What we’re all thinking

With the notable exception of Lopes and Bingelli, this is what every single rider in the pro field wants to do in their Sea Otter race run:

http://www.vitalmtb.com/v/21587?width=780&height=440Stand Up & Pedal – More Mountain Bike Videos

Fact: by the time he pulled over, he’d already hit 95% of the photographers and video guys.

If you’re not on the first page of results at the Otter, trust me, no one is going to know whether you got 26th or 79th, whether you had a flat, whether you finished your run, or if you got abducted by aliens midway down the track. As far as established media is concerned, manual-no pedal guy from the video had a complete race run.

This is partly because the rest of the track looks like hell and the jumps and berms up top always look decent, but mostly because the pro photo guys are as burned out on Sea Otter as the racers.

Side note: look how small this XL frame from 2013 is. Circus bear on kid’s bike.

When this photo landed on Pinkbike, you could tell it’s a Margus Riga photo by how far down the track he walked to take it. None of the other photographers on retainer at Pinkbike would ever bother walking to the end of the first uphill for photos. This is clearly the work of a young up and comer, full of piss and vinegar, of dreams and hopes, trying to find a new angle and set himself apart artistically from the established guys. In other words, a try-hard.

The young guys don’t realize it’s a long season and there will be plenty of time to flex your artistic muscles on your own projects and with other clients. If you’re even at Sea Otter, this is not an artistic exercise. This is purely commercial, and the only thing that matters is meeting the extremely low artistic expectations of your corporate overlords. Meeting those expectations can and should be done on the first jump straight at the top of the hill, easy walking distance from the road, and preferably seated, with a beer in hand, fully embracing the absurdity, hopelessness, and nihilism of your existence.

A philosophy of Sea Otter photography.

31 thoughts on “What we’re all thinking

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  3. …..And then I come out of the wood and throw a big cup of piss in his face! WaRhati – your a bitch.

  4. Throw me a frickin bone here! I entered that shit into the googles translate and the same fucking shit came out of the answer factory! Either you're an alien or you just randomly entered letters because your drunkass forehead was laying on top of the keyboard. Make an effort Pablo!

  5. Without your permission I'm giving big time props for the peeps who make it all happen:

    http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/sponsor_guide.htm

    Lopes and Bingelli have both defeated you many times here and this is how you show respect? I've workd on this track and I don't so appreciate the criticism without offering ways to make it a sick world cup level world championship dh track etc on the bottom part you call hell. Put up or shut up. or just build a trail and prove yourself. You can no longer criticize any trails.

  6. ^^ I seems like every other article there's one of these “show respect/you can't criticize the track” guys…

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  8. you could build a dh track on a sidewalk and those dudes still think you can't criticize it. you have a shit track at a shit venue its never going to be good no matter how much lipstick you put on it. take the criticism, not based on your work effort, but based on the venue. you could go dump 100 truck loads of boulders on it and make it look like Bromont, or ya just deal with riding shitty terrain. no way around it.

    or what Pak said.

  9. PAK and WARHADI are both infinitely more entertaining than 1st comment guy and piss flaps guy.

  10. Wow! You MADE that track? Well it must be fucking awesome then!! I've heard all about your work, Mr Anonymous! Did you build the parking lot at Las Vegas airport too cause that looks like a freaking hoot on a dh bike aswell!!

  11. @12:27 & 2:38

    Get the logs out of your asses, the homie got his number plate from a junior who broke himself off and couldn't ride that weekend or something along those lines…

  12. Thank goodness. We were all very concerned about whether or not he had wasted his entry fee.

  13. Looks like he was “downhilling” a Santa Cruz 5010. How is that bike even allowed at the start gate if this course wants to appear legitimate? What's next, a 27.5+ bike at a race?

  14. @ 9:08 (one of the kids on pinkbike mentioned earlier)

    nobody really cares? but great job coming to his rescue

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