Video: Emil Johansson's Tumultuous Crankworx Rotorua in 'Rubber Side Down'

May 7, 2019
by Maxxis Tires  

After a two-year hiatus, Maxxis’ Rubber Side Down series returns for an epic fourth season. Once again, we have teamed up with the talented Steel City Media crew to give you an intimate look into the world of mountain biking. This year, Rubber Side Down follows the Crankworx World Tour as it makes its way from Rotorua, New Zealand, to Innsbruck, Austria, culminating in the biggest mountain bike festival of them all, Crankworx Whistler. Each episode will feature an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into some of the biggest personalities in mountain biking.

In the first episode of the fourth season, our cameras captured slopestyle athlete Emil Johansson as he prepared for the first competition of the year – the Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza. Emil spent most of the 2018 season off his bike due to health issues involving both his back and immune system. In August of last year, Emil shocked the mountain biking world with a fourth-place finish at Red Bull Joyride after ten months away.

Fast forward to March of 2019, and Emil arrived in Rotorua healthy and focused with a bag full of huge tricks. The week progressed well as Emil became comfortable with the course and dialed in his contest run. Unfortunately, a huge slam in practice the day before the contest put his hope for a podium finish in jeopardy; what we expected would be a triumphant, feel-good episode turned more complicated as Emil wrestled with the after-effects of the crash and some tough decisions. That’s where our story begins.



  • 24 2
 He will be the next Semenuk... And will win Rampage one day
  • 11 0
 He definitely got a semenuk vein.. also love to see him riding. Looking forward to see him back and strike again
  • 8 2
 More like Soderstrom to me.
  • 4 1
 Hmm, not sure about Rampage mate, Semenuk was brought around this competition, always been involved and won it when he was only 17. This lad here is pure genius don't get me wrong, but Slopstyle and Big mountain don't always go hand to hand
  • 6 4
 @del1986: Some might say Rampage isn't very 'big mountain' anymore.
  • 19 1
 @micahaalders3: Go out to the site, check out the lines and say that again lol.
  • 5 0
 @micahaalders3: Yup, and some people are morons.
  • 9 0
 Awesome episode. Makes you wonder how many dudes like him are out there in the mtb/motox/skate/bmx world that are battling through injuries just for the love of the sport. And jesus those features are massive. They look more like freestyle motox jumps when he's standing next to them. Hoping Emil can heal up and get back on the bike soon.
  • 11 0
 Great Job on the story telling Nic, props to Maxxis on getting behind some content like this
  • 7 0
 what a great film. Kudos.
Maximum respect to the dedicated riders who send it 24/7
  • 4 0
 I am feeling this video as well as Emil´s struggle with his injuries. Last August I injured my right arm in Whistler and kept riding none the less despite the pain. It resulted in a major medial nerve injury (the nerve that goes all the way from the middle of your hand to the elbow) and almost 8 months later I still have pain when holding and lifting something heavy (such as that water bottle in the video). So, he took the right decision not riding in NZ. Health should always be first, guys. Ride on Emil!
  • 7 0
 His style is perfection. Favorite person to watch on tour.
  • 6 0
 Love this guy. For the love of biking.
  • 3 0
 Love this guy. For the love of his love of biking.
  • 2 1
 So much maturity for his age! I guess also pain leaded to that decision. So Hard to do when you love so much what you do!
Emil you are young and full of talent takin a decision like this is nothing more than the right steps for a brilliant future you are going to have!! It is telling you a 41 year old crazy dude that has been riding since 12 years old or earlier
Take care amigo and I can’t wait for you to fully recover And see you riding again!!!!
  • 3 0
 It's so easy to take being healthy for granted. I only seem to appreciate it when I'm sick or injured. Everything can change so fast.....
  • 6 3
 Don’t even know what tumultuous means
  • 12 0
 full of/having to do with tumult
  • 4 0
 What an absolute champ
  • 2 1
 Skando blood

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