Whip Off World Championships: Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Photo Epic

Aug 19, 2016
by Dave Trumpore  



Whip Off World Champs is one event at Crankworx that really needs no introduction. Born as a rouge event run underground and on the side in 2011 and now a staple of each Crankworx stop around the globe, it is without a doubt the event that crowds and riders seem to enjoy the most. An atmosphere that can only be described as controlled chaos but with chaos always leading the way dominates that jam format, and with riders buzzing by every few seconds, there is no downtime for those that come out in droves to watch.

Of course, some champions were crowned by the name of Finn Iles and Casey Brown, who took home the men's and women's title respectively, but to be honest, the action that went down behind this pair was just too insane to be overshadowed. So with that, we leave you with one massive photo epic from an event where it's best to just let the photos do the talking...

Crab Apple hit have been reworked this year and the main jump sent riders higher than ever before.
Crab Apple Hits have been reworked this year and the main jump sent riders higher than ever before.

Right off the lip Finn already has things going sideways.
Right off the lip Finn already has things going sideways.

Finn Iles getting that back wheel out front for days.
Finn Iles getting that back wheel out front for days.

Alexandre Fayoll whips it good.
Alexandre Fayolle whips it good.

T Mac and the Bulldog training it up.
T-Mac and the Bulldog training it up.

Sam Blenkinsop has a style all his own. He hangs way off the bike on the way up and then rotates the back end around in what almost looks like slow motion.
Sam Blenkinsop has a style all his own. He hangs way off the bike on the way up and then rotates the back end around in what almost looks like slow motion.

Remy Metailler is no stranger to getting sideways in the bike park.
Remy Metailler is no stranger to getting sideways in the bike park.

Remy Metailler laying it flat on his way to seventh.
Remy Metailler laying it flat on his way to seventh.

Allan Cooke dropping sending it to third place.
Allan Cooke dropping, sending it to third place.

Alenandre Fayolle kept his whips consistent and landed fifth place.
Alexandre Fayolle kept his whips consistent and landed fifth place.

The Claw sending it through a seas of photographers and fans.
The Claw sending it through a sea of photographers and fans.

Laurie Greenland opted for the boner air in the train.
Laurie Greenland opted for the boner air in the train.

Whip Off World Championships Crankworx Whistler 2016
Name that rider.

Mitch got whip off confused with slip off and was seen with a leg hanging down for extra style points.
Mitch got whip off confused with slip off and was seen with a leg hanging down for extra style points.

Mitch Ropelato has a knack for steezy whips.
Mitch Ropelato has a knack for steezy whips.

It s not a whip but a 360 flat spin had the crowd stoked.
It's not a whip, but a 360 flat spin had the crowd stoked.

All kinds of Whistler wild life came out of the woodwork for Whip Off Worlds.
All kinds of Whistler wildlife came out of the woodwork for Whip Off Worlds.

Business up front and a party out back
Business up front and a party out back.

Ruardh Cunningham on the hot push back to the top.
Ruaridh Cunningham on the hot push back to the top.

Local hero and heartthrob Finn Iles.
Local hero and heartthrob, Finn Iles.

Casey Brown pushing back up.
Casey Brown pushing back up.

Casey Brown heading into pre-whip orbit.
Casey Brown heading into pre-whip orbit.

Lorraine Blancher was Casey Brown s mentor growing up and you can see why.
Lorraine Blancher was Casey Brown's mentor growing up and you can see why.

Kintner on the push back to the top of Crabapple Hits.
Kintner on the push back to the top of Crabapple Hits.

It was a scorcher out there today and those were best prepared brought their own shade.
It was a scorcher out there today, and those were best prepared brought their own shade.

Guest announcer Martin Soederstroem was loving everyone s huge whips but was hating the fact that he was injured and couldn t take part.
Guest announcer Martin Soderstrom was loving everyone's huge whips but was hating the fact that he was injured and couldn't take part.

Lots of notes from the judges as the massive list of riders was chopped down to 20 for the final thirty minute jam format.
Lots of notes from the judges as the massive list of riders was chopped down to 20 for the final thirty-minute jam format.

BMX legend and current Santa Cruz sponsorship amp events manager Alan Cooke tows Brook MacDonald in sideways.
BMX legend and current Santa Cruz sponsorship and events manager, Allan Cooke tows Brook MacDonald in sideways.

Allan Cooke out of retirement for a one day whip clinic.
Allan Cooke out of retirement for a one day whip clinic.

King Maybe.
King? Maybe.

Stupid big.
Reed Boggs going stupid big.

Thomas Vanderham is the godfather of whips. He s been the mater of this trick for so long and makes it look so effortless that you almost don t notice the he s often going twice as high as everyone else.
Thomas Vanderham is the godfather of whips. He's been the master of this trick for so long and makes it look so effortless that you almost don't notice that he's often going twice as high as everyone else.

T-Mac going huge.
T-Mac going huge.

Whip Off World Championships Crankworx Whistler 2016

Finn just getting warmed up
Finn just getting warmed up.

Eliot Jackson flat and sideways.
Eliot Jackson flat and sideways.

Whip Off World Championships Crankworx Whistler 2016

Mitch Ropelato boosting
Mitch Ropelato boosting.

Bas Van Steenburgen through a sliver of light off the run in jump.
Bas van Steenbergen through a sliver of light off the run in jump.

Carson Storch stretching his legs and going huge.
Carson Storch stretching his legs and going huge.

Casey Brown cranks it around.
Casey Brown cranks it around.

Casey Brown went higher and more sideways than most of the men to claim the top spot amongst the ladies.
Casey Brown went higher and more sideways than most of the men to claim the top spot amongst the ladies.

Alex Fayolle mixed sideways antic with huge amplitude to grab 5th.
Alex Fayolle mixed sideways antic with huge amplitude to grab 5th.

Sam Blenkinsops whips are poetry in motion.
Sam Blenkinsop's whips are poetry in motion.

There s never enough T-Mac at Whip Off Worlds.
There's never enough T-Mac at Whip Off Worlds.

Alan Cooke showing why he deserved a spot of the podium.
Allan Cooke showing why he deserved a spot on the podium.

Finn Iles last whip was the one that sealed the deal for the judges. Until then it was a stalemate between he and Vanderham but when this one went way past 90 degrees it was game over.
Finn Iles last whip was the one that sealed the deal for the judges. Until then it was a stalemate between him and Vanderham, but when this one went way past 90 degrees it was game over.

Finn wasn t sure how he had done but new it would be close. When they called Vanderham up for 2nd the nerves really started to kick in.
Finn wasn't sure how he had done but knew it would be close. When they called Vanderham up for 2nd the nerves really started to kick in.

The highest flying most sideways men in the business.
The highest flying, most sideways men in the business.

The to three ladies from left to right. Jamie Hill winner Casey Brown and Lorraine Blancher.
The top three ladies from left to right. Jaime Hill, winner Casey Brown, and Lorraine Blancher.

Casey Brown fought the winds to win Whip Off once again.
Casey Brown fought the winds to win Whip Off once again.
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46 Comments

  • + 98
 Two things I loved here: Finn was riding clipless and the men's and women's purse was of equal payout! Way to go mountain biking.
  • + 6
 ... It's not really an equal payout purse for women as they only go one deep ???? !!

Stoked Casey got the full $2k for the win - she shreds hard and deserves it.

I also know the women's field isn't as deep and I understand reasoning in that thought ...

... just sayin' correcting as it's not truly equal payout. Yes - for photos there's finally one big cheque. We're getting a little closer to inspire a few more girls it's worth their return to truly be able to shred ...
  • + 1
 These things I love too! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Finn has been riding clipless since last year. We just didn't see him in Whip Offs last year because he was injured.
  • + 46
 People tell me I ride like a girl. I just brush it off and hope they mean a girl named Casey Brown.
  • + 43
 Finn with the fan girls!
  • - 9
flag rrsport (Aug 19, 2016 at 11:56) (Below Threshold)
 He got in those fan girls later that night Wink
  • + 34
 POY: "Bas van Steenbergen through a sliver of light off the run in jump"
  • + 16
 The rider for name that rider is Damon Iwanaga out of Tahoe. Earned his way to some Fest stops and is KILLING it!!!
  • + 5
 Yeah Damon!!!!! Badass.
  • + 1
 Yeah Damon!
  • + 13
 Soderstrom... Injured 10 months on 12 every year ? Frown
  • + 5
 since the Joyride’s huge crash
  • + 12
 Mitch ropo shoulda got a free pass with that clipped in nacnac.
  • + 9
 Lorraine blancher looks really sideways on her pic - more Sideways than Paul Giamatti
  • + 5
 ROPELATO!!!!!! BOOSH! So sick! It's cool seeing a local boy in them pics.
  • + 3
 Big shout out to the amateurs. Some of the no names out there were sending it huge. Looked right at home if not better than a lot of the big names.
  • + 5
 Blenkie just hangs out the back of that bike like its rutting season!!
  • + 4
 Dat opening shot. Has to be a POY contender. Incredible
  • + 10
 The pic captioned "Stupid big" is madness.
  • + 4
 The shot of Bas out of the shadows by Trumpore is all time!
  • + 3
 Allan Cooke - Holdin it down for SC! Greasy Steeze fer days!
  • + 2
 Pinkbike it's Rogue, not Rouge! Red vs Rebellion......
  • + 1
 Ha you beat me to it. Had a chuckle to myself imagining people in biking gear putting on blusher in secrecy.
  • + 2
 No need for a #letfinnin campaign anymore...kid is a rock star.
  • + 2
 Really great pics!! Nice job to all!!
  • + 2
 the women's podium is beautiful
  • + 2
 top pics!! the Claw is riding for DVO now?
  • + 1
 Good snappin. Cant wait for the video now...whiiip it!
  • + 1
 Time to go wallpaper hunting!
  • + 2
 Whips are beautiful.
  • + 2
 I like whips
  • + 1
 My hazard a guess for name that rider..Lluis lacondeguy Smile
  • + 1
 He's on comenncal and I do believe that is a yt
  • + 1
 Adolf silva
  • + 3
 Damon from the USA check the dred locks
  • + 2
 @Kre1985: I would have probably said angel suarez otherwise being A fox rider but you are probably right Smile
  • + 1
 must be cool to ride down the mountain with that check
  • + 1
 Tmac's face....Grrrrrr
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