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The Top 10 Trails Web Edits Of 2015

I had no idea how much you guys liked this top 10 trails web edits thing until emails started pouring in over the last couple weeks asking if I was going to be doing it this year! Truth be told, I’ve been nibbling away at it since the beginning of the month but all the traveling that I’ve also been doing slowed things down a bit. It’s always a pretty tough job putting this list together, but this year was the toughest yet. After going back through 2015’s videos I ended up with a “short list” of a few dozen videos that needed to be whittled down to just ten. After a lot of back and forth and enough inner dialog to probably be deemed legally insane, here is the list of my ten favorite trails web edits to come out in 2015. As usual, feel free to let me know in the comments whether you agree, disagree, or think I left something out!
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10. Shawn Real – DIG Low Profile

Straight up, the only reason that Shawn’s Low Profile from DIG isn’t in the top five is because of all of the ramp footage that’s mixed in. That said, my jaw not only hit the ground the first time I watched this, but every single time after. There are literally too many WTF moments in here to list. From the first case to the last 450, you’re entertained the whole way through!


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9. The Don’s Jam

Throw a jam at a set of trails that had people from all over the world talking about them, add in some of the Northwest’s heaviest hitters, and set it all to a Judas Priest soundtrack. If that’s not a recipe for a kick ass trails edit, I don’t know what is. I had so many people asking me about these trails after this edit dropped!


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8. Villa Road – The Woodyard Summer 2015

2015 saw a new clothing/lifestyle brand emerge by the name of Villa Road. Headed up by some of the same guys responsible for the Woodyard Trails, it was to be expected that the trails would be an integral part of the brand’s media presence. This Villa Road branded edit from summer sessions at Woodyard set the bar pretty damn high as to what we can expect to see from them moving forward.


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7. Dig – Catty & Posh Halls Of Weenies Jam

With both Catty and Posh now throwing jams, the Lehigh Valley is absolutely the place to be around Halloween! Dolecki did a fantastic job with this DIG edit of capturing not just the weekend’s events, but also the fun times and good vibes that surround them. I’m sure he also managed to put in more laps than anyone else while doing so!


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6. Dan Closser – Solstice 2014

I have to revisit one of my original descriptions here. “Legendary trails and a dude who has reached a legend status of equal proportions.” That really sums up Dan Closser’s Solstice edit! Seeing him effortlessly flow through the place almost makes you forget how god damn big those jumps actually are.


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5. Laguna

This one won me over with its production value. The filming and the sound quality were absolutely amazing, and the trails and Daniel Fleury’s riding were right on par with them. The thing about Laguna is that it isn’t a place that you see a whole lot of. It almost kind of has a mysterious aura around it. This edit not only does a great job of showcasing both the trails and Daniels riding, but also conveying that vibe of mystery.


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4. United TRU Frame Promo

United could have thrown together some riding clips and a few product shots and called it a day with this promo for their TRU frame. Instead the frame took a backseat and this promo for it became more of a look into what drives us trail riders/builders to do what we do. They really would have been hard pressed to have found a more perfect person for this than Tyson Jones-Peni. His passion for building trails is just as strong and powerful as the way he rides them, and that really comes through in here.


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3. Large

There’s not a single trail rider out there who doesn’t get excited when they see footage from New Zealand’s PMP trails, and in my opinion this is the best footage to come out of there yet. No energy drink funded production here, this edit is just the purest representation of the trails and the crew who builds and rides them.


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2. Snakewoods Last Call

I really don’t think there’s a trail crew out there who has more fun than the dudes at Snakewoods… or at least that’s what their edits lead me to believe. A year of solid edits coming from Snakewoods cumulated with this one from what may have unfortunately been their last jam. James Fox did an excellent job of capturing every last bit of the fun that was had that day. If I had one negative thing to say about it, it would be that when you watch this you end hating the fact that you weren’t there.


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1. Deluxe – East Coast Trails Trip

Well that brings us to number one on my list, Ty Stuyvesant’s video from Deluxe’s East Coast Trails Trip. Deluxe has had a long history of producing amazing trails content, and I’m glad to see that has seamlessly carried on through the change of ownership. It would honestly be really hard to take a crew of guys like the ones Deluxe has on their team on a road trip to the land of trails that is the Northeast of the United States and not come back with something amazing! The way Ty put it all together is what really makes this something special. It leans more towards being a documentary than just an edit, and I think that broadens its appeal beyond just us trail riders. A person who has never ridden trails or even BMX could watch this and appreciate not just the riding, but also the sense of comradery that comes along with what we do.

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Flashback: Sunday Trail Squad Trip

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to update the site over the weekend so I wanted with leave you with a longer flashback. Sunday’s Trail Squad has long since been disbanded and their trails oriented frames and completes are also a thing of the past, but at least they left us with this edit from their time in our world.

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The Life and Death of Panamoka

Terra put together a photographic look back on the Panamoka trails that goes all the way back to 2008. Though it’s still an unconfirmed rumor, he also talks about the possible reasoning for the trails being plowed. I don’t even have any words to describe how blood boiling it is if it’s indeed true. Head over Dig and check out Keith’s photos and words on the life and death of Panamoka.

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Re-Up: Shawn Real – Low Profile

There were so many wild things in this Shawn Real edit that have been bouncing around my head ever since it dropped. He nollied the DMC at Boondocks! As ridiculous as that is, he also 270’d it. Then there’s that case in the beginning so big that Salty Pistachio felt it. I’m still getting chuckles out of that one every time I think about it.

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Eric Hennessey – Trails Time

Rad little edit from FBM featuring the one and only Eric Hennessey and some friends cruising woods from New England to Eastern Pennsylvania. He also provided the soundtrack for it!

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Shawn Real – Low Profile

Dig just dropped this Terra made edit featuring Shawn Real. There’s also some photos and a little piece on Shawn that you can check out HERE. It’s pretty funny to me that Terra said that for months they never thought to tell him about the trails, thinking he wouldn’t be interested. I’ve only ever ridden trails with Shawn, but that was way back in the early 2000’s when he was a part of the Stileman Crew. It’s good to see that he can still shred a row of dirt mounds. There’s some street and park stuff mixed into this edit as well, but it’s well worth sitting through to see Shawn KILLING Panamoka, Boons, and Keyko.

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Panamoka Trails

This old Panamoka edit that Terra made has been sitting in my bookmarks folder for a few months now waiting to be used for a flashback post. Little did I know when I originally bookmarked it that Panamoka would be gone by the time I got around to putting it up. Such a shame that those woods won’t be seeing good times like this anymore.

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Panamoka

Yesterday the news that Long Island’s Panamoka Trails had been plowed began circulating around social media. I don’t know all of the details around it but it seemed to come without much or any warning. As a community we’re all feeling for the crew out there. I don’t think anyone could possibly put down any better words about the loss of this legendary spot than the ones local Keith Terra did on his Instagram, so I’ll leave you with those and some videos showcasing the hard work and dedication of the Panamoka Crew that won’t soon be forgotten.

“Every trail builder knows this day will come…and when that day does come it hits you like a fuckin lightning bolt. Today is the beginning of the end for our #panamoka trails. I can’t be more grateful for all the great friends and memories this spot of woods have made over the past 12 years. We may be down….but in no way are we FUCKIN OUT!!!” -Keith Terra

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Panamoka Peanuts POV

I’ve been to Long Island a few times now and still have yet to make it out to Panamoka. Usually what happens is that someone will bring up the traffic on the L.I.E. and someone else will inevitably suggest we go to Boondocks first and then see what happens. What happens is that we never make it any further. That’s got to change next season!

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Windowless Van – Nothing But Time

Zak Earley’s windowless shade van headed off to Long Island in pursuit of good times and dialed trails. They hit some skateparks first but jump to 02:53 to skip all that and get right to the hair metal fueled L.I. trails section. Terra, K, and Supes even make some appearances in it! This has me itching to get back up to The Island asap. Maybe I’ll even finally make it out to Panamoka.