Bowen Adventure with New Wave Cinema

Aug 31, 2009 at 1:11
by Brody Dare-O  
Autumn is usually the best time for mountain biking. The dust has settled, the heat has eased and the trails are tacky. Bowen Island seems to keep these elements all year long. When Tam, James and I arrived there in late October we knew we were in for a treat.

Bowen Island is located just off the west coast and sits directly between Horseshoe Bay and Gibsons. It is a short ferry ride in which you pay to get there but not to return.

Video and story inside,As the ferry lurched into Snug Cove I could already sense the character of the small community. Young children hung off the railings as they watched the ferry dock. Fishermen tended to their boats as the waves crashed and the pace in general seemed to be that much more relaxed.

A pioneer of freeride, "Dangerous" Dan Cowan, welcomed us as we pulled up beside him on the road. We introduced ourselves and without delay he had us follow him to the parking area. We parked near Killarney Lake and waited for his bike to arrive. Dan showed us the new bike skills park nearby and talked about his experiences. As we talked, our second tour guide Mike Laudrum arrived. He had the bikes, so we packed up the camera gear and set off to the mountains.


The first day consisted of shooting some new features that had been built. Bowen Islanders are not only talented at riding, but their trail building skills are truly something to behold. Tam grabbed some beautiful shots before the light faded and we finished up at the local pub.

We arrived on the island earlier the second day and Dan took us up one of his well known trails. The technicality of the stunts and the balance (aka "Flow") Dan and Mike possess is incredible. One wrong move and it is all over. Tam captured the trail with his unique style and wrapped up another successful day.


The weather cooperated, the camera gear worked properly and the riding was off the hook! Our Bowen Island adventure had come to an end and here is a preview of Dan and Mike's section from Tams upcoming movie!

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Go check out www.newwavecine.com to learn more about Tam's next film.


44 Comments

  • + 9
 im sorry but i disagree. those wheels look really stupid on a mtb. good trails and good riding...but the wheel's no.
  • - 1
 Yeah .Me likey NOT
  • + 6
 yup, the wheels look uber gay
  • - 1
 agreed
  • + 3
 yeah, i thought i was watching some 80's shit for a while
  • + 0
 ya those wheels look like they should be on a road bike...pretty gay
  • + 3
 demn, i was meant to say the wheels are actualy great (i like the looks) but then I looked at the weight charts... 3756 grams!!!!! that is ridiculous!! A single front wheels wieghs nearly the same as a Mavic crossmax SX wheelset, which is pretz much enough for anz skilled rider in FR!
  • + 1
 I've been riding Tags for a year now. Sure they are heavy but they compensate with a lot of stiffness and confidence to give them a hard time. I like them a lot 'cause I don't need to worry about bending rims anymore. Cheers!!!
  • + 1
 i was wondering about their strength actually. i run 20" mag wheels on my marin bmx, heavy as hell, but solid and they look pretty sweet.

what hubs do you use on these?

everything about the vid is awesome: the legend dangerous dan, the healer dawgs working the trail, the back scenes videography, and the amazing trails ... i was listening to slightly stoopid when i just watched it, so i'll have to watch again with sound ... but that makes me want to ride.
  • + 1
 they run Dt Swiss 440's... super tough hubs.
  • + 1
 Hey guys,
I don't care about the wheels and whatever...

Great riding and awesome trails!!
Is there anyone who can show me around, heading up to those trails?
I am just staying in Van for this fall and would love to ride this stuff!

Just send me a PM, I would highly appreciate the idea!
Cheers
  • + 5
 those trails look epic fun
  • + 1
 those have to be the most horiffic bike\wheels i have ever seen those guys could not have done a better job at making their bike look like the most ulgy thing on two wheels
  • + 1
 Why is everyone so stuck on the wheels/bikes?Those guys are killing it on some super sick lines and it really doesn't matter what they're riding!Don't Hate....Just Ride!
  • + 2
 quirkiest bikes possible, race bike dragster frames, on tag wheels, very jealous
  • + 1
 sick, i was waiting for a vid of this day to come out, can't wait for full movie tho
  • + 2
 dan should be wearing a button up shirt that isn't done up.
  • + 1
 What is the name of the music video? please ;D
  • + 3
 Sunny Moon - The Cat Empire
  • + 3
 and, I Can Walk In Your Mind - The Servant
  • + 1
 i like the rims there but thoughs dog would piss me off if i was riding
  • + 1
 Thanks andymac189..............Nive Video
  • + 0
 dangerous Dan Cowan was my math teacher back in the day looks like hes still making the grade.
  • + 1
 sweeeeet!!!!.............the dogs man ...the dogs freeriding!!!!
  • + 0
 Trails look cool. Bikes kinda handicapped. Not feeling them at all. Kinda like the wheels, little old school feel.
  • + 1
 Sweet video! Got me stoked for riding!
  • + 1
 bikes are RB (Race Bike) racebike.cz from CZ
  • + 0
 If this guy is the Narrator ill have to watch this video on Mute
  • + 0
 are these some plastic BMX-Wheels?
  • + 0
 Not sure about latin music and freeride...
  • + 0
 wht bikes ar those, omg those tag wheels are omazing bikes look like GT
  • - 2
 whats with the wheels!?! riding wasok and trails were cool but the wheels and bikes no way... :/
  • + 0
 RB bikes are HOT!!!
  • - 3
 these bikes are so sick!
  • + 9
 for the wheels... as the old saying goes, "don't try and re-invent the wheel."
  • + 6
 I dunno, I quite like tags. They remind me of kids bikes!
  • + 4
 eh. the wheels are ok. anyone know what frame? oh and that trail is the same one as shandro's from seasons
  • + 1
 who make those rims they look sick and who make the frame ???
  • + 1
 racebike
  • + 1
 The "rims" are actually the wheelset, made by tag wheels. Pretty pricy though.
  • + 1
 ya, and just as heavy as they are pricey... i swear those things could withstand missle attacks... i've seen and held one pair, and that was enough...
  • - 3
 are the the dt swiss mag wheel? they weigh so much!
  • - 3
 the whole bike looks gay... it looks like a messed up norco or some thing
  • - 1
 Looks nicer than a Norco.

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