July 29/07 6:46 am - Ben Boyko Takes Crown At Kokanee Slopestyle
Posted by Editoress on 07/29/07
Ben Boyko Takes Crown At Kokanee Slopestyle 2007
Signature event draws 15,000 spectators to Whistler while over 10,000 log into Rip.tv and Crankworx.com to watch live webcast
The most anticipated event of Kokanee Crankworx was held in the sun drenched, spectator packed Boneyard Slopestlye Course in the Whistler Mountain Bike park yesterday afternoon from 5-8pm. When all was said and done, Ben Boyko from North Vancouver, BC finished as top dawg with a final score of 33.7.
The Kokanee Slopestyle is the biggest and most popular event of the festival with athletes choosing one of two main lines taking them over huge step-down gaps, massive tables, spines and BMX style dirt jumps. Not to mention the finale, the insane 22-foot Jumbo Drop over the Kokanee Jumbotron located at the base of the Slopestyle course, overlooking the village.
Some of the biggest. most impressive tricks during the competition were the back flips over the road gap and tail whips off the 22 foot Jumbo Drop. People were flipping drops like it was nothing as well throwing down some of the biggest tail whips I've seen on any bike, says Aaron Chase, Slopestyle Judge and professional mountain biker.
Boyko's winning run consisted a no-footed can over the road gap, tail whip over the big table jump, a smooth transfer over the quarter pipe, a table air off the wall ride, 360 off the Giro box and of course a huge 360 off the Jumbo Drop into the village. Boyko went off in front of a massive audience witnessing one of the most important spectacles in freeride mountain biking to date.
With Boyko taking top spot in the Super Finals, second place went to Andreu Lacondeguy from Barcelona, Spain with a score of 32.0, third place went to Whistler's own Brandon Semenuk with score of 29.9 and fourth place went to Cam McCaul from Aptos, CA with a score of 29.3.
I wanted to push it a bit, throw down and get more style points, says Brandon Semenuk, Whistler local and Whistler Mountain Bike Park regular. I tried to keep it solid and smooth because the course was big and pretty gnarly to fall on.
|1. Ben Boyko (BC) Norco, Marzocchi, Denny's, Kenda, FSA, Dakine, Mavic||33.7|
|2. Andreu Lacondeguy (Esp) KONA, Red Bull, Adidas, O'Neal, Marzocchi,||32|
|3. Brandon Semenuk (BC) Nike, Trek, Sram, Rock Shox, Truvativ, Avid, Fizik, JBL, Giro||29.9|
|4. Cam McCaul (USA) Trek, Fox Riders Co., Manitou, Shimano, Smith||29.3|
|5. Paul Basagoita (USA) Kona, Race Face, Giro||26.5|
|6. Alex Prochazka (BC) Rocky Mountain/Heywood Securities||25.2|
|7. Andrew Taylor (USA) Versus cycles, Atomlab, Camelback, Bell, Spyder||24.5|
|8. Kyle Mcdonald (BC) Rocky Mountain, Troy Lee Designs, Smith, Nike 6.0||24.3|
|9. Kyle Strait (USA) Oakely, Specialized, FOX, Red Bull||21.9|
|10. Ian Nelson (BC) NSMB||20.2|
|11. Cam Zink (USA) Haro, Oakley, Mavic, SRAM||15|
|12. Darren Berrecloth (BC) Specialized, Fox, Race Face, Adidas, Dakine, Vans, Mavic||8.2|
|1. Darren Berrecloth (BC) Specialized, Fox, Race Face, Adidas, Dakine, Vans, Mavic||30.9|
|2. Andreu Lacondeguy (Esp) KONA, Red Bull, Adidas, O'Neal, Marzocchi,||30.4|
|3. Brandon Semenuk (BC) Nike, Trek, Sram, Rock Shox, Truvativ, Avid, Fizik, JBL, Giro||29.7|
|4. Paul Basagoita (USA) Kona, Race Face, Giro||29.4|
|5. Andrew Taylor (USA) Versus cycles, Atomlab, Camelback, Bell, Spyder||26.7|
|6. Alex Prochazka (BC) Rocky Mountain/Heywood Securities||25.3|
|7. Kyle Strait (USA) Oakely, Specialized, FOX, Red Bull||24.5|
|8. Cam Zink (USA) Haro, Oakley, Mavic, SRAM||24.3|
|9. Ben Boyko (BC) Norco, Marzocchi, Denny's, Kenda, FSA, Dakine, Mavic||23.7|
|10. Ian Nelson (BC) NSMB||23.5|
|11. Kyle Mcdonald (BC) Rocky Mountain, Troy Lee Designs, Smith, Nike 6.0||22.7|
|12. Cam McCaul (USA) Trek, Fox Riders Co., Manitou, Shimano, Smith||22.3|
|13. Logan Peat (ON) Martin's Bike Shop, Deity, Spy and Hayes||21.9|
|14. Geoff Gulevich (BC) Cove, Sombrio, SRAM, Dakine, Adidas||21.5|
|15. Thomas Vanderham (BC) Rocky Mountain||21.4|
|16. Tyler McCaul (USA) Trek,Fox,Manitou,Monster,Gamut,JBL,SDG||20.5|
|17. Chris Soininen (Aus) Bbansheebikes, Gamut, Straitline||20.2|
|18. Pierre-Edouard Ferry (Fra) Adidas, Mavic, Specialized, Dakine, Bell, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid||19.6|
|19. Grant Fielder (GBr) kona, animal, vans, protec, unknown240||17.4|
|20. David Smutok (USA) Ironhorse, Gravity, Prot-tec, Vans, Sram||16|
|21. Jarrett Moore (BC) Brodie||15.9|
|22. Trond Hansen (Nor) Specialized/Oakley/Marzocchi||15.8|
|23. Darren Pokoj (Aus) MS- INTENSE FACTORY- RACING||10.6|