Behind-The-Scenes With DC Shoes

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.

Once the sun dipped completely behind the horizon, the generators were fired up and the glow of three gigantic lights illuminated the darkness just enough for the riders to hit a jump for the cameras. It was quite the production for being in the middle of nowhere.

Andy Bakken and the entire Deft Family crew of Logan Darien, Nate Adams, and Brian Foster came out to participate in the shoot and make sure their riders were outfitted with the latest that Deft has to offer. Here, Bakken shows off some of the newest gloves, which are due out soon. At the time of the shoot, Adams was still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained while racing in the annual TransWorld Industry Cup, but he has since been cleared to ride again.

Young amateur racer Axell Hodges (AKA Dirt Shark’s younger brother) wasn’t afraid to hit anything out in Ocotillo. So much so, that he broke a rim on his CRF250R and had to pull out his barely-broken-in CRF450R. It didn’t phase him, though, as he still threw down like a pro aboard the bigger bike.

The night session was a very unique idea and added a different look to the final video offering.

Up-and-coming amateur racer Carson Mumford didn’t take part in the night shoot, but during the day, he ripped it up with everyone else. Carson won the 65 7-11 Mod Class at Lorretta Lynn’s this year and has since stepped up to an 85. Look for him in the coming years.

Mitch Alcorn has moved up to the 450 class for 2013 and will be aboard a privateer Suzuki. He held his own during the shoot, hitting huge jumps like this one.

Even though he’s now a full-time desk jockey, running Deft Family’s rider support, Andy Bakken hasn’t forgotten how to go huge in the desert. This jump was so big that it claimed a couple rear wheels including Logan Darian’s and Hodges’. As we mentioned earlier, Hodges broke out his 450, but Logan had to call it a day.

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