Downhill Photo Epic: Short & Sweet - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 14, 2019
by Matthew DeLorme  


The spectacle that is Sea Otter officially wrapped up with downhill today. The track is short and fast, and mistakes are costly. Jill Kintner and Walker Shaw take the win here at Laguna Seca.

Logan Binggeli through one of the forest sections.
Logan Binggeli through one of the forest sections.

Even with two different jersey sleeves Kiran Mackinnon rode into third place.
Even with two different jersey sleeves, Kiran Mackinnon rode into third place.

Bubba Warren racing on his new Evil.
Bubba Warren racing on his new Evil.

Jill Kintner warming up the engines.
Jill Kintner warming up the engines.

Go on girl. Veronique Sandler puts a bit of style into her race run.
Go on girl. Veronique Sandler puts a bit of style into her race run.

Laura Slavin dives into the lower section of the track.
Laura Slavin dives into the lower section of the track.

Anneke Beerten took second today.
Anneke Beerten took second today.

Your overall fastest racer Walker Shaw.
Your overall fastest racer, Walker Shaw.

Greg Minnaar on one of only two DH bikes of the day. The other was Steve Peat.
Greg Minnaar on one of only two DH bikes of the day. The other was Steve Peat.

The entrance to the rocks. The one on the left proved to be tricky for a lot of riders.
The entrance to the rocks. The one on the left proved to be tricky for a lot of riders.

Loris Vergier was just outside the top ten.
Loris Vergier was just outside the top ten.

Luca Shaw on the gas but his brother Walker was the one who took the win.
Luca Shaw on the gas, but his brother Walker was the one who took the win.

Elliot Jackson keeping it low and fast.
Elliot Jackson keeping it low and fast.

Jacob Dickson getting his chin low.
Jacob Dickson getting his chin low.

This is how you stay low over a jump.
This is how you stay low over a jump.

Well that s a wheelie cool way to ride that section.
Well that's a wheelie cool way to ride that section.

Christian Gonzalez looking quick.
Christian Gonzalez looking quick.

The technical section of the day.
The technical section of the day.

Martha Gill getting it sideways. She got the last step on the podium in 5th place.
Martha Gill getting it sideways. She got the last step on the podium in 5th place.

Noga with what she calls the Bell Grab . Hopefully her sponsor doesn t change so she would have to change the trick name.
Noga with what she calls the "Bell Grab". Hopefully her sponsor doesn't change so she would have to change the trick name.

Curtis Keene was on the move today. Keene took 7th.
Curtis Keene was on the move today. Keene took 7th.

Short and simple the course here at the Otter gives fans good view of the action.
Short and simple, the course here at the Otter gives fans good view of the action.

Lots of spectators lots of airtime.
Lots of spectators, lots of airtime.

There are plenty of opportunities to put the gas pedal down on this track.
There are plenty of opportunities to put the gas pedal down on this track.

Dakota Lee Norton tucking his way into 4th place.
Dakotah Norton tucking his way into 4th place.

I am unofficially crowning Cody Kelley the Sea Otter most stylish rider award.
I am unofficially crowning Cody Kelley with the Sea Otter most stylish rider award.

Dan Atherton showing off his new bike for the fans.
Dan Atherton showing off his new bike for the fans.

Every bit of momentum counts on the Sea Otter DH track.
Every bit of momentum counts on the Sea Otter DH track.

Marcelo Gutierrez was a bit off pace. Probably saving it for Maribor.
Marcelo Gutierrez was a bit off pace. Probably saving it for Maribor.

Because Peaty.
Because Peaty.



40 Comments

  • + 27
 Dan Atherton using the MudKings for the flattest and least technical hardpack track ever haha.
  • + 4
 Jill Kintner using an Ardent on the rear. Speed, bro.
  • + 2
 Hes always done this. He runs the same tires and just cuts them different for each track.
  • + 21
 Downprairies
  • + 8
 It would be great if Sea Otter put some money into a real technical downhill. It would attact more pros and get much more people to watch.
  • + 21
 nah... the coarse is fun for more beginner riders and a wider range of people.
  • + 4
 @BennettHazard: The xc race was uci sanctioned and had racers from the top of the pack.

Would be awesome if the DH was legit too!
  • + 5
 Racing is racing...
  • + 18
 Go Race it .... Sea Otter DH Track is SUPER FUN !!!!!!! Really hard to Win .... Fast as FUK and the sand ruts keep the local ER selling casts .... Track has so much Rad History... so many Battles over the years ... Go spend a weekend on it and you will feel different....... Then head up to Port Angeles, WA nwcup.com with your Big Bike !!!!!!!
  • + 6
 @mcrosley: Don't bother - a lot of these internet 'DH Racers' (do you even race, bro) who call their bikes 'Weapons' take this stuff very seriously and always complain about the poor old SOC. It IS fun and super-competitive for all the reasons you mentioned. It's as safe or dangerous as you want it to be.
  • - 14
flag Jared124 (Apr 15, 2019 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 @mcrosley: its trash...
  • + 3
 It sure seems like the only folks that bitch about Sea Otter are the people that don't go. This dude has been lighting up the boards shit talking Sea Otter, but the view from his basement is probably pretty limited so I can understand I guess.
  • + 1
 There were more big names this year than ever if I'm not wrong. What ever they're doing, is working.
  • + 1
 @Rucker10: I've been there three times and live an hour from there in the Santa Cruz area. I don't think it is a good DH or Enduro course. They could do a lot to improve trails. The 4X is the best race. The show is pretty good because all the big names there and lots of people go. However, the trails are not great. Another improvement would be to have a good demo with all the manufacturers where you could try on some decent trails. They could have it at Toro park down the road.

To me, the Sedona Bike Festival or Outerbike looks way more fun because you can try sick bikes on even sicker trails. However, the one thing they are missing is races. But who knows, maybe races are in the future.
  • + 10
 Whip, no hander and "bell grab". Looks like women had more fun riding!
  • + 2
 My wife always complains when I grab my bell in public.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of helmet action, I don’t think.
  • + 0
 For a state that doesn't allow plastic bags in grocery stores there damn well sure was a lot of plastic poking out on the track....I don't think we need that many poles lining a race if yea ask me!
  • + 4
 They’re allowed, you just have to pay 10 cents
  • + 2
 Bell grab - if the trick fails there is always the “Bell” helmet to fall back on / test. Does the Helmet work???
  • + 3
 Everybody is in the air. Very nice shots
  • + 1
 Nice! Smile Some amazing shots...

Some of those jumps are looking so nose heavy it makes you wonder how the landing went..?
  • + 1
 Tech section.. Only 5 Rocks on course..lol, Doesn't take away from the fun, but that's not "technical" at all really~
  • + 1
 The no-handler by Miss Sandler? On an e-bike? Or just a really fat bottom bracket?
  • + 4
 I believe that is the new Marin Mount Vision. But it's okay, it is uglier than an e-bike so easy mistake to make.
  • + 1
 @GregorHayes: they let an ebike race in the cat1, 50-59.... he got third place.
  • + 2
 Where's the pic of Heather Munive?
  • + 2
 People on the DH bikes didn't get the memo?
  • + 1
 Ride DH race, Ride DH bike. The guys have ridden this race enough times to know what it's about, it will have been an educate decision.
  • + 9
 yeah, noobs turning up on their stupid V10s with no idea about anything. Probably only have three or four world champs golds between them, w.t.f do they know.
  • + 1
 Sea Otter DH, the very definition of a downcountry track
  • - 1
 E-bike needs to be included on DH, will see bigger jumps and faster speed trap runs!
  • - 2
 I know everyone is racing their enduro bikes, but the amount of water bottles in these pictures is shocking. You stopping for a drink halfway down?
  • + 4
 If it's empty does it really matter? Where else do you leave it ?
  • + 1
 Extra mass to keep the momentum up!
  • + 1
 Maybe they want a drink at the bottom?
  • - 3
 Am I missing something here? Is this just a race down a hill?
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