Name: Marshall Mullen Age: 20 Home town: Malibu, CA Year's on a bike? 6 Years
Name: Christian Wright Age: 20 Home town: Auburn, CA Residing: Soquel, CA Year's on a bike? Bikes: 17 years MTB: 10 years
Marshall: I think the biggest difference riding up at Christian's was the location. The trails that we rode were actually pretty similar to each other, but the area in which they were is different. In one place you have trails right on the coast, leading down to the ocean, and in the other place, you have trails that are surrounded by trees and end up by a river.
Marshall: Riding up at Christian's house for the first time was a pretty cool to experience. We have similar riding spots in that we both have jumps in our yard and nearby AM trails. Each of them are different from each other in their location and terrain which made the whole project more interesting.
Marshall: I think the best part about filming at Christian's was being able to see and experience the way of living and riding where he lives. It's pretty fun to head out for a ride with your buddy in a new location, where they can just pin it, and you follow through the unknown. Somehow it works out great, and is the most exhilarating feeling. That's a pretty cool thing that mountain biking brings us, and it is what this project was all about.
The 29er front flip ha ha. I would like to start by saying I am all for 29ers and Specialized makes some darn good ones. What I don't advocate is people who are way too small to be on a 29er riding one - I'm almost 6'3" so it just feels like a normal bike to me. To be honest I wasn't even sure if it would work. But I tried it and it eventually did. The jump I did it off was funky at best, but it totally worked for me, and the way I do fronties. When I landed it I was so stoked and kind of wanted to do it again. The Stumpy Evo 29er is a bike I could literally see myself doing everything on and it will blow your mind on its ability to handle jumps. I would love to do some more trail bike trick videos in the future, and I believe with proper cable routing it could get ridiculous. - Christian
Christian: I’ve always known So Cal had some incredible riding and it was really nice to finally get to ride a slice of it. The terrain is certainly far different than the riding I have at home and I definitely did not see any pine trees. I love riding my bike new places and one of my favorite things in the world are getting to ride a new trail for the first time! It’s great to mix it up and I plan to go ride with Marshall again soon.
Christian: Marshall’s house was unreal. The amount of time and work he has dedicated to his jumps is truly inspiring. He is 100% through and through a perfectionist and if it’s not right he will take the time to make it right. The jumps as a whole were awesome and flowed together really well. They were nice because they incorporated so many different elements of dirt jumping into one perfect line. I am also convinced Marsh has probably one of the best trick step-ups I’ve ever seen or ridden at his house. It shreds.
Christian: The best part about the trip down south was definitely the breakfast burritos from a local spot in Malibu. Ha ha but in reality, it was getting to spend time at Marshall's house. Long and I lived like kings for a week it was incredible. I also really enjoyed getting to utilize how close we were to the ocean.
Christian: For me my favorite parts were when stuff clicked. What I mean is that since we were filming as a duo someone could always mess up or Long could botch the shot (that wasn’t the case often) so when everything worked perfectly together it was a euphoric feeling that we were rewarded with. Another memorable part was the skid steer wall ride. It was pretty scary and Marshall and I both almost died on it. So when it finally came together we were stoked! On a side note we are all very aware Aaron Chase did it first in NWD 10, so you know it all’s in the comments can save your fingers.
Marshall: After all the filming and adventures we had along the way, I think the most memorable part was watching Christian and Long spend HOURS at the beach taking selfies and bodysurfing in the waves. They had the best time in water that I would have otherwise thought was too cold to go in. I think the times when we were just hanging out like that made the whole trip for all of us.
Christian: Overall I view this project as an extremely positive and enriching experience. That being said, there were definitely some times that had me ready to rip my hair out. Due to my schedule and to weather it worked out that I had a two-week slot to completely rebuild a line at my house almost single handedly. If it weren’t for my Uncle Rich and his front-end loader, it wouldn’t have happened. During the filming Marshall and I both took some pretty hard hits trying to get the quality of riding we thought would be adequate. Long also busted his butt the whole time! He not only shot photos and filmed but he dug, a lot. Take note filmers. This video not only gave me a chance to build some sweet jumps, but it gave me the opportunity to make two new friends. I feel very blessed to be a part of this project and I’d like to say a huge thanks to Specialized for making this possible, as well as God, my family, and the rest of my sponsors.
Marshall: I would like to thank Tyler Frasca and Geoff Rogers at Specialized for making this happen, Eric Davis at Deity, Steve Blick at Oakley, Hector at Novatec and Jake Pantone at Enve.
I would also like to thank Andrew, Tony, and Justin for the hours they put in helping me at the last minute. My section would not have been at all possible without you guys. I appreciate your help.
Christian: I would like to thank God, my parents for letting me use the land, my girlfriend Lauren for her support, my uncle Rich for his tractor use, Long and Marshall for their hard work, Tyler and everyone at Specialized, Jake at Enve, Henry at Novatec, Jim at Giro, Luke at Five Ten, Gabe at Smith Optics, Cam and Brad at Sensus and of course the Mullen Family for having us.