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.
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.
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.
Right out of the gate, we knew we weren't in Kansas anymore.
The drive in was pretty jaw-dropping.
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, management was keeping in touch with loved ones from home. (Any ideas who this guy is?)
And as the sun set over Rotorua,
These bad boys waited anxiously to be awarded.
And the start gates prepared to open.
-Clint Trahan, Crankworx photographer.