Hope NUC went well for everyone who went. Last week was a totally nuts week for
me, media wise, that I thought I’d share.
A while back, the TV show Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Columbia/Tristar)
contacted me indicating that they wanted to do a segment. Last week the Director
flew up from LA and we spent a couple of days scouting and filming. The segment
will air in September and will show footage from these two days, plus footage
from two upcoming videos, North Shore Extreme IV and New World Disorder.
The fact that a L.A. based TV show was flying here to do a segment triggered a
ridiculous amount of media attention and I ended up spending almost all of last
week just talking to reporters.
I ended up on the front page of Western Canada’s largest newspaper, the
Vancouver Sun, was featured on the 5:00 and 6:00 news, plus an article in a
smaller newspaper, the Vancouver Courier, a UBC News article, and another TV
documentary for the Life Channel (not yet finished). It was crazy- I was doing
reporter interviews on my lunch break during Ripley’s filming! Now Canada AM
(Canada’s Equivalent of Good Morning America) called me, and they want me live
on their show to talk about Mountain Unicycling. Its certainly good for the
sport but it has also taken away any shred of anonymity for me when I go for
trials rides at the local beach.
In all of the above media reports, I was really happy to see that all of the
reports came across showing unicycling as an established athletic sport.
Hopefully a few more people will try unicycling as a result of this exposure.
Anyway, just thought I’d share my crazy week with everyone.
Re: MUni on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, plus more media
Way to go on getting valuable exposure on MUni. They couldn't have picked a
better guy for the action. It's nice to see a "sports" mentality emerging
from this interaction showing yet another color of unicycling. It is truly
an enjoyable sport. Hope you will be at MUni Weekend. Later.
Re: [MUni on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, plus more media]
Peter Bier wrote:
> We appreciate your efforts Kris! The more positive media coverage the better. > Who knows, one day unicycling may even rid itself of the “clown” association. > > Now there’s a nice thought. > > Are any of the articles going to end up on line? >
Way to go Kris, its so worthwhile when muni is a sport. I think Munis are
getting much better quality over the last few years which has helped a lot more
people get into the offroading side of things. I think that is the biggest
reason uniing is starting to look more like a sport. People like to see the
“Stunts” and “Danger” associated with riding a muni instead of just the “act” of
a clown making it look easy or hard.
Good luck going for rides now Kris without getting recognized, have fun with
BTW: Once muni gets more and more popular, what will clowns ride then to get a
laugh. They will only have stilts left. Hmmmm, mountain stilting… naaaa!