Video: Building & Riding Freeride Hits on Vancouver Island

Dec 11, 2021 at 19:32
by Liam Morgan  

"Retrospect" provides insight into the creative vision that Tor Cameron has for trail building and freeride mountain biking on Southern Vancouver Island.

bigquotesI wanted to showcase not only my riding but my building as well. Building trails is a big creative outlet for me. I love building as much as I love riding, and I wanted this edit to show my passion for them both.Tor Cameron

 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
Tor tossing a big no-foot-can at "The Spot"

At the beginning of 2021, cinematographer Liam Morgan and 18-year-old freerider Tor Cameron teamed up to shoot a video on the trails and features that Tor had been building throughout the past year.

Just days after completing the build of a key feature for the project (a large "trick-jump"), Liam and Tor walked into the forest to find that the feature had been destroyed. A week later a second feature built for the video was found dismantled. Like many mountain bike trail builders on Southern Vancouver Island, Tor is no stranger to discovering their hard work has gone to waste. It takes a lot of dedication and passion for the sport to continue under these circumstances. Luckily, these are two attributes that describe Tor Cameron perfectly.

 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
Retrospect

 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
nacs, warped wheels and lots of digging

After losing trails that he had spent months working on, Tor immediately threw himself back into new builds. The dedication he had to push on and complete his vision for the project was nothing short of remarkable. As Tor describes, it is only in "retrospect" that you can see the value in never giving up.

 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
flowing through the forest

bigquotesBuilding trails on the South Island has become increasingly difficult due to unsanctioned trails being constantly destroyed. Prior to creating the first trail shown in "Retrospect", my friend Jimmy and I were working on a trail for 6 months that we were forced to dismantle ourselves or be fined. This wasn’t the only time it happened. Nearly half of this video was to be shot on trails in different locations, all of which were torn down days before shooting. Seeing all of this hard work gone to waste as a result of the continuing development within our building zones is what inspired me to create "Retrospect". It shows the obstacles and frustration that we have to overcome to build freeride trails on the lower island.Tor Cameron

 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
 Retrospect Photo Liam Morgan
getting stoked on the session

bigquotesMy biggest inspiration in mountain biking is Jordie Lunn. Watching his “Rough AF” videos is what made me want to go out and build/film my own trails. I hope to continue making edits in the future that show my vision of freeride mountain biking.Tor Cameron

Directed By: Liam Morgan & Tor Cameron
Cinematographer/Editor: Liam Morgan
Photography: Liam Morgan
Rider: Tor Cameron
Assistant Camera Operators: Max McCulloch & Merin Pearce
Builders: Tor Cameron, Jimmy Farnese, Andrew Giesbrecht, Max Field & Nick Griffiths
"Retrospect" was shot on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ first peoples


41 Comments

  • 23 0
 Awesome video and construction and riding! Bummer on your jumps getting torn out after all that work. Glad it isn't stopping you. It's the price we pay to be able to build what we want. Keep producing sick content! BIG FTW
  • 16 2
 I assume your building on crown land? Not private? Yes I have stashes as I call them destroyed everywhere. Yes I have had all my jumps destroyed by people who see them as a threat?
Part of the game as what we are doing isn't mainstream . It's different you are a treat to society because you do things differently.
Keep doing what your doing . It's far less ugly and damaging to the environment than a housing complex that rapes the forest and covers the steams in concrete.
  • 4 0
 There is no crown land in the C.R.D. (Capital Regional District). They rule all.
  • 1 4
 @OlSkoolJake: CRD are the land managers . They don't own anything they manage . So are they building on private land or public land as you mentioned is managed by CRD. ? Commonly known as crown land .
  • 2 4
 @OlSkoolJake: ok they look like land managers. More research reveals it's a bunch of greedy bastards deciding how much money can be made on the investment. They pretend to care about environment by making small parks.
CRD is private land .
Building anything would not be permitted.
Please correct me If I'm incorrect with this assumption.
  • 1 0
 I see a threat in people who destroyng the trails. they are sick. they feel unpunishment! and this is the main reason. I once found a stretched wire on one of my trails. luckily that was before the start of the ride
  • 6 0
 @Sshredder: I’ll Correct you then. The CRD is government (literally the Capital Regional District) and not at all related to privately owned forest company like TimberWest (Mosaic). Stop babbling
  • 1 2
 @CanadaDiscGolf: you just can't make the connection.
  • 14 0
 There is still much "old school" money and influence in the lower South Island. People with nothing better than try and keep those "evil" MTB'ers out. The truth is Victoria for having half the Island population (almost 500K) and is at best the 4th best riding area on the Island, but the one with the greatest potential. Other communities have embraced the future and see the value in biking/mtb. In Victoria they have started building more urban pump tracks, which is great but the current ones are so inundated with young kids (which is also awesome) but where do the intermediate riders go who want more of a challenge? Yes, the CRD allows MTB to share space in the landfill (thank you) but that is not exactly easily accessible (no bus service) so if you are 16 or above and own a vehicle great. The city itself has so much remarkable green space where urban trail/features could be built and encourage safe progression but everything just gets completely closed out. What would be wrong with the odd sanctioned trail, can you think of a healthier activity for youth to be involved in, seriously? I know I am rambling but thanks for sticking with me on this, I have three boys who ride, who are passionate/obsessed with mtb, and as result they love their bikes and ride them everywhere because they can and because its responsible (they learned this in NZ, not in Canada). Now imagine looking at the long term, if we encouraged more kids/youth and made more accessible trails, this generation would grow up with a "bike first" mentality and would would be the benefit to the planet then? I am not suggesting that every green space needs to be inundated with MTB tracks but what is the harm with allocated one or maybe two trails with responsible builds? It is time to look beyond the simple mindset of today and look at the big big picture, the long term health of our planet, our people, and our children, and in the words of John Lennon "a world where we can live as one".........by the way my kids ride with packs and pick trash along the way and guess what they are mostly chip bags and beer cans not likely from the MTB crowd but from the "environmentally friendly hikers" with who we share the very few trails we have. Last note, I am not totally in favour of rogue builders as many do not know how to build sustainably and respect the land but for those that have ever "trail built" it is truly a spiritual experience where you become one with the earth and you do not want to destroy but only to create and enhance for all to appreciate. Thanks for sticking with me to the end on this one.
  • 1 2
 Have you or anybody you know gone through the process of trying to build a sanctioned trail?
  • 4 0
 @Zapper302: Yes, I have in the CRD and it is slow and has a lot of red tape, but worth the effort in the long run. They are getting better about what they will allow, and things like this take time to evolve.
  • 2 0
 @FauxreaL: Moving there in a couple weeks, more than willing to help
  • 13 0
 Awesome! Great builds, love seeing the Jord spec landings!
  • 7 0
 The CRD is brutal! Any rider or builder on the South tip, can attest to this.
  • 6 0
 Very well done. Stoked on the building, riding and camera work. Killed it guys!
  • 3 0
 having never been to Vancouver Island but having watched all these amazing edits, it seems like you wouldn't be able to walk 10 feet without running into a freeride feature and that sounds pretty awesome
  • 3 0
 Since COVID , the rate of people moving to the island is astonishing. ( so is real estate prices ) 1.3 million for average home price in Victoria bc now. Green space is very competitive now . Much more hikers and bikers on same hills
  • 3 0
 That feeling of showing up to a feature(s) that you spent so much time working on and hadn't hit yet, that's been destroyed. Indescribable really.... Sucks so back.
  • 5 0
 Awesome work guys! This was so well put together. Props to the dedication!
  • 1 0
 Woah! This was amazing, the track the riding the cinematic shots. I've been building a slopestyle ( freeride ) track for 3 years now and this gets my blood rushing and I want to go and dig some dirt right now even if it's already dark af outside.
  • 1 0
 Magnificent! Your riding and building are off the charts. First trail reminded me of a supercross track with its tight features and need for extreme precision.....WELL DONE!
  • 5 1
 #longlivejordie
  • 3 0
 LETS GO BOIS! So sick! So stoked to ride rn. TOR FOR RAMPAGE
  • 2 0
 Nicely shot and edited. It really showcases Tors bike skills. Him and his buddies did some great building!
  • 2 1
 Fire! Well done boys. If you want to help build sanctioned trails Come out this Sunday for the SIMBS monthly trail day. Your stills and work ethic would be an asset!
  • 2 4
 British Columbia investment was a crown corporation . It's now private . BCI , CRD and timberwest. All lining each other's pockets with tax payers money . Getting stinking rich. Really depressing. I think I'll build some stunts in the forest to forget about the money hungry bastard s. Maybe on some private land purchased with tax payers money .
  • 5 0
 Dude….Stop talking if you don’t know what you’re talking about. The CRD is government (literally the Capital Regional District) and not at all related to privately owned land / forest company like TimberWest (Mosaic). Stop babbling
  • 1 0
 Nothing to No Foot Can Can or the Cliff Hanger ... WTF! Insane!!!! So many rad tricks!
  • 2 0
 Unreal riding and building! Jordie would have loved the nothing to can.
  • 2 0
 Thank you so much Scott, that means a lot
  • 1 0
 Jordie was one of the pioneers of pushing boundaries on a bike
  • 1 0
 This makes me wish there was a hill in nebraska.
  • 2 0
 Notorious Freeride.
  • 1 0
 Great vibes- making joride and chainsaw proud!
  • 1 0
 Dude! So rad and such insane builds
  • 1 0
 +1 for Pink Floyd background music! Smile Neat video!
  • 1 0
 Itsa nice!
  • 1 0
 such a good edit!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Buds!
  • 1 0
 I must take shower
  • 3 3
 Fk the feds ! Freeride till I die





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