A Big Year - Casey Groves

Feb 2, 2011 at 10:05
by Peter Bailey  
"A Big Year" Casey Groves' 2010 Video presented by Troy Lee Designs and a sit down to learn more about Casey and what's instore for 2011.
Views: 20,728    Faves: 469    Comments: 33



Age: 19
Hometown: Kelowna BC Canada
Height: 5’7
Weight: 165lbs
Sponsors: Transition Bikes, Troy Lee Designs, Rockstar Energy Drink, Fox Racing Shox, Gravity, Industry Nine, Pinkbike.com, Straitline Components, Geax, Demon Dirt, Five Ten, Sensus, Chromag, TSG International, Spy Optics, Camp of Champions, Cyclepath Kelowna, Pinnacle Elite Athlete and Beach Travelers.



Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kelowna BC and still live here to this day. I don’t think I will ever leave here, it's perfect and right in the middle of the best riding in BC.


How did you get into Mountain Biking?
All the kids in the neighborhood rode bikes and we had a little jump on the corner of my road. I would watch them for hours on end, going over and over this little lip with no landing, I was amazed and fell in love with bikes at that moment. Believe it or not...I used to hate riding a bike!


And how old were you when you started riding?
I started riding mountain bikes when I was 12 or 13.


How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
Cam Zink introduced me to TLD. I remember at Crankworx, right after the awards, Zink and I were talking and I said I would love to ride for TLD and it would be a dream come true basically. After a few emails and text messages, the next thing I knew I was in contact with TLD and being asked for my clothing sizes. Thanks Cam!


How long have you been riding for TLD?
I have been riding for TLD for nearly 4 months now!


Which TLD products are you using?
You will see me wearing TLD T-shirts, shin guards, the D3 & D2 Helmets as well as a few race kits!


Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
When I grew up watching MTB videos I was inspired by Cameron McCaul & Darren Berrecloth. I basically took the two of them and produced me!


What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I like to chill with my friends, go camping, work on vehicles, basically all outdoorsy stuff.


What bands/music are you into?
To be honest I like everything except Heavy Metal or Any Metal.


List three goals you have for the upcoming season:
My first and main goal is to have fun! Second up is to podium every event again. Lastly I want to create a BADASS segment in Barred for Life 2!


List a few highlights of your career:
1st place Whistler Air Affair – that’s where it all started for me
1st place Crankworx Best Trick 2008 – break through year
3rd place Crankworx Slopestyle 2010!
9th place FMB world tour 2010!


What's your favorite race/event and why?
I would have to say Goatstyle Bike Jam because it is so chill, but at the same time it’s now a main event. It's rad to be able to have fun and still compete for the top spot without too much pressure.


What's your idea of an epic day of riding?
Hmm, I will develop my epic day here at home. First I will go to Subway and grab a foot long cold cut with cookies and a medium fountain drink, then head to Dreamland to dig. Once I'm bored of shoveling I would ride with my close buddies on the hip line and step up, then come around dinner time we would go ride Postil or Vapor DH trails, finishing by driving directly to the beach to clean off the day's dirt and go home! I can’t wait for those days again!




What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
All the cool places you get to go and all the friends you get to meet along the way!


If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
Honestly I would most likely be in school right now taking biology and marine sciences. I wanted to become a diver and marine biologist before riding became a career.


If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
I would change the lack of respect there is for a lot of the athletes as well as promote the builders out there, without them…we wouldn’t be riding!


Who would you like to thank?
Anyone who has ever given me a compliment, tip, or criticism. It has made me learn and get me where I am!


Any words of wisdom?
Stay in school and Don’t do drugs!

Talent is 25% of a professional, determination & passion are the keys to achieving the other 75%



All pics by Matt Butterworth.


57 Comments

  • + 10
 Yeah Casey! All of us at PB are pumped for you and looking forward to seeing what comes of '11!
  • + 8
 sick season. congrats on the 3rd at crankworx, by the way SICK moustache hahaha
  • + 2
 I like chapeter 3 hahahahhaha
  • + 2
 some right bangers in there!
  • + 5
 Sick video. But please shave Casey...
  • + 3
 moustache ftw
  • + 6
 he has such a good set of sponsors
  • + 3
 thats a sweet stache
  • + 1
 its eh mario! sick tricks man!
  • + 1
 wow this is sick.. always loved caseys style of riding
  • + 1
 Lol, I was setting up for a pic at AT's Showdown and and my brother was behind me watching, when Casey hit the first drop and blew out his tire, sending a rock flying into my brother. Razz
  • + 5
 Awesome edit! Pete does a really good job! And of course Casey you're the man! Good luck this year!
  • + 3
 Booyah Casey!! Sick video, awesome season, you deserve it all man. Killin it. Keep shredding!
  • + 1
 This has alot of potential. I would like to see more of an artistic vision to add more emotion to the finish product, tell more of a story about Casey's season. Cheers.
  • + 3
 Man, I do not envy whoever has to clean the toilets at crankworx!!
  • + 1
 Casey the Gorilla flip made this even more epic! New ground hogs tradition, flip the monkey.
  • + 1
 Gonzo, the gorilla!! Props to Beach Travellers!!
  • + 1
 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CASEY GROVES! just so good at black ops....
  • + 1
 oh, and sick pics butters!
  • + 2
 The best video Documentary ive seen all year!
  • + 1
 Casey sick season congratz and good luck in 2011 can't wait to see ya rip it up!
  • + 2
 Good luck on the up coming season.
  • + 2
 Good Job Casey. You deserve it buddy.
  • + 2
 Awesome video and i just love how they filmed it. Smile
  • + 1
 You had such a good season! Congrats Casey!
  • + 1
 and the rampage?
ahh just red bull can film rampage .....
  • + 1
 Great video, good job Casey!!!, Hope you kill it this year man
  • + 1
 Great Video Casey, Keep up the good work.
  • + 1
 casey looks like earl from "my name's earl" with the new 'stache.
  • + 2
 low center of gravity
  • + 2
 long... much
  • + 2
 It's a recap chief
  • - 1
 Oh thanks man.. I had no idea what a recap was till you pointed that out.. Im just saying 20mins is a long time to hold peoples attention for anything these days..but what do I know about shooting things right.,,,
  • + 1
 ha , love comment beef , yeah sorry its long I really tried to make it as short as possible whilst doing justice to the season, out of interest what would you have given the chop ?
cheers ,

Pete
  • + 1
 Pretty tough to put a whole season into a 3 minute clip. A lot of times when we watch these videos, we are left with wanting more. Well done Peter! Smile
  • + 2
 Great video and congrats on the great season. I didn't think it was too long, but if people want it shorter, next time you could break it into 4 or 5 short videos over a month and make a mini series out of it. You would probably get just as many views on each of the videos as you did for just this one. More exposure for yourself, Mr. Groves and all his sponsors.
  • + 1
 sick ass of ladies,one of the inspiration,haha
  • + 1
 That was well worth the wait for it to buffer, thank-you.
  • + 2
 CASEY IS DA BOMB!
  • + 1
 Hell yeah Casey! That's a manly stache
  • + 2
 what a guy, nice going!
  • + 1
 does anyone know what the song is that starts at like 9:47?
  • + 1
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhWD7W_HOWc
fatty down no foolin me, I had the same question
  • + 1
 Great...super flowy, , and great style
  • + 1
 What does he use for slope style a double or a bottlerocket ?
  • + 1
 Thanks mate
  • + 1
 dope muzzy casey
  • + 0
 awesome vid, drink up casey now that you can Smile
  • + 1
 awesome!
  • + 1
 awsome interview!
  • + 1
 Sooooo mint !!
  • + 1
 cheers Casey!
  • + 1
 and the very start
  • + 1
 Fair Play
  • + 1
 im loving the mustache
  • + 1
 ya casey!!!

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