Video: Flow - Where Control Meets Concentration

Oct 23, 2018 at 9:23
by Rob Hyatt  
Views: 19,130    Faves: 123    Comments: 13



Over the passage of time, and the evolution of language, Ecstasy came to define moments out of the everyday ordinary routine. Within ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Mayan and Egyptian; common citizens would gather at sacred places like the Pyramids, and the Colosseum, lifting themselves to their ecstasies, leaving their everyday life. This departure has been observed over the centuries in the creative minds of the Renaissance's finest artists and craftsmen. During that time period it was observed that the truly remarkable would “achieve an ecstatic state to such a point that they feel as though they almost don’t exist. Where one’s hands seem to be devoid of one’s self and have nothing to do with what is happening, allowing the craft to flow out of itself.”





These creators don’t need to go to a place like this, a place they identify as their arena. They simply need their tool in hand, and the will to pursue another great challenge. The memory of past accomplishments launches these creators into another reality of one’s own moment of ecstasy. It’s in these moments when a creator has no possible leftover attention to dedicate to their own body’s feelings, thoughts, or problems to detract from their task. Hunger, exhaustion, and anxiety disappear; along with their identity and consciousness, simply because, there is not enough attention to retain its existence. As a result, reality is suspended, and unfiltered concentration takes hold.





This reaction is spontaneous to one who is well trained. The “Flow Experience” as it’s been called, bridges the gap of concentration and control, riding a fine line in which one experiences complete consumption of thought and action. Athletes of all nature experience this in their pursuits’ defining moments. There is an intense focus, one that leads to a sense of ecstasy, and perhaps clarity. An understanding of exactly what needs to be done from one fleeting moment to the next, to a point, where one forgets themselves, and feels part of something larger. When these conditions present themselves, what you are doing, becomes worth doing, for its own sake.





Individuals may have their own pursuits, but for everyone, the flow channel exists within. It exists when you are pursuing a passion and a higher outcome: perhaps out of need, perhaps for chasing a memory but in most cases, it’s for what we truly love. Flow. Let it find you. Let it take you. Never stop chasing it.

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76 Comments

  • 26 0
 aye!!! so sick dudes stoked to see this finally drop BEAST COAST with the rocks
  • 16 0
 Wow guys thank you! We had so much fun shooting this!
  • 10 0
 All very cool, but man, you guys are monsters to have him drive off with the bike on the rack and leave the dog behind. You know pooch knew exactly what he was missing out on. #traildogswanttocomealong
  • 6 0
 @g-42: My thoughts too! And the look on his face, even though you couldn't see it in that shot, was definite FOMO
  • 3 0
 @g-42: hahhahah
  • 5 0
 Julien! thanks for your talent and professionalism behind the lens that made my riding look halfway decent!
  • 15 1
 Roosting berms with no kneepads just who do you think you are!
  • 22 0
 Bernie Senders, that's who.
  • 37 0
 @ctbiker888: don't you mean "Bermie Senders"?
  • 11 0
 @projectnortheast: FEEL THE BERM!
  • 2 0
 @conoat: Rather roost them then feel them but hey, if that's your thing! (visualizing man on knees feeling berm with hands) weird... Wink
  • 12 0
 south west ct represent!!!!
  • 9 1
 Yes!!

Finally some MOUNTAIN BIKING content. No dirt jumps, tricks, drifting (AKA skidding), people claiming to have gotten robbed, ETC.

Thumbs up.

Need mOar.

Is it just me or does everyone cringe at seeing people riding rocky terrain with no knee guards? Always feels like you are guaranteed a ER visit if you go down without knees on rocks. Pain.
  • 2 2
 No kneepads,no gloves and loose helmet strap. How cool.
  • 4 0
 These are our local trails, so most of us who ride there have cut our teeth on those rocks. It's so hot in there during the summer you can barely imagine, so very often everything but helmets gets left in the van/car/pickup bed...

Not to mention, the big rollers and drops won't wreck your knees, just your AC joints and collar bones if you mess up.
  • 1 0
 @mvwmvw: Where is this filmed? Looks like midwest or east coast?
  • 1 0
 When all you ride is rocks, you get used to it haha.
  • 1 0
 @marnster68: east coast we filmed in CT and NY
  • 10 0
 Awesome video! And to see my home trails in the first sequence was just icing on the cake! Nice job to everyone involved.
  • 1 0
 What trail system is this? Looks like I need to put it on my bucket list.
  • 3 1
 @SeaHag: Trumbull, CT. Pequannock River Valley.
  • 1 0
 @SeaHag: edit; creator IDed the trails.
  • 8 2
 Was totally loving this movie.... Until the part where the doggo was left at home while the boys go rip trails. Two giant thumbs down lol.
#nodoggoleftbehind
  • 8 0
 Wow, this made me wanna go ride SOOOO Bad! very well done!
  • 7 0
 So stoked to see this come out!
  • 7 0
 Damn! This is very moving work. Well done. Fist bump.
  • 5 0
 Awesome work on the video. Props on the trail skills. Great to see proper content of everyday trail riding. I assume this was east coast. I dig it.
  • 5 0
 Such a sick write up! Love the multiple perspectives on the flow state. It's the defining feature of what makes mountain biking so incredible.
  • 7 3
 I can imagine how taking "ecstasy" before riding can make it feel flowy as fuk. Excellent drug for hammering laps on A-line during Crankworx. You end your day having touched 500+ Joeys mid air and it feels awesome
  • 4 0
 These guys are rippers! They ride on these like this all the time,its just nice the cameras caught the action. You can't get hurt in the air!!!
Dope edit...East coast =Beast coast #shredders
  • 5 0
 agh! I thought Randy was going to make an appearance at the start of the second segment!
  • 6 0
 These cats know what time it is - well done boys, great work. Beast-COAST!
  • 5 0
 Beautiful ! reminded me the times I was riding in Peekskill ! Nostalgia ...
  • 4 0
 What I really like is the feeling that not many other mtb vids show, having a great time out riding with friends! Well done gents!
  • 6 0
 Fantastic work, guys!
  • 5 0
 love me some mix monster, stinger and esplanade. Your my boy Blue!
  • 3 0
 EAST COAST KILLS SHI!T!!!!! I fell in love with mountain biking at Blue on my 26" rockhopper! Seriously fiending for everything in this video right now! Amazing work!
  • 3 0
 The first section was Pequonnock River Valley State Park in Connecticut known as "trumbull" great place to ride and down the road from where I grew up.
  • 3 0
 Fantastic camera work! Lighting is not easy in the northeast woods. Come up to Vermont sometime and film some of our trails! I love your style.
  • 1 0
 which trails in Vermont? im always down for a trip up north!
  • 1 0
 @SmashItVisuals: There are so many amazing trail networks here!

My personal favorite at the moment is Victory Hill. Its the rowdy neighbor to the kingdom trails. There are some properly big and scary features there, tons of amazing flow, and chunder, and some gorgeous views.

Perry Hill has amazing rock features and rowdy trails.

The Cochrans trail network has wonderful loamy sections and oldschool flow.

Millstone Trails is built on an old quarry site and feels like rock climbing on a bike.

And there are tons more on top of that!
  • 4 1
 "sorry I can't tonight, I gotta go home and look through my number plate collection"
  • 4 0
 Gorgeous trail and riding.
  • 4 0
 I like the video more of that
  • 5 0
 East. Coast. Roots.
  • 4 0
 Wonderful video and some wicked looking trails!
  • 3 0
 Nice to see some great New England ride spots????Awesome job on the video loved it!
  • 3 0
 Great work to Rob and team. Awesome to see the local riding spots get some props.
  • 4 0
 IPA's, Bro.
  • 3 0
 What trails are these filmed at? Very curious about that big roll.
  • 6 0
 We filmed it at Trumbull, beacon, and blue mountain in Peekskill
  • 4 0
 The big roller is called the green monster at trumbull
  • 1 0
 @SmashItVisuals: Or “The Wall” which I think is the original name. Not sure which can first. We just called it “nope”. Never rolled that one. Grew up there and rode those all the time. Cant wait to get back there now that I’m back in the North East.
  • 4 1
 No knee pads = rolling the dice.
f*ck that shit!
  • 3 0
 I need to get me one of those orange and turquoise kits...
  • 4 0
 More please
  • 3 0
 INDIAN LEDGE!!!!!! TRUMBULL!!!!! FLOW FOR DAYZZZZZZ
  • 2 0
 Great video! Solid editing work, nice narration and dug the soundtrack! Made me wanna ride...
  • 3 0
 Loved it. Great east coast riding! Also WhAt a GoOd DoG!!
  • 2 0
 hell yes, perfectly done Rob! Cool to see these guys shred on film, score was on point, hoping for another before too long
  • 2 0
 More of the same... amazing riding, filming, writing. Awesome job. And to top it off. EAST COAST!!
  • 2 0
 anybody able to list some general riding locations?
  • 2 0
 That were in the video?
  • 1 0
 Trumbull Connecticut, Beacon New York, Blue Mt Peekskill New York!
  • 1 0
 @drs140t: thanks!!
  • 2 0
 The riding and trails were pretty sick.
  • 2 0
 Sweet riding! But clamping carbon!?
  • 2 0
 Where was this filmed?
  • 8 1
 We filmed at Trumbull ct beacon ny and blue mountain in Peekskill ny
  • 1 0
 I miss my college riding crew
  • 2 0
 yes , yes , very good
  • 2 0
 excellent job guys
  • 2 0
 More of this please,,,,,
  • 2 0
 Big up!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Great lil movie

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