Dirt Diaries Gets Down And... For Crankworx Whistler

Filming for Dirt Diaries at Crankworx Whistler started June 1st with some familiar faces taking their turn behind the lens.

The video competition puts the camera in the athletes’ hands, sending the lucky winner home with a $10,000 prize for the best story told, the hand-picked crew of up to six riders, and the assistants to support.

bigquotes We want to show how the athletes would produce an edit, so I look for people we’ve been seeing a lot of on camera lately and know the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Sea to Sky area well, so we can really see the area through the eyes of the talent who flock to it.Jill Young, 2017 Content Curator
The August 15 show will be the sixth annual event and marks the first cultural showcase of Crankworx Whistler. Held in Olympic Plaza, mid-run during the 10-day home-base festival, each Dirt Diaries edit shows the athlete’s talent as filmmaker and rider, but also as the storyteller. Every edit must go beyond the shred junkie’s dream reel and spin a yarn for the audience, whether dark, humorous or intriguing.

All six crews will be working the Whistler Valley over the next couple of months to ensure at least 25 per cent of their content features the general area, and 25 per cent showcases the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

bigquotes I’m probably going to shoot the intro first, so we can see how it shapes up from there.”Ian Morrison
Similar to most of the videographers, Morrison had been a team member before being asked to compete this year and says his storyboard was ready to roll before the competition opened this week, he’s so stoked to be participating.

The 2017 Dirt Diaries athlete-videographers are:

KC Deane – For the past 10 years, KC has been a professional skier, so he is somewhat new to the mountain bike world. Inspired by the Red Bull Rampage, he began riding in the Utah desert, chasing the same feeling he got during the winter on a pair of skis. His passion for creating amazing film projects and imagery in mountain biking has made him one of the few dual sport professional athletes in the world.

Ian Morrison—Born, raised and living in Whistler, Ian Morrison lives and breathes mountains and biking – but only riding down them, not up. A regular in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and in front of the camera, Ian could be considered, by some, to be a professional bike model and local hero. Ian pays the Sushi Village bills by tuning bikes at the local Whistler shop Fynataco.

Micayla Gatto – Micayla is an ex-World Cup downhill racer-turned-professional good-times haver and storyteller. She aspires to become a bike adventurer/vlogger, own her own lifestyle brand, and be riding until she’s 95. You can usually find her on her bike or snowboard, at the gym, wandering in the woods, camping, drawing, writing, making music or blowing up your Instagram feed.

Dylan Forbes – In the past three years, Dylan’s been hard at work pumping out content for the MTB world. In 2014, he helped Claire Buchar get to third place in this contest, followed up by a second-place for Yoann Barelli, and last year he claimed the win for himself with the film “Shred Till Ya Dead” edit. This year he and his crew have returned to defend his title.

Steve Storey – Steve is a mountain biker, trail builder, and traveller. He was the winner of the 2016 GoPro Line Of The World and his biking is a product of being born and raised in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. When not enjoying B.C.’s bountiful backyard, he can be found wandering the world, searching out burgeoning riding scenes and new places to explore by bike.

Zander Geddes – Zander Geddes is a 22-year-old graphic designer who grew up in Whistler. He currently rides for the Whistler Bike Park Team.


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