Nine Days Later...Crankworx 2013

Aug 18, 2013
by Danielle Baker  
  Signs of life in an ominous Crankworx landscape.

A post apocalyptic scene unfolded on the barren land of the slopestyle course yesterday. The rain was relentless for most of the morning leaving all of Whistler village, riders and fans in limbo, wondering if the show would go on. When the call was finally made spectators began a slow purposeful march up the hill. The weather had let up to a drizzle, the clouds were ominous and a chopper hovered overhead looking for signs of life amongst the zombies. They found it.

  Pretty sure this is how the ten commandments were delivered.

  The Almighty loves slopestyle, and the God-rays shone through just in time, after a solid day of rain.

  Anthony Messere sent from heaven.

  Sam Pilgram's Jesus Christ Pose.

The sun shone some biblical light through the clouds and the boys of slopestyle dropped in on one of the best Red Bull Joyride courses yet. The packed crowd uniformly shouted and cheered, sending up a roar all the way down the mountain as trick after trick shocked and amazed. The crowd was collectively quiet during the two course closing crashes that bookended the event, providing only applause when requested in support of the injured athletes.

   Kelly McGarry, the last Kiwi standing. He hardly took notice of the apocalypse, putting down one of the best slope runs we've seen in years.

  Clawpocalypse now.

Big Bad Brad’s voice echoed around the park like the voiceover in an 80’s action movie trailer. It would not have been out of place for Bruce Willis drop off the chair life with machine guns blazing. Instead a naked man sprinted through the crowd in all his glory and a murder of bananas chased a gorilla into the unloving arms of security. All were signs of a world gone mad. A world where only slopestyle mattered and signs like “Dump ‘em Out!” had profound meaning.

  You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell!

  Inked bananas are the new black.

  Big Brother getting it done.

A remote cable cam caught the action for big screens placed generously around the hillside. The robotic movements and big lens conjured a feeling of big brother’s watchful eye as it zipped up and down keeping up with the competitors ensuring that we didn’t miss a moment of the action. Inside the double line of fences that were keeping the zombies from becoming road kill were bombed out trenches that rose up into perfectly manicured jumps. Brandon Semenuk described this year’s course as “the best yet” and the features as “a good size but not so big you couldn’t do your best tricks.” Brandon went ahead and won, throwing down an amazing run and setting the bar with the highest score ever recorded at this event.

  Killing it for the crowd.

  As somber Semenuk is awarded top honor in the shadow of Soderstrom's crash.

At the close of the event the crowd slipped down the mountain and descended on the Whistler bars and restaurants in search of Red Bull vodkas, party hats and fresh meat. This morning under the time lapse of fast moving clouds groggy partiers are waking up to the pain and aftermath of their celebratory choices. Serotonin levels have been depleted and there is still work to do. Today, the masses will muster the party that is left in each of us and once again reunited on Heckler’s Rock for the Canadian Open!

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  • 69 3
 Can everyone please stop commenting how Semenuk isn't smiling? He just witnessed his riding buddy seriously hurt himself doing what he loves most. Not only is he concerned for Soderstrom, but he also knows that it easily could've been him. So how about you show this rider some respect...
  • 15 14
 They're commenting because he never smiles when he wins. Ever.
  • 4 0 I must not be familiar with these smiles you speak off, apperently this isn't a smile?
  • 6 1
 You do realize the the caption on the photo you just linked said "flashing a RARE smile"
  • 3 1
 Oh I do, but there is a difference between something happening RARELY and something NEVER happening, which is what you said.
  • 2 1
 Semenuk is an introspective and empathetic young man. And an elite world class athlete. Despite the laurels he receives from the sport, I think he gives more than he receives. It's not as easy as we may perceive to be in the limelight of the action sport audience. I had a chance to chat with him briefly while at crankworx, and he was nothing but gracious. A class act. I have nothing but respect for the kid.
  • 53 2
 Best Crankworx EVER! Good to see Canadians on top!
  • 3 2
  • 6 0
 Big Bad Brad calling and Tippie on the post contest interviews is nuts! They interview just as hard as these guys ride!
  • 35 1
 You could tell when watching the live feed that Semenuk wasn't happy to win the way he did, sure he is happy he won, but not with Soderstrom nearly killing himself, you could tell by the way he wa acting durring the moments after Soderstroms crash
  • 5 21
flag rigodon777 (Aug 18, 2013 at 21:00) (Below Threshold)
 Almost the first time we see some emotion from brandon! Usually not the kid to emotion.. Except almost crying when he looses crankworx by one spot! Oh well!
  • 25 2
 Steve Smithhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
  • 1 7
flag will-oddy1 (Aug 19, 2013 at 13:57) (Below Threshold)
  • 18 0
 So sad to see it's over. Thanks to Crankworx and Pinkbike for a great time. Now it's back to work and daydreaming about next year's Crankworx!
  • 8 0
 This year's crankworx was awesome! cant wait for next year!
  • 4 0
 sucks that soderstrom crashed. he put together a sick run. if he landed that flip double whip he would have taken the title, and thats coming from a fan of both. Sucks to see both guys so bummed
  • 14 10
 not sure if Semenuk is always depressed or never gives a single fuck
  • 3 11
flag markwalter (Aug 18, 2013 at 19:36) (Below Threshold)
 So true, I have never really seen him smile Smile
  • 3 6
 No I think he just never gives a fuck...
  • 3 0
 Any news on Soderstrom's injury?
  • 2 0
 Broken Tib and fib
  • 2 0
 This years was great to watch on the live feed, hopefully ill be over there watching next year!
  • 2 1
 Where is the epic? shouldn't there be at least a hundred photos? This is an epic...
  • 1 0
 What a report! Perfectly illustrating words and breathtaking photos. Thank you Danielle and Margus.
  • 7 7
 Semenuk smiles about as much as Kristen Stewart.
  • 1 1
 Love C.W.
  • 1 1
 well played crankworx

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