Dreamland Sender - 50 foot backflip

Dec 8, 2010 at 9:27
by Garrett Robertson  
A lot of work goes into making something like this happen. Everyone was stoked on the idea and came together to help build probably the biggest jump in Kelowna, test it, make any changes needed and then have one last super sender session before the snow started coming down.

Did I mention all this happened over the course of one weekend?The ball got rolling on a Friday night when Myself, Wes Booth, and Scott Milton were seshing the famous Dreamland stepup. Off to the left of the step up there was a huge mound of dirt that we had placed there early in the season when we had brought some machinery in. We figured we would make a big jump there one day so why not. Everytime I ride the stepup I stare at that pile and think we should really go build that. Well on this Friday I think everyone was just staring at that pile thinking the same thing so we opted to come up early the next day and get it done.

On Saturday I came up pretty early and started working in the landing, Matt Butterworth from Evergreen productions came up shortly after and we got started on the lip. As the day went on, more and more people came and by lunch time we had a fully buffed 50 ft gap thanks to a whole crew of helpers. I had stated that I wanted to hit it first so I strapped on a GoPro and started warming up. When I was ready to go the cameras were rolling and I went for it. I ended up coming a couple feet short so I hit the eject button and rolled out of it unscathed. After reworking and packing the run in a bit I was ready for take two. Things turned out worse this time...I had the speed, but I got bucked a little coming off the lip. I knew I was nose heavy, but I thought I could ride it out so I decided to hold on. Bad choice, as soon as my front tire touched the dirt I was headed for a face plant. Surprisingly nothing really hurt, I had knocked the wind out of myself, but the main thing I was thinking was "dammit my visor is probably broken". Luckily for me I was fine and more importantly my visor was intact. I decided to call it a day at that and just relaxed and rode the pump track. Wes took it upon himself to rework the lip and by the time the sun was going down it was looking a million times better.

Sunday...
Everyone was already there by the time I arrived and everything was looking buff so I threw on my pads and started warming up. A couple more riders had shown up today and I knew it was going to be a good session. Today Matt Gretzinger was the guinea pig and It went less than ideal for him as well, he ended up coming about a bike length short, luckily he had lots of travel to help cushion the impact, but needless to say I don't think it was the most comfortable landing. I then dropped in and landed it perfect, I think the small fully I was riding probably helped propel me the extra distance. It felt awesome to finally land the damn thing. Things really got going then. The scary thing is that everyone who attempted the jump crashed at least once before landing it.


Here Wes Booth successfully sends the gap for the lens of Mike Kirk.
Here Wes Booth successfully sends the gap for the lens of Mike Kirk.

The run in got more and more packed in as we rode it and pretty soon the guys on DH bikes were clearing it too. I started to get more and more comfortable on it and I threw a little no hander which I was pretty stoked on, but all I could really think about was how badly I wanted to backflip it. After I stuck the no hander we had some troubles with the sun blinding you as you were coming up the lip, so I headed over to the step up and started just doing backflip after backflip after backflip. The Sun finally snuck behind some clouds and it was on. I hiked up to the top, tried to visualize the flip the best I could, and dropped in. I knew I wanted to flip a little faster than I needed to, there was no way I wanted to be second guessing myself about whether I would get it all the way around or not. It all happened pretty fast in the air, but when I landed it was like everything was in slow motion, everyone was running over to me cheering and it was an awesome feeling for sure.


That wraps up the weekend and now there is definitely too much snow to do any serious riding, but I'm certainly not done with this jump yet. I have big plans for next spring. In the mean time check out this wicked edit from Mr. Butterworth and try to survive the winter without going too crazy!

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Big thanks to all my sponsors for making it all possible, everyone who came out to help dig, film, take pictures, or just hang out, it's all appreciated. I also owe a big thanks to Mr. Justin Wyper for lending me a fork to use!

-Garrett Robertson


Sun Country Cycle
Spank
Deity
SilverStar Bike Park

Photo Cred
- Mike Kirk


97 Comments

  • 14 0
 So sick, that is a huge booter!
  • 2 0
 siiiiick bad ass!
  • 10 0
 them cases where some of the funniest clips ive ever seen. haha
  • 6 0
 the guy at the end sums it all up "that's gnarly as f*ck"
  • 6 0
 I'm not a fan of crash footy but it makes it better when the riders are laughing, especially at each other!
  • 14 0
 kind of sums up the close knit riding community here in the Okanagan...everyone supports the shit out of each other here which helps the sport grow and the riders become better, faster. Can't discount the value of good friends and the power of "STOKE". These kids are having the time of their lives, hopefully they can realize that and enjoy it even more. I know I enjoy watching them grow up and progress!
  • 2 1
 im building a 50fter up my local, gona be hopefully as mint as this!!
  • 2 1
 BOOOOOOoooooooooost!
  • 1 1
 and im gunna backflip that bentley mother hucker!
  • 4 1
 Awesome video Smile

Ha the ending sounds like a porno.
  • 8 0
 lol you guys across the pond are so funny. all you hear is aaaaarrrrrr rrraaaaarrrrrrr gnaaarrrrr oooooohhhhh myy gaaaarrrrdddd woooooo...
  • 9 0
 I love how after you flipped it, your like, "K guys, gotta go to work now and deliver pizza."
I hope you get paid to ride your bike next year. You flipped it like it was your day job! Atta boy Garrette!
  • 1 0
 moooooooo
  • 4 0
 props to have finally made it, and get it under control!! hope no bikes were seriously harmed in the procedure... haha
  • 4 0
 So, little boys and girls, thats what you can do if you eat your spinach! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Thats awesome Garrett congrats! Im bummed my backflip of this caliper didn't get as much attention, I'm like high school jealous, not to mention mine was on a full fledge DH rig over 7 years ago, lol ok ill stop, but seriously dude that is awesome and nothing beats the feeling over riding away from something like that!
  • 4 0
 easy jet wont let you fly with a case that big
  • 3 0
 Holy shit that's massive !! Crazy backflip !!
  • 3 2
 thats intense haha super sick though. idk about doing it on the 951 though with all the snapping headtubes haha kinda sketch me out. but still super sick
  • 3 0
 Did you hear the cows? Big Grin 2:00 Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Take your protein pills and put your helmet on! I will never boost anything that huge let alone back flip it! Awesome! You could go to space on a jump that huge!
  • 2 3
 I honestly assumed that for crazy yet impressive stunts like this, rather than for 2 days trying to work out where to drop in from and tweaking a booter, there would be some element of physics that stops the crash test dummmies rupturing all manner of man parts in order to find the sweet spot.
Fair play if it really is such a blood sweat and tears trial and error way of figuring it out as that takes (or costs you your) balls!
  • 1 0
 Props to all those guys that cased, walking back to the top for another go takes massive committment and a boat load of balls. Giver boys.
  • 3 1
 Nit Grit! Hell ya! dubstep is slowly taking over earth, one bike video at a time
  • 1 0
 that is definetly a good thing.
  • 2 0
 Craaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzy!!!!!! Eek Beer
  • 1 0
 Crazy you are...Garrett...50ft backflips with a busted frame....big balls son!
  • 2 0
 that's so sick, no words....
  • 2 0
 Kelowna crazies! Nice work gentlemen.
  • 1 0
 "tequila TONIGHT!!! Tomorrow we RIDE!!!!!" hahaha
  • 2 0
 oh my god!!!! fuckin amazin dude !!!!! YYYEEEAAAA!!!!
  • 1 0
 didnt i see a picture of this guy POD flipping like a huuge step down congrats man bring on the big mtn homie!
  • 1 0
 I remember watching this a while back and getting very aroused!!! It's as if it's been dipped in Sex Panther.....
  • 1 0
 S.O.B! those are some killer wipeouts too! To stop dead at the lip of the landing? Ouch!
  • 1 0
 did anyone made a backflip on that 60 ft gap on rampage? this guy should have entered ..
  • 1 0
 lol I was in utah and I wanted in but unfortunately its not that easy. I'm definately not saying i would've flip that canyon gap though that thing was gnarly
  • 2 0
 Gnar!
  • 2 0
 GNAR.
  • 1 0
 I love riding in Kelowna! so much stuff to do
  • 1 0
 Wow that was huge,so gnarly!!!!
  • 1 0
 wooooow, biiiig booter!!!
  • 1 0
 spank that jump..........nice...........
  • 1 0
 Gutsy to aim for a 50 footer on a hardtail with rear brake only !!!
  • 1 0
 the poor bikess! thats some amazing riding right there!
  • 1 0
 YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! A CONGRATULATIONS FROM BRAZIL.
  • 1 0
 OMG!! That was EFFIN' MAHOOSIVE!!!!
  • 1 0
 aww skeet skeet skeet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 god damn
  • 1 0
 tht was such a huge flip!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 that is some nutt up stuff, way to sick with guys!
  • 1 0
 wholy FACCCCC!!!!!!....... KNARLY
  • 1 0
 really want to know that soundtrack
  • 1 0
 Smokin!!! super awesome, RidEOn!
  • 1 0
 Nice work Ktown riderz !!
  • 1 0
 Pure determination and skill right there
  • 1 0
 its very great......................
  • 1 0
 ha they all jizzed wen he landed that backflip
  • 1 0
 Whaaaaaaaat?! lol
  • 1 0
 Sick jump!!
  • 1 0
 so big! awesome!
  • 1 0
 hahah love it!
  • 1 0
 That is ridiculous.
  • 1 0
 DUDE that's a nice VIDEO
  • 1 0
 vod!!!! sick
  • 1 0
 song?
  • 1 0
 Nit Grit- Lupin
  • 1 0
 CASED
  • 1 0
 so sickkkkkkkk
  • 1 0
 deadly wolfpack
  • 1 0
 Dude? That was rad.
  • 1 3
 f*ck that was intense, serious props to that guy thats some HUGE backflip!! check this out
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p1Qrf1nUTM
  • 1 0
 I think we have all seen that. it was VOD a few weeks back. awsome vid though. cant wait to see how it ends.
  • 1 0
 SICK
  • 1 0
 huge flip Smile
  • 1 0
 awesome
  • 1 0
 Boostmaster gap!!!
  • 1 0
 crazy
  • 1 0
 sagol dzmao...:O:O
  • 1 0
 sickter.
  • 1 0
 Props on that flip, man.
  • 1 0
 nice
  • 1 0
 You're crazy Garett haha
  • 1 0
 crazy,so mad cool
  • 1 0
 Awesome, VOD surely.
  • 1 0
 Garrett has bawwwllzzz
  • 1 0
 dam! thats huge! so sick
  • 1 0
 POD
  • 1 0
 that is so sick
  • 1 0
 sick man
  • 1 0
 huuuuge! props to you!
  • 1 0
 sweet mother of jesus!!
  • 1 0
 just fantastic!!!!!
  • 1 0
 song?
  • 1 0
 Nit Grit- Lupin
  • 1 0
 motocross
  • 1 0
 SICK
  • 1 1
 WHAAAAT! your crazy!

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