Red Bull Rampage 2012 - Saturday: 66 Nugs

Oct 7, 2012 at 1:19
by Karl Burkat  
Time for the heavyweights to saddle up
  It's time for the heavyweights to saddle up


Site shuttle mayhem.
  Site shuttle mayhem


Smart man footwear vs dumb man footwear. Good luck with those flip flops.
  Smart man footwear vs dumb man footwear. Good luck with those flip flops


Water can t seem to get enough of it. No matter how much you drink it can t match the dry heat of the day.
  Water, you can't seem to get enough of it. No matter how much you drink it can't match the dry heat of the day


The Wizard Sean Cruickshanks working over Brandon Semenuk s bike in the pits.
  The Wizard, Sean Cruickshanks, working over Brandon Semenuk's bike in the pits


Nor is Semenuk the only recipient of the Wizard s touch Kyle Strait s rear shock alongside a custom shim stack assembled by Cruickshanks to better handle the hard hits the Rampage dishes out.
  Nor is Semenuk the only recipient of the Wizard's touch - Kyle Strait's rear shock alongside a custom shim stack to handle the big hits the Rampage dishes out


The final day of practice was more about fine tuning lips and lines than it was about riding--although plenty of riding was done today by most of the riders.
  The final day of practice was more about fine-tuning lips and lines than it was about riding, although plenty of riding was done today


Semenuk s team of workers has been incredible...including a visit from Trek team mate Rene Wildhaber
  Semenuk's team of workers have been incredible... including a visit from his Trek team mate, Rene Wildhaber


Pressure cooker the Rampage finals ask a lot of the riders Fnd a line. Get some buddies who can take a week or more off to help you build it. Session it enough that you re confident you can clean it. All under a blazing hot Utah sun. Add snakes spiders cactus 3.2 beer and mix well.
  Pressure cooker. Rampage finals ask a lot of the riders: Find a line. Get some buddies who can take a week or more off to help you build it. Session it until you're confident you can clean it. All under a blazing hot Utah sun. Add snakes, spiders, cactus, 3.2 beer, and mix well


Tyler McCaul putting the finishing touches on one of his big gaps.
  Tyler McCaul putting the finishing touches on one of his big gaps


The Claw has built one hell of a line. Builidng a line is a personal thing. Consequently riders can be pretty territorial about the line they build and understandably so it s not just their sweat equity that went into the build but their creative vision.
  The Claw has built one hell of a line. Building a line is a personal thing and consequently, riders can be pretty territorial about the line they build. It's understandable, it's not just their sweat that went into the build, but their creative vision


Claw makes some last minute adjustments to his line in the lower part of the course. Rumour has it he will front flip or 3 into the lower canyon.
  Claw makes some last minute adjustments to his line in the lower part of the course. Rumour has it that he will front flip or 3 into the lower canyon


Lacondeguy easily had the best looking digger.
  Lacondeguy has easily the best looking digger


Monster lip Guess that is what the sponsors are for.
  Monster lip? Guess that is what the sponsors are for


Riders who had to qualify are at a significant disadvantage compared to the pre-qualified riders they had to focus their energies on piecing together a line that would get them to the finals. Now that they re in the time to build a second line is very limited. So most are frantically trying to add onto their original line in a creative enough manner to be able to take home a win. Pierre Eduard Ferry comparing notes with Ramon Hunziker to determine the best options for tweaking their lines for the finals.
  Riders who had to qualify are at a significant disadvantage compared to the pre-qualified riders - they have had to focus their energies on piecing together a line that would get them to the finals. Now they're in, the time to build a second line is very limited. Most are frantically trying to add onto their original line to make them creative enough to take home the win. Pierre Eduard Ferry compares notes with Ramon Hunziker to work out the best options for tweaking their lines for finals


There s only one track on this line. For now. You re likely to see a lot of poaching going on tomorrow predicted Mike Kinrade. The riders who had to qualify had minimal time to build a contender between last night and today.
  There's only one track on this line. For now. Mike Kinrade predicts that "you're likely to see a lot of poaching going on tomorrow."


Sterling and other photographers have arguably put on the most miles this week chasing light and predicting rider s movements.
  Sterling and the other photographers have arguably put in the most miles this week, trying to chase light and predict riders' movements


Vanderham s last minute step up build in full effect.
  Thomas Vanderham's last minute step up build in full effect


Vanderham s last upper mountain hit before dropping heading to the icon centre
  Vanderham's last upper mountain hit before dropping heading to the Oakley Sender


Vanderham sending the Icon Sender deep
  Sending the Oakley Sender deep


Vanderham about to find out that he needs to build a bigger step up after this hit.
  He's about to find out that he needs to build a bigger step up after this hit...


Thomas Vanderham s step up is a f n monster.
  But the step up is a f'n monster


Cam McCaul has been hard at work building and practicing. And he s looking strong and confident here at Rampage.
  Cam has been hard at work building and practicing. And he's looking strong and confident here at Rampage


Cam s step down just before the canyon
  Cam McCaul's step down just before the canyon


Cam midway across..
  Cam, midway across...


Cam McCaul ridgeline traverse with the beautiful peaks of Zion on the horizon
  The ridgeline traverse with the beautiful peaks of Zion National Park on the horizon


Cam McCaul canyon gap on the newly renovated lip
  And sending the canyon gap on the newly renovated lip


Gee Atherton went down fairly hard in practice today but he s okay. But probably not okay enough to ride in the final...
  Gee Atherton went down fairly hard in practice today, but he's okay. The big question is whether he will be able to ride in the final?


Logan Bingelli 650b backflip to flat tire. Maxxis please make some decent 650b tires.
  Logan Bingelli, 650b backflip


650b doesn t mean you can t still flat if you land it too hard...
  Bigger wheels don't mean you can't still flat if you land it too hard though...


Zink on his last ridgeline hip before descending to the canyon gap
  Zink on his last ridgeline hip before descending to the canyon gap


Cam Zink s drop into his Canyon Gap run in is alsmost as hairy as the canyon gap itself.
  The drop into his canyon gap run in is almost as hairy as the canyon gap itself


Cam scared himself and the whole crowd tonight with this mid flight abort tactic half way through the 80 feet he went...
  Cam scared himself and the whole crowd with this mid flight eject, not great when you're going 80 feet out...


It was a huge relief to see him make it onto his feet and limp away. He is a strong willed battler and we hope he can compete Sunday.
  It was a huge relief to see him make it onto his feet and limp away. He is a fighter and we hope he can compete Sunday


this is the foot print smash where Cam landed. That LZ is rock hard.
  This is the where Cam landed. There's no crater here, that earth is rock hard


Crowds react with distress and keen attention after Zink overshot the canyon gap
  Nobody likes watching riders go down, Cam's crash stunned the spectators


Miday siesta.
  Mid-day siesta


  Soderstrom taking the time to give his fans some love


Media is non-stop. Helicopters TV announcers Maxim girls videographers photographers...you get the idea.
  The media is non-stop. Helicopters, TV announcers, Maxim girls, videographers, photographers... you get the idea


Andreu gets ready to drop.
  Andreu Lacondeguy gets ready to drop in


Andreu Lecondeguy dropping into his line. This move may look simple but the consequences are big.
  And there he goes. This move may look simple, but the consequences are big


Looks like Andreu has his line all figured out but it seems like he has been holding back. He has something big planned for tomorrow final run.
  It looks like Andreu has his line figured out, but it seems like he has been holding back. Maybe he has something big planned for his final run tomorrow?


Rheeder super amped to have made the finals and practising hard to write into the history at Rampage.
  Brett Rheeder was super-amped to have made the finals and was practising hard


Brett Rheeder is the real deal. This kid has been sending it all week and today s line from the finals gate is insane. He powers along the ridge airing everything in sight. The ridge is at most 2 feet wide at most points narrower in many. He included a step down bar spin. mental.
  Rheeder is the real deal. The kid has been sending it all week, and today's line from the finals gate is insane - he powers along the ridge airing everything in sight. What you need to remember is that the ridge is at most 2 feet wide at most points, narrower in many. He included a stepdown bar spin...


Rheeder.


Brett Rheeder has been quietly killing it all year at slopestyle events and he seems pretty comfortable here. Charging down through the big stuff and boosting huge airs out of the wooden quarter.
  Brett Rheeder, boosting huge air out of the wooden quarter


The Oakley Sender is a bit of a magnet out there in the middle of the venue. Gulevich speed checking and contemplating.
  The Oakley Sender is a bit of a magnet out there in the middle of the venue. Geoff Gulevich speed checking and contemplating


Gotta get up to get down
  Gotta get up to get down


Geoff Gullevich s line was all about flow and fun.
  Gullevich's line was all about flow and fun


Gully


Kurt Sorge testing out a new line or a new booter into and old line depends how you look at it...
  Kurt Sorge testing out a new line, or a new booter into and old line, depending on how you look at it...


Sorge has been here and it is showing...
  Sorge has been here before though and it is showing...


James Doerfling bought Robbie Bourdon s entry line off the top start gate for an undisclosed amount after Robbie busted three vertibrae on it and couldn t compete. That s class.
  James Doerfling bought Robbie Bourdon's entry line off the top start gate for an undisclosed amount after Robbie busted three vertebrae on it, and couldn't compete. That's class


Doerfling with a trial run to the lower mountain gap to quarter.
  Doerfling with a trial run to the lower mountain gap to quarter


Semenuk stomped his huge transfer cliff drop in practice. It was breathtaking to watch shoot. one of the gnarliest lines ever
  Semenuk stomped this huge transfer-cliff drop in practice It was breathtaking to watch/shoot. One of the gnarliest lines ever?


Kyle Strait hasn t been riding a lot here at Rampage but whenever he gets on his bike he kills it. Hoping he has a solid clean run tomorrow it would be sick to see him on the podium again.
  Kyle Strait hasn't been riding a lot here at Rampage, but whenever he gets on his bike he kills it. Here's hoping he has a solid clean run tomorrow, it would be sick to see him on the podium again...


Martin Soderstrom is the king of whips.
  Martin Soderstrom is the king of whips


Darren Berrecloth also soaking in the last rays of the day everyone is looking forward to seeing him ride his line tomorrow.
  Darren Berrecloth soaking in the last rays of the day, everyone is looking forward to seeing him ride his line tomorrow


The Claw traversing the rampage site mid mountain t-boned r-dawg s moto which was inappropriately parked. No parking tickets here just justice
  Traversing the rampage site, Berrecloth t-boned Ryan Howard's moto mid mountain because is was inappropriately parked. No parking tickets here, just justice


  The Oakley Sender, waiting in the wind...


Wil White owns the Oakley sender.
  Wil White owns the Oakley Sender


Surviving a day in the sun watching rampage is a spectator sport which requires fortitude and several beers. Here Tyler McCaul shreds past sundown
  Tyler McCaul shreds past sundown


Kyle Strait getting his bike tuned up after today course inspection and practice.
  Kyle Strait getting his bike tuned up after today's course inspection and practice


Chris Van Dines bike getting some attention after an end of the day compression on the last big hit at the bottom of the venue.
  Chris Van Dine's bike getting some attention after an end of the day compression on the last big hit at the bottom of the venue


And the sun sets on another day at Rampage. It s go time tomorrow.
  And the sun sets on another day at Rampage. It's go time tomorrow


This place never sleeps something seems to be happening at all hours of the day. The grass filled parking lot has hundreds of people camping out.
  This place never sleeps, something seems to be happening at all hours of the day. The grass filled parking lot has hundreds of people camping out

98 Comments

  • + 164
 Semenuk transfer drop!!!!!! WOW
  • + 35
 That photo is a ripper. When I saw the one of Goolie pushing back up the Oakley Sender I think I made a small poo in my pants. I'm starting to think these guys have mental problems!
  • + 15
 I think it's more gnarly than the Oakley Drop.
  • + 9
 Semenuk has to have cut outs on his saddle to accommodate his massive nuts, that shit is crazy!
  • + 8
 From either angle - I no understando where he's going to land.
  • + 2
 Major props for their positioning over the Red Bull logo
  • + 1
 what time is it airing in the pnw and is it on pinkbike or redbull tv?
  • + 2
 Best photos yet, Semenuk for the win!
  • + 3
 abit random but ea should make a redbull rampage mountain biking game !!
  • + 1
 does anyone know what a nug is, its completely bloody baffled me, never heard the term before in my life!
  • + 1
 a nug is in reference to a nugget of gold i am thinking so they are comparing the pictures to gold
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  • + 23
 Those are some of the best photo's I've ever seen! Major props to Cam Zink, true soldier!
  • - 6
 No problem, he loves crashing Big Grin
  • + 1
 is he ok? Deity's page says, he may have broken his heel
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  • + 20
 I have no words to describe Semenuk's huge transfer cliff drop Eek
  • + 1
 you can use "saint kaliss". It's a eastern quebec french expression, that's what i said.
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  • + 19
 semenucks drop is more like a freefall. I predict parachutes in 2014.
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  • + 13
 Prediction:

1. Semenuk
2. Doerfling
3. Cam McCaul

(Zink to have a light off after nac flipping the canyon gap and not landing perfectly enough to hang on). I've got a lot of time for Cam Zink. He's not the kind of guy who rides within himself, if anyone can be said to be doing that at Rampage. He's a real rostrum or hospital kind of guy. Legend. Did you see how hard his head hit the ground on his 360 practice crash last time? If that happened to me, I would have never touched a bike again (not that I would have been jumping off the icon sender in the first place, mind).
  • - 5
 1. Strait 2. T Mac 3. Cam Mc Caul Calling now... Kill it Kyle
  • + 2
 I think if Fairclough rides and stomps his finals line he can easily get on the podium if not take 1st place. Also, looks like Rheeder's run has everyone excited around here, can't wait to watch later today!
  • + 7
 honestly i think everyones lines are way too crazy for anybody to be guessed as a winner. If every rider can complete his line then anybody could be a winner
  • + 1
 @dirtjumper771 NAILED IT.
I want to start predicting based on pictures, but some of this is just so beyond the pale that I have no idea how to even begin a podium guess, much less how they do it.

This is already the best Rampage yet, and it hasn't got anything to do with manmade or not-manmade, or any of that... they are SO committed... and it freaks me out a bit.

CAN'T WAIT!!!
  • + 1
 Who is most consistent , this is bloodsport on wheels
  • + 1
 I think cam and tyler and anduer are getting podium. Don't know what order. They rode up in china and I forget where ever else for where the trail ends the. Went to Utah to ride. I think they have the advantage. But maybe semenuk will be up there cause he will put Steez into his run. But my money is on those 3 guys
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  • + 11
 Holy cow! I hope Can is OK. That's a hardcore decision pulling the eject lever mid way over the canyon gap. I'm sure I'll never be in a position to have to make a similar one.
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  • + 8
 dont usualy get to interested in this kind of mtb discipline / but f@ck me i cant believe just what i am seeing in these photos, these riders have skills and balls beyond belief, they are without doubt among the best extreme athletes in the world. So pleased i logged on to pink bike this week and brought this unreal event to my attention.
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  • + 8
 "The media is non-stop. Helicopters, TV announcers, Maxim girls, videographers, photographers... you get the idea" Maxim girls? We get the Idea, but you didn't get the pictures! BTW - Amazing Cam is alive!
  • + 2
 look at andreu helper. :p
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  • + 9
 Zink's drop in looks like the gnarliest I've ever seen. It looks like he is on a 89' angle.
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  • + 5
 Zink bailing out at 80foot!! His legs must be rawtirion or something! Surprised he didn't really hurt himself there!.....
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  • + 6
 Seems they have finally found a purpose for monster, building lips!
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  • + 2
 Oi Cruikshanks! You've got the brakes the wrong way round on Semenuk's bike! Now if he doesn't win we'll know why!

Where is Gwin? I saw an interview with him last year in which he said he'd do it if he could, but he'd have to find something like Gee found because he hasn't got any tricks.

Anyway, he's sponsored by Red Bull and he's the reigning WC champ, he could definitely have got entered if he wanted. So where is he?
  • + 26
 Gwins got the bar hump.
  • + 7
 I would say he wans to keep healthy for next year, if he doesnt have the tricks then why put your self at risk of anothey crazy race season next year.
  • + 6
 You dont win rampage doing bar hump`s. lol
  • + 21
 A huge bar hump on the canyon gap would be the raddest thing ever
  • + 1
 Well, he didn't ride at Hafjell at the last world cup because of a big gash on his palm, so I don't think he wants to be testing it out at Rampage.
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  • + 2
 Rampage, regardless of how cool other action venues are or what your stoke is, has transcended the whole deal imo. It is bizarre in the most fantastic way. Every year, the craziest, most impressive ever.
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  • + 5
 Krabbe and Riga...your photography is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 3
 Andreu u sneeky spanish bastard... getting those maxim girls to do your digging! Lucky guy!
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  • + 2
 I can't get over semenuks Huck. It makes me nailing myself last march on a 6 ft gap jump look pathetic. He s got the tricks and is obviously going huge. The man to beat
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  • + 1
 Dirty Ridin tup Salute Man i should have been there looks like i missed out on some next level riding..... Never flying standby again! Missed Out Facepalm
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  • + 1
 The best part is we haven't even seen lines by the claw and some of the others. It's going to be hands down, the biggest rampage so far.
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  • + 2
 Did anyone else change their desktop wallpaper more than once on the way down?
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  • + 1
 Ya sem is a real gamer. Look out for him in finals and slopestylers watch how he changing tactics for diff type of event. Big lines win, not barspin combos.
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  • + 1
 will there be a replay on after it finishes as i will miss the live broadcast and i want to watch all the action as it happened?
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  • + 1
 This is all amazing! Can't wait to watch today when things get really interesting during finals.
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  • + 1
 RADICALLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!! RED BULL RAMPAGE THE EVENT !!!!! THANKS MY LORDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD !!!!
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  • + 2
 Please tell me this is being live-streamed.....
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  • + 0
 Less then an hour to go now ... i am officially seething .... rewatching every rampage like everyone else no doubt Razz rip it boys!
  • + 1
 totaly ripper so stoked for sorge deserved it probably got a lot of favourable judging cause of his recent pwnage before the event with where the trail ends ... but he crushes ...great event and coverage too!
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  • + 1
 Will this be shown live on the redbull app . ??? If so when and time cheers
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  • + 1
 Shame Fairclough and Gee are out. Was looking forward to Faircloughs line...
  • + 1
 what happened with Fairclough?
  • + 1
 Said he tweaked his knee on his first quali run
  • + 1
 but he did his second quali run?
  • + 1
 Fairclough did a second run and made the finals.
  • + 1
 Fairclough and Gee are both hurt and won't be in the finals.
  • + 1
 kinda been searching what happened to bourdon, cuz he is my favourite rider, did he really bust three vertebrae, is he back at riding and stuff? can't really dig him out of anywhere on the net.
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  • + 2
 Jesus I can't believe how big some of these guys are going now.
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  • + 1
 Stupid predictive.......I mean Cam, not Can. Keep it rubber side down Mr Zink !
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  • + 2
 What time and day are the Rampage finals in Australia? AEST.
  • + 1
 8 Oct 2012 6:00 am - 8 Oct 2012 9:25 am (AEDT)
  • + 1
 Cheers mate.
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  • + 1
 The photos of Zink are labeled as Cam...but so pumped for today! Going to be even more mind blowing
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  • + 2
 well i have my new desktop background haha
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  • + 1
 These guys make me feel like a pussy. I get excited when I clear a 6 ft gap.
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  • + 2
 Semenuk's line looks insane! the level is just trough the roof!
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  • + 1
 gotta feeln brandon will do a oppo 3 of a drop. and if darren front flips a drop omg cant wait
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  • + 1
 Damn, Cam has had so many hard crashes in competition this year.
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  • + 1
 Time please you jokers. Some one knows tell us please
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  • + 1
 Live stream here in Canada ? What time is that......thx
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  • + 1
 Strait Claw Wil White
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  • + 1
 Soooooooooooooooo sick major props to all the riders !!
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  • + 1
 Props to the photographers !
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  • + 0
 Anyone know if the live webcast is going to be available for replay???? I have to work and cant believe I will miss this!!!!
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  • + 1
 Can't wait for the translation!
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  • + 1
 What time for the finals' stream UK?
  • + 1
 Oct. 7th 8pm (GMT)
  • + 1
 are we not on bst atm?
  • + 1
 We are currently in the GMT+1 time zone which is BST, yes. Pretty sure it still starts at 8pm, says 8-12 everywhere I have looked.
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  • + 1
 Bizet will blow your ass !
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  • + 1
 So many potential PODS here!
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  • + 1
 Any one know if there will be replays ?
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  • + 1
 They are crazy, good crazy
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  • + 1
 Waiting for online)
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  • + 1
 ~~~AMA SO STOUKT~~~
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  • + 1
 fucked up judges..
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  • + 1
 Robbie Crashburdon.
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  • + 0
 no Brendan?
  • + 1
 Anyone know what time for people on the west coast?
  • + 1
 Isn't California the same time zone as Utah?

Was ages ago since I was last on the west coast.
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  • - 3
 Whats with that wooden quarter pipe!? Give me a break, it defeats the whole purpose of rampage. Way too much wood there
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