In may not seem like much today, but the athletic moves and tricks of snowboarding and mountain biking in the early 90's were breaking ground on a daily basis. New rotations not seen before were added to snowboarding moves, and ski-like lines and cliffs were being navigated by skinny-tired, front-suspension-only bikes. Both sports were brand new and the pioneers were going bigger, faster, steeper - each day in the mountains or on the ski-hill, someone else pushed through another limit and they had no idea where it would stop.
At a snowboarding big air contest, athlete Christian Bagg found out where he would stop. A wrong landing broke his spine and his progression with mountain biking and snowboarding as he knew it was over.
Confined to a wheelchair, Christian still had the drive to get out and explore the backcountry. After years of development and experimentation, he developed the Reach adaptive mountain bike. Not only did this allow him to get to areas a regular wheelchair couldn't but he realized his invention allowed others in his position to join their family's on hikes, to see the outdoors, and to ride with friends. This inspired Christian to create Bowhead Corp and develop the Reach on a bigger scale.
And now that the bike is perfected, this has allowed Christian to get out onto the trails and push himself with his own riding - and get those same pioneering thrills he got way back in the mid 90's.
Written and Directed by Jeremy Levin
Additional Cinematography: Paul Watt
Sound: Keith White
For more information on the Reach - www.bowheadcorp.com