For now the weather gods are playing fair and under relatively clear skies, a jam-session format whip-off went down on a massive, FMX style, wooden kicker. To get the speed right, the run-in was altered to avoid having to ride the final turn of the speed and style, and instead hopped straight over it and onwards to the take-off. Was it slippery? A little. Were the bikes weighed down with mud? Absolutely. Did the riders throw down harder than ever anyway? You betcha they did.
After weeks of heavy rain, the whip-off jump landing here in the so-called 'Portes Du Soleil' was running especially soft and it wasn't long before holes big enough to swallow a front wheel whole were developing. The Les Gets dig team battled mud to keep it in shape as some 50 riders came falling back down from the sky from all kinds of far-out shapes. In the end, the decision as to who should take the win from such a stacked field was a super tough call for the judges, with any riders in the top 3 a fair candidate for the crown. Finally, Bernardo Cruz was crowned king of the whip once again and in the women's, a battle of the 5 brave riders culminated with Casey Brown defending her Rotorua whip title.Results