People in the Sea to Sky corridor throw around the term “free-riding” as the all-encompassing term for what we ride around here. The moniker has nothing to do with the price. But everything to do with the emotions you feel when taking a berm, launching a jump or rolling a skinny.
But do many of us actually know where it came from? Well, there is a tribe of BC dudes and ladies who have Sea to Sky roots, who can be credited with inventing the sport that we take for granted every time we take a chairlift at the bike park.
Back in the 80’s when everyone in the mountain bike scene was experimenting with their first pair of front shocks and racing mountain bikes, a group of locals was off doing something completely different.
The Moment dives, head first, into the athletes, photographers, and filmmakers that decided not to take the easy way down. Instead, they’d spend their weekends and free time driving to locations without any trails, hiking bikes up mountains and building the most ridiculous wood stunts you can imagine.
The film is a who’s who of mountain bike legends, film makers, photographers and locations. It features interviews with Greg Stump, Ritchie Schlay, Brent Tippie, Wade Simmons, The Digger and filmmaker Christian Begin (to name a few) . It delves into the early days of mountain bike mecca’s like Kamloops, the North Shore and Sea to Sky. You learn about how they brought free riding out of the shadows and into the mainstream over a 20 year period. If you’ve been riding for any period of time in the corridor, chances are you’ve either watched these people ride, gone riding with them, or watched one of their films at the pub.
It’s an action-packed walk down freeride memory lane that is not only nostalgic but very fun to watch.
Producer/Director: Darcy Hennessey Turenne
Movie Times: December 3rd 6:00 and 9:30 at Rainbow
Tickets and Info https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/the-moment/