Photos by Brendan Lutes
By now, you’ve probably already seen the DC Shoes video highlighting their top riders—if you haven’t seen it, shame on you—riding at various places around Southern California, including: Ocotillo Wells, Jeremy McGrath’s private ranch, and various private Supercross tracks. During the Ocotillo Wells shoot, we were fortunate enough to be allowed to tag along to witness some truly awesome riding from McGrath, Tyler Bereman, Michael Sleeter, Axell Hodges, Carson Mumford, Mitch Alcorn, PJ Larsen, Andy Bakken, Brian Foster, and Logan Darien.
Throughout the course of the two-day shoot not only did the crew hit the countless jumps during the day, but lights were set up for some filming at night. It was a very unique experience that produced some amazing footage and photos.
If you haven’t seen the video, watch it.
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The King came out for the full two-day filming trip and hit every jump the crew came across. He even got dirty, shoveling hits like this gnarly near-vertical step up. It was a privilege to watch him freeride as if he were still in his racing prime.
This was the particular step up that MC was shoveling in the previous photo. Credit must go to Michael Sleeter, though, for sacking up and hitting it first.
Here’s another angle of the step up, and as we said, Sleeter was the first to hit it once shoveling was complete. Sleeter has grown up riding in Ocotillo and knows the jumps like the back of his hand.
Finding jumps out in Ocotillo is easy to do. This hit was discovered right outside of camp and was sessioned a couple times over the course of the trip.
The sunset during the second night of shooting was unreal. Here, Tyler Bereman cracks off one final turndown before the natural light is completely gone and the artificial light is turned on.