Thanks to a last-minute social media campaign centred around the hashtag #LetFinnIn, 14-year-old Finn Iles was granted the opportunity to show his stuff alongside a who’s who of professional mountain bikers and action sports athletes at the Official Whip-Off World Championships. He certainly made the most of it, and stormed to the top of the podium with some fully cranked-out moto whips. Also stepping onto the podium were Bernado Cruz in second, and wild man Andreu Lacondeguy in third.
The women were just as stoked on whipping it as the dudes, and when the dust settled, Casey Brown walked away with the gold, and Lorraine Blancher snagged silver.
The locals were out in full force. Scott Collingridge, shown here, was one of the 10 riders who made it through the Whip-Off qualifier earlier this week.
Trevor Berg is another local who made it through qualifiers.
Sid Slotegraaf adjusts his helmet mid whip.
Jaws from Poland made an appearance.
When Gully wasn’t whipping, he was flipping.
Cam Zink took some time out from Joyride practice to whip it.
Young gun Finn Iles certainly knows how to whip it good…
Bernardo Cruz knows a thing or two about steeze. Second place for the Brazilian.
Andreu cranking it into third place.
Vanderham and Fairclough doubling up.
Andreu couldn’t help but break out the Superman. The crowd heartily approved.
Casey Brown proving she can whip it with the boys.
Carson Storch getting completely sideways.
The crowd had two positions standing on the jumps: “Close” and “People actually jumping over them.” Here, Mike Hopkins opts for the latter.
The Coastal Crew was out in full force. Curtis Robinson stepping it up a notch.
The longer the comp went on, the rowdier the whips got.
Bernardo knows how to fire up a crowd.
Kurt Sorge was flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
Thomas Vanderham was more than happy to show the young guns how it’s done.
It’s just another day in the life for Ian Morrison.
Brendan Fairclough had his kit turned up to 11.
Even more sideways Coastal Crew action. Norbs lives to get sideways.
And what have we here? Could it be that Öhlins is working on a fork cartridge?
14 years old and whipping like a pro.
The jumps were completely packed from top to bottom. Travis Pastrana and part of the Godfrey Clan style it up.
It was a big kinda day. Big whips, big jumps, big cheers. R-Dog sending it for ‘Murica.
One-foot action for extra style points. Clipless one-foot action for mega extra style points.
Who doesn’t love some big, nasty whips?