As 2010 comes to a close, I'd just like to thank all my friends, family, and everyone I've had a chance to work with for such an awesome year! Especially my fiance for putting up with me spending literally HUNDREDS of hours planted in front of a computer screen. "Want me to get your headphones?" is a phrase I heard quite often in response to me scrubbing a timeline with the speakers blaring (if you're an editor you know what I'm talkin about!)
2010 brought me to some familiar places, but more importantly I was also able to add a few new pins to my 'where i've been in my life' map! The following are some of my highlights and favorites from 2010.
1. Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Urban Downhill Race
First up is probably one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime...so far. Not only because my fiance and I have never been to South America, but more importantly because of the emotions (good and bad) that went along with the trip. I met some amazing and genuinely nice people, saw probably the craziest race of my life, and survived one of the largest recorded earthquakes in history. I might not make it back to Valparaiso this year, but you can bet I'll do my best to visit my Chilean friends at some point again!
2. Dave Smutok Bike Check
I didn't choose this video based solely on its riding/editing value, but more because it involved Dave Smutok. Over the past few years, Dave and I have worked closely due to my involvement at Highland Mountain Bike park and we've developed an awesome friendship and filming relationship. What I love about shooting with people like Dave is that he never complains when I ask him to hike back up and ride a section a second and third time, and he appreciates the artsy fartsy video shots (I'm pretty sure Dave is a video nerd at heart). I definitely look forward to working with Dave and the rest of the crew at Highland in 2011!
3. 2010 US Open
What I love about the US Open is that it's one of the few times during the race season that I can be guaranteed to see some of the global riders I'm met over the years. Hanging out with good friends always cancels numerous hikes down a mountain with my 60 yr old knees!
I also had the pleasure of shooting for the boys at Evil again, which I am always pumped on due to the fact that Steve Smith and I are pretty much long lost best buddies. We share an affinity for The Wedding Singer and various other movie quotes so we instantly hit it off back in 2009. Luke is just as laid back and easy going as Stevie so we fell right into our groove quite effortlessly. I wish these guys the best in 2011!!
4. Hold On Loosely Tour
At the US Open, Aaron Chase approached me about shooting the Hold On Loosely Tour. I was a little apprehensive since I would be getting my motorcycle license a week before the trip started, but those fears quickly diminished the second we got on the road. I could write a whole blog post about this trip, but I'll just let the video do all the talking! Hands down my favorite road trip to date!
5. HMBP Ayer Academy
If you ask people that know me well, they'll tell you that I'm still a kid at heart despite almost being 30. That's probably why I had such a blast shooting with the Ayer Academy campers this past summer. It's really awesome seeing kids progress and increase their riding confidence in such a short time! Highland is stepping it up for the 2011 Camps and I'm REALLY excited for what we have planned video wise!!
6. Highland Training Center
If you can't tell already, I spent quite a bit of time in NH this year shooting at Highland. The drive never gets easier, but the second I pull into the parking lot I always get that same feeling of excitement and urgency. Over the course of the summer, Mark and I logged footage to document the construction of the Highland Training Center. This facility will continue to play a HUGE part in the mountain's success for years to come!
7. Bean Snowboards Build Video
This one barely squeaked in for 2010! My good friends at Bean Snowboards are hustlin' harder than ever to get boards out for this season. They recently teamed up with some local artists to lay down some amazing limited edition boards. I was on hand for a day during the build process and was able to document some of the action. It was my first real go with my DIY pocket slider, pretty pumped on how it turned out! We plan to work together on a few more things over the winter, so stay tuned!!
Thanks again to everyone's support in 2010. I am eagerly looking forward to what 2011 holds in store for Lucent! Happy Holidays and we'll see be seeing you in the new year!