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Seasonaires - Ep3 - Emily Johnston

Seasonaires - Ep3 - Emily Johnston

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Emily Johnston, smoother than most.

As we see in the third episode of Seasonaires, once riding gets in your blood then it pulses on and on. Emily started coming to Whistler many years ago when the Bike Park was in it’s infancy. For Emily, who was a dedicated downhill racer at the time, Whistler was a great place to come and ride because of the trails and the people imbedded there that helped push her riding.

Nine years later, after riding many places around the world, Emily still finds herself drawn to Whistler for the summers because of it’s incredible diversity in riding styles and motivated riding community.

Emily is one of only three women to successfully land a backflip to dirt, and is still one of the smoothest riders in the park. Modest, quiet, and unassuming she crushes trails everyday of the summer when she rides for herself. But conversely, these days she works as a coach for the Bike Park teaching others to ride better and with greater confidence.

Whistler is home to many more female mountain bikers than most places. On any given weekday there are more women ripping the local trails than most men can ever imagine, and a lot of them ride better than the guys. Emily shows that following the mountain biking dream isn’t just restricted to males.

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Seasonaires is a five part series that will be aired weekly starting the first week in November and coincides with an eight page feature of the same title in issue 105 of DIRT MAGAZINE 

Tom Grundy, 19, is from England and is a freelance videographer. Over the past year he has been filming for Red Bull reporter and creating his own monthly webisodes, The Tom Grundy Webisodes. He spent three months living in Whistler this past summer, all the whilst documenting the place and it’s people from within. As well as riding the bike park with 8 of his best friends. He then headed home, back to the UK to edit Seasonaires into five tales of Summer. www.tomgrundy.co.uk

Seb Kemp is a freelance writer, coach, and trail builder who is based anywhere anytime. He scripted and created the Seasonaires theme, as well as finding the “talent” for this series, interviewing them, herding them, and generally putting a boot up the arse of them when it came down to shooting and filming for this project. www.2flat.wordpress.com


  1. CazzaMazza

    So wait…she is down to earth…rides DH/FR and dirt jumps…and has a cracking pair of…brains. Pure awesome.

  2. Dirt dodger

    thats actually quite inspiring…

  3. Leon

    Hmm the prefect girl friend ? at least you won’t break up every sunday when you say you’re going riding 😛

  4. Ollie

    I have to agree with her. The prospect having 2.4 children is scary. Anyway you try to imagine it, 0.4 of a child isn’t gonna be a pretty sight…

  5. Ollie

    (For the pedantic, yes she did say 2.5, but we know what she meant!)

  6. Darryl

    come on Emily as an OF looking at what I can’t do but appreciate. When you eventually have kids and they go riding with you there will be a time when you are just the super mum of their dreams. Your mum does what?

  7. Alfie Polax

    Cool vid, really enjoyed it. She seems like a super nice person.

    She needs 2cm’s off her bars on her DH bike though :)

  8. Jimmy

    It’s a metaphor for not wanting to settle for a plain, average, unexciting lifestyle. A yearning for a life with a different texture, treasuring different values.

  9. DK1

    She is lying of course all females want kids they are programmed that way.

  10. cabessa

    essa mujer vale milloneeeeeesss!!!!!!! un 10 pa ella!!

  11. Tim

    Barney…10 years old…maybe? Great video, I met her in Queenstown NZ last summer and she’s actually as cool as she seems on the vid. Good luck to her!

  12. forasphotography

    Batty has competition

  13. gobzilla

    One word…….Meave Baxter. Irelands answer to…….?
    Anyway, even though she hates my effin’ guts I still rate her above this chick. She’s hot as the hobs of hell too!


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