The 2023 Edition of the King of the Whip – Best Whip Contest – presented by LW Mag in association with Ford, Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, Motul, GoPro and Estrella Cerveza, wowed a sold-out crowd at Montecasino. Julien Vanstippen secured his second title.
26 Freestyle Motocross and Motocross athletes from all over the country, including three international riders – Julien Vanstippen (Belgium), Edgar Torronteras (Spain) and Marc Pinyol (Spain) – competed in the Best Whip and Best Trick competitions. So 6,000 spectators were treated to a day of non-stop action and a showcase of the biggest whips ever seen on African soil.
Event organiser Ryan van der Spuy said, “I am incredibly proud of King of the Whip. The event gets bigger and better every year, which wouldn’t be possible without the fans and the riders, which I greatly appreciate. Thus KOTW has solidified itself as the country’s biggest locally-produced Action Sports event. I cannot wait to see what 2024 holds.”
Jam Session Style
It was all about progression through the Jam Session-style qualifying rounds as the riders went bigger and more extreme with each attempt. Therefore, judges considered amplitude, style and variation when deciding which 14 riders would qualify for the semi-finals. This would see them battle it out for a Top 7 spot to advance to the final.
Edgar Torronteras takes to the skies © Eric Palmer
As the sun started to set on Montecasino, the Freestyle Motocross riders geared up for the Best Trick contest. Marc Pinyol put it all on the line, landing the California Roll, his first time to dirt since 2017, to take the win. South Africa’s Dallan Goldman slotted himself into 2nd place with a massive Airplane Indian Air. Edgar Torronteras rounded off the podium in 3rd with a Saran Wrap to 1 Hand Superman Indian Air to No Hander lander.
Speaking to Marc Pinyol about his win, “I really enjoyed South Africa, Montecasino and the King of the Whip. I’m leaving the country with a great experience; I loved the crowd, and they were killing it, so they deserved me going big. What I really enjoyed was seeing a lot of riders pushing each other to go big, helping between them and showing a lot of respect and passion. It’s a place I’d love to come back to. The organisation, public, riders, and now I can say some friends, I have to give them all a 10.”
Three Jumps Per Rider
Then it was time for the highlight of the show, the Best Whip final, which saw Jesse Wright, Dalton Venter, Dallan Goldman, Stav Orland, Matt van Galen, Edgar Torronteras, and Julien Vanstippen take to the air. Unfortunately, due to increasing wind levels, the riders and judges opted for a 3-jump per rider final. Insane whips paired with the roars of the crowd made for a hotly contested final as riders went bigger and more inverted with each jump.
“At 43 years old, I have been able to fulfil a dream, travelling to South Africa thanks to Ryan, the promoter of this magnificent King of the Whip event,” said Edgar Torronteras. “The experience has been incredible. Never before had I thought South Africa was so beautiful and there was so much love for motorcycles. The people are friendly and smile, which gives me life. The competition has been insane and incredible. An organisation of 10, a format that is a pleasure to follow, great riders that I didn’t even know existed. It has left me with my mouth open when I saw them ride.
For my part, I have been myself, and I have ridden, as always, fluidly and concisely with my technique, and I have enjoyed it. I assure you, more than anything else, that finishing in 2nd place keeps my sports career alive. I will give it a good place by placing this trophy in my museum. I only think about returning next year to live this beautiful experience again and feel the love of South Africa.”
Premier Division Battle
The premier division of the evening saw a close battle between Julien Vanstippen and Edgar Torronteras for the top spot of the podium, both throwing their biggest whips of the day on their final jumps. Thereafter, Vanstippen, back to defend his 2022 title, was successful and crowned the 2023 King of the Whip. Thereafter, Torronteras followed close behind in 2nd. So Dallan Goldman retained his record of podiuming at every King of the Whip event by finishing in 3rd place. Jesse Wright finished in 4th place, followed by Dalton Venter in 5th.
Best Whip Podium © Eric Palmer
An elated Julien Vanstippen said, “I love this country. I have so much good experience from last year, and this year, so it’s a pleasure to be here. The crowd was insane, and all the riders were so good with me, so I’m just enjoying my time here. I was ready for it; I’d been working on my whips during the year. I just enjoyed it, and when I enjoy riding, I throw down some good whips.”
King of the Whip 2023 results
1st – Julien Vanstippen R60,000
2nd – Edgar Torronteras R40,000
3rd – Dallan Goldman R20,000
4th – Jesse Wright R10,000
5th – Dalton Venter R5,000
6th – Stav Orland
7th – Matt van Galan
1st – Marc Pinyol R15,000
2nd – Dallan Goldman R7,000
3rd – Edgar Torronteras R3,000
See also: What Is King Of The Whip?
The last few months have been very busy for the Kromme Enviro-Trust, and we appreciate the excellent support we have received from the community. You can read all about it in our Kromme Enviro-Trust November Update.
St Francis Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kromme Enviro-Trust is often asked to assist when injured or displaced birds or animals are in the area. When these creatures need to be taken to a place of safety for a short period, we relocate them to our Animal Sanctuary and provide care while they are recovering or waiting to be taken for specialist support.
We are fortunate to welcome Mandy Cromarty into our group. Mandy has taken responsibility for the short-term care of these animals, working closely with our local vet. Mandy has a lot of experience in animal rescue and wildlife rehabilitation. If anyone has any old animal cages or fencing that they would like to donate to the sanctuary, please let us know, and we will be happy to collect them.
A recent visitor to the Wildlife Sanctuary – Found in the Kromme River in need of help
Two Harbours Walk
Along with much of the coastline, the popular Two Harbours Walk took a bit of a battering with the spring storms and high tides. Thanks to everyone who donated to our special appeal for funds to repair the damage. The repairs are ongoing, particularly at “the high point”, and last week, we brought in “some muscle” from the local football team to move some of the large rocks to recreate the pathway at the start of the walk near Grannies Pool. The footballers are from the Sport For Youth Project run by local resident, Matt Davis. In return for their hard work and effort, the project was donated R2,500 from the Kromme Enviro-Trust. We aim to have the walk in tip-top condition for our seasonal visitors.
Regular visitors to Bruces Coffee Shop and Grannies Pool will have noticed the erosion occurring here. The Kromme Enviro-Trust is working closely with Kouga Municipality, backed by National Government funds, to rehabilitate this area. It is a popular beach, and maintaining this tourist attraction is in everyone’s interest.
Coastal Clean Up
After some date changes due to bad weather, the Clean-up occurred on 1st October. It was a huge success, with great participation from our members and several other local groups. Particular thanks to Just Property, the Rotary crew, the kids from the Football Club, members of the Municipality team who attended, NSRI First Aid Responders, Bayview Boating, St Francis Safaris and of course, Nevermind and Bruces for the cups of coffee.
This rubbish was collected at just one of our collection points.
Offshore Drilling and Oyster Bay Dune Field Mining Opposition
Thanks to everyone who has helped us with these initiatives regarding signing petitions, gathering support or registering objections. These are long-term projects that the Kromme Enviro-Trust is following diligently so that we can submit the relevant formal objections and documentation at the appropriate time. It is a prolonged process, not terribly glamorous, with vast documentation to review and respond to. However, it is essential for our environment to keep tabs on these applications. The Trust will continue to spearhead objections where necessary.
We have wrapped up Eco Kids for 2023 and will return in 2024 with an exciting program for our younger members, 4-10 years old. The last session was held in the Community Garden at the bottom of Harbour Road. It included some exciting and educational activities involving birds. Thanks to Rotary for supporting this initiative over the year; we aim to make Eco Kids 2024 bigger and better together.
Thank you again for your ongoing support. If you want more information on these initiatives or the Kromme Enviro-Trust, please visit our website – https://stfranciskrommetrust.co.za/
Read also: Information Concerning Sand Mining Application on the Oysterbay Dune Field – Kromme Enviro-Trust
St Francis Hospice received a boost last week when the Rotary Club of St Francis donated R20 000.00 towards much-needed additional medicines and health consumables. The funds have been paid into the Hospice’s account with St Francis Pharmacy for use as required.
Rotarians supporting St Francis Hospice
Seen accepting the donation from Rotarians Brian Codling and Mike Rishworth, Sister Ingrid Williams of Hospice and pharmacist Brandon Kennedy.
Sister Ingrid also took delivery of 50 Golden Oldies Gift Bags from Rotarians Chantel James, Errol Burman and Brian Codling, which will be delivered to their most needy patients to bring a little light into their Festive Season. A big thank you for all the donations from the community of St Francis which helped to make this donation possible.
Last week, St Francis Rotarians handed out more of the soccer balls donated by the competitors who took part in the recent Adventure Racing World Championships. Nine Humansdorp soccer clubs received a total of 100 balls, benefitting around 300 players.
Soccer and Rugby Balls
In addition, 45 Ruby balls, also donated by ARWC competitors, were handed over to Sea Vista Primary School for their various teams.
Handouts to beneficiaries in Tsitsikama, Jeffreys Bay, Hankey and Patensie will roll out over the next two weeks.
See also – Rotary Family Health Day in Sea Vista