Video: The Best Slopestyle Run Ever

Aug 17, 2015
by SRAM  
Views: 121,705    Faves: 1,189    Comments: 57

Opposite Truck Driver
360 Downside Tailwhip
Backflip Double Tailwhip
Cork 720
Backflip Tailwhip to Can
Backflip Barspin
Double Tailwhip
Double Truck Driver
Flat Drop Backflip
Opposite Barsin
Cork 720

Video by Mind Spark Cinema
/ @mindspark / @SramMedia

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  • 225 2
 very much appreciated the slomo, feel like I missed all the nuances of those tricks in real-time. that was just crazy.
  • 24 2
 Holly goose-bumps Batman!
I don't use this word much but "EPIC" comes to mind.
  • 15 1
 Brandon has so much control, style and skill. Logan peat got it right, to watch him ride is like watching your favourite video. . .
  • 41 2
 This SloMo video may actually be what Brandon sees in his mind, timing wise. Proved what he is again, a roaming legend.
  • 2 2
 13 out of 13 and more
  • 27 53
flag kubaner (Aug 17, 2015 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 No knock on Brandon. Just on PB for the "best ever" crap. Perhaps they're trolling us into a bickering war. Best ever? Come on. Was Rheeders run at Rotorua any less dialed or amazing? How about just "Semenuk's winning run in slomo"? Sh*t we haven't even stopped arguing about Gwin's run being the best or not.
  • 35 0
 they should hire little birds to fly around every Joyride to make slo-mo edits look more epic
  • 4 1
 you said it. Perfect edit. Thank you for this. @kubaner just appreciate this man. Just. Appreciate.
  • 11 21
flag kubaner (Aug 17, 2015 at 20:43) (Below Threshold)
 Very much appreciate him. I will agree that he is the best. Exuberantly. Just don't see the need for more best ever bs
  • 12 0
 now we can SEE the one footed kan after the tailwhip ! It's going too fast without slowmo
  • 2 0
 Thank you a ton, you could barely see what was going on during the broadcast.... so insane.
  • 92 1
  • 67 1
 Its the slope style version of a large, quality fireworks show.... OHHH!....Wow!.... LOOK AT THAT ONE! waay!......Holy shit!!!......
  • 49 2
 I remember my BMX riding mates used to take the right piss out of me riding a MTB on dirt jumps, saying that nobody would ever be able to jump a 26 incher anywhere near as well BMX riders do. Well....allow me to present the compelling case of Mr. Semenuk Smile
  • 48 2
 What a day we had yesterday, we were riding dh and watching the slope finals on the phone on the lift in between runs. We timed a run to get the bottom and watch Brandon's run, spectacular. I do think he is capable of more, and almost 'played this safe' because he could gauge what was needed and reacted to it in order to get a solid run on the board. If Rheeder would have nailed his first run we probably would have seen an even more incredible run out of Brandon. Just my opinion, glad to see him win.
  • 27 1
 Yeah, but that run would have broken the universe. And the other riders would have to wait until Semenuk retires from slopestyle before they can even dream about winning joyride.
  • 2 1
 Or even dream of creating new tricks.
  • 4 1
 If Rheeder had upped the ante, Semenuk would have done a run so dense, that it would have created a new universe inside our atmosphere, proving today's science irrelevant and moo(Joey Tribbiani,Friends). A cashroll double bar would have been present I am quite sure and that alone would have automatically put his competitors on their knees, chanting his name, forever glorifying him as the one and only, the Poobah of the styles, like miles and sh!t, 360 double truck, back flip can drop in! Even though there have been naysayers over the years, questioning the might of his fist, the steadiness of his hand and wit, he has never fought a battle against his opponents, rather one against himself, for only he himself can truly recognized as a rival worthy to beat!
I congratulate you, Sir Semenuk, destroyer of minds, ruler of all steeze!
  • 26 5
 cue the rogatkin fans...
  • 51 9
 If Rogatkin had done anything harder than a straight backflip off the final step down. The debate would be on, but that is the standout difference imo.
  • 77 4
 if he had a bit more style/flow as well. all his tricks looks so forced and kinda robotic, while Semenuks tricks are just so stylish and flowy.
  • 14 3
 @mckrider I felt the same. Flip whip final stepdown and some oppo combo insted one of many of his tailwhip and he would be around Semenuk score. But we must remember that Brandon still didn't show all his combos
  • 30 5
 rogatkin lacks style. Sure he has all kinds of crazy tricks, but he just looks like he's chucking his meat around when he does them. No style or flow. If that changes, then he is going to start winning more.
  • 11 37
flag philipmcm (Aug 17, 2015 at 15:15) (Below Threshold)
 style only matters so much. if one riders has better tricks/straight up skills then they should win. not saying that anyone was better than semenuk yesterday, but i'd rather see any rider do something they've never done before instead of seeing more "style"
  • 8 0
 @philipmcm That's why I missed Szymon Godziek :/
  • 19 3
 I could not disagree more. Style is the one defining thing about riders, and in my opinion one of the best parts of slopeSTYLE @philipmcm
  • 10 26
flag fatfingur (Aug 17, 2015 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 If Rogatkin loses all that body armor and pads, and adds a visor to his helmet, he'll look more stylish in the air. But props to him for riding "safe".
  • 15 2
 style is everything. so many people can do tricks, very few can truly make them look good and be smooth.
  • 4 1
 @philipmcm Form, style and smoothness of landing counts in every judged sport in the world. Of course it's fun to see a gnarly trick that nobody does. That's why there's videos and there's contests!
  • 6 1
 No style or flow, but somehow he managed to beat a whole lot of other riders and get second place.
  • 16 1
 rogatkin practises tricks until he lands them safe, semenuk until he thinks they look better than anybody else's. oh and apparently until he can do them on any terrain and any bike... I'm glad he took the win. nobody deserves it more imo...
  • 48 4
 Semenuk's run was clearly better, but give the kid a little credit (isn't he the youngest rider there?), he is one of the few on a hardtail (harsher landing) and he did do a lot of hard tricks that not many others are willing to do in a contest (Difficulty is part of the judging is it not?). Im not a die hard Rogatkin fan, but people on here really love to hate on him. Also just a thought, but how do you do a stylish triple whip? Has anyone seen one? Some people go for big tricks, some for style, Semenuk clearly has both, which is why he won, but no need to rag on the kid he sends it.
  • 32 4
 almost no one in the world can cork 720 straight into cashroll (including mr. Semenuk), I don't care if you nerds think he doesn't have style doing it... that's pretty stylish in my book
  • 2 2
 Basically you just inadvertantly started a tally of the kooks who think style is more important than their lives. Keep on neg propping you morons. Steeze can wear body armor...shredders know that. Neg propping Kooks...
  • 1 0
 Experience was the winner there. Rogatkin was most likely so juiced and amped it took everything he had just to get 'er down.
  • 3 0
 We see this argument on every slopestyle page, I firmly believe style is an expression, not all style are the same, rogatkins style is clean and precise, its that simple, he has bags of style, just a different style to semenuk
  • 2 0
 i love this
  • 5 0
 welcome to pinkbike, where poeple argue abut simple things like style or the definition of loam.
  • 17 1
 Now imagine that Brandon has tricks like corked flat drop backflip or flipwhip to barspin,backflip double barspin to tuck no hander or 720 barspin in his sleeve,and if this was the best slopestyle run ever and every year the level of riding goes higher and higher,then I predict that in the future this run would be beaten-by Brandon himself !
  • 9 0
 thats one reason i really wanted to see rheeder up his score, then maybe in semenuks 2nd run you would have seen some of those tricks.
  • 21 2
 Be quiet, Brad. There's a good lad.
  • 23 6
 Isn't the 360 downside whip called a decade?
  • 39 1
 Its a decade if you dont kick the bike around, just do a 360 holding the bars and bike staying straight. If you kick the bike around then its a downside whip.
  • 10 2
 Yes, essentially the same thing but they're executed slightly differently
  • 4 1
 Yeah, subtly different tricks. You can usually tell the difference by how the frame moves, or rather doesn't move in the case of a decade air. Here's a double decade air: Notice how the frame remains straight and only his body spins above the bike. Contrast that with the 360 downside tailwhip in Brandon's run, and notice how he actually does a tailwhip while spinning around.
  • 5 1
 I still call that an Ali whip, don't forget Alistair Whitton, he was so stylish !
  • 1 2
 @hirvi @dlxah you guys are so funny) decade and 360 downside opo whip can be called as one trick,cause of one fact-in a huge air (not a hop decade or something like that) if u dont kick frame to opo whip and just do straight decade, when u catch pedals, u overrotate and crash Big Grin But in fact of this, u can do straight double decade,decade to 360,360 to decade.But u cant see any riders do decade on a real jump with normal airtime.
  • 16 1
 One of the few videos that I'm grateful for the slo-mo.
  • 13 0
 damn and I though I was good at pumped bmx
  • 12 0
 One shot.
  • 10 1
 Semenuk the slopestyle robot strikes again! I can't even imagine what would have gone down if he'd had to step it up...
  • 5 10
flag mattradical (Aug 17, 2015 at 22:39) (Below Threshold)
 A crash
  • 6 0
 I said it last year and I'll say it again, that last trick off the whale tail wasn't a cork 720 it was in fact a 360 backflip. They're very similar having the same degrees of rotation and the only difference being a 3-flip having the rider rotate 360 degrees on each of two axises simultaneously instead of having the entire 720 degrees rotated on one corked axis. This is why he was able to perform this trick so quickly compared to the earlier more drawn-out cork 720.
  • 1 0
 I think the first cork 720 was drawn out and awkward looking because he was mentally getting ready to throw a barspin into it on his second run. You can see him kind of straighten out his arms towards the end and make room. I think he was going for a normal cork 720 off the whale tail but because of the step down and take-off speed he spun it all crazy fast and it looked like a backflip 360. Just nerd theorizing here.
  • 6 1
 Wow, I don't have words for this. These are good days, we can witness the Michelangelo of slope style in the flesh. What a prodigy....genius.
  • 5 0
 I wouldn't be surprised if Brandon experiences time this slow while riding. Amazing athleticism and mental strength this human has.
  • 3 0
 I'm confused? Seminucks insane history breaking run of all time gets a measly 9.3? Rotgatkin was far better than 9? How do we fix this huge problem, it's worse than figure skating? Wait for it..... Norbs got robbed too! This is why I LOVE WC DH, just teh clock, Rob and Claudio telling it straight up.
  • 2 0
 But you forget the occasions when the clock is not working properly... Big Grin
  • 7 0
  • 6 2
 I have a hard time understanding how this only scored 93. Like somehow a guy could score 7 more points for a better run. That was absolute perfection.
  • 5 3
 Hmmm, I think the third trick was an extremely corked 360 double-tail whip. If you ignore the tailwhip, you'll see that he never does a flip - his head/shoulders never goes lower than his hips. And no, I'm not trying to diminish this trick, I'm just saying it was called wrong and the description above hasn't been corrected to what it really should have been. And it would have been hard to call at the time because Semenuk was just a whirl of body and bike.
  • 3 1
 It's true, I'm sure he's not going to argue it either as the flip double would score higher! Rheeder's that he crashed on looked like an honest flip double-whip.
  • 2 0
 While kicking the tailwhip he has a different position on the bike. Imagine if he had the foot on the pedals, it was definetely a flip dub whip
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel He kick the bike and stay in the same postion in 0:20 and 0.45 flip whip to no foot can. So I guess 0:20 is flip double whip
  • 6 0
 what Eek
  • 5 7
 That! Eek
  • 5 0
 hold my beer and check my winning run Smile hahah
  • 5 0
 one slopestyle legend calling the run of another. simply perfect.
  • 2 1
 Incredible! Semenuk is the man. Shame that a great deal of the run was obscured by the chairlifts or the run itself. For such such a big event like this surely the camera angles would be sorted by now so that we could enjoy a moment like this in all its glory. Very poor on that front, but not wanting to detract from such riding brilliance.
  • 1 0
 do you guys realize that Rogatkin threw away his first SAFE run and had to repeat his SAFE run to get a decent score? If only he completed his first run, we could see what he's really got. And looking at his edits he's got a lot!
  • 4 0
 Cork 720 from last drop , so fun
  • 4 1
 Haha SRAM wrote "opposite barsin" instead of "opposite barspin" someone is going to be in trouble for that
  • 3 0
 Best slope style run ever... So far... Can't wait to see what these kids dream up next!!!
  • 2 1
 Really, So I guess there is a lot to say about how the pros do it, Like "if only Rogatkin has visor" or something related to that? But in reality is that you can't even pressure yourself and level yourself to these guys.
  • 4 1
 this was amazing. would also love to see rogatkins run this way.
  • 3 0
 as incredible as this run was, this one shot video is pretty impressive!
  • 2 0
 I find myself coming back to this page over and over. Slomo finally does the justice.
  • 2 0
 Good for you B! You deserved a good one with all that you have been through this year!
  • 1 2
 Brandon is totally awesome and he is my hero since I saw him in NWD movies, but...but...but...two 7 corks in one run is too much :/ He should replece one of those with...I don't know maybe duble flip or combo frontflip with barspin Razz
  • 2 0
 It's not really my type of mountain biking but what these lads do is massively impressive.
  • 2 0
 ALIENS>>>>>>>>>>> Semenuk
  • 1 0
 I watched it for minimum 100 times and it is still the best motivation for me to go in the woods and ride
  • 2 1
 Post 2nd and 3rd place runs.
  • 1 1
 This two corked 720 look different. First looked like corked 720 and second one more like 360? or he just spins way faster?
  • 3 1
 The 2nd one looks like a 360 backflip. But yeah whatever it looks sick.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Tricktastic, and i couldn't name one of them lol
  • 2 1
 that run was freakish clean
  • 2 1
 So on the all time list of greatest slopestyle riders - who is in second?
  • 6 0
 What's on second - Who's on first!
  • 1 0
 He is either an alien ninja or one talented holly roller.
  • 1 0
 well... seems other havenĀ“t been robbed this time...
  • 1 0
 Looks like a session I should have watched in person! incredible...
  • 1 0
 Sweet slow mo for the video
  • 1 0
 Yeah nice..still dont like that dude . Frown
  • 1 0
 what was his score?? i missed it live
  • 1 0
 I am speechless!
  • 1 0
 so gnar
  • 2 2
 So why is that all of you Rogatkin bashers not competing at joyride??
  • 1 0
 I just cry!
  • 1 0
 I feel like a Kokanee
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 amazing he is the boss
  • 1 2
 Wow. I made a comment that I just didn't "get" it, and my comment got deleted.

Really Pinkbike?
  • 2 1
 It wasn't deleted. It's been down voted by other users into the 'Below threshold' section at the bottom of the page.
  • 1 1
 Lol, downvoted into oblivion! Thanks for clarifying!
  • 1 0
 Simply unreal!
  • 1 0
 Dude bro
  • 2 3
 Best Slopestyle Run Ever - ft. Chairlift
  • 4 7
 I think nikoli rogatkin had a better run he just did not do anything on the last two jumps
  • 1 0 overall he didn't have a better run. I agree that the triple whip, cashroll etc were off the chain and he might have been up there if he had done something bigger off the last hit, but he didn't and these days you have to do something amazing on every feature. Maybe next year we will see him lift the big cheque?
  • 4 0
 Part of the difficulty of Slopestyle vs. a straight DJ booter contest is the diversity of the features. People getting creative on the whale tail or the boner log are the reason we don't just have a bunch of trick jumps in a row. The bangers are insane, but having them linked together with tough tricks on all the weird obstacles takes serious consistency and creativity. That aspect is rewarded.
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