Best of Shaff 2013

logoShaff 2013 served up its usual eclectic mix of adventure films and here’s your chance to catch those you missed first time round.  Included are a couple of fine mountain bike films.  Strength in Numbers by Anthill Films  includes the usual mountain bike porn, unfeasibly brilliant riding at warp speed, but finds room for a superb evocation of Fort William Downhill World Cup, including the ruminations of Steve Peat, Gee Atherton and Steve Smith.  Another couple of favourite segments are Cam McCaul and his crew on the Post Office dirt jumps and Nepali mountain biking.  It’s a big film with amazing production values that presses every conceivable mountain biking button.

Lacon de Catalunya by contrast is a short, but what  a short.  Andreu Lacondeguy proves that man is capable of flight.  Using a 13m high ramp, he generates enormous height off monster kickers to produce some of the best moves you’ll ever see.  He’s a showman for sure.

And, dammit, I have to admit that even the skiing and skateboarding films are brilliant.  All I can demonstrates how to catch a bus when time is short and you’re freestyle skier, J P Auclair.  In Altered Route, Spanish superstar Killian Martin uses an abandoned water park in the Mojave desert to showcase his flowing, almost balletic new wave riding – it is mesmeric.  

Miserable Champion examines the life and times of extreme sport’s bad boy Shaun Palmer, world champion, XGames champion and 38 elite victories in 7 different sports.  Show off.

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