Since out-boosting everyone in his first Whistler Joyride at a mere 15 years of age, Anthony Messere hasn’t stopped pushing the limits of slopestyle. Watch in awe as he takes his riding to New Heights.
Over the last decade the level of riding seen at the world’s biggest slopestyle events has gone through the roof. Almost every season it feels like there’s a new trick or combination that eclipses what came before it. To stay at the top of such a sport requires an incredible amount of training that puts both bike and body on the line.
Anthony Messere is one of the biggest names in slopestyle and is from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Red Bull recently sent acclaimed filmer Rupert Walker to nearby Abbotsford to capture his riding at its very best.
The 21-year old Canadian has been shredding slopes since he was 10, and in 2011, at the age of 15, he broke through into the professional world of mountain biking, after his spectacular 3rd place result at Red Bull Joyride in Whistler. Anthony is undoubtedly one of the best athletes on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, and has been riding in the TOP 12 of the world’s elite for more than five years. With his unbelievable amplitude and his massive trick repertoire, which he is constantly expanding, he continuously takes home top 10 results from the most prestigious competitions worldwide. He is currently 8th in the FMB World Ranking.
Jeff Herbertson, Pivot’s resident dirt jump genius, worked with Alex Reveles and Ian Collins to produce some amazing photos and video from the last days of a dirt jump legend:
“Post Office has been a very special place to a lot of people. In 2008 I visited Aptos, and rode Post Office for the first time. I was very timid, sketchy, and amazed. Within a year, I had packed up my truck and moved to Santa Cruz, where I’ve lived on and off since. I can confidently say that most of my bike control was learned in those few acres. I’ve met lifelong friends and picked up most of my digging techniques from watching the loc boys throw the best dirt that jumps have ever been made of. I’ve broken bones, bikes, and bread there. Those jumps will always have a very special spot in my memory.”
It would be a lie to say that we aren’t constantly inspired by all forms of biking, whether it’s BMX, slopestyle, freeride, or even road.
Last year, Brett Rheeder’s first Dream Capture episode, Airs and Alleys, was heavily inspired by a trip produced by BMX legend Ruben Alcantara where he placed portable ramps throughout an urban environment. This year, when we were presented with the opportunity to film with Ruben in his hometown of Malaga, Spain for Rheeder’s second Dream Capture episode, there was no chance we were turning it down.
While high winds ultimately stuffed things up for finals day at the Livigno Suzuki Nine Knights comp, there was still plenty of action during the week when the wind wasn’t blowing. Canadian Geoff Gulevich still earned himself the title of ‘Ruler of the Week’, throwing down some huge flips and an absolutely monster air off the final hip jump.
Watch his facial expressions in the rearward facing GoPro footage too!