Photo Epic: Whip Off - Crankworx Innsbruck 2019

Jun 12, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  



High above Mutters village, next to a pair of panoramic lakes, sits a solitary double that lies dormant for 364 days a year. Overlooking the town of Innsbruck, once a year this jump gets surrounded by spectators, a speaker system and an ad hoc bar and plays host to Europe's biggest whip competition.

With intermittent showers all day, there was talk of the whip off not going ahead at all this year but as riders started dropping in under gloomy skies, it soon became clear that the worries were unfounded. The sun eventually broke through and the Whip Off kicked off in earnest. Riders had one hour to throw down their best whip and Kaos Seagrave and Casey Brown came out on top.

With a second place in Rotorua in 2018 and a third place here last year, Kaos was stoked to finally get on the top step in Austria. His brother in arms Kade Edwards was just behind in second and there's no doubt that he will be picking up the win at one of these things soon enough. Local rider Peter Kaiser picked up third but the biggest reaction probably went to Innsbruck's hero, Fabio Wibmer, who was throwing backflips all night. On the women's side of things, Casey Brown regained her Whip Off crown after beating Rotorua's victor Vinny Armstrong.

Let's take a look at the sideways action from the Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank.


Whip Off mastermind Sven Martin gets things underway.

Vinny Armstrong pulling hard as the first woman over this sizeable jump.

Peter Kaiser doing it for the locals.

The first of many clicked whips from Kaos Seagrave. The commentators were mistaking him for Thomas Lemoine thanks to those zebra trousers from Fox.

Zink follows Carson Storch into the gloomy evening air.

Kade's whips were every bit as torqued as Kaos' but he was probably marked down for crashing out on his last run.

The judging panel, that included Jackson Goldstone and Bernard Kerr, watches on. We're not sure what they made of this dog leg.

Rogatkin goes upside down, visor and all.

There's simply not a vantage point on this course that doesn't have a stunning backdrop to it.

Antoine Bizet throwing a fully extended suicide.

Forget 90, Carson Storch goes for the full 360.

Reed Boggs didn't place in the top three but can't have been far off.

Kaos Seagrave, confirmed past 90°

Innsbruck's vlogging sensation Fabio Wibmer throws down a crowd-pleasing flip.

Women's winner Casey Brown following Zink.

Kade Edwards. Good at bikes.

Finally! The moment of victory for Seagrave.



MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx



22 Comments

  • + 30
 Based on these pics I hereby declare that Kade was robbed
  • + 1
 i agwi
  • + 3
 Proper setup to a massive jump Innsbruck never disappoints. The backdrop alone with the mega air's in a photographer's dream.
  • + 7
 Extension: Kade
Execution: Kaos
  • + 6
 Kaos' had more amplitude and brought it back straight. Kade was just a touch off first place.
  • + 18
 Title should have been "Kaos in the Clouds," amirite?
  • + 3
 not click bait enough
  • + 10
 Good at bikes. ...is a surprisingly adequate caption.
  • + 9
 That backdrop of the mountains is frickin incredible
  • + 2
 Gawd... when are those Fox zebra pants going away... gnarly
  • + 2
 So many badass ladies out there and only 2 competing?
  • + 2
 It must have been the pants.
  • + 1
 How the FFFFFF do you come back from Kaos town like that! Stellar DUUUDEE
  • + 0
 Cool shots but next time please check that box to remove chromatic aberration ;-)
  • + 1
 Does the Whipoff not count towards points on the fantasy??
  • + 1
 NVM...just saw the 1st event that counts is Dual Slalom
  • + 1
 Looking at the denominations on the Cheques they won a euro each!!
  • + 1
 The kids are taking over! Young talent is so strong right now!
  • + 1
 sik
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