Video: Remy Metailler Sends Squamish Slabs

Oct 4, 2023 at 22:39
by Rémy Métailler  

Words: Remy Metailler

In memory of Dave Reid.

Drone footage by @flowmotionaerials - Raphaël Boudreault-Simard
Sound by @keithwhiteaudio - Keith White
Riding and production - @remymetailler

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62 Comments
  • 54 0
 Wow, and best soundtrack.
  • 28 0
 come on this is a must watch. Best drone footage on incredible land light and rider so far
  • 11 0
 Thank you!
  • 3 0
 Totally Agree. "Must Watch"
  • 3 0
 This gives me the same vibes as Brage's Sound of Mayhem, makes me want to grab my bike immediately and head out. Love it, the sound of the slabs and wind bring it all to life. Really great stuff.
  • 24 0
 I'm officially going on record for calling this Remy's best ever. Amazing riding and filming.
  • 14 0
 Wow Remy is so good. I rode the In-N-Out Slab (at like 1/100th the speed of Remy) and it scared the crap out of me. Can't imagine the confidence and skill it takes to absolutely rip like this.
  • 13 0
 This is freeride 100%, Remy's lines and style are the same as watching a pro ski/ snowboard backcountry rider, so sick!
  • 10 0
 if i had to guess its a maxxgrip DHR II replacement every 2 weeks during the summer
  • 1 0
 I was literally thinking Maxxgrip 2 weeks as well
  • 10 0
 Fine work Remy... nicely done!
  • 8 0
 Great riding and great footage! I Wonder if Remy got smacked by the drone in any of these shots.
  • 7 0
 That drone footage crash would have been my point of view the whole time rolling down those rocks...not on my bike
  • 8 1
 Hold on.... I was told Squamish sucked and not to go there.
  • 15 1
 Can confirm, don't go
  • 3 1
 it's a prison, don't bother
  • 1 0
 Whatever they say… I’ll be back!
  • 5 0
 One of the sickest videos I've seen in a long time. Makes me both desperately want to go back to Squamish, and also never go back there again. Wow.
  • 4 0
 The line starting at 2:36 is f*cked up. 2 mandatory airs on the slab and a mandatory air out that you have to creep off and redirect 90 degrees. And if you don’t slow down enough it cliffs out. What the f*ck man holy shit
  • 5 2
 Surely a lot of this soundtrack is faked, considering drones make a lot noise. Lots of places where there's freewheeling noise where there shouldn't be too. Doesn't detract from the riding though!
  • 5 0
 I would assume it's sound design that was added after the fact, yeah. Really no other way to do it unless you want to listen to a drone whining for 5 mins though.

What they might have done is have Remy ride each line once or twice with a mic on and recording sound. I assume he'd want to take a practice run or two for each line before the drone follows anyway, so you just throw a mic somewhere and a recorder in his pack for those runs (or do some wireless setup if the distance isn't too far). That'd give you something pretty close to "real" sound that wouldn't be too hard to sync with the drone footage of each line afterwards.
  • 2 0
 Any sound engineer around? I wonder if it's doable to just filter out the drone noise frequencies from an audio recorded in the rider/bike.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, don’t care if it’s dubbed or not, you can’t beat that sound of rubber scraping across slab!
  • 4 0
 @charliewentoutside: Would it be possible to record a track using small directional microphones mounted to fork and rear triangle pointed downwards (towards the tire contact patch). Not sure how small directional microphones can get these days but when recording acoustic guitar I noticed how much it matters how you aim the mic. Too much towards the fretboard and the string noise is unbearable, closer to the body and the string noise is gone. Maybe if you mount mics to the bike as mentioned, the drone noise could be minimal. Plus, these drones emit noise at a very specific (annoying) frequency band so they might be able to just filter it out using the equalizer. You probably wouldn't miss much of the tire noise if you carefully filter out the drone noise.
  • 2 0
 @paulomach: I've seen guys put a lavalier mic on their seat tube near the bottom bracket. He could have also just clipped one to his shirt and kept a small Zoom recorder running in his backpack. Then they just have to sync up the audio in post with the drone footage. Safa Brian does (or at least used to) do something similar.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: It might be! I'm only an amateur when it comes to sound design; I can tell you I don't think *I* could effectively filter out the drone noise and still have it sound that good, but pros might be able to.

One challenge to filtering it would be that the drone distance from Remy varies quite a lot though, so it'll be varying in frequency and volume, which I imagine would make it tougher to filter effectively. (It emits at a constant frequency, but speed and distance from the mic will make the recorded frequency of it vary, I believe).

If it were ME, I wouldn't bother trying, I'd just do the sound design entirely in post (ideally with no-drone recordings from Remy's test runs). But again, I'm just an amateur, so maybe that filtering is more doable for the real pros!
  • 2 0
 @charliewentoutside: You could do some filtering, but since the frequencies we want to hear (hub, tires..) are in an overlapping range, you would notice that something is weird with the sound. Definetely easier to close-mic the bike as already suggested or do a second run for the audio (i think that's what i'd prefer. You can easily adjust time differences in post and you can put your mic where it sounds good.)
  • 1 0
 @charliewentoutside: In post production, if you only use the channels from the directionally mic’ed rider, the bike and trail sounds can be made much louder, drowning out any ambient drone noise.
Works a treat.
The clip producers have in their heads but rarely get… rider, filmer, Sound(!!!) and Squamish.
Lovely.
  • 2 0
 This is the guy who did the sound design, pretty impressive resume ... www.keithwhiteaudio.com
  • 3 2
 I assume some will downvote me for saying this but don't people exaggerate how skillfull drone pilots are? Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely glad it's a thing and this video is incredible, but I feel I'll always be WAY more impressed by the level of the actual riding of guys like Remy, plus stunning shots of mother nature, than just some guy who doesn't risk anything more than an expensive gadget and a thumb injury. (Yes, I'm going too far for dramatic effect, but hopefully I've made my point!)
  • 5 0
 I think you're conflating difficulty and risk.

Things can be very difficult, and thus require a lot of skill, without being risky. The drone pilot isn't taking any risk (in terms of their health) but that doesn't mean that what they're doing doesn't require a lot of skill.
  • 1 0
 @charliewentoutside: Thanks, I'm sure you're right, but the skill of these top riders I find so inspiring to watch, whereas the drone pilots just remind me of someone who has loads of gaming experience - I can't help finding it way less impressive.
  • 1 0
 On of the best edits so far. The speed he holds on these features is astonishing! I've ridden a few of them and not necessarily as slow as I could, but I already felt I was too fast and breaking tracrion. No idea how he manages to go so fast and not slide out. A magician with brake feel! Absolutely mindbending. Drone flying was incredible as well.
  • 3 0
 Man, he’s always doing the best riding in every video! Dude rides sick! Crazy style!
  • 3 0
 In want a close-up of his read tire - must be a snakeskin - after those rides!
  • 4 0
 When does Remy not shred slabs. This is Remy shreds slabs 106.
  • 3 0
 Remy's technical skills and bike control are second to none, its absolutely insane to watch.
  • 3 0
 How is this not Must Watch? This is easily the best mountain bike videography I've ever seen.
  • 1 0
 wow... that is one of the best things I have ever watched. I kept reminding myself that it was all real and not CGI. Best music in the world right there. Thanks for the awesome vid
  • 2 1
 Crazy riding, though I wish that some of the editing was done differently as the abrupt changes in light quality made for harsh transitions.
  • 2 0
 Wow! Incredible riding/flying/filming!
  • 1 0
 That is some top shelf riding. Dayummmm. Quality drone work too, hats off!
  • 1 0
 Taking a recording of this to go to sleep with- sort of like dude did with the sweet sounds of bowling.
  • 1 0
 Is it safe to say a lot (especially first segments) of these trails/areas aren't on Trailforks?
  • 1 0
 They are not, and for good reason (they’re gnarly as it gets and should not be attempted by the general mtb public). But if you are at all familiar with the sea to sky it’s pretty easy to figure out where a lot of them are
  • 1 0
 The second still photo says a lot. Full commitment and confidence to be out on that off camber line. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 Praise to the camera man
  • 2 0
 YUP, serious skills on that pilot.
  • 2 0
 @2:01 to 2:04 lol
  • 2 0
 This is the sh*t
  • 2 0
 Rad!!
  • 2 0
 Speechless
  • 1 0
 Lives up the street lol great rider definitely inspiring.
  • 1 0
 So sick, Rapha and Remy. The best. Make this must watch please!!
  • 1 0
 Gun to the head that last caption. Blink if you need help Remy !!
  • 1 0
 Absolute banger of a video. Maybe video of the year
  • 1 0
 everything about that was epic and amazing!
  • 1 0
 At 2:15 he's riding down one of the lines from this week's Friday Fails.
  • 1 0
 get that drone operator an Emmy!
  • 2 1
 Ostie que c'est VIOLENT!
  • 1 0
 Wow! Just wow.
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