Anaconda Raw Run with Patrick Switzer
This March Alberto Alepuz (Perropro) and I went back “Offshore” for two weeks to catch up with the local people, see how Greener Pastures had affected the island and film three videos for Orangatang Wheels, Rayne Longboards & EDGE Boardshop. With so many incredible roads to ride and only so much time to film them uniquely, we used & abused our rental car to it’s potential to rally down as many roads as possible capturing amazing raw runs.
During our stay there was one road in particular that was worth going back to over and over. This road was nicknamed “Anaconda” for its relentless steep and curvy shape.
14% average grade
340m elevation change
18% steepest grade
Anaconda is in my books one of the top 5 roads in the world, and a perfect match for the style or terrain I love to challenge myself on! This raw run was filmed after 40+ runs and dialling the lines of the road.
I was riding:
Rayne Fortune V2 2014
Ronin Cast Trucks 180mm 45/40
Orangatang Kegels 80mm 80a
Sikk Shades Huckleberry
Triple 8 Pro Model Orange EPS Helmet
Triple 8 Exo-Skin Knee Pads
Push Culture Crash Pants
Rayne High Society Gloves
Holesom Pucks (blorange)
Many viewers, my sponsors and myself were sad that I did not appear as a rider in Greener Pastures Offshore, so this filming adventure was meant to be a Greener Pastures follow up from the eyes of the Director & Producer.
We also had the opportunity to visit another island, so there are many places you may have recognized from GP Offshore, and many that are new!
First off, since Alberto and I chose to camp under the stars throughout the film trip, I wanted to capture the places we rested our heads from the night perspective.
And this location also during the morning. Spectacular!
Next is the adventures and landscapes we enjoyed besides the roads!
And of course, have to give respect to Alberto for all the skill and sweat he put into these two weeks.
He’s a pleasure to work with and is willing to cross any river to get the job done.
For filming we used each of our Canon 7D’s with a variety of lenses:
Nikon 35mm f/1.4
Tokina 11/16mm f/2.8
Nikon 70-200mm f/3.5
Peleng 8mm f/3.5
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5
Canon 50mm f/1.8
…and most importantly “duct tape!”
Comparing to using a single point suction mount we were impressed to see how stable and low vibration the follow runs were simply using a t-shirt to deaden vibrations and a healthy amount of duct tape to secure the camera.
Before moving on, a quick note about the dangers of riding in touristic places.
Vehicles this large can be your worst fear, so always keep your eyes glancing a few hairpins ahead, instead of only what is in front of you! Sometimes they take up the entire corner forcing traffic to backup.
And now, the roads…
On the island we visited besides where GP Offshore was filmed we kept encountering rough and quite poor road surfaces. Being disappointed, yet still optimistic we would continue down the roads either by car or skating to see if there may be more to explore. Somehow conditions would almost always improve to the point of finding stunning landscapes and immaculate riding conditions.
And at this point you say… yeah yeah that’s great, but where are the riding shots!
Alberto claims he’s not a photographer but a videographer. I don’t believe it!
He captured engaging riding shots with the compliment of a very diverse location making each photo unique.
The island is an exceptional place and continues to wow the senses.
I mean… don’t go you’ll hate it. Worst time ever.