Sequence: Cam Zink Backflip off the Sender!

Oct 13, 2013
by Sterling Lorence  
 
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Cam Zink: Biggest flip drop in history



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  • + 505
 Zink progresses the sport every time he gets on his bike
  • + 21
 True dat
  • + 20
 absofuckinlutely
  • + 73
 Nucking Futs!
  • + 124
 Must be hard for him to flip with those massive balls he is carrying around.
  • + 28
 ok- I didn't watch all of Rampage, so I may be ill-informed, but how the hell did he not WIN?? f*ck the rest of the line, this is incredible
  • + 19
 the judges base it off the whole run, and he missed 3 or 4 features at the end. I do agree that was nucking futs though!!!!
  • + 11
 That's exactly why he didn't win. It does kinda suck, and in a best trick comp, he or Kelly would have nailed it, but the entire line is judged. He was so amped after sticking it that he went wandering a bit, missing all the hits that followed. Just by hitting his line after the send could have easily bumped him well up.
  • + 3
 and that's what we call innovation
  • + 17
 I know this is supposed to be about Strait, McGazza, and Zink, but does anyone know what kind of shape Binggeli is in? That crash was vicious on a trick that was one of the craziest of the day and I feel like he was thrown to the wayside. Get well soon dude!
  • - 10
flag billybayne456 (Oct 14, 2013 at 3:29) (Below Threshold)
 Zink progresses life every time he gets on his bike, let alone the sport!
  • + 7
 Imagine what must have been going through his head on his way up to the drop, as MTB'ers we all think 3 steps ahead to the landing, the way the jump will throw you etc. He must have been shitting bricks.
  • - 14
flag mtbkid38 (Oct 14, 2013 at 6:52) (Below Threshold)
 Zink got robbed
  • + 2
 @nation

It says somewhere else in Pinkbike (not sure which article) that Binggeli (spelling sorry?) is "ok", his leg is pinned and expecting full recovery "in a few months"

Good times!!!

I'm pretty sure that yes, people definitely care about how he is, Pinkbike let us know, chill, it's fine! Smile
  • + 2
 It doesn't matter that he didn't win. We all know this Rampage belongs to Cam. I hope he is still proud of it. Still, Kelly and Kyle put down INSANE runs and deserve much respect. Everyone for that matter. I'm just disappointed we didn't get to see Brandon put his line together. Rough day for the guy.
  • - 10
flag Soucy (Oct 14, 2013 at 9:02) (Below Threshold)
 Zink got robbed!
  • + 6
 Binggeli had a rod inserted into or against his left femur last night after being airlifted to St. George. His FB says they'll start PT today as they don't want to waste recovery time. Best wishes to him and his healing!
  • + 2
 ambatt- thanks for the update. Speedy recovery Logan!
  • + 2
 Benderoni to give for Jugdes - Russian Vodka . and all got robbed )
  • + 2
 Yeah gutted not to see the Semenuk line go down!

I thought Andreu had it tough too, his line was full on Rampage madness, maybe just needed one more big trick?

Cheers for the update about Binggeli good to know he's ok, such a huge impact, what a warrior! Heal up quick!
  • + 2
 I liked Andreu's line too. He had two great runs and was full of stoke and should have been. Bummer to see him get fourth...... AGAIN.
  • + 76
 Need a sequence of Aggy's dumped 3. So much steeze
  • + 4
 sick 360! nice aggy
  • + 2
 It was so perfect. One of the nicest natural terrain 3's ive ever seen.
  • + 45
 SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSIIIIIIIIIIIICKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK props to zink
  • + 15
 I was there. It was so cool. Congrats Zink!! Big Grin that drop is out of hand man
  • - 8
flag sethsherlock (Oct 13, 2013 at 20:35) (Below Threshold)
 /\ haha I was on my dad's phone
  • + 35
 Zink and McGarry backflips = the most insane shit I have ever seen done on mountain bikes. BIG.
  • + 9
 As i said earlier, Cam Zink is Cowboy Form Hell! total nuts iron balls
  • + 3
 ZINK IS JUST AWESOME!!!!
  • + 7
 Zink needs a sensus edit to some metal song like South Of Heaven or something like that
  • - 4
flag microlab (Oct 13, 2013 at 21:42) (Below Threshold)
 I aint stop saying that Zink and Kelly were both robbed, Kyle does not deserve 1 place, he went big, but cmon 73 ft backflip .....
  • - 5
flag sethsherlock (Oct 14, 2013 at 7:28) (Below Threshold)
 Wait, why did I get hated on for saying I was on my dad's phone?
  • + 12
 Cause Pinkbikers love to hate
  • + 3
 Because no one cared, and no one needed to know. But still, people should just ignore a comment like that.
  • + 1
 im sure zink would have won if he had the chance to do it again and get the run he wanted, but rampage is a contest of the best line, not best trick. nobody got robbed. unless you want to say everyone got robbed by not having a chance for a second run (or one that counted), in which case everyone was robbed equally, and wind was the thief. rampage was awesome, the stoke continues.

and sethsherlock, i thought it was funny
  • + 22
 Totally Awesome, Strait and Zink, nobody will ever be able to talk Red Bull Rampage with out mentioning these guys. The stuff of legends.
To Bender, Simmons, Super T Klassen and all the veteran riders of past who helped progress the sport to where it is today,... Thanks... Salute
  • - 9
flag sicsoma (Oct 14, 2013 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 yeah, and Kyle's no-hander...yawn
  • + 1
 Agreed and don't forget about Matt Hunter's gap-to-wallride.....still probably the most insane thing I've seen done on a mountain bike.
  • + 1
 and dont forget about Kelly McGarrys huge flip !
  • + 25
 Mcgarry's flip?
  • + 26
 We'll have it in the finals post tonight (or early morning...).
  • + 35
 Karl, please, please put together a single desktop size sequence of zink and mcgarry's flips! I'll never need another wallpaper again!
  • - 4
flag downhillerinsf (Oct 13, 2013 at 20:55) (Below Threshold)
 NO one seems to care but I think that run should have won and then zink in second
  • + 13
 If it were just about tricks downhillerinsf, then I'd agree. This kind of event though isn't just about tricks. This isn't a slopestyle contest. What kyle did up top for his line, and how well he rode that? That was amazing. His entire run was rock solid and awesome.
  • + 8
 I would agree I believe Strait earned a first place finish. I also think Mcgarry earned his second place had Zink finished his first run as planned that would of been a different outcome....maybe or all three could have spilled on there second runs possible injuries and what not...you just don't know.
  • + 3
 Personally think the many did better up top than Strait, Andreau's speed up top was insane and nuts, and his style down the rest was awesome. McGarry was also fantastic. Personally I think McGarry or Andreau or TMac should have took the win, but ours is not to reason why...
  • - 1
 Haha, who up top rode an original line with more speed and style as strait did clarky?
  • + 3
 TMac, and Andreau. Strait ran the exact same line at the top as Zink pretty much, hardly that original! Many guys ran nuts line up top, Brendog did too. And someone who I forgot ran a line that looked totally natural and untouched.. Andreau was way faster than anyone down the top section and more stylish too IMO.. Except for one bit at the top, Straits line looks like a transfer route!
  • + 16
 flashback to 2004. kyle strait did the same trick that won it for him back then. still massive though.. props to them both!
  • + 32
 Yeahhh but his run compared to the others was actually complete. McGarry and Zink both messed up on their lines due to being probably the happiest they've ever been, haha. They're all out of their minds.
  • + 3
 Look mom No Hands!
  • + 17
 zink is a legend
  • + 14
 BOOOOOOOOM! I love rampage!!!!!! Zink is one of the most baller riders ever!!
  • + 16
 his girlfriend mustv been freakin
  • + 23
 His baby was probably freaking!
  • + 4
 They are breeding a monster!!! Their kid will shred so hard!!
  • + 14
 Props to Logan for sending that flip also on the sender. He was damn close to riding it out. Healing vibes bro.
  • + 2
 I hope he doesn't have any spinal injuries.. Didn't look great on site.
  • + 1
 I heard he broke his leg, tough dude.
  • + 2
 Broken femur so far according to the KHS Facebook page. Yeah, it didn't look good at all.
  • + 1
 Broken leg is much better than a spine! Vibes Logan!
  • + 8
 soooooo massive.....not to talk about the massive inertia of his balls, that's something you should consider when flipping from a 35 m drop onto the dirt. so busted Andreu didn't made it to the podium, 2 flawless runslike those deserve a medal. McGazza is insane.
  • + 8
 My mom was watching with me and almost had a heart attack when she saw that. One of the greatest accomplishments ever.
  • + 49
 What, Zink's backflip, or nearly killing your mom?
  • + 3
 Zink and Mcgarry got robbed ! Straits run was super fast and burly but that backflip down the sender was wilder than everything i`ve ever seen on to wheels. When Zink was waiting for his run at the top i was more nervous than when Steve Smith dorpped in at World Cup finals in Leogang.
  • + 5
 Well... I think both of Lacondeguy's run were much better & faster than Strait's run
  • + 7
 Zink, congrats on the new baby, and the backflip!
  • + 3
 I dont care who got robbed, that event was NUTS! While everyone else was watching football, I was streaming Rampage in the other room. When I saw that backflip and yelled "HO-LY SHYT!", everyone in the house stopped watching the game and started watching Rampage til it ended. Big pull.
  • + 6
 Holy shit that was huge!!!
  • + 6
 two words- F*CKIN LEGEND
  • + 4
 Lacondegy and Mcgazza are my champions the weather was crap true, but their runs ware truly insane Smile
  • + 1
 Seriously... one of the gnarliest things I've ever witnessed in any sport. If he over rotates that he's dead. Under rotates that... he's dead. It was money. The rest of his run was pretty wack but that one trick... holy crap. The flip over the canyon was impressive too but not like this. I think Cameron would have flipped it had he gotten to do his second run. But no one was gonna flip the sender. That's beast mode. Dude is legendary. Reminds me of pastrana. Every time he shows up you wonder wtf he's been working on.
  • + 4
 Was Zink running a chain guide? Or did the sram chain ring really do its job?
  • + 6
 Perhaps the biggest question of all!?!?
  • + 1
 pleeze, lets not forget the guys that built that mother, the riders have to put ALL their trust in those dudes that build that stuff, you only have to be a degree or two out and ....bang....your on the wrong side of the hospital doors!!!
  • + 5
 and Mc garry sequence???,oh sorry yes it's not american ok...
  • + 4
 stop whining.. it'll come
  • + 1
 macton and yorntjefreerider...your respective nations' flags are the same, only perpendicular.
  • + 5
 So big I had to scroll down my browser to see the landing.
  • + 1
 Been following rampage since it began in '03 and f**k me...backflips were done over smaller jumps/gaps and josh bender + super T were pushing the limits of drops/sender....yesterday blew me away,backflips off the sender and over the canyon gap was eye candy...hats off to all the riders theyre pushing the boundries of the sport :-D
  • + 4
 Rampage began in 2001.
  • + 3
 FFFFFFFFFaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkkk me, that is insane. Respect for stomping that Zink.
  • + 3
 How do I get a poster of Zink's sequence! That would look sick in the garage!
  • + 3
 Troy Lee, you listening? Smile
  • + 4
 Baby zink will front flip it!
  • + 1
 well... I don't think anyone got robbed from the judges I wish everyone would have gotten to finish there second runs because this was a close call and it was sooo sick to watch so many people killed it !!!
  • + 1
 Are there numbers on how big that is? I've been looking, but haven't been able to find anything. When sharing with non-biking friends, it's better to give them a number for reference!
  • + 5
 Not too shabby
  • + 5
 ...That flip
  • + 1
 Throw down a challenge and Zink will kill it. He's an animal! Mad props. And to think he still wanted to go bigger on his next run, still with all the pain. Amazing!
  • + 3
 The only shame was didn't get to see it twice
  • + 1
 Whow is amazin, I think Hyper and Cam go to more push new limits. I wish the best of lucky for yours Greetings from Argentina.
  • + 1
 Antoine Bizet have said 2 days ago "If Zink do a flip on the Oakley Icon Sender, I do a flip no hander"
WHY THERE WAS THIS WIND ? WHY ? I want to see that !
  • + 3
 What will Zink be doing next time round...A superman front flip ??
  • + 2
 Flash forward three years...... Won't even place in a comp if you're not tossing in 75ft. backies.
  • - 1
 Alas, I believe next year is the final year of Rampage. Not sure what it's predecessor will be....
  • + 1
 You mean successor and there is talk of a new venue but Rampage will live on as far as I can tell.
  • + 1
 Yes, successor... Haha. Don't Pinkbike post and drink wine kiddies. But I am not so sure about Rampage, per say, continuing... But yes, you are correct in that Redbull's enterprise will get something going, no doubt = $$$$$
  • + 3
 I think the most of us can say: www.pinkbike.com/photo/10214800
  • + 2
 to be fair kyles run was amazing but i think rampage was a bit of a let down because of cancellation...
  • + 2
 Riding like this made me realize i could never become a professional mountain biker
  • + 1
 I'm still clapping... Props to Zink! What a boss. Kelly... Wow man, and Sick smooth Run Kyle. Very impressed. Thanks for making my day.
  • + 1
 so wheres the sequence of kelly? his jump was just as big and even more impressive imo.
  • + 2
 Zink,you really scared me.
  • + 2
 Kelly's backflip should be in this post too! that was pretty insane !
  • + 1
 land with no hands thats a true suicide!! why not they land dirtbikes no handers so step it up.
  • + 1
 Zink is the FUCKING MAN THAT WAS THE CRAZIEST BACK FLIP EVER. PROPS TO ALL THE RIDERS THE BEST RIDERS IN THE WORLD.
  • + 2
 Yeah Zinko! :3 amazing zob bro
  • + 3
 legendary
  • + 3
 SO HUGE!
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure it's posted somewhere else, but does anyone know the official out and down on Zink's drop?
  • + 1
 How big was the drop/gap? It looks like 50ft+ in both directions.... Scares me just watching it!
Zink... What a guy!
  • + 1
 look mom no hands wins over a monster backflip from hell ..Thats just bullocks! Smile
  • + 0
 Mc garry was robbed. Judging defo favours the big name riders. Mc garry barely got a mention. No one even came out to congratulate him at thecend of his run.
  • + 0
 All i will say is.........CAM IS RaMpAgE! Just took our sport to a level we never thought!!!!! ZINK 1
  • + 1
 say it together now kids " dat flip 0_0"
  • - 1
 Zink got robbed.

Strait's run was the same as Zink's except for a few jumps (without tricks) at the bottom. A great run but not in the same league as Zink's...
  • + 1
 Im Johnny Knoxville and this is the Oakley sender fackflip!
  • + 1
 Da fkin most insane thing i've ever seen o_0
  • + 1
 Cam Zink blow my eyes! SIC!
  • + 1
 If carlsberg rode freeride.........
  • + 1
 Shot number 8 on both sequences is where its at. So sick
  • + 1
 Zink brought a sidecar... for his balls.
  • + 1
 Zink is the King of the Mountain!
  • + 1
 i looooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you zink
  • + 1
 How's the camo photographer in Strait's sequence
  • + 1
 I just can't believe my eyes
  • + 1
 MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
  • + 1
 I wonder how much weight was off his mind when he landed?!!
  • + 1
 Esto no es logico, Cameron Zink deberia haber ganado!
  • + 1
 holly crap bro
  • - 1
 That shits gotta be flip whipped. On what bike? By which rider? Who knows. Must be someone else thinking it too
  • + 2
 Nah flipwhips are for slopestyle and dirt. Clean and huge flowy flips on the most technical and hard places are where it's at with big mountain riding. If the Rampage would become all about barspins and tailwhips I'd stop watching right away.
  • + 1
 future pink bike judge lmfao!
  • + 1
 Too Radical
  • + 1
 McCaul got robbed!!
  • + 1
 WHERE IS THE VIDEO?
  • + 0
 I want to have a baby whit Zink!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 WOW, legenAry
  • + 1
 fantastic´╝ü
  • + 1
 Of the freakin chain.
  • + 1
 For me Mc garry win!!!
  • + 1
 How big is sender?
  • + 1
 zink,s leve still super
  • - 1
 Huck-o-meter reads: SLAM THE FRONT DOOR!
  • - 1
 SHUT*
  • + 1
 SLAM: To shut a door with force. (a little bit more intense than just shutting it Wink )
  • - 4
flag wsxzaqe1 (Oct 14, 2013 at 1:28) (Below Threshold)
 nice dictionary.. didn't know slam had anything to do with doors, shut the front door is a play on stfu so your argument is invalid, maybe make it; DRIVE A BUS THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR (a little bit more intense than just shutting it)
  • + 1
 Doesn't slam begin with an s too?
  • + 1
 @wsxzape1, you're an idiot.
  • + 0
 Weeeeoooooooowwwwww
  • + 0
 Hyper!!!
  • + 0
 Zink got robbed
  • - 3
 I strait zink mcgazza and another guy got robbed!
  • + 1
 I see what you did there...
  • - 2
 Cam Zink got robbed
  • + 11
 he did nothing else in his run. still a sweet trick though!
  • - 1
 Strait did the same exact run as Zink but did a few jumps at the bottom which he didn't trick! Zink got robbed.
  • - 1
 Yeah Strait pretty much did a suicide no hander and the crowd went wild and he won. sooooo.....yeah
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