Crankworx Rotorua Whip off 2018

Sideways Down Under

Photos: Laurence Crossman-Emms

The ultimate expression of style, flinging a bike sideways past 90 then smothering it back in for a harpoon landing.

In the Rotorua amphitheatre, under floodlights, the legends of freeride joined young pretenders to quell a packed crowd.

Threatening clouds stayed away for the sideways action

With just one big hit to throw down on, the pressure was on from the first drop in.

Into the abyss…

The final four for the men saw Ryan Howard, Kaos Seagrave, Tyler McCail and Dave McMillan compete for glory. R-Dog’s timeless style won out again. In the women, Casey Brown was at her humbling best, she’s got these comps sewn up for a good few years to come.

Check out all the action below.

An early evening scope out for those about to whip
Still gonna etc...
Freeride veterans mixing it up with the youngsters
Love from the crowd for Matt Walker after his AirDH podium earlier in the week
A herd of riders ready to throw down
Wildman Dave McMillan was one of the first to hang it out
Super trooper Ryan Howard outshining the moon
T-Mac still happy to throw down after a long day of Speed and Style
Whip-off legend Finn Iles just at home away from Crabapple Hits
Casey Brown, simply unreal, more than happy to mix it up at Whip Offs or FEST
Bas van Steezbergen living up to his name as always
Casey going past 90, there’s simply no other woman doing that at the moment
Most underrated rider out there? Ryan Howard simply slays and was one of the early favourites
McMillan sending it huge
Decent crowd for the big show and it built as the night went on
Kiwi favourite, Connor MacFarlane throwing down his best
Kaos Seagrave was doing Brits proud up there. He soared into the final without breaking a sweat
Jackson Davis going inverted
It won’t get you the win but the crowd loves it
World Cup Racer Alex Fayolle enters the ampitheatre
Savagery from R-dog
Jeans and a tee for Kaos, love wathcing this kid ride. He killed it in the final and should have won it for our money.
A straight fight developed between R-Dog and Kaos in the finals
Kaos clipped in and casually throwing down face-melting whips
McMillan was in the final four but couldn't quite get on the podium
Straight down the barrel from McCaul, slotting himself into third.
White trousers for the win
Not bad for a day's work
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