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Damian Stones riding at Marfell beech, South Island, New Zealand


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Damian Stones riding at Marfell beech, South Island, New Zealand


Marlborough, Photo: Grant Stirling

Damian Stones originally from Liverpool, but very much a kiwi has been mad about bikes from an early age. 

As a teenager he explored the hills behind Wakefield on his steel Avanti Montari. He was the reason why no one in class could be late as he commuted to Nelson each day from Spring Grove. As a young person he loved the freedom and independence gained from mountain biking which became a vehicle to explore the local environment.

He founded the Lincoln University Mountain Bike club and opting for the Port Hills versus ‘Bobs’ (the student pub) spent many hours exploring the Banks Peninsula. He attempted racing but really wasn’t cut out for it and had a lot more fun riding with his mates. 

Riding and work became merged when he designed and built the first public pump track in New Zealand. He later designed and built adjacent dirt jumps with Kelly McGarry and a number of community helpers.

This became known as the ‘Fire Pit Dirt Park’ in Ngatimoti, Tasman. This park became a centre point for many fun hours encouraging young riders to develop their skills including Damian’s own children Zack and Rosa.

As a landscape architect he later joined Australian based Dirt Art, a leading trail building company and he also freelances as a graphic designer. 

 

Riding and planning adventures remains a key feature of his life whether that be family trips such as the Heaphy Track, or adventuring in the New Zealand backcountry with friends. 

The support he receives from his sponsors makes this possible and he is proud to have developed a strong connection with the Santa Cruz bicycles (Hyperformance Hardware) community in New Zealand and to be supported by the iconic mountain bike clothing company, Ground Effect Clothing. Other sponsors such as Shimano NZ, Lazer HelmetsSea to Summit Yakima bike racks, Avanti Plus Richmond, Sublime Coffee, Osprey PacksAbsolute WildernessNight lightning and Jetboil NZ help bring these adventures to fruition and provides inspiration to others to get out and shred their local trails.

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Waingaro Forks hut, Kill Devil Trail, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand


Waingaro Forks hut, Kill Devil Trail, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand


Kill Devil trail, Waingaro Hut, Photo: Grant Stirling 


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Damian Stones riding at Cape Fairwell, South Island, New Zealand


Damian Stones riding at Cape Fairwell, South Island, New Zealand


Golden Bay, Pillar Point. Photo: Grant Stirling 

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Damian Stones Sponsors


Damian Stones Sponsors


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Dun Mountain Cycle trail


Dun Mountain Cycle trail


Dun Mountain trail, National cycle way, Photo: Grant Stirling

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Damian Stones Mountain Biking the Heaphy Track, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand


Damian Stones Mountain Biking the Heaphy Track, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand


Heaphy track, Photo: Grant Stirling

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Damian Stones, Jamie Nicoll, Boyd Brinstead, Harriet Harper Mountain biking at Island pass


Damian Stones, Jamie Nicoll, Boyd Brinstead, Harriet Harper Mountain biking at Island pass


South Island, Island pass. Photo: Grant Stirling  


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