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Seasonaires Episode 3: Emily Johnston
Seasonaires is a five part series that will be aired weekly over the internet. The third episode takes a look at the life of Emily Johnston, a Whistler shredder who is leading the woman's freeriding scene.
Words and Photos by Tom Grundy
As we see in the third episode of Seasonaires, once riding gets in your blood then in pulses on and on. Emily started coming to Whistler many years ago when the bike park was in its 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 embedded 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.
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.
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.
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