Chasing Trail: New Zealand gnar with Fairclough & Neethling

Sometimes it all just comes together — and then the magic happens


Chasing Trail: New Zealand gnar with Fairclough and Neethling

For the latest edition of Scott’s Chasing Trail video series, they gave world renowned MTB photographer Sven Martin the challenge of getting Brendan Fairclough and Andrew Neethling together for a film and photo project in New Zealand last March. Chasing Trail Ep. 12 is the result. All photos are courtesy of SCOTT/Sven Martin.

Here’s how the project went down in the words of Martin:

There are certain things that you go out of your way to do for family. Taking a trip across the globe to visit them in their hometown is one of them. I’ve known Andrew and Brendan for quite some time now and despite being from the same small town in South Africa, Andrew Neethling and I only met through racing bikes overseas, probably at Lugano World Champs in 2003 as members of the South African national team. Since that time he has lived with me or visited me in all the places that I have lived in. Laguna Beach, Bend, Oregon when he was based in the USA or passing through between NORBAS and World Cups.

Chasing Trail: New Zealand gnar with Fairclough and Neethling

Brendan and I also go back a long ways, long before we started shooting photos together for “work” we had a few European adventures or misadventures together. Over the last five years though we have all succumbed to the relentless demands of life and work on the road, racing bikes for them and documenting it for me. It also didn’t help that I moved to the other side of the world.

Chasing Trail: New Zealand gnar with Fairclough and Neethling

When the time finally came that all three of us had a spare few days in the busy start of the season schedule we jumped at it. Brendan had just wrapped up the last of his #DEATHGRIPMOVIE shoots across the globe and Andrew was starting on a new endeavor and life adventure with Scott. I had been nagging them for years to come visit us me in Nelson, New Zealand, and finally it all fell into place.

Chasing Trail: New Zealand gnar with Fairclough and Neethling

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