont like the name "California Roll" either hahahah! But im down for riders naming new tricks! Why the F not! hahahaha!

And its not Mike or Pinkbike that named the trick or said Mike created the trick! The Camp of Champions head coach and the editor of the film said, " Im sorry, i typed in the tittle Mike creates the California roll.......It was super late and im sorry for typing the tittle the way i did!" So no biggie dude!

Im sure when Mike started doing them, the filmer asked him, "so what is that Mike?" Im sure mike replied, " IDK, how about the California Roll?" Mike is quick and witty like that, probably didnt think for a sec about the name, just spit it out.

BTW, the timing of ur crappy pic is the timing we needed for the pics in the article, hahahah!

Good times bro!
  • + 2
 Zactly! Plus for all the claiming of BMX did it first etc. etc. I think Cab or Tony Hawk invented the Varial on skateboarding first so we're all wrong! HAHAHAHA Ken
  • + 1
 The trick name "body varial" sucks! It is due for a rename! Its just so basic.

tricks are named for a reason by the originator, so we know what it is - you can start making up names / re-naming tricks, but then no one knows what it is?

this is not just MTB, this goes across BMX, Skateboarding, all extreme sports

'body varial' sucks? well, why don't we rename all the tricks to make them seem cooler? maybe "360" sounds boring, let's call it something stupid?

I've heard kids giving established tricks silly names, and then claiming its something new...now that sucks Wink


btw, the timing of my crappy BMX pic was down to a spectator in the crowd at that event, back in '95, using a cheap film camera....who was kind enough to send me a set of prints - its real easy now we have HD digital cameras!


Zactly! Plus for all the claiming of BMX did it first etc. etc.

who the f*ck said BMX did it first? I commented that this is not a new trick, Pastrana was doing them in MX back in 1991....Pastrana sure as hell did not invent, but was an early example of it done on 2 wheels
  • + 1
 I've had people tell me it was done first on a BMX, a MX and had people give me about 5 different names for what they say the trick is called. I wasn't harshing on you man. I'm laughing at me mostly! Ken
  • + 1
 Yeah dude, its all good! Mike is a beast! Ken ur doing a great job up there buddy! Looks like things are going really well! I hope to make it up there next year for a few weeks during camp! Cheers, Justin
  • + 1
 Revelation 199 came out in 2001.
  • + 4
 What's the difference between the Californaia Roll and the Electric Death?
  • + 1
 none, ones on a motorcycle and ones on a bike.
  • - 5
flag rideonjon (Jul 3, 2010 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 so it's e Decade but behind the bars,big whoop.
  • + 4
 rideonjon is a doucher
  • + 2
 there is a big difference Big Grin Kyle Loza called this trick "The Volt" in fmx, the Electric Death is another trick by the same guy

but the california roll and the volt are the same trick
  • + 2
 ohhhh yeah. isn't the electric death the one where loza does a body varial backflip? i'm getting my tricks mixed up. this trick is original to mtb but not to sports, still really impressive.
  • + 1
 Yeah starcbiker, the electric death is the body varial backflip.
  • + 1
 Thanks, I was confusing the Volt and the eDeath.
  • + 4
 sickest trick ever hands down
  • + 1
 So what it mx guys do it, who cares what they call it, doing thats trick on a mtb takes skill, why cant we name it something different, good on him some people are just jelous they will never get to nail tricks like that
  • + 3
 i hope that that guy is at crankworx
  • + 3
 Just straight up...hands down...blows my mind!
  • + 2
 Man, I'm glad I didn't put up a video of a wheelie and call it a manual! Ken
  • + 1
 eu fico surpresso com tantas fotos bem feitas pelas camp of champions parabens!!I get so many photos with unsuspecting well done by the camp of champions congratulations!
  • + 3
 oh man dont use google translator...it doesnt makes sence!...haha...sorry...
  • + 3
 That was insane! And thanks for the video shout out on Mike's bike check.
  • + 3
 i love how he wears a neckbrace that soo awsome
  • + 1
 bmx has been doing that for a few yrs and over box jumps and in vert and in a 54o youtube chris hugues and the drian oh
  • + 1
 Anyway, props to Mike. Pity we're not seeing him in UK this year for BikeRadar. Whistler or UK, mmmn, tricky one!
  • + 1
 CRAZY. I still haven't seen an old school bike flip on 26", has it happened?
  • + 1
 yeah, couple of years back.
  • + 2
 That bike is lush, can only dream of something like that, props!
  • + 1
 diggin the new SD paint job on the lid mike. the stock one just wasnt your style. keepin it real as usual bud Wink
  • + 1
 GNAREST OF ALL GNAR TRICKS
  • + 5
 this is going to be a good week at CoC!
  • + 4
 for sure! i bet someones going to backflip the california roll by the end of next year if not sooner
  • + 9
 To be honest I don't know why they bothered with the pictures, that trick can only be appreciated through video.
  • + 11
 I think it's just coz the timing on all the shots is a bit late.
  • + 4
 lol talking like a true photographer tup
  • + 8
 haha, I even had to pause the vid to see it proper. If you get the timing right on this I reckon it'd look hot as shit! Someone fly me over so I can try Razz
  • - 3
 i hate to burst your bubble but that trick has been performed in motocross for years now just watch kyle loza as he calls it the body varial or watch his electric death on youtube... but without a dought that is so crazy someone cand do it on a bike because it would be way harder because iin motocross your bike weights more than u do so you can just throw yourself around while holding the bike and i would loze to see someone do the electric death on a bike... wow this was a long comment Smile
  • + 3
 Actually joeljsh, the electric death is a completely different trick.
  • + 3
 Also joeljsh: The trick you're thinking of is The Volt.
  • + 4
 Hahahah, im thinking the same thing! I for-see some JB "California Roll" pics coming soon! hahahah!
  • + 2
  MIKE IS THE MAN! Salute
  • + 2
 nice to see fmx tricks going into mtb
  • + 3
 this aint nothing new, its a body varial and has been done before so no need to change the name!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXTcUDlk70

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDMOzZCAT3U
  • + 2
 its been landed a few times on bmx but never MTB, so i dont think they should rename it
  • + 2
 if you listen carefully he says that its the first time someones done a body varial on a mtb.
  • + 4
 i know but i dont see the need to rename it
  • + 1
 ya its just like how people didn't rename the tailwhip for mtb and cyrix i said that he did the body varial and that i would like to see some one do an electric death on a mtb
  • + 2
 Damn you JB! haha
  • - 1
 Decade air?........
  • + 1
 how come mike mo just does tricks other people do and re name them?
  • + 3
 tbh doing on an mtb is waaaaaay better than on a mx bike or snowmobile cos they do such huge jumps. and so have ages to spin. Also due to the weight of an MX bike or snowmobile they are much more stable and so are probably easier to catch.
  • + 1
 ^^ i agree and plus mx riders don't have pedals spining around that they have to find after the move
  • + 1
 This body varial is insane!! But I agree renaming it is useless, why also didn't rename flairs, barspins, tailwhips and all the other tricks after it's done on a mtb, so why rename this?
  • + 2
 @RM396: A decade air looks like this, but at a Decade you don't get your hands of your bars while doing it
  • + 1
 so.. it looks like a decade, but without the bars spinning? sick, anyhow
  • + 1
 ssiiccckk, nice to see it can be done on a mtb
  • + 1
 siiiick verial and i was also diggin that 360 indian air
  • + 1
 Well Crankworks just got more intresting
  • - 2
 UMMMM creates?????? pull your head outof your own ass... I think he might have renamed it.
heres one from 2006 and one from 2008, www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDMOzZCAT3U www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz2K2dptCEw
  • + 0
 He never claimed to be the first to do it, just the first to do it on a mountain bike. Just like the 900. Matt Hoffman did it years before Tony Hawk. Ken
  • + 2
 The title of the story says "CREATEs" not "first on an mtb" or "does a body varial" it says "creates". At least be accurate and give credit where credit is due.
  • + 1
 Sorry, thought it was explained well enough in the videos. It was kinda late at night when I put it all together. It's like climbing Everest... "No man, I climbed it with one eye closed - so it's different." Once it was submitted to Pinkbie, as it says... "No changes permitted"

Ken
  • + 1
 So its a decade air minus the bar spin...
  • + 1
 Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooleo!
  • + 1
 yeeeeeeah montgomery, thanks dude!
  • + 1
 likew ise with is 3 super seat anthony napolitian did that first
  • + 0
 If he had a place in heaven I think he'd be god. I can't believe what he's doing for the sport its unreal. Big up bro.
  • - 5
flag brett236 (Jul 4, 2010 at 17:55) (Below Threshold)
 he just takes tricks guys do on bmx and pulls it on a mtb and re names them
  • + 2
 What really ? No sh**. 20" or 26" maybe even 24" or 29" its all biking. Why do you have to bring it down ? Bmx was first then mtb stared stepping up to the trick level of bmx so who named it or did it first should matter too much its biking right.
  • + 1
 i dont think you get what i meant, i thinks its sick that hes stepping up the level of riding in mtb by pulling these tricks, he just has no right to re name them
  • + 1
 I think he should re-name it mtb is coming up and I don't like how we live in the shadow of bmx. I love bmx its so sick but when it come down to trick names I want to here a mtb name not some 80's bmx name. If your the first then name it don't bit what has been named all ready.
  • + 0
 mtb lives in the shadow of bmx because they just take all of the bmx tricks, maybe if mike mo came up with a completley new trick that hasnt been pulled before...
  • + 1
 Sick!!!!his bike is soooo sweet!
  • + 1
 Yeah, not a new trick, but incredible and sick anyway. Congratulations
  • + 2
 SO damn sick!!!!
  • + 1
 soo ckool
  • + 1
 God damn.
  • + 1
 ROCK 'N ROLL
  • + 1
 completely sick
  • + 1
 what helmet is it??
  • + 1
 rad shit tho
  • - 1
 i saw a bmxer do this at comp about 6 months ago lol
  • + 2
 vid or it disdt happen
  • + 2
 it did happen. here is the video. i think its at 1:40|
www.vitalbmx.com/videos/member/2010-Jomopro-Best-Trick-Video,15141/kylecarlson,363
i guess you will have to copy and paste.
  • - 2
 I'm sure Sam Pilgram pulled the same trick last year or so for a MBUK article
  • + 1
 You're thinking of the bike flip
  • - 1
 josh parker did these in halfpipe 10 years ago
  • + 1
 maybe, but he wasn't goin near as big, plus he was on a bmx bike. Mike is the Man!!
  • + 1
 i think he was trying to say mike mo didnt create it
  • - 2
 stupid how he thinks he can name this trick? its a barrel roll and bmxers have done it like 2 years ago
  • + 0
 i was thinking the same thing
  • + 3
 w/e hes the first to do it on a mtb so he can name it if he wants.... u cant do one in ur dreams
  • + 0
 no i cant but hes shouldn't get to name something if hes not first to do it
  • + 1
 i never said i could do one or want to do one passmethebud, im not a hucker. he still wasnt the first one to do it so he shouldnt name it. dont get me wrong the trick was sick he just didnt do it first. yeah look at the vid comment above
  • + 1
 I think he probably didnt say anything about california roll, i guess the guys who edited it created this name just to make the video more seen....There is no need to create a new name for it if it already exists....
  • + 2
 Create was the wrong word to use and by the time I reread the headline of the post I had already submitted it to Pinkbike, and as we all know, once something is submitted it's "No changes permitted". Unveiled is a better word to use. Mike named it, I edited it. As this whole "name debate" proves, there are no new tricks in any sport. Everything has been done and named in another sport. Mike said BMX and Moto had done it already and also said that it hadn't been done on a MTB. Mike called it a California Roll, so that's what I put.
Ken
  • + 2
 yeah agreed. unveiled is a better word. no doubt its a rad trick

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