Wild West | Tom Van Steenbergen gets creative

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Tom Van Steenbergen pushes the limits of the plausible in this new video ‘Wild West’.

This is not a video in the ‘ooh, nice trails, I could ride that, let’s go there’ category. This is a video in the ‘who cares what product is sponsoring this, nothing in this world could make me ride like that’ category.

You might think you’ve seen this stuff before – you haven’t

Tom Van Steenbergen does the usual berm roosting stuff, and you could perhaps be forgiven for having just about tuned out before the first ‘what the heck was that?’ moment. But if you flipped to another channel you’d have missed out on a bunch of tricks that you’ve never seen before. You’d have missed out on the massive jump so long that for a moment we thought this was an E.T. remake. But in E.T. they don’t do full body extension flying manoeuvres, or front flips. You might well find your stomach does a flip or two watching some of these tricks. Imagine being Tom Van Steenbergen just before he attempted them for the first time? Gulp.

Tom Van Steenbergen
Probably not the Hyper you can buy in Walmart.

Gulp, ooh, and ah, then maybe have a nice cup of tea to relax afterwards. Do we want to see a ‘the making of’ of this film? Imagine the tension, the pressure, the stress? Erk, best make it herbal tea please.

Is there going to be a Red Bull Rampage this year? Because if everyone has been working on tricks like this, it’s going to be quite a spectacle. Some of us might need spare pants, or bigger cushions to hide behind while watching.

The official video release blurb reads:

‘Tom Van Steenbergen unleashes an onslaught of creativity both on and off the bike in his most important project to date ‘Wild West’. From unique features to first time tricks, Tom’s creative freedom was let loose like never before. The end result is 2 and a half minutes of Tom’s most ambitious freeride and slopestyle riding to date.

‘Filmed in Oliver, BC, “Wild West’ is visual representation of Tom’s personality on and off the bike, brought to life by director Calvin Huth. Over a 6 week period of building, testing and experimenting with multiple world firsts tricks, ‘Wild West’ leaves nothing on the table.

‘Having first met in Whistler shooting for dirt diaries, Calvin and Tom had an instant rapport and have sort to work together ever since. ‘Wild West’ is a coming together of their creativity like never before.

‘“I put everything I had into this project, adidas 5.10 gave me the freedom to make the project I wanted to make and the time I needed to push my riding in the way I knew I could. I’ve put it all out there in ‘Wild West’ and hope that it gets people excited to ride” – Tom Van Steenbergen’

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