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We live in the age of the web edit. Every day our screens and feeds are filled with anything from George and Frank's latest GoPro straight-from-the-memory-card-to-YouTube film to full-on mega productions, and whilst it can sometimes be hard sifting through the sheer volume of it all, you can't look past the fact that there is a river of gold out there. This Best Of Vital web-edit special is a salute to builders, riders, and film-makers everywhere - 2013 was one hell of a year, and we thank you for it!
Narrowing down the hundreds of rad edits out there to only five was never going to be an easy task, and we're sure each and every one of you will have your own opinion on our choices. Nevertheless here is, in no particular order, our pick of five web edits that inspired us in 2013.
Dean Tennant teamed up with Mind Spark Cinema to bring you this pearl. Set on lush Vancouver Island, this is pure BC-style freeriding at its very best. Loamy goodness and big features, with Mind Spark's awesome cinematography doing it all justice.
Although it's been shot to death, it was almost inevitable that Whistler would feature in this top 5. Well, if you think you've seen it all, think again - Remy Metailler puts on a two-minute clinic on how to shred the park to bits. Pulling ridiculously big moves and absolutely pinning it through the gnarly bits, Remy's Whistler edit made us all want to sell our bikes in shame. No fancy cameras here, this one is all about the riding and it works.
Something special always happens when you put a world class downhiller on a trail bike. The smaller steed seems to make the riding come alive in a way that sometimes doesn't happen on a DH sled. And when the edit is shot in the midst of the loamy goodness that is the Pacific Northwest, all we can say is boosh!
The big production of the year. When you take something original and throw lots of resources at it, it doesn't always turn out great. But when you're talking about Danny MacAskill, any such fears are completely unfounded. Coming off back surgery and full of rust and doubt, making Imaginate wasn't easy for Danny, but the result is more than worth the effort. A great concept and even greater execution, this is a privileged look into the mind and abilities of a unique rider.
Imagine being given free reign to build your very own ultimate playground in a remote, rugged, and desperately beautiful location. Imagine hitting huge lines with a crew of riders as the sun sets over the beach where the last jump is. Imagine hits so big you have to pedal for all you're worth on your DH bike into them. Well this crew not only imagined such a place, they built it! Thanks to this stunning edit, we got to live the adventure too.