LifeProof: Cam Zink, Defy Odds - Video

Jan 21, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  

From all the broken bones, torn ligaments and ruptured organs, Cam Zink has sacrificed his body in the name of progression. Thankfully his injuries were not suffered in vain as Cam is recognised the world over, as one of the sports most progressive athletes.


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  • 176 7
 What a bad ass. As inspirational as they come. So proud of you for passing up your last run at rampage. The judges were completely blinded by all the wrong things. You saw that, flipped them the bird and we were right there with you. You continue to do stuff at a level that no one else can touch. Keep ripping, brother.
  • 20 0
 I couldn't agree more! About Cam being a bad ass and the stupid judges at rampage.
  • 29 0
 Agreed. I openly gave my opinion on Zink being too high in a previous Rampage so I'm not fan boy of Zinks... though I am a huge fan. This year.... Cam got screwed for sure. He wasn't the only one. Judging was very odd and needs to be changed. Hopefully the riders saying screw you guys and following Cam's lead by not doing a second dangerous run for no reason will show Rampage changes are needed. One of the reasons I like Cam as much as I do... dude will risk it all when he thinks it's necessary... but the key is... he thinks about it. He's no fool. Mad respect. My hopes is that they divide the judging. The judges should not be talking like the do before results are given. What ends up happening is they start off slow because they're scared to overjudge early. Then someone does something crazy and they get hyped... they start talking to each other all crazy.. hype each other up more... then everyone that comes after either scores super high or super low. So everyone that went before that is screwed. And they also take in to account previous years. Which hurts people like ZInk. They go... oh... we've already seen that... without taking in to regards that he put WAY more in his run and ran a super tech section. Changes are needed. Either way. Props to Zink. Guys with ball that big and the heart to use them are rare and always to be remembered.
  • 5 1
 I completely agree with everything you wrote, jeastman. He did and has always done the most gnarly and true big mountain lines. He's like if Seth Morrison picked up a bike. I can't believe how many knee surgeries alone he's had. That's maybe a combined few years off his bike for recovery from what he's been though for that and his shoulders. What a maniac.
  • 120 1
 Scraped my knuckle on a wall, cut the back of my leg on my pedal. Yesterday I rode a 2m gap jump for the first time but it was what I needed to do to show people how little is left in the tank for the future. When I quit I'm gonna eat all the cake and drink all the beers but it'll be on my own terms, and I'll choose how just how many beers I'll be drinking.
  • 12 0
 Someone needs to pick you up with proper sponsorship. All these guys hucking off cliffs and doing backflips. The manufacturers should recognize that most of us aspire to be just like you. Keep the dream alive!
  • 34 9
 He is the reason I chose the YT Tues for my DH bike. Not because of what he can do on the bike, but because I knew I would be supporting him, his family, and his passion for pushing the sport.
  • 21 8
 lets hope gwin didnt choose like you
  • 6 1
 Well, his motivations are certainly different than my own. I'm just looking forward to another great season of DH racing. Can't wait to see how Loic, Gwin, Carpenter, and the Athertons do in 2016. They are all favorites of mine, regardless of the bike they ride.
  • 20 0
 Wow, having a few injuries my self how do you have 3 ACL surgeries and come back so damn srong and confident, not to mention the long list of broken bones. Legend indeed
  • 10 1
 Yeah it's true. He's sacrificed it all for the sport. Won't be able to move when he's 50 but, damn, he goes 100% all the time.
  • 20 0
 Hold on, I recognise that beard.... did Cam steal it from Peaty?
  • 60 2
 Hold on... has anyone ever seen Cam and Peaty in the same place at the same time? Ooooh, conspiracy theory.
  • 8 1
 Are...are you ok?
  • 14 2
 Surely you meant to say Aggy's beard?
  • 17 0
 and they all ride for monster energy. Maybe ratboy was kicked off the monster team because he couldn't grow a beard?
  • 14 0
 So much respect for cam zink, he's a true pioneer. & most of all a badass legend!
  • 2 0
 All of that and now he's got that killer beard too! Lookin good Cam!
  • 29 20
 Personally, I don't like that the sport is going towards «death defying» stuff. I closed my eyes when he attempted that backflip at Rampage. I don't like the fact that young athletes have to risk their lives more and more to earn their money and to entertain other people.

Regardless of the discipline, top level mtb will always be a high risk activity, but I prefer riders who do it in a more controlled, technical, stylish and reasonnable manner. Such as Semenuk, Peat, Minaar, Simmons... I think those guys should be the ones called «progressive», rather than those going higher and higher.
  • 9 6
 I can't agree with that. It is part of the big mountain sport even if nobody likes someone to be injured... It has a high risk and is progressing too like every discipline and sport does and has to. I had an almost deadly spleen injury as well but I am back on the bike because for me it is a part of the sport. I don't ride that hard anymore but I will, when I am completely over the injury. But I get your point and it is no non-sense neither it is untrue.
  • 17 0
 I get your point, but these athletes calculate the risks, theyre all professionals and theyre all doing it because they enjoy it, if zink said he doesnt want to do something no one would make him do it. Semenuk takes some huge risks with his riding and the top World Cup riders are always riding on the edge. They all do it because they love it not just for us
  • 6 2
 You have to remember that these guys don't have to enter these events, and most of the time they most certainly don't need the money and the sponsors will still be supporting them regardless as to whether they enter Rampage or not... They enter because they want to. It's for their entertainment, not for the audience.
  • 12 0
 The sport isn't going there. Some people within the sport are. Its like free soloer Alex Honnold. He doesn't represent the sport of climbign and its direction. Its just one guy. A select few have always chosen to take stuff to the next level. Take the big wave surfers back in the day. These people don't represent the sport, but they sure increase its visibility.
  • 5 0
 To each his own, if he or any other sportsman choses to do this high risk stuff, I will respect that and keep admiring what they are capable of. The point where it becomes crucial is when these guys are pressured, by who ever it is, to perform these stunts. As long as the are doing it because they want to, just leave them alone.
  • 1 4
 With skills>> you don't only get better at doing tricks>> but also at falling>>. Thereby what is death defying>> for one person is just an easy trick>> another guy uses to warm up for a real session>>. People like Zink know how to fall>> correctly and save themselves in these situations. Where the average rider would simply die>>.

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  • 3 1
 The beauty of rampage is that you make it as crazy as you feel "comfortable" on. You build your own line based on your strengths, and you do the tricks you want to do.
  • 2 1
 You can't base things off what you consider to be reasonable. Tricking off these huge jumps is just outside of what these guys would call their normal. The fact is that their normal, happens to come with huge consequences for getting it wrong. This is what happens when you want to be the best in the entire world at something.
  • 2 1
 I agree in SLOPESTYLE this is a necessity, but this is Fkn RAMPAGE we are talking about. It is The call of all that is Giant and mighty. The big senders. The impossibly steep. The near unridable. Zink, Don't ever change.
  • 1 2
 t1000 plus from me. Sport-is a sport, selfkilling - is a selfkilling. It is two different things.
  • 1 0
 I think you will find the other riders you mentioned have all had their fair share of nasty injuries. These have been the result of them pushing themselves to their limits and beyond. Its all about what these athletes view as personal progression to push their sport forward. They all take far more risks than the average person ever will, thats why they inspire us.
  • 5 1
 I'll keep buying YTs as long as he and Howie are running the US distro! Thanks for everything you have given the sport and for whatever else you have up your sleeve.
  • 2 1
 Honestly even though this is a commercial for a product, it was one of the most inspiring videos I've ever seen. I was getting depressed about my newest injury and watching this made me reevaluate my outlook. I will get more out of mountain biking than mountain biking gets out of me. Thanks Cam.
  • 1 0
 Inspiring to see him riding at a top level after so many horrific injuries. I'm spinning on the trainer at this very moment with no resistance as part of my pt for bilateral hip surgery in order to just enjoy the thrill of the trails again this spring.
  • 5 3
 Legend. One of the first guys really pushing limits. Glad he is slowly stepping aside and can enjoy what he has helped create. His family needs that.
  • 2 1
 I agree with everything except him being one of the first to really push things. Freeride mountainbiking was about a decade old before he stepped into the scene. Legends before him were riders such as Bender, Super T, Dangerous Dan and more.
  • 6 2
 zink is like hoffman to me. pushing
  • 3 1
 Legend. One of the greatest ever. Nice to see you're still looking to progress and push yourself. Freaking rad dude. Looking forward to what's up next.
  • 3 2
 I am wondering if he picks different lines when he takes his dog on a ride? Or lets mount a rear facing cam and watch that trail dog just going for it!! Be kind to your dog.
  • 2 1
 Yes, be kind to your dog.
  • 4 1
 That's my home!!! So sick to watch Cam shred Woodward and see him at Northstar!! Such an inspiration!
  • 2 1
 I have had the pleasure of meeting Cam, his brother Howie and the crew from YT USA several times. They are all gentlemen and among the best people we could have to have represent our sport.
  • 1 0
 Even though I'm not a recognized rider, my injuries have never been in vain either,,because I am rewarded with happiness everything I get on the bike, and that's all I need to make the injuries worth it.
  • 4 1
 Also a great video of one of the most inspiring riders out there
  • 4 1
 the doggie scrub at 2:10 was sweet
  • 2 1
 "One bad experience takes five good ones to overcome it." So true! What an inspiration to get out and ride, and follow your dreams!

Cam... You are the man!
  • 2 0
 If I was half the rider Zinc is...... I would be AWESOME!!!!! Zinc keep killing it bro!
  • 3 1
 That plot-twist at 2:36Big Grin
  • 3 0
 World class dude.
  • 2 1
 After watching that. New respect for this man. He also has a killer free ride beard going on!
  • 3 2
 Zink, your da man!! So sick!
  • 3 2
 I mean, he is the CEO of YT USA so that's p cool.
  • 3 2
 More like death proof! Cam is the mode above beast mode.
  • 2 1
 I'm really interested in those red 5.10s he's got on...
  • 2 1
 Cam is the best fr biker in the world !
  • 1 0
 Nice ad for a phone case.
  • 1 0
 Did anybody care about the phone protector...I know I didn't..
  • 1 0
 Amazing production! Loved it
  • 3 2
 Legend
  • 2 2
 I ride vicariously through Cam all the time, amazing skills !!!!
  • 3 2
 Geiger grade. Nice.
  • 2 3
 " I always wanted to get more from mountain biking than it got from me"
f*ckin righteous
  • 3 2
 INSPIRE!
  • 2 1
 at what cost?
  • 1 0
 He's all Zinked up!
  • 1 3
 He don`t technical tricks like barspin and tailwhip, but has very very big potentiality.Awesome
  • 1 4
 Agazink !
PS: What is that trick ? Cashroll ?
  • 1 1
 oui
  • 1 1
 Merci @RedBurn ! Smile (je ne savais pas que tu étais francophone en fait !)
  • 1 0
 yeah the first one was a cashroll
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