Brett Rheeder has announced on social media today that he will not be competing at Crankworx Rotorua this year in order to focus on his own riding and creativity. The Canadian rider has had no shortage of success with seven Crankworx titles, an X-Games gold medal and winning the slopestyle world title four times.
In his announcement, Brett mentions the effect "contest robot tricks" have had on his riding and by taking this step he is hoping to build upon his unique style. While he plans to focus on his own riding this March, Brett will still be competing in other events, including Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler later this year, and Red Bull Rampage. Correction:
An earlier version of this article implied that Brett Rheeder was stepping away from slopestyle competition entirely. That's incorrect, and at the moment it's only Crankworx Rotorua that Rheeder has announced he will not be attending. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.