Seasonaires is a five part series that will be aired weekly starting the first week in November and coincides with an eight page feature of the same title in issue 105 of DIRT MAGAZINE.
Tom Grundy, 19, is from England and is a freelance videographer. Over the past year he has been filming for Redbull reporter and creating his own monthly webisodes, The Tom Grundy Webisodes. He spent three months living in Whistler this past summer, all the whilst documenting the place and it’s people from within. As well as riding the bike park with 8 of his best friends. He then headed home, back to the UK to edit Seasonaires into five tales of Summer. www.tomgrundy.co.uk
Seb Kemp is a freelance writer, coach, and trail buidler who is based anywhere anytime. Originally from the UK, he left four and half years ago and has since found himself on a spiraling world odyssey of some of the best riding spots in the world. He helped Tom script and story tell this story as well as finding the “talent” for this series, interviewing them, herding them, and generally putting a boot up the arse of them when it came down to shooting and filming for this project. www.2flat.wordpress.com
On the face of it this series is just about riding bikes in Whistler. However this series hopes to look beyond this and explore the motivations of people to radically alter their lives just to ride bikes as much as they can. The director has chosen five people and used their particular experiences as a magnifying glass to be able to discover more about a few of the motivations for some people to make bikes their life.
Episode 1 – Jack Noy
Jack is nineteen years old and is from Guildford, UK. He graduated high school a year ago then worked endlessly in his local bike shop to afford to come to Whistler for three months of riding.
He had a part-time job in the evening scrubbing pots and pans at the Spaghetti Factory in Whistler to afford him to keep can of beans and tuna in the cupboard but the best part of this job was that it allowed him to ride everyday. He travelled over from the UK with nine of his riding buddies.
They shared a house and as to be expected from a group of young lads, the place was a mess all the time. Aside from the mess there was injuries, broken bikes, and the constant battle to lure young ladies back to the pad. But never mind, this summer is etched into the DNA of all them.
Episode 2 – Paul Stevens
So you come for a season with a bunch of buddies and ride till you cough roost then head home once the summer ends, but what happens if you fall madly deeply in love with the place?
Paul Stevens (or Paulo to his friends) was once the young first timer dirt bag like Jack Noy and co. whom we saw in the pervious episode, but he made the decision to stay in Canada.
Episode 3 –Emily Johnston
As we see in the third episode of Seasonaires, once riding gets in your blood then in pulses on and on. Emily started coming to Whistler many years ago when the Bike Park was in it’s infancy.
For Emily, who was a dedicated downhill racer at the time, Whistler was a great place to come and ride because of the trails and the people imbedded there that helped push her riding.