'Doonies 3' behind the scenes
Back to the desert
A few short years ago, the Glamis Dunes, located in Imperial County in Southeastern California, began its relationship with a Monster Energy web video series known as "The Doonies." Comprised of dramatic shots filmed across the Glamis Dunes, and featuring select athletes from Monster's motorsports and action sports divisions, "The Doonies" soon reached a viral level that had fans clamoring for more. Now in its third incarnation, XGames.com teamed up with Monster Energy to go behind the scenes of "Doonies 3."
Monster Energy's own Rodrigo Ampudia tears up a dune during shooting.
Cranking it up
"We all feed off each other, and as soon as we hit a big jump, everyone starts cranking it up and it just gets bigger from there," says FMX rider Tyler Bereman, who had no problem hitting the big jumps right off the bat.
A mysterious place
"Glamis is just, it's kinda this mysterious place. And you know when you're pulling up to Glamis, you have to do something special if you want to make it look cool," says Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath. That line of thinking extended to Coty Saucier, pictured here, tearing up some dunes.
On the case
Casey Currie gets in on the "Doonies 3" action.
Snow in Glamis
"If the dunes were white, you could pass them off as terrain we ride in Alaska. It's just a lot different when you get out there," says Monster Energy snowmobile rider Cory Davis.
Like Mad Max
"There's not a setting in the world like this, and The Doonies is, for sure, like Mad Max," says Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath.
"Once you get warmed up, you started seeing jumps, and think, it's time to start getting a little more risky," says Axell Hodges, seen here getting risky.
Joe Parsons takes a break from X Games Aspen practice to pin in across the dunes of Glamis.
Dirt bikes, off-road trucks, Rally cars, NASCARs, snowmobiles and a Monster truck? Oh yes, "Doonies 3" delivered. Here, Liam Doran burns some rubber in the sand.
"You can't practice anywhere to get ready for the dunes. You just show up and you ride, and it is what it is," says Monster Energy FMX athlete Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg. Here, Rodrigo Ampudia adjusts to new terrains at Glamis.
No lips, just mountains
"They're pretty much just going off hills. They're not lips -- they're just these huge mountains and they're jumping from mountain to mountain. That's what the dune is," says Ash Hodges, director of The Doonies series.
"It's hard to explain the dunes. It's something you just have to go there to experience. You can watch it on video, but it's nothing like being there in person. Every jump you jump is wide open," says Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, seen here gauging a landing.
All kinds of horsepower
"There's all kinds of horsepower out here filming for this project," says Monster Energy FMX athlete Tyler Bereman.
Coming to ABC
"The Making of Doonies 3" debuts on ABC's "World of X Games" on Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. ET, and the video is now live on Monster Energy's own YouTube channel.