Photo Recap: Cam Zink Sets New Guinness World Record

Aug 22, 2014
by Zach Youngberg  


One for the Record Books



On August 21st, 2014 Cam Zink successfully set a Guinness World Record for the longest dirt-to-dirt backflip on a mountain bike at Mammoth Mountain. Cam cleared a distance of 100 feet and three inches, which surpassed the current unofficial record of 78 feet that he set earlier this year. As a bonus, during practice Zink also claimed another world record for the longest straight air dirt-to-dirt jump, recording a distance of 119 feet and nine inches.


Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  The long roll-in to glory.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  There was no shortage of drink for the fans.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Even with the live broadcast and interviews, Zink kept his focus.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Plenty of fans came to the Canyon Lodge to witness Zink write his name in the history books.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  The Monster Energy girls were there to hang out with the fans and snap some photos with everyone.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Zink even had his own personal shuttle up to the top of the 910 foot dirt roll in.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Even the groms got to shred a little bit at the lodge in the kids' races.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Of course, the representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on standby to give Cam his official plaque.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Kyle Strait was there to follow Cam down the roll in to get a live POV shot of just how fast he was going.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  With a target speed of 50mph, there was no margin for error coming down the roll in, especially with Strait right on his tail.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  With an official distance of 100 feet and 3 inches, Cam Zink is the official world record holder of the longest backflip on a mountain bike.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  The man of the hour.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  Cam had his fiance and baby girl there, as they wouldn't miss it for the world.

Cam Zink World Record Backflip

Cam Zink World Record Backflip
  What's a trip to Mammoth without a pic with Wooly?




Congrats to Cam Zink from everyone at Pinkbike on your new Guinness World Record!




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104 Comments

  • 393 3
 Also a World Record for top speed on Kenda tires.
  • 92 0
 @adrianjensen84, I'm giving you one of my three "Best Pinkbike Comments Of The Year" nominations.
  • 9 22
flag sicsoma (Aug 22, 2014 at 16:05) (Below Threshold)
 ...and Strait breaks guiness world record for most belly-button lint
  • 14 1
 Is he not sponsored by YT Industries bikes too ?
  • 6 1
 Yeah can someone clarify the bike deal? I'm so confused.
  • 2 3
 hey man , nexcavators are basiclly a dhr 2 ....
  • 5 0
 Adrianjensen84... He gets my vote for comment of the decade! Pure brilliant GOLD!!
  • 5 0
 Are you guys taking about Strait? I thought he was sponsored by GT?
  • 7 0
 tfw Andreu pulls a 25m backflip casually during a practice run: vimeo.com/102448747
  • 1 0
 @tabletop84 that's because simple backflips just ain't a big deal for the best of the best.
  • 2 0
 ok that was the best comment yet. laughed for 5 minutes. My wife kept asking what was so funny
  • 1 0
 If those are Monster Girls then I want nightmares for the rest of my life!!!
  • 1 0
 This and the pancake recipe comment are both gold
  • 71 0
 why are the cameramen wearing back protection?
  • 150 0
 ..the event was that extreme.
  • 3 2
 Probably for the belt.
  • 8 1
 Things could get flipped. Lol
  • 3 0
 mabe they have motorcycles?
  • 14 0
 The cameras weight a lot, think about you, using them for 3 hours and you'll understand haha
  • 4 0
 Just for posture etc
  • 25 0
 because they don't want to look fat. there's a reason why they say the camera adds ten pounds.
  • 3 1
 HAHAHA
  • 1 1
 When in Rome…
  • 6 1
 they are back supports and they help with not putting all the strain on your back for holding a heavy camera like that for so long
  • 64 1
 That awkward moment when the camera crew has more body protection than the guy doing a 100ft backflip
  • 1 1
 Stewart is my favorite person now XD
  • 25 2
 Talked to a guy at work. He has never ridden a mountain bike and doesn't even know where to find the handlebars. He watched this last night and it blew his mind. This jump wasn't meant to impress the guys who ride every day - it was meant to blow the minds of a broader audience. He f*ing succeeded in doing both.
  • 1 0
 ..great feat of bike technology and the huge balls of Mtbikers..
  • 28 3
 That was flipping incredible let's be honest.
  • 20 1
 That flip was mammoth.
  • 17 5
 If you Zink this is going to be easy to beat then you have another thing Caming.
  • 5 0
 Ewww
  • 16 0
 Watched it live on Espn last night, they dragged out the coverage super long to build suspense, and in the end Cam made it look effortless. All the talk about how dangerous it is and he stomps it out like its nothing. So much respect for Zink! He is a legend for sure! Can't help but wonder now what he is going to bring to rampage this year. Going to be epic!
  • 4 0
 It was also very windy lucky we had a wind free window.
  • 14 0
 My wife has a hard enough time with me racing occasionally for fun I think she would have a heart attack if I was skilled enough to go that big! Props to his fiancee for both being there for him and supporting him!
  • 1 0
 she's usually in tears just before an event
  • 4 0
 Because despite all the warning signs (just like every other gravity junky among us)...she's gonna marry him anyway. Gotta love her for it! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Yeah, she was a nervous wreck at Rampage last year. Seemed like every time I saw her before Zink did the flip of the Oakley sender, she was dying inside.
  • 10 0
 Also, she was due like 4 days after Rampage, so that added to it I'm sure.
  • 15 2
 Amazing. I know I'm setting myself up for negative props here but I was surprised to see that he wasn't wearing a neck brace (Leatt, etc.). It almost seems like a requirement these days for moto/snowmobile guys.
  • 7 1
 Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure he usually rides without one. So he probably wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it for such an important jump that requires total focus.
  • 9 1
 i dont think it would make a difference if he landed on his head on a 100 foot jump haha..
  • 11 0
 His level of confidence/comfort on that jump was probably way higher than the added security of having a Leatt brace on. Let's be honest here, this isn't nearly the craziest thing he's done as he's been practicing quite a lot and stomping many backies into the air bag prior to this. But I've always had a rule that pro riders or any other really good ripper can wear whatever the hell they want and is not anyone's place to tell them how to ride otherwise.
  • 12 1
 Dress for the ride
Not the crash
I'd think a neck brace would hinder being able to spot the landing?
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla not going off of experience at all but I completely agree. maybe that camera guys back brace could have worked.
  • 6 0
 maybe he gave all his safety gear away to the camera crew?
  • 6 1
 As dumb as it sounds, this flip probably wasn't really all that dangerous for him. If he didn't pull it off, he would have been really close. That chances of him landing on his head were virtually zero. He was never going to mess it up that badly, to the point where the neck brace would matter.
  • 2 0
 zink is as likely to land on his head flipping as a fish is to drown.
  • 2 0
 No neg props here man, I never leave home without mine for the baby stuff.
  • 10 0
 Amazing for sure, he just keeps pushing further and further... wow... Also, who's Kyle STRAIGHT?
  • 11 1
 yeah, everyone knows it's Lyle Straight
  • 1 0
 Whoops
  • 12 1
 Norbs got robbed...
  • 3 2
 @thinkbike, close but no cigar maight.
  • 8 0
 Not seen a photo that does this jump justice yet , allways an angle that makes it less impressive , where is the side on multi-shot !
  • 1 0
 HUGE !!!!!!!!
  • 14 6
 I can't wait to see someone do a 110ft flip. Now that really will be something.
  • 8 1
 do you want to get negative props?
  • 3 1
 I live for the neg reps.
  • 1 0
 111 is where it's at.
  • 1 0
 That really would be amazing to see.
  • 8 0
 i am sure that YT are thrilled at not being mentioned as a sponsor. nice flip Cam
  • 8 1
 They forgot one on his list of sponsors....


YT INDUSTRIES!!!

Well, he does also need a bike doesn't he?
  • 1 0
 and even hes a Factory team Rider....how the hell could they forget that..
  • 7 1
 Serious props to that dude, Rad level 10.

Does anyone else think that Blonde needs some pies? The Monster Energy promo girl I mean, Not Zink's Mrs haha.
  • 3 0
 you are just being fussy mate
  • 7 2
 She's got a long body and she looks plenty healthy, not overly skinny at all... unless you're into the chubbies in which case, more power to you! Wink
  • 15 4
 I'd certainly like to feed her a sausage...
  • 1 0
 How tall!?!
  • 6 6
 big girls can't run a fast... though they are harder to bury.
  • 2 3
 I am all for grotesquely large chested Caucasian women so I'll have to agree with you on this one.
  • 4 0
 You've reached a certain level of badass-ness in life when Kyle Straight shows up to to ride around behind you with a camera strapped to his head.
  • 3 0
 Damn you auto-correct! Strait, not Straight.
  • 3 0
 Well, they are best friends.. If my friend wanted to do something like this I'd be his camera man too
  • 4 0
 Congrats to Cam Zink from your buddys from Rincon Mountain Bike Pro Shop in Puerto Rico.
  • 1 0
 They stated the gap of this jump was 80 feet. And what he did was awesome, that goes without saying... But now, is everyone that over jumps something going to add the distance they went and not the actual gap? For instance if a drop is 10 feet and you land a foot into the sweet spot you didn't do an 11' drop, you just did the same 10 footer... A couple weeks ago at Highland, I hit the Big Bird jump which they say is 40', went super long, more than half way down the landing, it did not miraculously become a 60'...
  • 4 0
 the Evil Kinevil of the mtb world!
  • 3 0
 but better lol
  • 4 0
 Zink is in a class of his own, much like Semenuk.
  • 4 0
 Blimey that Cam Zink fella can ride a bit
  • 2 0
 He's alright, int he?
  • 5 0
 He's got a future in biking for sure
  • 3 0
 absolutely flawless stunt
  • 3 0
 That second to last pic............pure GOLD! Way to go Z-Man
  • 2 0
 Monster... The family energy drink...
  • 3 0
 Way to go Cam. I'm getting confused with the legs in the 8th picture.
  • 2 0
 CAM ZINK IS A FUCKING BADASS!
  • 2 0
 Cam spends more time in the air than I do just riding a bike.
  • 1 0
 Such a MTB hero, and cutest family ever. Could have done with out the 4 dancers there, but, cest la vie. Congrats Cam.
  • 1 0
 The most beautfull pic when cam kisses his wife on the forehead. I really like it.
  • 1 3
 Typical Zink fashion, big spectacle over not really a big deal. It's just reeeeeeally lame that no one has done this before. Not a big deal that it's finally happened now. Gotta give the dude credit though, he sure knows how to market himself to the masses. Congrats Cam, you're turning into the Robbie Knievel of MTB. Now all you need is the red, white & blue stars/stripes super hero suit & you'll be all set. You've already got the right attitude. :s
  • 1 0
 I think Zink's dad is looking for you.
  • 1 0
 Why are the cameraman and his assistant wearing back protection?!
  • 1 0
 I finally have a cool neighbor.
  • 1 0
 Yeaaaa.. not a 100 feet but sure...
  • 1 0
 YOU ARE INSANELY AWESOME ZINK......
  • 1 0
 The motor is the man!
  • 1 0
 Huuuuuuuuuge
  • 1 0
 Amazing
  • 2 4
 Loose fest was wayyy bigger than this so how is this the world record?
  • 1 0
 Bigger maybe, but ot longer.
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