After being delayed due to rain earlier in the week, the Official Oceania Whip Off Championships were rescheduled as a nighttime affair immediately following the Dual Speed and Style. This double header of events on a Friday night made the venue feel more like a rock concert than a mountain bike festival, as DJ's pumped out tunes and flood lights lit up the sky above the massive whip jump. By far the largest crowds of the week were in attendance and a few thousand people could be seen and heard cheering as their favorite riders took flight; Sideways through the skies above Rotorua.
While it may have been a bit dark, there was just enough light in just the right places for the riders to throw down in complete confidence, and as they became more comfortable on the jump the style and amplitude just kept increasing. In the end, it would be Casey Brown proving once again she is the one to beat amounts the women, and newcomer Reed Boggs would add his name to list of whip off champions in the men's round.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a photo epic of bikes in flight under the Friday night lights...