Mark Matthews spent a year and a half digging for this video. It was a privilege to be asked to shoot this edit. The effort put into this video, from digging, to riding, to finally shooting made this one of my favourites of the year.
Taiwan is one of my favourite places in the world. There's something about the mayhem of it that appeals to me. I'd been there a number of times before and had heard of some cool rides deep in the mountains, but had never seen any of it. On my trip to Taiwan this year I made sure to stay an extra week to explore. This was a project I'd wanted to do for a while and was a pleasure to cross off the list.
This was one of many videos I shot this year alongside Nic Genovese. Sam Hill is one of the greatest riders of all time. It's pretty awesome to have the opportunity to shoot with riders of that calibre.
Another big highlight was heading east to Copper Harbor, Michigan. Shandro and myself made the trip out there and were shown how they do things out in the U.P. It was somewhere I never thought I'd go, but after being there it is somewhere I'll surely be heading back to. Good riding and good people made this one of my favourite adventures of the year.
Crankworx is a staple every year. There's no other party like it in mountain biking. This shoot was especially memorable because of the number of guys it took to pull it off. This video was a collaboration between myself, Nic Genovese, Silvia Films, Virtu Media, Harrison Mendel, Scott Secco and Lear Miller.
Mongolia. Of places I never thought I would go, Mongolia would be right near the top of the list. The culture, the landscapes, the people, and the adventure make this a no brainer on my best of 2012 list.
My last major trip of the year was also my first trip to Utah. After the dust had settled at Rampage, a few of us headed to the sleepy town of Green River, Utah. We spent a week in Green River toiling in the dust to come up with something new. Not only a new video, but a new brand.