The Eighth Day...Crankworx 2013

Aug 17, 2013
by Danielle Baker  
And on the eighth day Noah hosted the Whip Off Worlds. Undeterred by the rain, fans could be spotted walking towards the village with deteriorating “whips for tits” cardboard signs in tow. Hungover and slow moving, they were soggy hitchhiking zombies wanting to see your rack. No amount of rain or cold was going to keep their shirts on or stoke down as they hiked the mountain and converged on Crabapple Hits.

  Bikes were abandoned and completely ignored in favor of whips and cheers.

The Whip Off Worlds is a true spectator event that lets us get right in the action, bodies lined the course and bikes littered the hillside while riders whipped it out for all to see. The colorful crew of spectators cheered and hoisted signs, cameras, and beers, periodically leading chants of “tits out for the boys” and “huck to flat!” As the enthusiasm grew the narrow gauntlet the crowd created on the jumps closed in and some fans and photographers became markers for accidental tire taps. The grassroots feel of the event was refreshing, no big screens or view-obstructing safety fences, just men precariously balanced in trees and an excessive, yet enjoyable, loss of personal space.

  The enthusiastic crowd, um, well, crowded in for a bigger and better vibe as the competitors threw down.

So focused were the audience on the whips that in the few minor breaks in action everyone seemed confused, they looked around at each other almost awkwardly wondering what to do with themselves. It was like a rowdy mosh pit when the music ends suddenly and you find yourself hugging a large sweaty man. Luckily there was almost constant action with a huge field of riders participating and leaving it all on the Hits.

  The action was close.

The course-side DJ played loud tunes and channeled the rock n’ roll vibe while some of the riders channeled Anthony Kiedis and friends, whipping it out literally and hitting jumps with only a pair of shiny goggles for modesty. (It’s okay boys, we know it was cold.) Other professional sports may invest in furry (and warm) mascot costumes for crowd pleasing, but all we need are some naked Kiwis. Shenanigans done well, thanks boys!

  Who needs faux fur and an oversized cartoon head when you have a pair of goggles and some skill in the rain?

With so many riders, the initial cuts came quickly and the bar was set high. They whittled down the competition unceremoniously at the end of each run, until finally there were only the select riders left and the organizers announced, “There is no second place.” First place would claim $1500 while another ten competitors where handed $100 bills for style, angle, height and crowd pleasing techniques. The final runs were exceptional and there were cheers and gasps from the audience as riders hung out whips for what seemed like far longer than possible, pressing pause in the air. Lazy whips, steezy whips, big whips, they were all present. But it was Bernardo Cruz’s style, moto-whips and consistency that crowned him the winner.

  Crankworx General Manager, Darren Kinnaird, said that Bernardo's ability to get his bike so sideways in the air that he was almost moving backwards and then to land it straight and clean was what set him apart from the multitude of other riders.

This was day 8, Noah forgot the unicorns and Bernardo Cruz won the Whip Off Worlds.

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  • 133 1
 I feel sorry for the people who think Football is the best sport.
  • 11 0
 You have no idea how true I feel it is in Poland.
  • 22 0
 If anyone has video or images of me eating shit in my boxxers on the third hit Id love to see it. Thanks
  • 5 2
 And then picture American football, just to understand what we go through across the pond year round.
  • 1 1
 Erm... You mean s(u)occ(k)er?
  • 1 0
 I meant soccer and they mean football, so I thought they had meant soccer.
  • 3 0
 i am from Brazil , for me this is the worst problem here ... people like only Football
  • 1 0
 I'm whit you Daniel!
  • 1 0
 The worst part is when your roommate insists on watching "the worlds greatest game brah" and you have to miss part of Rampage or something...
  • 1 0
 The same here in Paraguay.
  • 17 0
 Photo #1- Happiest photo in the world
  • 13 0
 When I came around the corner and saw everyone I thought it was the happiest view in the world.
  • 14 6
 May as well name your bike Kuntakenta there whipin em so hard. sorry no offence northamerican Africans
  • 6 2
 i think offence may be taken on that one...
  • 3 0
 if you're gonna be a dick, the least you can do is be accurate at the same time...
  • 1 0
 I'd like to take your Canadian Flag away from you and whip you with it!
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  • 5 0
 They might as well be doing 360's
  • 6 0
 Kiwis are awesome!
  • 6 0
 I was looking at that pic and then read that it was 2 kiwis...I got all flushed I was so proud. It HAD to be Eddie Masters and Matt Walker...surely...
  • 3 0
 i love how in picture 2 the sign is held up by a crutch
  • 2 0
 Whip it ! Whip it good !!
  • 2 1
 I know right..360's...they're more than half way around.
  • 1 0
 Love the sign "chicks dig scrubs " but sick whips
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 Whiptastic devo style tup
  • 1 0
 Truly a sight to behold
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