Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk's 'AIM'

Nov 28, 2018 at 9:43
by Red Bull Bike  






Created by: Revel Co.
DP/Editor: Rupert Walker
Producer: Brandon Semenuk
Principal Cinematography: Rupert Walker & Anthony Vitale
Sound Design: Keith White Audio
Photography: Toby Cowley
Animations: Scott Waraniak
VFX: Dan Gaud
Camera Truck: Jan Schuster
Dig Crew: Evan ‘Intern’ Young, Kane Boyce, Daniel Fleury, Ollie Hindley
Special Thanks: Kris & Ken Sneddon, Arthur Griffiths, Chris Harper at OTP, Rocket Rally, Fluid Function, Christian Rigal, Nic Genovese


For the full gallery of images from the making of Aim, head to redbull.com/aim.


224 Comments

  • + 257
 Ahh, excellent... Another video to show your non biking friends and tell them thats what you do at the weekend.
  • + 47
 Ha ha yeah that and Rampage.
  • + 100
 non-biking friends?
  • + 25
 Who are these “non biking” people you speak of?
  • + 9
 How about our moms?
  • + 1
 This is just one of the best videos I´ve ever seen in my life
  • + 9
 Back flip to manual = jaw drop
  • + 3
 @jeffers696: Smooooooooooooooooooooooth.
  • + 3
 In my mind that's exactly how my day went down at BPW Tim, and don't you dare tell anyone otherwise...!
  • + 192
 The most impressive part was that his truck isn't a Tacoma. Didn't even know that was possible.
  • + 30
 Came here to make the same comment. IT'S THE LAW!
  • + 14
 at Duthie 2 weeks ago(in my tacoma) I see 4 people wearing similar pnw clothing, drinking craft beer, standing near the tailgate of a tacoma.
  • + 21
 @P-I-Engineer: Riding an Evil or a Transition?
  • + 2
 Definitely not a Kona or Diamondback.
  • + 4
 @Npagel: EVIL of course, there's no other bikes here. (i ride diamondback...now YT)
  • + 5
 I'm all for showing shots of trucks etc bringing bikes to the trailhead, but I glitch every time I see moto in a mountain bike vid. I know it bothers me probably more than it should, but staaaawp!
  • + 1
 He ain’t no PAB. Has to pull a race car trailer.
  • + 141
 It's the annual update in the tricks industry
  • + 38
 next year in contests everybody tries Brandon´s tricks...but from 2 years ago. Maybe Rheeder is the only one who can keep up on Brandon´s level of tech tricks
  • + 46
 fastplant 360 using the outside foot, nollie triple truck off boner log, switch 540 (or however you want to call that)... lol this is just getting silly.
  • + 15
 @scott-townes: cork7 double bar, whip to nfdd off boner, flipwhp to one foot can, bf to sth manual to like whatever dont remember more my brain just melted
  • + 13
 @nikifor88: The shot of the cork 7 double bar only made me realize how friggen good Ryan Nyquist is, haha.
  • + 12
 @nikifor88: flip whip to one foot can X
  • + 33
 @scott-townes: Brandon raises the bar yet again. It doesn’t matter who can pull off his tricks. The fact is there is no one on the planet that matches his fluidity. It is truly mind boggling to watch this man ride a bicycle.
  • - 8
flag mtbpkdude (Nov 28, 2018 at 19:11) (Below Threshold)
 @fattyheadshok: With all due respect to the absolute wizard that is Semenuk, I would have to say that in his prime, Mikey Aitken could easily rival Semenuk. Style at the level that Aitken possessed is almost non existent today, save for maybe Semenuk.
  • - 24
flag adamlaycock (Nov 28, 2018 at 22:27) (Below Threshold)
 Real talk tho, still no cashroll from Semenuk... kinda behind the game IMO...
  • + 21
 @adamlaycock: Cashroll is just a deadsailor with a rotation, Semenuk has transcended the cashroll.
  • + 1
 True that! There will never be another mike aitken! @mtbpkdude:
  • + 3
 You guys yet to see him at a supermarket with a trolley. Dropby to get amazed.
  • + 2
 @ajayflex: #pencilsteeze
  • + 3
 @mtbpkdude: I just gotta second that. Honestly not taking anything away from Semenuk, he feckin slays but watching Aitken ride was almost an emotional experience! lol. He had crazy tech lines on street and dirt with style and flow no-one could match not even God Semenuk!

Still, Semenuk's RAW100...I think Zeus himself dipped his head in respect
  • + 6
 @mtbpkdude: I think comparing the two, is stupid. Aitkens style was/is pure BMX, and always was, whereas Brandon's is mostly MTB. Not the same thing. Yeah, Aitken did/does things that Brandon doesn't, but it's the same the other way around.
  • + 4
 @mtbpkdude: That’s an unfair comparison since its 2 very different riding styles. And there’s plenty of riders who have as much style and flow as Aitken. Chase Hawk is still killing it and Dan Foley is right up there just to name 2. In his prime I'd say Scotty Cranmer is a good comparison since he had a huge bag of big tricks and good style.
  • + 2
 Ooooff, wasnt expecting my sarcasm to go into the negatives that much
  • + 6
 @adamlaycock: You say anything negative about Semenuk or his fanboys, its basically a death sentence. You'd have better luck making a career of selling Prophet Muhammad drawings.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: not to mention the 360 downside whip to double Bar.
  • + 82
 Hi I love you Brandon Semenuk you're my idol since child days please love me too
  • - 1
 me too thanks
  • + 6
 The way you worded that "please love me too"...
  • + 74
 Slopestyle perfection, scrubs, raw finish bikes, skateboards, skateparks and motocross bikes. Please for the love of god tell me thats the trailer and the real edit is at least an hour long.....pleeeeease
  • + 24
 ..and a garage full of rally cars
  • + 69
 The real hero is the cyclist who snuck their own trick in at 1:56.
  • + 10
 sick no hander Wink
  • + 3
 thats fucking hilarious hahaha. If people realised that straight away it toally breaks the magic
  • + 44
 CHILLS FAM! CHILLS.

Top 3 Takeaways
1. Great skater, probably could go pro.
2. White truck? That's not goth.
3. Ivy decorations on wood ramps really sets holiday mood.
  • + 5
 You got a lol out of me. Nice.
  • + 3
 Would love to see his skate footage! I don't know about pro but I'm sure he's really good at anything he does. Link anyone?
  • + 6
 Semenuk seems like the kinda guy that could pretty much go pro in whatever the hell he wanted.
  • + 1
 @timlake: agreed! I have over 30 years of skateboarding under my belt so I love to see folks who dabble in it when its not their source of cash flow. Hell, If I still owned a skate company, I would give him a guest model without ever seeing him skate.....just because he's that good on a bike!
  • + 30
 Trek keep paying the man for as long as he wants money
  • + 29
 I feel like this video has A.D.D
  • + 12
 I could have just watched the minute and thirty seconds of riding with out all the unrelated half second clips.
  • + 12
 Agreed. Riding is top notch. Jaw-dropping. Innovative.

But the artsy is too fartsy.

Grade: B
  • + 8
 @voltagelmtd: Usually I love the Revel co arty fill in around the riding but this one missed the mark for me. It felt like a rich kid at show and tell being like "look at all the cool stuff I have, I have a dirt bike and a camera and a rally car and a skateboard and...".
  • + 4
 @TheR: haters going to hate, literally nobody in the MTB industry is producing shit like this. Perfect lifestyle and riding combo.
  • + 15
 Man, makes me want to get out in my rally car right now and go shred....

Seriously thought I'd like to see Semenuk do a full length Deathgrip/Follow me'esq film where he goes and rides with people of different mtb disciplines, maybe throw in a BMX, skate or rally too.
  • + 30
 You must've missed Rad Company then, because that's exactly what that movie was
  • + 4
 @fabdemaere: I’d like a rad company 2


And a rad company 3
  • + 17
 WTF BRANDON SEMENUK DOING FRONTFLIP !!! VERY RARE !!!
  • + 4
 last time i saw him doing a frontie was in From the inside out, also front bar, but on a dirtjump..
  • + 2
 Actually yeah this is pretty rare
  • + 2
 Front flip with a bar spin!
  • + 1
 Yeah,I haven't seen him doing frontfilp for years.This has always been a question in my mind.
  • + 14
 Holy shit, catching it live for once!
  • + 3
 OMG ME TOO MY FRIEND ME TOO
  • + 13
 Amazing - I could watch him ride all day. Bravo Revel Co.
  • + 4
 A name I haven't seen in a while, hi Acadian!
  • + 1
 @karl-burkat: @acadian: Semenuk is enough to bring any Old Schooler back.

p.s - thanks for enlightening my FB and Instagram with photos of Cool watches, knives and interesting craft beer, Luc.
  • + 11
 That nollie 360 triple bar spin made me feel things
  • + 9
 Somebody get this guy an Oscar!! He’s an artist I don’t know how he hasn’t won anything feo his films yet. Let’s nomate him for the academy award or something
  • + 9
 Love the Alan Watts quote. If you are looking to snap you mind back into reality, nothing like listening to some Alan Watts.
  • + 9
 He almost had manual out of that 720 double bar, damn. Also, Vancouver is awesome.
  • + 11
 This Brandon guy shreds!
  • + 15
 he might even become pro one day
  • + 3
 @colincolin: wow he rides with street shoes too...how is it even possible?
  • - 14
flag cunning-linguist (Nov 28, 2018 at 11:36) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah but he got beaten at the last comp by a bloke called Randy?
  • + 8
 Cork 7 double bar, 360 downside whip to double barspin, Half Cab 540, Flip whip to X-Up Can ... Incredible :o
  • - 9
flag Stuartkbmx (Nov 28, 2018 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 It's a decade, not 360 downside whip. not sure why so many mtb people get this trick wrong, it's 2 completely different tricks
  • + 3
 also just cab 540, a half cab is a cab 180
  • + 9
 @Stuartkbmx: Because they look similar cool guy.
  • + 8
 Riding is sickenuk. Or semesick. Didn‘t get the dit though. Confusing. I prefer Raw100. But still from another universe.
  • + 8
 I've seen half-cabs and full-cabs. So, What do we call and 540-cab? 5-cab? One and a half-cab?
  • + 11
 There's always one trick that he sneaks into every edit that makes you go back and watch it 14 more times. This time, that was it.
  • + 13
 cab 5 is the name, bro
  • + 2
 was so filthy
  • + 3
 @nikifor88: cab 5. Got it. Thanks bruv.
  • + 2
 in the next episode: Two and a half cab...
  • + 4
 I ride BMX a lot down here in SoCal and we call them 5 cabs
  • + 5
 5 cabs for street riders here in NY
  • + 2
 @impoppawheelie: you got that at creek next time right? haha
  • + 0
 don't know if it's only me, but I think it makes no sense to call cab to something outside skateboarding. There's no fakie stance on a bike or a snowboard, to me this is a switch 5
  • + 1
 @shsfreeride: Yeah that trick took my breath away. It’s not just that he does these tricks. It’s the grace fluidity and complete artistry with which he does them.
  • + 2
 @ismasan: Yeah I know it's a cab because it's named after Steve Caballero, but bmxers have been saying half and full cab for a long long time. Fakie in the bike world is anything done going backwards.
  • + 1
 @srghyc: agreed. Def called 5 cab. Maybe could call it fakie 5 and people would understand, but switch in bikes means opposite (oppo). As in, your non dominant way of spinning is switch or oppo.
  • + 8
 That Cab 540 made my jaw drop and now everyone in the office knows I'm not doing work stuff.... worth it.
  • + 6
 History teacher walks up and says “jack phone awa... holy shit”
  • + 6
 It's pretty easy to predict Rheeder's next run now.
  • + 6
 flipwhip to x-up one can seems to be way underrated.
  • + 1
 Also the foot plant three I have never seen done that way before. He plants the opposite foot of the way he spins.
  • + 5
 "Must watch" and "Brandon Semenuk" in the title is redundant because they mean the same thing.
  • + 5
 Glad Semenuk don't do Joyrides anymore, it's a lot more fair without him because 10x joyride champ would just be too much.
  • + 3
 How can people compare Brett to Brandon when it's painfully obvious: Brett is Brandon's little bro. Similar, very good, & desperate to overtake the king but just not on big bros level.
  • + 3
 There is a Powell podcast where Cam McCaul talks about this. McCaul talks about how he felt the pressure from semenuk as he was coming up and semenuk feels it from Rheedee. Worth a listen for sure.
  • + 6
 alan watts, spittin wisdom
  • + 5
 im not ashamed to admit that he is my main mancrush
  • + 3
 Nollie tripple truck driver flipwhip- onefoot can Xup Halfcab 540 ...... such artistry in the sport. Always great to see OG trend setters
  • + 2
 We are sooooo lucky to get to watch a creative genius on his bike... thanks Brandon! ...and thanks to Revel for the beautifully crafted videos! How can you not be inspired....
  • + 2
 I would love to see riders like Brandon put out an XC/Trail video. Getting rowdy on features that relate more to the general mountain biking population would be really cool to see.
  • + 5
 haha, Semunuk's normal "general mountain biking" is called Red Bull Rampage
  • + 4
 Everything he touches turns to gold!
  • + 3
 that "backflip tailwhip to x-up no-foot can" what the hell!!! f*cking insane, I need to see that without slowmo, unreal...
  • + 4
 I did it in pumped bmx3 once..
  • + 1
 One foot can
  • + 4
 Half cab to 540 drop...WTF??@?!?!!!!!
  • + 4
 Semenuks raising the bar for next season again lol
  • + 3
 Groundbreaking mountain biking, Alan Watts quotes, and a Leica m6 all in one video? Sounds good to me!
  • + 2
 I will always watch Semenuk edits, he makes pushing a bike out of a garage look stylish, everything else he does is on another level i think.
  • + 4
 No haters of the slo-mo? Times are a changin'
Thank you Semenuk. Smile
  • + 5
 it the only way us mortals can comprehend the tricks!
  • + 3
 Red Bull has to make a Emil Johansson and Brandon Semenuk Edit. So want to see it. :O
  • + 1
 So deep guys. You two should stop posting this shit on pink bike, its being wasted away. The bike community is not ready for you brother. I hope your saving all these videos on a flash drive that you bury in that backyard.
  • + 0
 I saw some kid throw off a jump his bike does a backflip while the rider does a nothing. Catches the bike after a full rotation and sticks the landing. I don't even think the stunt has a name yet. Waiting to see it done on a mountain bike.
  • + 0
 Say whaaaaat ?
Whoa.
  • + 4
 lol r willy does that shit all the time. I believe it’s called a nothing bike flip
  • + 4
 Sick AF as usual. Gotta love B Sem
  • - 8
flag nikifor88 (Nov 28, 2018 at 10:28) (Below Threshold)
 we call him Semen
  • + 4
 Pinkbike is now blocked at work because it's considered pr0n
  • + 3
 No one gonna talk about the fake vines stapled to all the take-offs?
  • + 6
 Not to mention the ramps are all painted like dirt. The dude's obviously working through something, let's give him his space.
  • + 3
 everytime im shocked they can do better than the last, both the GOAT
  • + 1
 MTB got lucky. He could have have pro level at most any sport he chose. I opened up the Pinkbike page and didn’t hesitate at all. Semenuk=must watch=instant click.
  • + 2
 My favorite part is at 1:57......someone enjoying 2 wheels in a different way, and life for that matter.
  • + 2
 Is this the announcement video that he’s finally going to rally full time?
  • + 4
 On another level
  • + 4
 This is art
  • + 3
 a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one
  • + 1
 I say this on every Brandon video and that is he is hands down one of my favorite riders to watch since his debut in NWD10 where he starts on a DH bike and finishes on a BMX.
  • + 4
 Never ever disappoints!
  • + 1
 Oh my god the silver crown.. never thought I would like the look of a mainly white fork.
  • + 1
 I still feel robbed that I didn't get to see a Rampage 2018 Semenuk full pull.
  • + 2
 Semenuk making the future look easy
  • + 1
 Semenuk is insane! He’s living the Dream. Love watching him ride. Will always be my favourite slope rider tup
  • + 1
 what? I don't understand. ( .
( . |
  • + 2
 No 29er in sight and no e-bikes either. I like this article.
  • + 2
 I love the Alan Watts quotes!!!!! Well, the riding was pretty sick too.
  • + 2
 That cab 450 off the drop...damn.
  • + 2
 *540
  • + 1
 @danelliott: I stand corrected!
  • + 2
 as always, Brandon's style blows me away
  • + 2
 every video he does a new trick to the biking repertoire. back 540 unreal.
  • + 2
 Been a good week so far for riding videos.
  • + 2
 This pair can't be stopped.
  • + 2
 So good. Love your work Rupert!
  • + 1
 well i am a little bit late but where can i find the speech in the end of the video?
  • + 1
 flipwhip to can can xup. holy shit this is a masterpiece
  • + 1
 that guy just served us up a hearty sized plate of technicality.
  • + 1
 A class riding B class artists fartsy
  • + 1
 How far will you drive off with the open bonnet? Wink
  • + 1
 Oh yeah I wear etnies too , no worries riding in them badboys
  • + 1
 must be because he’s got the word SEMEN in his name
  • + 1
 I miss Vancouver!! Rad vid????????
  • + 1
 Wonder how many EPOs he has for brekky
  • + 2
 Off his ever living tits and you know it
  • + 1
 Flying a boat
  • + 2
 Turning tricks in Chad
  • + 2
 BRANDON IS GOD
  • + 3
 My son found god at Crankworks!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13619566
  • + 1
 @Beicpinc: frame that pic. Man that's fantastic
  • + 1
 I dont watch Brandons videos anymore....they make me depressed.... Frown
  • + 2
 haha me too! Not depressed but makes me want to go to Vancouver for the rest of my life!
  • + 0
 *Rheeder squinting at the edit* "Right so that's how you do it..." (cycles off to practise copied tricks)
  • + 1
 He might be done competing, but (selfishly) I SO wish he wasn't.
  • + 2
 Always a treat.
  • + 1
 So it seems he can't do an ollie...
  • + 1
 Absolutely MASSIVE combos
  • + 1
 Half cab 450, that's insane
  • + 1
 Does anyone know where the quote at the end is from? Great stuff!
  • + 1
 Semenuk has been training with Nyquist?
  • + 1
 Breaking news: the laws a physics don’t matter anymore.
  • + 1
 Samurai Semenuk slays again!
  • + 1
 Of course Semunuk has multiple rally cars, what else would you expect?
  • + 1
 Damn, he's just such an insanely smooth rider!
  • + 1
 Just WHAT.
  • + 0
 Nice. What's with the car teasers though!!!! I want more.
  • + 1
 Amazing work as always!
  • + 1
 Semenuk is a psychopath
  • + 1
 GOAT
  • + 1
 amazing
  • + 1
 He'll go far that lad...
  • + 1
 That was quite good
  • + 1
 Show us the garage!
  • + 0
 I was getting bored...then half cab 540?!
  • + 0
 Richie Ride
  • + 0
 UN REAL, per usual
  • + 0
 God
  • - 2
 Meh...
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