Must Watch: Steve Vanderhoek in 'Risk is Reward'

Mar 8, 2022 at 10:24
by Cycles Devinci  

Risk Vs Reward // Steve Vanderhoek Rides The North Shore

Risk versus reward—the idea that an endeavor with greater uncertainty garners greater payoff—is a principle used in fields as diverse as economics, athletics and even relationships. For Vancouver resident Steve Vanderhoek, the saying reflects nearly every aspect of his life. As a firefighter and professional mountain bike freerider, saving a life at work before risking his own on a boundary-pushing stunt often occurs within the same day. Vanderhoek thrives under pressure, and in doing so is redefining what it means to truly live on the edge.







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203 Comments

  • 228 6
 This deserves a “Must Watch”
  • 27 0
 Cheers!
  • 13 7
 @stevev88: on a scale from 1 to bmx, what type of bmx background do you have?
  • 1 0
 Legendary!
  • 14 0
 Yeah, it's been great watching Steve in partnership with Yoann and Remy for the last couple of years, but a video like this where he's front and centre is long overdue. Absolutely incredible rider/builder/visionary!
  • 2 0
 @thingswelike: go watch his segment in North Shore Extreme 9
  • 2 0
 @thingswelike: Cheers! Those guys have really helped my riding for sure
  • 62 1
 firefighting + freeriding = pure awesomeness
  • 22 0
 Pretty stoked on life dude!
  • 2 0
 @stevev88: Heaps of respect for your riding, but especially the firefighting. Thanks for helping others
  • 3 0
 got me inspired for my own MTB + "my day job" edit. Super slo mo macro shots of EVERY EPIC MOUSECLICK. we're talking left mouse button clicks, right mouse clicks, doubles, triples, even shortcut key combos, office chair 360s, 720s.
  • 53 0
 Whoa! This is the best mtb video I’ve seen in my life and I waste my time on Pinkbike since 2004!
  • 16 0
 Damn dude, thank you! that means a lot
  • 1 0
 @stevev88: I’d love to see it in 2h loop in IMAX, really!
  • 3 0
 This feels like 'Life Cycles' all over again. Still my favorite mtb movie of all time, and this channelled that vibe perfectly.
  • 53 0
 Unreal. Shore to the friggen core
  • 10 0
 No better place if I must say!
  • 48 1
 *tries propane torch for drying out California trail*

*burns down entire state*
  • 15 0
 Lets avoid that one!
  • 3 0
 I guess he had the extinguisher in the other hand, haha.
  • 33 0
 Stoked to see this project! Humbling seeing you ride these features sometimes in some of the sketchiest conditions. That time I was there in Whistler and it was starting to snow. Your focus, and commitment. Next level.
  • 6 0
 Buddy ! That was a wild day. Hitting mega slabs with the first snow of the season was crazy! Thanks for that
  • 34 0
 wanna be a badass? figure out how to be Steve Vanderhoek.

JFC this guy shreds
  • 15 0
 haha naa! just be you!
  • 32 0
 This was beautiful !!! And knowing the work, commitment and dedication that went behind it, it makes it a true master piece. Congrats Steve and Scott !!
  • 10 0
 Thanks Yo! Guess what line you need to ride where your home hahahah
  • 2 0
 @stevev88: can I just say, "make it happen!"
  • 31 0
 Steve is good at bikes and Scott is good at videos and this is, unsurprisingly, a good bike video.
  • 4 0
 Scott is a wizard.. makes ya look better than you are for sure.
  • 14 0
 @stevev88: i bet you i could prove that wrong
  • 4 0
 I don't know- agreed we knew both were amazing but I think there is a bit of magic with them together here. Maybe surprising in that it is just so damn phenomenal- even though we could have guessed it would be great.
  • 3 0
 @snl1200: Was an unreal experience to get to work with Secco. True legend
  • 21 0
 That Busted Axe Wound line is just. Fucking. NUTS. I've seen it in person, it is hard and sketchy af just to shimmy down that slab on your ass, let alone on wheels...not to mention the huck to start it off.
  • 20 0
 Not many things scare me more than that one.. straight up. Have to have some chats with yourself prior
  • 24 1
 What a f*ckin DUDE! ❤️❤️❤️
  • 6 0
 Smiles!
  • 16 0
 Man, thank you for showing that slab at the end from the side. It’s popped up on Remy Metailer’s videos before, he said it was basically a no-fall but this video really drove home how gnarly it is.
  • 15 0
 I was so happy with how Scott portrayed that! truly a death line. Won't be doing that with moisture again haha
  • 3 0
 Yeah I recognized that line from Remy’s best line entry! You two shot it and rode it so well. Well done!
  • 9 0
 Awesome edit! It's so hard capture how steep a slope is on video, but this does a great job. I realize it's all about progression, but the slabs North Shore guys ride are just unreal. The risk involved is huge...misjudge your speed and you're almost certainly looking at broken bones. I think I'm just getting old...
  • 4 0
 I have my fair share of broken bone and scars haha! It doesn't always go but it always brings me back
  • 13 0
 Respect!
  • 3 0
 cheers!
  • 10 0
 Oooh funk yeah bb. Amazing work Steve.
  • 4 0
 Immense love to you dawgy
  • 1 0
 @stevev88: Right back at ya brotha!
  • 9 0
 I want to be a Vanderhoek when I grow up
  • 11 0
 Don't grow up! its overrated
  • 1 0
 @stevev88: this message is approved by Peter pan
  • 7 0
 Devinci sponsor? Not many ride at this level but I can relate more to this than DH or Enduro racing. Definitely looks sick,!
  • 14 1
 They are a super supportive sponsor! Have taken great care of me
  • 7 0
 Maaan.. my department sees me doing this, they’ll fire me no questions ask!! Cool to see that they are a lil more lay back in Canada?
  • 5 0
 I may be getting in trouble haha
  • 1 0
 Hell nah I didn’t see the department’s name anywhere.. if anything everyone is hiring in the US right now haha
  • 1 0
 They can fire you for riding a bike in your own time?
  • 1 0
 @mattg95: Well not exactly.. they can fire you for wearing the departments gear outside of work, and some departments may not hire you or fire in your probie year for MTBing due it’s an extreme sport and you can get hurt or if you get hurt.
  • 2 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone:
We used rented gear. That’s correct though.. departments don’t approve you wearing their gear
  • 18 10
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  • 13 0
 Beta to go to the other website for that.
  • 68 6
 If you are seriously interested lol

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  • 110 2
 @malca: sir this is a wendy's
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flag Saucycheese (Mar 8, 2022 at 12:44) (Below Threshold)
 @malca: this isn't an essay submission, it's a comment section
  • 2 0
 @malca: thanks!!!
  • 14 0
 @malca: So that's the scintillating writing I'm missing out on by not paying for a subscription, huh?
  • 24 0
 @malca: Normalize copying and pasting every paywalled beta article into the comment sections!
  • 3 0
 @getschwifty: interpretive dance version for me please.
  • 1 0
 @Six-or-Shore:

Comment of the year
  • 3 0
 @zmums: comment of your life
  • 7 0
 I am sure all of that was way more knar than it looked, it it all looked nutz. Well done!!!
  • 2 0
 Thank you!
  • 7 0
 Scott Secco with the heater
  • 6 0
 BEAST on the bike, BEAST in the comments. Nice work Steve! Thanks for the excellent video.
  • 18 0
 If you got time to watch my stuff I got time for you haha
  • 3 0
 Amazing cinematography, really captured the knar level beautiful too. Superb riding too. Deffo best vid Ive seen for a while. Is in the same category as the Rough AF series as regards post watch stoke level for me... and can't pay a bigger compliment than that.
  • 1 0
 Damn dude! Thats a heavy praise..thanks so much
  • 6 1
 Wow that was so well shot I didn't even notice how gnarly all of the lines were
  • 2 0
 Scott is the man
  • 6 0
 Yeah Steve! Serious banger - Awesome filming Secco.
  • 2 0
 Always to kind Dev
  • 5 0
 Amazing man! I saw the roll gap at 1:05 in person last week…..WTF. The new king of BC Freeride!
  • 5 0
 That one is a real mind bender.. Thanks buddy!
  • 5 0
 Amazing edit @scottsecco. The colours look super crisp on this to, visually stunning!
  • 2 0
 Thanks to Steve and crew for keeping freeride alive. It's great watching you and the gang send it with calculation creatively an confidence. It's great to see you and your riding getting the recognition and respect from riders and sponsors, cuz u Killin it!
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Loved seeing this one come together
  • 3 0
 Solid riding, great video work, just a great production.

I think this may also win “every comment is praise” award.

Big fan of Steve, Secco, & the shore.
I’ll drink a Lucky to this \lll/
  • 4 0
 Thanks! I had way to many luckys last night haha
  • 2 0
 What a great tribute to north shore Freeride and Firefighters. Steve - its been great to watch your riding career progress so much over the last few years. Although all of those lines are extremely intense, I think it's hard to understand how much more scary and difficult it would be in the wet - I wouldn't even ride in-and-out in these conditions. Truly excellent riding
  • 1 0
 Appreciate the words man! Been just enjoying the ride and having a blast. Stoked you liked. The wet definitely didn't help my comfort level haha
  • 5 0
 Wow! Amazing work and riding!!
  • 2 0
 Thanks !
  • 5 0
 Last part in the wet is just a controlled fall.
  • 2 0
 Had a moment on that one where I wasn't sure it was going well
  • 6 0
 Heavy
  • 2 0
 Cheers!
  • 5 0
 Nothing but reward by watching this!
  • 4 0
 That's all we can ask for
  • 4 0
 DOPE !!! Finally a point of view where we can really see the steepness of that final chute !
  • 4 0
 Worth a look on that one! I keep saying I'm done with that one but it drags me back
  • 3 0
 That last greasy off-camber vertical chute was pure insanity.. Super high consequence with the cliff lurking left if you happened to have a washout.
  • 3 0
 he had to tiger torch the line to get it (somewhat) dry & was still sketchy AF for that shot. good interview here:

nsmb.com/articles/risk-reward-premiere
  • 4 0
 @xy9ine: Thanks for reading that one ! Gave some honest answers for that one
  • 4 0
 Don't screw up haha
  • 2 0
 That was an absolute masterpiece @scottsecco...like unbelievable! Riding wasn't half bad either :-) The last seen panning out and showing the sheer cliff scared the bejesus outta me. Just fantastic!
  • 3 0
 Thats my favourite clip!
  • 5 0
 was that the sequel to Die hard?
  • 1 0
 "Try not to die hard"
  • 5 0
 King of the shore
  • 9 0
 Not even close! But thanks! Check out Caleb Holonko
  • 4 0
 Damn that was gnarly. Riding all those lines in the rain…wild.
  • 3 0
 We really wanted it done in september haha! But it ended up all being full winter
  • 4 0
 Damn Blank Stare Banger edit right there.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Buddy!
  • 3 0
 WOW That was cinematic and heavy AF! Incredible work by all that had involvement; Thanks!
  • 4 0
 Cant beat Secco style!
  • 4 0
 Awesome production all around!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Brad! Just happy you enjoyed!
  • 4 0
 Steve is so hot right now! Awesomely done to all involved!
  • 2 0
 Awesome to see the culmination of Steve’s work in such a rad vid. Watching him in Remy and Yoanns vids - you knew he had something coming - proper gnar!!
  • 3 0
 This one was a ton of effort but couldn't be happier.. Thanks for the kind words
  • 1 0
 @stevev88: Man, you did it! Your previous features also inspired me to dig my own fall lines - love your stuff!
  • 2 0
 Nice job Steve! Would love to come and watch you (def not riding any of this) this fall when im in the area! mabye bring some frozen treats to the boys at the station!
  • 1 0
 Hit me up anytime!
  • 3 0
 I am also a professional FF and rider. I don’t go as big but understand the feelings. Well done.
  • 2 0
 that last slab with the drop to the rider left.. Steve,, what the heck mann, just love the riding you are doing! Loving it all! great camera work too.
  • 3 0
 That line never gets less terrifying. I keep saying that's the last time haha
  • 2 0
 Amazing riding amazing filming, i have never been freaked out by vids of slabrides, this time i almost sh#t my pants watching it. Insane stuff.
  • 3 0
 Wooo! That was the hope haha
  • 2 0
 Damn that one stands out. Filming, riding, editing, sound, color...everything on point. How the weather and trails were captured was epic too. Thank you for that one.
  • 3 0
 Secco has the eye
  • 2 0
 Great Video Kid....you ride like a beast...remember I told you retirement is great as long as you make it that far...oh yeah..lay some foam on that worker next timeSmile
  • 1 0
 So so good. Despite his otherworldly skills, there is something relatable about Steve to every day punters (even though I wouldn't even belay half of those lines, let alone point a bike down any of them!).
  • 4 0
 Savage
  • 4 0
 That was impressive.
  • 3 0
 Buzzed after watching! So good!!
  • 3 0
 You are a lord, @stevev88
  • 3 0
 Love watching his videos. The guy is a beast.
  • 2 0
 Cheers buddy!
  • 2 0
 Gonna guess the forest isn’t nervous with Steve torching the moss off of rock drops. #Protools
  • 2 0
 Cant wait to ride again! Even though there’s a lot of stuff i wouldn’t do I find his riding relatable.
  • 2 0
 OK, I watched it a second time and sorry to comment twice, but I think this might be the best MTB edit I've ever seen
  • 4 0
 Ill forgive the dual comment haha! Thank you so much! that means a lot to me
  • 3 0
 wow that was amazing! greasy busted axe, next level busted axe
  • 2 0
 Sofa King Awesome!! Haven't seen a rad vid like that on here for a while!!! Nice work to all parties involved!!
  • 2 1
 Vanderhoek at RAMPAGE with Remo and Yoann digging! Seems like such a nice guy as well, happy for him to make such a dope video!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah Steve! Keep killing it and thanks for showing me how to ride wild cherry
  • 2 0
 Absolutely! That was so fun
  • 3 0
 ....and he responds to all the props!
  • 4 0
 I just appreciate everyone who took the time to watch!
  • 2 0
 Bruh that was insane. Huge props! The riding and filming capturing all this is mind blowing!
  • 2 0
 Thank for your work as firefighter and the great videos you make.! Keep it up.
  • 3 0
 Was that the sequel to the revenant?
  • 2 0
 Me: Nice to meet you Steve.
"Shake hands"
Also Me: Testicles shoot up inside own body.
  • 2 0
 hahahaha
  • 2 0
 Love the side tracking shots. So many finishers in this. What a f*ckin hero vid
  • 2 0
 Dude, that's a proper list of sends!!! You never needed any baguettes to send on 2 wheels! Rad edit you two guys! YESSSS!!
  • 3 0
 Two wizards doing what they do best! Sick vid guys!
  • 2 0
 If it looks that sketchballs on video I can’t imagine how it was in real life. That was proper gnarly!
  • 2 0
 Damn that was rowdy and so dallied. Always sick watching you ride~ Edit was pure feugo
  • 3 0
 I pooped my pants when i saw his frontwheel started slipping at 2:34!!
  • 2 0
 Best video I've seen in a while, some old lines and some new, so good. Ready for Rampage with those technical double drops.
  • 2 0
 One of the sickest riding I have seen in edit!!!

Any shots behind the scene??
  • 2 0
 Now why was this not shown at VIMFF!? Quality work SV, more of this please!
  • 3 0
 Yeah Steve!!
  • 3 0
 well fack yeah!
  • 3 0
 stud
  • 2 0
 Is that how they get the moss off the slabs?
  • 3 0
 So sick Steve!
  • 3 0
 Simply amazing!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic video. Def one of my fave riders to watch these days.
  • 2 0
 First responders who shred! Sick edit.
  • 2 0
 So friggin sick @stevev88 !!!
  • 2 0
 SOOOO Gnarly Steve!!! You guys absolutely crushed this video
  • 2 0
 So insane. I feel like that's the shore I grew up watching in movies.
  • 2 0
 Such a good video, riding is on point!!
  • 3 0
 Baller.
  • 2 0
 Fight Fire with Fire! Abseiling with a Flame Thrower for the win... \m/
  • 2 0
 wow, that was incredible, what a video!
  • 2 0
 Great video buddy and love the tribute. See you at Luckys this spring.
  • 2 0
 The fire is out and freeride is alive. Very Good video.
  • 2 0
 UFC is tough?? UFFC is tougher! ...UniversalFirefightingFreerideChampion
  • 2 0
 Such a good video to finish my day Smile
  • 2 0
 Is it too early to award video of the year?
  • 2 0
 Awesome clip. Steve thanks so much for what you do at every level!!
  • 2 0
 Very well done, awesome riding
  • 2 0
 Those are the gnarliest lines! Unreal terrain and riding!!
  • 2 0
 Bloody Brilliant,riding & cinematograhy
  • 2 0
 That dude is an animal.
  • 2 0
 DOPE SHIT STEVE
  • 2 0
 Love your stuff Steve
  • 2 0
 Steezy Steve the Animal
  • 2 0
 That was dope AF.
  • 2 0
 Too good! Mega
  • 2 0
 steves the best!
  • 1 0
 that whip at 2:10 DEEECENT
  • 2 0
 Shreddin, great work!
  • 2 0
 nice work sex co
  • 1 0
 Great edit. Kinda remaind me of what Kenny Smith did back in the days Smile
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