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Crankworx Teva Best Trick Photo and Video

Mostly Crashing

Words by Matthew Lee. Photos by Kaz Yamamura.
August 15th, 2013

Battling through wind and sporadic rain, 24 of the worlds best riders conspired to put on a show during the Teva Best Trick competition Thursday afternoon. The contest ran as a open-jam format, and the tricks came fast and furious over the allotted time. Mike Montgomery blew everyone away with a flip bar hop to tail whip – the first time that combo had ever been landed to dirt. Yannick Granieri stomped a solid flip double tail whip for second place, and newcomer Nicolai Rogatkin managed to land a cash roll – albeit rowdily – for third place.

Crankworx, Teva Best Trick, Whistler, Joyride

17-year-old Nicholi Rogatkin sends the lawn-dart front flip that snagged him third spot on the podium.

Crankworx, Teva Best Trick, Whistler, Joyride

Despite the cloudy weather and occasional rain showers, the crowds packed the course to watch the contest go off.

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Gnarly ejections were a frequent sight.

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Martin Soderstrom gets his knack on

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Sam Dueck, flying high over the course!

Crankworx, Teva Best Trick, Whistler, Joyride

Cam McCaul sends a flip superman seatgrab and fourth place.

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Amazingly, this was only the second MTB competition that Rogatkin had participated in.

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The occasional rain showers kept everyone on their toes throughout the session.

Crankworx, Teva Best Trick, Whistler, Joyride

Anthony Messere cranks out a tail whip.

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Yannick Granieri’s second-place flip double whip.

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He was understandably stoked on landing it in the final few seconds of the competition.

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Who doesn’t love a huge cheque?

And for some of that action in motion, a quick little vid from Fullface Productions:


Mostly crashing – a very spectator friendly event!