Chima Ferguson is no joke. With flawless style Chima does what he does best in Vans’ Propeller. Even after a beating Chima owns every drop, stair-set, gap, and bank he skates. Maybe it the Australia waters that give him his super powers, or just maybe his pro-model Vans Chima Ferguson Pro Skate Shoes help him out. What ever it is, it works.
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Red Bull’s newest mountain bike event is called Sky Gate, whereas I simply call it sketchy. The course flows rapidly down a 50° pitched flight of 999 stairs that leads up to the world renowned Big Gate at Tianmen Mountain National Park – Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.
It’s very likely that the riders invited had no idea what the course would look like, let alone ride like. An intense straight drop-in to 500 stairs, onto sections of flats, little gaps to stairset landings, to rickety berm/wallrides, a blind closeout-ish gap to short stop finish line like this is not for the faint-hearted. To stand behind the start gate’s wand is one thing, but if you actually want to drop you’ll need watermelon sized balls.
In the highlights reel above you’ll see all the action, including Kelly McGarry’s brutal slam at the 1:47 mark. I’m not sure if the 360p quality video is what makes the course look damp, but it’s easy to see there isn’t any room for error. Event coordinators need to ensure that riders can ride to their best ability while creating a course that is fast and technical; it’s a tough job, but someone needs to do it.
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The Global Mountain Bike Network has set solutions to the top ten most common mountain mistakes. Listen up kiddos, it could help you more than you imagine.
1. Using arms to pump. Solution: Pump with legs.
2. Feet positioned too flat on pedals. Solution: Keep heels down.
3. Pulling up on the handlebars to lift front wheel. Solution: Set weight back.
4. Using pedals to lift back wheel. Solution: Set weight for bunny hop.
5. Bike setup. Solution: Talk to a pro.
6. Potential pedal strikes. Solution: Use higher gear to predict where pedals will be.
7. Staying inline with bike while cornering. Solution: Lean bike more than body.
8. Dropping pedals too early before corners. Solution: Drop outside foot when corner starts.
9. Breaking in corners. Solution: Adjust speed prior to corner.
10: Being too mellow. Solution: Use more speed and momentum.
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In the Spring of 2014 a small group of close friends broke ground on a building project in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house, but also included a skate bowl [shop skateboards HERE] and a wood fired soaking tub as well. The crew came from all over the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Some were professional carpenters, others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way. The Cinder Cone is Foster Huntington’s short film that documents this year-long process of building his dream home with this community of tight knit friends.
A Farm League Original
Directed by: Foster Huntington
Edited by: Jess Gibson
Filmed by: Jess Gibson, Foster Huntington, Ian McGee, Ian Durkin, Jeremy Schneier, and Ned Siegel
Built by: Tucker Gorman, Billy McHugh, Kai Korsmo, Jacob Harris, Carter Briggs, Greg Reve, Ned Siegel, Pete Siegel, Joseph Heine, Steve See, Stephanie Huntington, Lane Walkup, Brian Sizer, Kyle Gallagher, Jake Devine, Lincoln Ness, Micheal Garnier, Ian Weedman, Ryan Cafferky, Jason Lindsey, Tyler Zuniga, James Crowe, John King, Foster Huntington, Tim Huntington, Philip Annand, Collin Annand, Scottie Witlake, Alex Yoder, Landon Smith
Special Thanks to: Tieneke Pavesic, Tim Lynch, Chris Malloy, Al James, Aaron James, Michael Pizzo, Beda Calhoun, David Burden, Amber Fillis, The Huntingtons, John Gorman, Heather Dallas, Michael Garnier, Will Gerold, Billy Sullivan, Trevor Gordon, Maddie Joyce, Dan Opalacz, Cyrus Sutton, Bryan Fox, Austin Smith, Jay Nelson, Oliver DeFilippo, Braden Spotts, Nancy Ihlenfeldt, Santiago Padilla (Colorist), Chip Sloan (Sound Design), Digital One – Portland,
“Better” by Bosque Brown
“Thunder and Lightning” by Joseph Hein
“Ring Shot Step” by Ash Black Bufflo
“The Way it is” by Denver
“Francis” by Houndstooth
“Every Little Bit Hurts” by Barton Carroll
Vans has an eye for talent. There’s proof in Curren Caples’ fluid style. Picking up sponsors is no easy task, and Caples has put in work day in and day out to get where he’s at. Nice work.
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Currently Resides: Ventura, CA
Sponsors: Vans Shoes, Flip Skateboards, Hurley Clothing, Independent Trucks, and Ricta Wheels
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