It’s a totally different kind of dirt and terrain. There are no trees and it was deep pumice. It was hard to walk to the top of these hills. And it was super volcanic. There was tons of obsidian around which was really cool. It’s big country. It’s totally different compared to Santa Cruz, which is just pure redwood loam.
I got my first mountain bike in 1998. I was in 5th grade. So I got into mountain biking, but I didn’t really have too much mountain biking action where I was living, which was in Davis, California. So I found the summer gravity camps up here in Whistler, because I started watching mountain bike videos. I wanted to go, but my mom couldn’t take me, so she saved up and sent me up there at a young age. I realized that I really wanted to be riding mountain bikes and my eyes were really opened to the scene, how cool it was up in Whistler, and I was hooked.