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Tributes to Jordie Lunn

Words Cam McRae
Date Oct 18, 2019

I learned something telling about Jordie Lunn's life last night at the Chasing the Yeti premiere talking to Darren Berrecloth. Most of us realize that anything we see on video appears vastly tamer than it is for the person behind the bars. I'm not talking about 5 or 10 percent more difficult in person, but an order of magnitude.

Despite this we believe our eyes, and evaluate our heroes with an unreasonable emphasis on flat screen-perceptions that are based on personal experience, which often has no relationship whatsoever to the moves we see our heroes are pull. Jordie is one of the few who pushed it far enough to break through those second hand visual limitations.

He wasn't interested in what you'd already seen. The first man to pull an inverted 7 on a mountain bike (360 backflip - if you will), learned that pushing the envelope inspired riders of all stripes, and his Rough As Fuck video series was the fully formed expression of of that. The segments left riders uninversally gobsmacked.

Watching video and, even more so, seeing stills, gave me a significant appreciation for how mind-blowing Jordie's iconic ride down the tree must have been. But Berrecloth put it in perspective.

"The Claw" told me that he called Jordie after he saw photos of the tree stunt, and tried to talk him out of attempting it. "Doing a gap or a step down is one thing. You could break a leg or something, but this was different." Berrecloth knew instinctively that a misstep could mean death, and he said as much to Jordie.
There was no dissuading him of course, and Jordie dropped it and rode away smiling, and without injury, if you don't count testicular lacerations.

If Darren Berrecloth tells you something is too dangerous, in a situation he hadn't found himself in before, and you are able to press on regardless, you deserve a medal. Or maybe incarceration.

I'll pick the hardware for Jordie.

Jordie, who sadly left us on October 9th riding his bike in Mexico, was a much-loved character. After seeing the tributes of those closest to him, it seemed the best way to remember him was through their eyes.

Some common themes emerge. Every one of Jordie's friends remember his humour, his sweet character and his ability to make everything fun. He touched many lives and managed to live more in his 36 years than most do in 100.

The word gets tossed around a lot, but the man was a mother-fucking legend. Here's what those closest to him had to say about his life and his passing.

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On weds we all lost an amazing human, he was more than a friend to me. He was an inspiration to never do what people expect, to follow your own path and be true to yourself. We both grew up in a small town and both loved to ride bikes, get rad and send it on anything we could get our hands on. In ones life you only have a few opportunities to get to know someone like jordie and I’m going to cherish all the memories we made together. Growing up at his house with his two other brothers and Bdog was nothing short of a riot, we were constantly lighting each other’s hair on fire, jiffy marking each other’s face when someone passed out early. We travelled the planet together doing what we love, riding bikes and having sport drinks🤪. I remember one morning in Europe waking up and opening my eyes to jordie with his arm around me as the beds were tiny and he must of rolled over in the middle of the night😂. Oh George you were one of a kind. The first shot was taken no less than a hour before he crashed. He got a shot of me with my @gopro and I was like dude get yer ass up there I’ll get a shot of you cuz that’s a sick shot. We were both jacked on the pic as we’re always hustling for shots on the gram. He died that day doing what he loved. Not many people that have lived on this planet could say that and that gives me some peace 😊. He died in my hands and it gives me some peace that he was with a loved one during his last moments. Death is a stark reminder to never take anything in life for granted, love yourself, love your family and your friends. Life is precious. @jordielunn you were as good of a friend as I could ever wished for, I’ll miss you bud. #longlivejordie #longlivechainsaw

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Jordie Lunn, golden heart and soul, hard to see you go. Thank you for charging so hard over the 20+ years of your career. Thanks for raising the bar in our sport. From Ride to the Hills, to Roam, to slope courses worldwide, through the Fest and onto your Raw AF’s…the path of legend! For your smile and laughter, that glowed of what was inside. Your circle of friends and family that love you is world vast. For your endless energy and stoke for the groms at SGC, I’m sure they laughed and learned a lot about life being near you. Thanks for showing us the better pace in life, keeping it light, but always gettin’er done. for wearing a pink glove when you golf….cuz you had mad style and didn’t give AF. #longliveJordie post 1 of 2.

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Jordie Lunn, golden heart and soul, hard to see you go. Thank you for charging so hard over the 20+ years of your career. Thanks for raising the bar in our sport. From Ride to the Hills, to Roam, to slope courses worldwide, through the Fest and onto your Raw AF’s…the path of legend! For your smile and laughter, that glowed of what was inside. Your circle of friends and family that love you is world vast. For your endless energy and stoke for the groms at SGC, I’m sure they laughed and learned a lot about life being near you. Thanks for showing us the better pace in life, keeping it light, but always gettin’er done. for wearing a pink glove when you golf….cuz you had mad style and didn’t give AF. #longliveJordie post 2 of 2.

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Jord... man I miss you dude. We shared so many insane times together. When you invited me to come live in Parksville with you, I never could have imagined how our lives would intertwine after that. We moved into an illegal basement suite in Lynn Valley where the landlord opened our mail, and came into our suite to turn off the TV because Craig fell asleep on the couch with “The Rings” playing late at night. We moved into Chesterfield Ave, where we would hold legendary parties, and act as a half-way house for riding friends passing through town. The years we spent together in that house were life changing. Filming riding segments with you was always insane.... your style was beyond unique, and you would always do something nobody had ever seen! I’ll never forget “Fresh Air” at moms house. Half of the riders were scared to ride the course because of your wild wood stunt at the start....Thanks for showing me how to be myself, and not give a fuck what other people think. You inspired me to think outside of the box. You inspired me to never give up. You inspired me to be rad. I’m so thankful to have shared so much of my life with you. Every moment with you was unforgettable; unbeatable. Save me a spot on the couch in the sky, and we will watch Trailer Park Boys until we pass out. Love you Jord. Bonnie, B-Dog, Caitlin, Craig, and Jarrett; I am so so sorry for your loss. We will always have the unforgettable memories that make us smile, make us laugh, and make us proud; thanks to Jordie ❤️

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mightyted
+6 Beau Miller Velocipedestrian IslandLife Pete Roggeman AJ Barlas Cam McRae
mightyted  - Oct. 18, 2019, 9:28 a.m.

Well said , Cam.  Thanks for this article. Glad to hear that the Claw was true friend to Jordie in the end as well as all the other Pro riders that loved him and were inspired by him.  I'm sad that he's gone.

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