2012 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes - IXS Slopestyle Results - Semenuk Wins!

Jul 14, 2012
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The weather this morning was perhaps a little less than promising...

The IXS slopestyle went off today despite wind making things slightly dicey for riders. Leo Delfour Barrsacq was the surprise of the contest. He's wild! Just wait for the recap, he threw 720's, truck drivers, and more. Semenuk took the win in iXS Slopestyle and the Teva Best Trick (with a huge backflip on the road gap during his slopestyle run) He only took one run, and his prize purse for that one run was 2,000€ for Teva Best Trick and 7,000€ for the Slopestyle. Unknown Frenchman Leo Delfour Barrascqq stole the show though. Leo only qualified during the Wildcard contest here several weeks ago, and absolutely charged on his first run, tricking nearly every obstacle, a feat that almost no one could top on the first run. In fact, Brandon Semenuk was the only one to best Leo's score, throwing down what was to be the winning run of the contest. Leo's second run was even better than his first, cementing him solidly into second place after the first two runs and winning him won 4,000€. Martin Söderström took home third and 1,500€. Fourth place and 1,000€ went to course designer Yannick Granieri, and another French wildcard Tomas Lemoine earned fifth place and 500€. Anthony Messere could have shaken things up if he'd stayed on the bike. He looked confident and aggressive, linking together a possibly winning run before crashing on a double whip. Anthony's front flip into the first whale tail and Greg Watts' suicide no handed flip to barspin on the first trick jump were contest highlights as well. Crankworx Whistler will be mind-boggling. Unfortunately Sam Pilgrim and Sam Reynolds were both injured during competition. Reynolds with two fractured vertebrae, we're unsure what happened to Pilgrim.

Because extremely strong winds were forecast to pick up later in the day, organizers at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes made the decision to open the Slopestyle presented by iXS and the Teva Best Trick Showdown competition at 12:30pm, so the athletes could get two runs in while the sun was shining and the wind was relatively calm. The majority of the athletes executed two runs, however Semenuk was satisfied with his first run and opted out of the second. Andreu opted out of his second run as well, but his first run didn't get him into the top ten. At 6 pm the stage was set for the Superfinal at Les 2 Alpes, however, the same gusting winds that plagued the Teva Best Trick on Thursday night made another appearance. After Cam Zinks run the athletes decided to play it on the safe side foregoing their third runs and be judged on their two runs from the afternoon.

Unknown Frenchman Leo Delfour Barrascq, who was invited to the event as a wildcard, had the second highest score and won 4,000€; while Martin Söderström took home third and 1,500€. Fourth place and 1,000€ went to course designer Yannick Granieri and another French wildcard Tomas Lemoine earned fifth place and 500€.


Brandon Semenuk showed a unreal consistency today he made just one single run today. A perfect one.. he flipped the road gap best trick 360 the big step down.. and pulled a tuck no hander to tailwhip on the last one.. what to say.. alien
  Brandon Semenuk showed an unreal ability here, he made just one single run today. A perfect one.. he flipped the road gap (best trick), 360'd the big step down, and pulled a tuck no hander to tailwhip on the last jump. what to say.. alien!

bigquotesBrandon was his usual calculated self, says Ryan Meyer, Crankworx Les 2 Alpes live host and sport announcer. His run had combo tricks galore. The guy is so dialed, the run was almost too perfect.

Semeuk’s run highlights included a 360 onto the first dish with a switch 360 out, a huge flip whip on the first trick jump, and then a massive backflip off the road gap. The backflip had the most risk because the off axis landing has the rider banking immediately to the right after landing to make the 10 inch path to get onto the boner log. Semenuk’s fellow competitors gave him the most props for it and awarded him the Teva Best Trick for what was likely the most difficult line performed in the entire competition.

leo delfour barrsacq
leo delfur Barrsacq 2nd classified.. the podium was pretty frenchy today
  Leo Belfour Barrsaq. Remember that name. This young French kid won his way into the event at the wildcard qualifier here three weeks ago, and went on to beat everyone except Semenuk in the finals. That's huge!

France’s unknown rider Leo Delfour Barrascq broke out onto the world freeride scene in a big way by out-tricking many of the world’s best freestyle riders. He thinks he was lucky but his skill was apparent as he performed two super strong runs. Standouts for technicality and balls include a 360 off the skinny log that then flowed into a huge floaty 720 over the first trick jump. His final trick, on the FMX super kicker, was a Superman nothing that had him sailing free of his bike, for what felt like forever, before he grabbed the seat and landed.

bigquotesThere are definitely shades of Paul Bas in Leo's story and we are all feeling like this is history repeating itself, says Meyer, referencing Paul's breakthrough performance at Crankworx Whistler in 2004. Leo was a wildcard invite to tonight's competition and with his performance here has earned himself a wildcard invite to the Red Bull Joyride event at Crankworx Whistler on August 18, 2012.


IXS Slopestyle Final Results

1. Brandon Semenuk - 85.67
2. Leo Delfour Barrsacq - 79.33
3. Martin Soderstrom - 74.33
4. Yannick Granieri - 74.00
5. Tomas Lemaine - 70.00
6. Greg Watts - 68.00
7. Tomas Genon - 57.67
8. Anthony Messere - 54.33
9. Kelly McGarry - 50.33
10. Ramon Hunziker - 49.33

Teva Best Trick Results

Brandon Semenuk - Backflip on the road gap

Brandon Semenuk his backflip over the roadgap won the best trick contest.
  Semenuk's Teva Best Trick Winning backflip

Be careful we want to see many more life behind bars episodes...
  Be careful Aaron, we want to see many more 'life behind bars' episodes...

the road gap was pretty long. here thomas genon in practice. thomas pulled a double whip on the last jump and he tried a triple whip but he crashed.
  The road gap was pretty long, Thomas Genon hitting it in practice. Thomas pulled a double whip on the last jump and he tried for a triple whip but didn't make it.

nac nac for soederstrom
Martin Soederstrom 360ing the huge step down. great riding as usual for the man from Uppsala
  Martin Soderstrom with a big nac, and a 360 off the huge step down. Great riding as usual for the man from Uppsala!

Yannick Granieri with his signature trick
Yannick Granieri
  Yannick Granieri built the course here at Les 2 Alpes. With tricks like his signature 360 he looked like he might take third place, until Martin Soderstrom took it away from him

Szymon Godziek deals with thte boredom while waiting for the wind to die...
  Szymon Godziek deals with the boredom while waiting for the wind to die...

Kelly McGarry
  Kelly McGarry

German photographer and owner of a great many POD s Christoph Laue.
  German photographer and owner of a great many POD's, Christoph Laue.

boredom part 2 Szymon Godziek
  ...boredom part 2, Szymon Godziek

Trond G. Hansen was one of the judges here.
  Trond G. Hansen was one of the judges here. It really adds extra credibility when at least one of the judges has the ability to compete on the course.

ixes the brew
signing session with the fox brigade yannic tyler cam anthony kyle loic
  Autograph session with the Fox brigade, Yannick, Tyler, Cam, Anthony, Kyle, and Loic

Brandon Semenuk
  Semenuk...

andreu lacondeguy wasn t really motivated today.. he went dead sailor all the way in the final.. and in practice before the superfinal crashed.
  Andreu Lacondeguy didn't seem really motivated today.. he went dead sailor all the way in the final, and then crashed in practice before the superfinal.

Antoine Bizet
Kona s Anthoine Bizet
  Kona's Anthoine Bizet. He threw a huge huge dumped three on his first run, and a flip tuck no hander on his second.

thomas lemoine got an unexpected 5th place. the french scene is growing.
  Another French rider on the podium, Thomas Lemoine got an unexpected 5th place. The french scene is growing...

Messere
Anthony Messere feeling a little pain...
Anthony Messere
  Anthony Messere was going for it, front flipping onto the first whale tail on both his runs, and throwing a lot of other big stuff as well. Unfortunately he went down fairly hard in both his runs.

Sam Pilgrim was the first rider to attempt a flip on the road gap. unfortunatley he landed bad and he crashed hard on the landing of the following feature. he said he was fine and he was able to walk.. but the doctors wisely brought him at the hospital. get well soon mate
aftermatch
  Sam Pilgrim was the first rider to attempt a flip on the road gap. Unfortunately he landed a little out of control and he crashed hard on the landing of the following feature. He said he was fine and he was able to walk, but the doctors wisely brought him to the hospital. get well soon mate!

Andrew Taylor seemed to struggle with his runs today probably due to combintaion of his just being recovered from injury and the gusty winds that were blowing.
  Andrew Taylor

tyler mccaul superman
  Tyler McCaul with a big stretched out superman.

Cam Zink
and this was the most expected trick of the day cam zink s frontflip on the step down.. unfortunately he never landed in the finals.. and during the superfinal was definitely too windy so he didn t even tried. bummer.
  Cam Zink, this was the most expected trick of the day: front flip on the step down, unfortunately he never landed it the finals. And then during the superfinal it was too windy, so he didn't even try. Bummer.

Cam Zink
  Zink, superfinal run, he got a little squirrelly in the wind jumping onto the whale tail, and didn't even try his front flip off.

Kurt Sorge a little less than happy about his knee.
  Kurt Sorge, a little less than happy about his knee.


Current FMB Overall Standings

1. Sam Pilgrim
2. Tomas Genon
3. Martin Soderstrom
4. Sam Reynolds
5. Anthony Messere
6. Yannick Granieri
7. Mitch Chubey
8. Tomas Zejda
9. Brett Rheeder
10. Brandon Semenuk


STOP PRESS: Latest update from our man Si Paton who went to the clinic with Sam, this is what Si had to say:

bigquotesSam had the flip down in practice, coming into today's run he knew his right grip was twisting. Regardless he carried on and when he landed his right hand rotated and sent him all squirrely and into the deck. The medics were on him straight away and he was whisked to the clinic as he was complaining of dizzyness and blurry vision. They x-rayed him and found no visible broken bones, I think they were more concerned regards the smell from his knee pads which were last seen crawling out the "Toxics Bin". For precaution they sent him down to Grenoble for a brain scan, hopefully they will find it. His brain not the hospital.

While we were waiting for transfer ambulance Matt Jones went to Sams room and in true British style kicked the door in to retrieve Pilgrims passport, E11 health card and the ever so important credit card. Pilgrim then called Reynolds trying to book a bed next to his fellow injured rider. Latest update on Reynolds is that he will have to wear a corset once they peel him off the bed sheets that are currently stuck to him thanks to his grazed back seeping blood and sweat.

Photos by: Simon Nieborak and Ale di Lullo

The French locals cleaned up! What did you think of Leo's run?

113 Comments

  • + 39
 Really wish the live feed didn't keep cutting out during the last runs... anyone else have this problem?

Anyways great comp. some insane stuff, especially the triple whip attempt by, I forget, and the backie over the road gap by Pilgrim and Semenuk!
  • + 5
 Yeah, I think I missed over half of the final runs because of it. Oh well, better than nothing Smile
  • + 11
 Mine cut out during the commercials before the last runs >Frown
  • + 10
 Cam Zinks ass must reeaallly hurt.
  • - 1
 Well done semenuk i'm not surprised he dominates slopestyle nowadays but where is Pilgrim?
  • + 3
 mine did also cut out, buring the comercial, when he was doing superman
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 BurgerBiker- he was injured, don't know what though, after being a maniac and attempting to backflip the road gap first run. It looked like his weight was way too forward when he landed, pressing up against the bars kinda deal, and got tossed when he went off course. It looked really vicious so it was quite the relief to see him standing up and walking about.
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  • + 22
 Props to Leo Delfour Barrsacq 2nd run was killer
  • + 13
 he was so good, apparently hes not sponsered though, someone hook him up quickly !
  • + 2
 His run was so sick, that kid is amazing! Hope to see much more of him!
  • + 3
 just got a bike from kona and some clothes ....
do you know if he won any wild card for another contest?
  • + 3
 After that 720 I thought he would stop the run, but he kept it and made an insane run!
  • + 7
 Im sure after a 2nd place at crankworx hell get hooked up, and we shall see much more of him on the 2013 fmb tour, after all who was anthony messere 2 years ago
  • + 1
 His round was siiiiiick i loved it more than semenuk's run Razz
  • + 3
 props Wildcard tickets 2. Leo Delfour Barrsacq - 79.33 5. Tomas Lemaine - 70.00
  • + 1
 who tried the triple whip?
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 Genon tried the triple whip
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  • + 13
 What happened with the webcast? After Cam Zink's 3rd run it stopped working and then jumped straight to results. Did the rest just not do 3rd runs or what happened?
  • + 1
 the webcast was only scheduled for 2 hours..
  • + 1
 same thing happened for me
  • - 4
 The webcast was scheduled for two hours? Man, I hope they make some changes in that, shouldn't happen again, ever. Webcast is bad enough as it is and when this happens.... Id rather don't watch at all to be honest.
  • + 6
 ^ so don't watch.
  • + 3
 get well soon Reynolds!
  • + 2
 Its free.. Do you expect it to be perfect?
  • + 1
 they had booked the satellite thinking they would have a reduced rider pool after the qualification round so enough time for 3 runs from each rider who qualified but since the qualies didnt happen then they didnt have enough time for third runs
  • + 5
 The first two runs were pre-recorded to make the most of a good weather window that happened in the early afternoon. Then we went live at 7pm for the 3rd and final run. Three riders went, including Cam Zink, then the rest of the athletes made the decision to not do the third run since the wind was very strong. So, rest assured we had enough satellite time to cover the entire event if the athletes had wanted to carry on. Since their decision wasn't communicated to the production crew while we were in the wind hold, we weren't able to explain what was going on and then show them ride off. Safety for the athletes is super important and if they don't feel comfortable doing it no one is going to make them so the show can go on.
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  • + 7
 Third runs we're cancelled due to wind. The redbull tv feed did not cut out on me it was fine. Semenuk did not need to do a second run he was that confident that his score would hold up after seeing his contenders go down. The backflip over the road gap was gnarly. Remember that the best trick was voted on by the riders not the judges. So the riders know what they are talking about. Excellent contest too bad about the wind. Semenuk will repeat this year by winning whistler then rampage.
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  • + 7
 Semenuk ....he is "almost" unstopable!!!!!if anothey couldve put his run together he wouldve had a podium run...
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  • + 3
 That coverage was great until the feed died. I thought the course was really well designed too, I really liked how that c ladder gave riders who had messed up at the top of the course a chance to regain speed. And what can you say about Semenuk - just so consistently good.
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  • + 6
 my internet cut out for the last 5 runs Frown so i don't know what semenuks last run was like, but his first run was killer!
  • - 12
 Crashed on his last trying to backflip the road gap :/ almost held onto it))
  • + 1
 That was Pilgrim bro
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  • + 2
 he didnt ride because of the wind
  • + 7
 he was in a bad mood.
  • + 1
 More likely he was as hungover as he was at Chatel Wink
  • + 2
 does anybody else get sick of andreu not riding at a lot of competitions? Why do his sponsors put up with that.
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  • + 3
 What happened to the third runs, was Zink the only one to get a third run. I found out what happened to the third runs. The first two runs ended at 2:00pm and the weather was good. The event organizers decided to wait till 6:00pm to run the third run, but by then the wind had come up and Zinc was the first and only one to go down. Then they cancelled the rest of the third runs. To bad because if Anthony could of stuck his full run I think he would of been on the podium as well
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 From the press release guys: Because extremely strong winds were forecasted to pick up later in the day, organizers at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes made the decision to open the Slopestyle presented by iXS and the Teva Best Trick Showdown competition at 12:30pm so the athletes could get two runs in while the sun was shining and the wind was relatively calm. The majority of the athletes executed two runs, but Brandon was satisfied with his first run and opted out of the second.

At 6pm the stage was set for Les 2 Alpes, and for the worldwide audience watching the webcast powered by Red Bull Media House, to see the athletes’ third runs. However, the same gusting winds that plagued the Teva Best Trick on Thursday night made another appearance. The athletes decided to play on the safe side, forego the third run, and be judged on their two runs from the afternoon.

Watch the replay here: www.redbull.com/en/bike/stories/1331574899542/watch-slopestyle-presented-by-ixs-live
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  • + 5
 Wish Messere would've stayed on his bike! Sick run from such an awesome dude! Only 16 as well, that's crazy.
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  • + 4
 So did they just take all the second run scores as the finals? The live feed cut out for me after Zink's third run. Stoked for Semenuk though, such a sick run.
  • + 1
 The scores from the best run out of the two that were completed was used to determine the final standings.
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  • + 4
 Gutted for Sam Pilgrim.And gutted about not getting to see the final runs. Some great riders out today! Anyone know if we can catch the final runs online anywhere?
  • - 1
 Nah man, they were only broadcasting for 2 hrs, so nobody got to see the last final rounds, pitty mate. So I reckon we'll have to wait a bit for the final round's video...
  • + 0
 Ah well, hopefully we will get to see it at some point! shame we missed it, was some really ace footage, shame they don't have footage as good as that for the Dh, I appreciate it's a lot more difficult and the tracks are longer, but it would be so sweet for the fans that can't get out and watch it live and support their favourite riders, perhaps in a few years though eh..
  • + 0
 the webcast cut off for like 5 minutes and their was about 9 riders to go i dont think they could fit that many runs in 5 minutes.. it was canceled because andeu was moaning about the wind.
  • + 1
 There were no final runs, they were cut short because of the wind.
  • + 1
 Ah cool thanks guys Smile
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  • + 6
 Brandon Semenuk's run was really awesome!
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  • + 2
 We all know a 360 beats a flip in a game of slopestyle pontoon. The flip over the gap is slighlty hipped, 100mph and MASSIVE. Then note the boner jump comes up straight away.
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  • + 1
 If he had landed this crazy 720 I'm pretty sure the winner wouldn't be Semenuk... Smile

Big props for Brandon for flipping this road gap,in my opinion it was the gnarliest shit of all times in Crankworx.

Cheers
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  • + 1
 Did anyone notice the road gap looked like the gap was like 5 feet? I didn't notice it was actually a road gap until i saw the pic of it from the side view
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  • + 3
 to bad for sam p i thought he would be top 3
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  • + 1
 hot damn Zink trying to frontflip out of the second whale tale? Dude is crazy!

I missed Semenuk's flip over the roadgap, thats insane! props to everyone who competed.
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  • + 2
 Man I'm so bummed about Pilgrim and Reynolds crashing out, they have such style and some of the biggest tricks in the game!
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  • + 1
 i knew Brandon would take it... he seems to have the right mindset going into contests, where other cats take big risks and crash, he takes big risks and stomps it..!
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  • + 2
 Not much of a crowd, probably because the tour de france is on, every poor event planning if ask me!
  • + 1
 Planning, i don't think they did any planing at all.

We were 16 Guys there to rip the trails and watch what we thaught was one of the biggest MTB events in Europe. Nothing worked, and the immensely annoying french speaker only made it worse. For example, we all wanted to see the Air DH race and checked the schedule online the night before. It was set to 15-18. Sweet, we could ride all day and stop by at the end of the day, we thought. I got there at 14.30 just to see the last rider pass the finishline =O what? And it was like that all week.
Bad info online
No updates on changed schedule
No info from staff or pepole involved
No info from the speaker, who only spoke en french
No info on anything from turistinfo
Some of us even spoke french, but with the same result.
Even the riders where frustrated ( yes we spoke to several of them )

Everyone we met, danes, germans, brits, americans, where frustrated about the event and planning =(
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  • + 3
 darn. two great sam down. reynolds, then pilgrim. get well soon, lads!
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  • + 1
 Beast track with huge gaps and nuff riders go splatt. Another wild day on the mtn and healing vibes for the fallen troops.
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  • + 1
 Hey Pro's out there...put some equipment on...you won't get so danked when you wad up and take a digger. Works for moi.
  • + 1
 paol- telling professional riders to wear protective gear like their children that don't know what they're doing is REALLY lame and ignorant... just saying.
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  • + 2
 Great course & that french kid's run was awesome!
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  • + 2
 shawn white of snowboard half pipe,, brandon semenuk of slopestyle
  • + 7
 Except Semenuk has style unlike White
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  • + 1
 Everyones predictions were way off, minus semenuk. Goes to show how many players there really are
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  • + 1
 Looked like an awesome contest, too bad about the scooter kid in the signing photo ¬_¬
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  • + 1
 Why isnt Cam McCaul riding?
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  • + 1
 Sam pilgrim, get locking grips
  • + 2
 He was riding his signature pair...
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  • + 1
 Can you elaborate chango13, you seem to have the inside scoop?
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  • + 1
 semenuk is like the shaun white of slopestyle MTB insane
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  • + 1
 What the heck happened to pilgrim?!
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  • + 1
 what the shit happened with pilgrim is he okay???
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  • + 1
 What happened to Pilgrim?!
  • + 1
 We should donate him some locking grips!! The reason he crashed on the flip over the road gap was as he landed his grip turned heaps. He knew it was slippery berfore the run but went for it anyway
  • + 3
 that's cause sam doesn't give a sh*t haha he just goes for it. no questions asked.
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  • + 1
 joyrides going to be off the walls
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  • + 1
 why is semenuk so low on the overall?
  • + 3
 he did not go to a lot of comps at the start of the year
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  • + 1
 Semenuk is so good its retarded
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  • + 1
 Of course semenuk wins
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  • + 0
 Where is zink?
  • + 1
 He tried to pull an awesome run together but crashed doing a fronty off the whaletail
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