Must Watch: Tor Cameron Keeps Freeride Alive in 'Compulsion'

Sep 7, 2023 at 15:54
by Liam Morgan  

Words: Liam Morgan

Our short piece, "Compulsion" is a testament to the passion and dedication that Vancouver Island freerider, Tor Cameron puts into his building and riding. Built and shot between October 2021 and May 2023, "Compulsion" features a series of freeride lines built by Tor and friends in the forests of Southern Vancouver Island.

No-look flip from Compulsion

Tor works full time doing tree service, yet is no stranger to spending hundreds of hours of his free time alone in the woods working to make a single idea come to life. In fact, the creative process of turning build ideas into reality is what drives Tor's riding and keeps him motivated to continue progressing.

Big build for Compulsion

bigquotesTrail building is a big creative outlet for me. I love to explore the forest and take inspiration from the nature around me. I'm always thinking about new features to build so when I find a spot that would work for one of my ideas it's very difficult to let go. When I'm out building, I feel like I'm releasing that creative energy. Taking an idea that I come up with in my head and making it a reality is an incredibly accomplishing feeling.Tor Cameron

Climbing trees

Our project name, "Compulsion" comes from the urgent energy that Tor feels about having to get out into the woods to start building once an idea is brewing in his mind.
bigquotesI start to think about how fun it would be to ride and I can't stop thinking about it until I build it.Tor Cameron


High speed drop from Compulsion

Although "Compulsion" may feel like a combination of one-off features scattered throughout the forest, it actually consists of just 2 trails that can be ridden top to bottom.

bigquotesIt was a different experience for me building longer trails for this video because I'm used to building shorter lines. They both started out as short lines, but the more we explored, the more things we found that lined up. It was also sweet to build longer lines because I like having to learn how to ride different sections of the trails and string them all together in a sequence. It's really good training, and it makes getting to the bottom a lot more satisfyingTor Cameron

 Compusion Ft. Tor Cameron
 Compusion Ft. Tor Cameron

 Compusion Ft. Tor Cameron
photos: August Nesbitt

"Compulsion" turned out to be a long process for Tor and I to complete, but we are stoked on how it turned out, and we hope you will be too!

Video: Liam Morgan
Riding: Tor Cameron
Building: Tor Cameron & Nick Griffiths
Still Photography: Liam Morgan & August Nesbitt
Special Thanks: Sydney Rens, August Nesbitt, Andrew Giesbrecht, Max Field, Sam Eagles, Bradley Wright & Elwyn Thom
Music: Hovvdy/Lomelda - Swing, Knox Brown - The People
Shot on the Unceded Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish First Peoples

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  • 79 0
 This is what the people want! Makes me want to dig, ride, and spend time in the forest. Good stuff. Thank you!
  • 38 0
 Spirit of Jordie Lunn
  • 9 0
 I was thinking the same, that unconventional seat grab over the stump....very cool
  • 5 0
 Tor that shit up like Jordi too.
  • 21 0
 Cannon ball off that last feature was crazy!
  • 10 0
 Insane! Magic happens when you mix flawless riding with crisp visuals! Good work boys!
  • 10 0
 Quality south van island content
  • 4 0
 so what, one goes wondering in random parts of vancouver forest and stumbles upon an endless random dropping of the best freeride stuff in the world...oh, look, over over here...come check this o...what's that thing...look that way, hey...
  • 3 0
 it happens....
  • 3 0
 In BC it happens far often than one would think.
  • 5 0
 2 for 2 chew this one and Anthony Shellys edit just made my day
  • 5 1
 exactly WHERE on the Unceded Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish First Peoples?
  • 1 0
 Just so their guests known where to park...
  • 3 0
 Awesome! Love seeing VI freeride stuff. I've stumbled upon some of these features and its so cool to see them on film. Great riding.
  • 1 0
 Jeez, who do they think they are with this editing style that only leaves many short cuts from varying angles? Semenuk and Rupert Walker? But seriously, that was some awesome stylish riding and great builds. Well done.
  • 2 0
 Why not having builders build lines for a week at rampage and then inviting 60 riders to let them ride whatever they want.. so much talent around....
  • 3 0
 Well done gents. Reminds me of the good-old-days on shore. #Darkside
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah dude! Inspiring levels of build. Must feel awesome to realize the vision. Props
  • 3 0
 Awesome work on both sides of the lens! Jordie would be proud.
  • 3 0
 Epic building and riding. Very well done.
  • 2 0
 damn good riding, building and filming. doesn't get any better than that. the roughAF legacy lives on
  • 2 0
 Best thing I seen here since CDog edit! Out biking right away!
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 Yeah boys, so sick!
  • 1 0
 Keeping freeride alive?? whut? FR is doing fine fanx I think DH needs the medical attention.............
  • 16 19
 I wonder if “Unceded by the Salish People” refers to their permission to make these trails?
At the risk of entering prop Oblivion, I’m going to suggest that hanging this tag line on the video is virtuous, but not helping Tor & Co out when the Salish go for a walk in the woods and find this creation.
Humble apologies if permission was sought and granted.
The riding is amazing, by the way and the refined finishing of the features pleases the old golf course maintenance worker in me.
  • 18 10
 Most cities in British Columbia are built on unceded territory. I think bike trails are the least of most FN's worries . Although adding the acknowledgement doesnt actually do anything to rectify the situation, acknowledging the issue is a first step and better than pretending we are not living and riding on stolen land.
  • 9 3
 I hope you ask this same question to pipleline/mining/timber industries.
  • 25 3
 You mistook the comment out of the end of the video,
it reads "We respectfully acknowledge that this video is shot on the unceded territories of the coast Salish first peoples"
Wondering if you bothered to google the meaning of unceded at all?

Most BC towns are built on unceded first nations land, meaning the land was never officially given over to the crown through treaty or agreement.

Loads of mtb trails are on unceded lands, but have the blessing, and approval of the First nations that lay claim to that land.
Theres nothing "virtuous" about noting that in a video, seems fairly respectful.
Stop trying to create an argument or divide where one doesnt exist.
  • 2 2
 @onawalk: how do the Douglas treaties signed on Southern VI factor in to this concept then?
  • 4 2
 @remoh: factor into what concept?
The Salish first peoples are made up of many different groups of people that lay claim to these lands. By acknowledging that we, users of this land, and doing so with the knowledge that not all groups have officially ceded their rights to the land, we acknowledge that we, nor others are the sole "owner" of the land. We are all stewards of the land we use, and should respect it accordingly.

Again, I see no issue with paying respect to a group of people who may have an entitlement to an area, that others might have essentially settled on either by force or coercion.

Theres a lot to unpack on the subject, and smarter people than us have tried to solve the issues surrounding it. I have no interest in adding fuel, misinformation or divisive language where its not warranted
  • 3 0
 @remoh: The Douglas treaties only encompass a relatively small 358 square mile area on southern Vancouver Island. Most of the south island is still unceded territory.
  • 1 0
 @JPostuk: I stand to be corrected but I am mostly certain this is within that relatively small area.
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 @onawalk: then I suppose they have that blessing and their respectful comment seems virtuous enough.
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 @birdsandtrees: I would, only more pointedly.
  • 2 0
 so goood
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  • 1 0
 Jaw is dropped! Sick edit/build/riding. Love this. Compulsion 2 please
  • 1 0
 Edit of the year for me. Absolutely unbelievable!
  • 1 0
 so great watching someone rip on a Kona again
  • 1 0
 Awesome - love the song choice too.
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 Soundtrack is OTC
  • 1 0
 Love it!
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