Sven Martin is well known on the pages of Dirt for the beautiful images which grace many of its pages taken as he dashes around the world chasing down the World Cup for 6 months of the year. In between World Cups he's not idle though, always maximising shutter clicking opportunities. Here Sven is followed around the madness of Crankworx as he captures the action for the ever hungry mountain bike public.


This feature takes us behind the scenes with Sven Martin, one of the most recognized downhill dirt shooters at the world's premiere mountain bike festival, Crankworx. This week-long biking event in Whistler BC, attracts the world's top riders from every event, including downhill, cross country and slopestyle, just to name a few. With over 25 thousand spectators, it's become the largest mountain bike festival ever.

The high speed action makes it extremely challenging to capture through photography and video. Those who are aren't prepped and ready will miss the shot. The combination of the event's high-paced action, and difficult to access locations only adds to the intensity. Needless to say, Sven has mastered this process, making it look easy. Press play to catch the chaos and see him in action, doing what he does best.

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Special thanks: SRAM for providing cold beers, food and shelter in between shoots, at their tent. Duncan Philpott, Blake Jorgenson, and Scott Serfas for their time and words. Images provided by Sven Martin.

Video & Editing: Nomadik Motion

Motion Graphics: Chad Jones & Nomadik Motion


DVS - Rubberjunk 2012

Sobriquet- Love is a Sinh

Blue Sky Black Death - In the quiet absence of god

kye kye - Knowing This (Remix)

Location: Whistler, BC

Gear: f-stop Tilopa and Large Pro ICU, Sony FS700 w/Metabones adapter and speedbooster, Canon 7D (2), Canon L glass, Glidecam HD4000, Miller DS 5 Fluid head and DV5 solo legs, Zoom H4N, Shure lav mic, Hoya Filters.

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