Road to Whistler - Part One

Aug 6, 2015
by Official Crankworx  
Crankworx Photographer Clint Trahan tells the world how he sees Crankworx...

Crankworx Whistler is about to launch. The King and Queen of Crankworx will be decided. We find out if Brett Rheeder can do the unthinkable and take the Triple Crown of Slopestyle. And, of course, the new champions of all four Crankworx series' events will be crowned. Is it going to be epic? If you have to ask this question, you really need to "get amongst," as the Kiwi's would say. "Indescribable" is probably the better way of putting it, but to truly understand how amazing this year at Crankworx will be, it's important to start at the beginning. Rotorua, New Zealand was a place where dreams take flight.

Crankworx was granted behind the scenes access to the Boeing 777 flown by Air New Zealand. Big thanks to them for all their assistance

Back in March, the Crankworx team loads onto the Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and gets a sneak peek at the cockpit. Notice the security guard in the bottom left. That's right boys and girls, no one was left unattended.

Sharing air with Anthony Messere flying out of YVR Airport in Vancouver British Columbia. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

With the season only just getting underway, many, if not most of the riders, were super keen to hit the trails and on the early flights with the organizing team. Anthony Messere we are watching you. We are always watching.

Lord of the RIngs statues greet travellers at the Auckland NZ Airport. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

Right out of the gate, we knew we weren't in Kansas anymore.

The first morning in New Zealand. The first sunrise.

The drive in was pretty jaw-dropping.

Martin Soderstrom Anton Thelander and Tyler McCaul pose with a young fan looking for autographs. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

As athletes started arriving, so too did some of the younger fans. Here, Martin Soderstrom, Anton Thelander and Tyler McCaul took their tour behind the lens with the autograph crowd.

Gee Atherton is framed up by the media Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

And with athletes, came the cameras. The media frames up a shot of Gee Atherton during practice sessions. Ale Di Lullo has mastered that 5 o’clock shadow.

Hard at work shaping the courses in Rotorua for Crankworx 2015. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

Meanwhile, on the other side of the curtain, the work didn’t stop as volunteers logged hours like full-time employees while holding down day jobs and juggling family.

Muscles burned as the crew steamed through the final stages of set-up--and so did the course. As you can see, the rain was evaporating from the Crankworx Rotorua Slopesptyle's "dirt gold." Slope star Kelly McGarry, and his building partner Tom Hey, delivered a red hot course for a show befitting the first stop of the all new Triple Crown of Slopestyle.

 Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

 Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

While home may be far away we are never truly out of touch. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, management was keeping in touch with loved ones from home. (Any ideas who this guy is?)

The sun is magical in Rotorua.

And as the sun set over Rotorua,

To the victor goes the spoils. Photo by clint trahan Crankworx

These bad boys waited anxiously to be awarded.

New Zealand plays with light.

And the start gates prepared to open.

-Clint Trahan, Crankworx photographer.

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  • 14 0
 I have to admit my favorite part of Crankworx is how the global community comes together. It's so cool to think how many different places riders come from to partake in these events.
  • 1 0
 So excited! Ill see you all there!
  • 1 0
 Nice shots Clint!

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