Freestyle MotoCross – Julien Vanstippen wins King Of The Whip!

Freestyle MotoCross – Julien Vanstippen wins King Of The Whip!

News Release

20 November 2022

Best Whip Contest A Huge Success

The King Of The Whip scene at Montecasino © Eric Palmer Photography

The 2022 Edition of the King of the Whip – Best Whip Contest, presented by Pringles in association with Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, Motul and Estrella Cerveza was a resounding triumph.

This Freestyle motocross best whip and best trick competition had 30 riders, including the top riders from all over the country. The venue, Montecasino, was sold out, with 5,000 stoked spectators enjoying the wild show of the boys throwing massive whips.

“This event started as a small event five years ago at a quarry,” said event organiser Ryan Van Der Spuy from LW mag. “It has been quite incredible to see the event grow and the excitement from the riders and spectators.”

It was high action from the outset, with each rider going bigger and more extreme with each attempt through the earlier rounds. Then, as the sun started going down and the lighting started filling up the Montecasino arena, it was time for the big tricks.

In the FMX Best Trick contest, Dallan Goldman took the Right Side Up win and the R10,000 first prize.
“Having an event like King Of The Whip in South Africa is exactly what this country and sport needs,” said Goldman. “Ryan Van Der Spuy has done an awesome job setting this venue up and ensuring that all the riders are here. I just see King Of The Whip getting bigger and bigger, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we start selling out some stadiums soon. The potential for this event is massive.”

Dallan Goldman © Eric Palmer Photography

FMX Best Trick Contest
Right Side Up
1st Dallan Goldman (R10,000)
2nd Julien Vanstippen
3rd Michael Oyston
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Upside Down
1st Julien Vanstippen (R20,000)
2nd Dallan Goldman

Then it was time for the big whips, with each rider pushing hard, and the crowds roaring in excitement on each jump. Some of the inverted jumps were hard to believe, but the riders recovered from what looked like some impossibly tweaked whips to land safely and successfully.

The Best Whip event, the premier division of the evening, was won by the current X-Games Best Whip gold medallist and Freestyle Motocross champion, Belgium’s Julien Vanstippen. Dallan Goldman was runner-up, and Jesse Wright was third.

Julien Vanstippen © Eric Palmer Photography

“Everyone was riding so good, so it was hard to do better than them, but yeah, good times for all,” said a jubilant Vanstippen. “For sure, I will come back for this event. I think more people will want to get involved in this event, train harder, and see bigger whips in the future. So next time we will come for a month and then go down to Cape Town to party. Let’s go!”

Best Whip
1st – Julien Vanstippen R60k
2nd – Dallan Goldman R30k
3rd – Jesse Wright R15k

The King Of The Whip podium © Eric Palmer Photography

The LW Mag King Of The Whip was presented by Pringles in association with Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, Motul and Estrella Cerveza

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King of the Whip is Back!

King of the Whip is Back!

King of the Whip is Here!

 

King Of The Whip

 

King of the WhipBest Whip Contest, presented by Pringles in association with Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, Motul and Estrella Cerveza, is on!

What:

Top Motocross and Freestyle Motocross athletes battling it out for a share of the prize purse to see who’ll be crowned King of the Whip.

What’s more, riders will be pitted against each other in the Best Whip qualifying jam session rounds, where judges will look for style, amplitude and variation. Riders that score high enough points will advance to the semi-finals and finals.

When:

Saturday, 19 November 2022. Doors open at 2pm, with the event kicking off at 4pm. Thereafter it’ll continue into the evening, with the final showdown under the night lights.  

 

King Of The Whip

Josh Mlimi in action

Where:

King Of The Whip has a new home in Montecasino. Montecasino Boulevard (Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen), Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg

Who:

Apart from all the local talent, two international riders have entered this event. What’s more, current X-Games Best Whip gold medallist and Freestyle Motocross champion, Belgium’s Julien Vanstippen, will be a star attraction. USA’s Patrick Evans is another ready to take on the challenge on African soil. 

Why:

R100 000 cash prize for starters. Equally important, this will be split between 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Best Whip contest and between the 1st place riders in the FMX Best Trick contests.

Inviting families and friends to join in witnessing this highly anticipated, action-packed event. Moreover, tickets are still available for R80 (standing) and R150 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Lastly, food and beverages will be on sale at the event.

Previous:

FMX: King of the Whip is Back!

Official Holding Period for 2022/2023 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open (see video, images of enormous waves))

Official Holding Period for 2022/2023 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open (see video, images of enormous waves))

The World Surf League (WSL) 2022/2023 Big Wave season officially opened today and now holds a waiting period through March 31, 2023. This year’s Big Wave season will feature two premiere events: The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR in Pe’ahi, Maui, Hawaii, and the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley in Nazaré, Portugal. With the waiting period officially open, the best big wave surfers in the world are on standby to activate at a moment’s notice and travel to one of the two world-class venues.

Big Wave Surfers Now On Call for Major Swells

The WSL Tours and Competition Team are closely monitoring the swells and conditions needed to run the Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR and the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley. The WSL Tours and Competition team will look for consistent surf, with a minimum 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the competition. Other conditions, such as wind and tide, will be assessed in the decision to run the competitions.

If a large swell tracks toward the contest location(s) with favorable weather conditions, the WSL Tours and Competition team will issue a “TUDOR Big Wave Yellow Alert” as far as 72 hours out from the potential event run date. If the conditions continue to track favorably, the “TUDOR Big Wave Green Alert” will be issued, meaning the competition will be ON, and fans can prepare to watch surfers push the limits of what is possible on one of the world’s craziest waves in the next 24 hours.

 

About the Big Wave Venues

Jaws (also known as Pe’ahi), and Nazaré are two of the most renowned and respected waves in the big wave community. Each location is a significant proving ground for the paddle-in and tow-in disciplines, respectively, and the sites of historical World Records for the largest waves ever ridden.

The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR, will showcase paddle-in surfing at the famed break off of Maui, Hawaii. Due to its power, velocity, and ability to be one of the most perfect big waves on the planet, Jaws is the standard when it comes to paddle-in big wave surfing.

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Pres. by Hurley, on the other hand, will showcase the best of big wave surfing in the tow-in discipline. In this competition, competitors will work in teams, utilizing jet skis to surf the biggest waves possible at Praia de Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. Praia de Norte is home to some of the biggest waves in the world, including the current Big Wave World Records.

Only a handful of brave women and men have dedicated their lives to chasing swells and riding these waves of consequence. They train metally and physically year-round to be prepared for these monster swell events. This is their time to show the world what they are capable of and set the bar for big wave surfing even higher.

Quiksilver JAWS Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR Format Explained

The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR will feature paddle-in surfing in an individual competition format. In the men’s division, 24 competitors are divided into four heats of six surfers for the first round. The three highest-scoring surfers advance to the Semifinals, which run in the same format, and the top three surfers from the Semifinals advance to the Final. The women’s division runs in a similar format with 12 competitors participating in two six-surfer Semifinals with the top three surfers in each heat advancing to the Final.

New this year, and for the first time ever at Jaws, we will see six-surfer priority come into play. Priority is the system that is in line with all other tours, and controls who has the first option to ride a wave. The priority system was highly requested by the surfers and is beneficial for Jaws because it creates organization and added safety in the lineup on massive swells. Heats are generally 45 minutes and surfers may catch as many waves as they wish, respecing priority, with a panel of five judges scoring each ride on a scale of 1 to 10. Each competitor’s two best waves are counted, with their best wave score doubled.

Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge pres. by TUDOR Invitees:

Male Invitees

1 – Billy Kemper (HAW)

2 – Ian Walsh (HAW)

3 – Nathan Florence (HAW)

4 – Kai Lenny (HAW)

5 – Makua Rothman (HAW)

6 – Lucas Chianca (BRA)

7 – Russell Bierke (AUS)

8 – Nic von Rupp (PRT)

9 – Eli Olson (HAW)

10 – Torrey Meister (HAW)

11 – Koa Rothman (HAW)

12 – Nic Lamb (USA)

13 – Grant Baker (RSA)

14 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

15 – Albee Layer (HAW)

16 – Tyler Larronde (HAW)

17 – Jojo Roper (USA)

18 – Ty Simpson-Kane (HAW)

19 – Matt Bromley (RSA)

20 – Francisco Porcella (ITA)

21 – Trevor Carlson (HAW)

22- Tom Lowe (GBR)

23 – Aaron Gold (HAW)

24 – Greg Long (USA)

Female Invitees

1 – Paige Alms (HAW)

2 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS)

3 – Annie Reickert (HAW)

4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW)

5 – Emily Erickson (HAW)

6 – Michaela Fregonese (BRA)

7 – Bianca Valenti (USA)

8 – Skylar Lickle (HAW)

9 – Justine Dupont (FRA)

10 – Raquel Heckert (BRA)

11 – Laura Enever (AUS)

12 – Izzy Gomez (COL)

 

TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley Format Explained

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley will be a one-day, specialty teams event with tow-in surfing. There will be nine teams made up of two competitors in each team. The teams will be divided into three groups with three teams in each group. The competition will have a total of six 40-minute heats, where each group will participate in two heats, with each team alternating between surfing and driving the team’s jet ski.

A surfer’s best two waves after surfing both heats will count to an individual total score, with the best wave counting as double points. In total, a surfer’s maximum individual score will be 30 points, as each wave is scored from 1-10 points. Surfers will be awarded across multiple categories at the end of the competition day.

TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Hurley Invitees:

Team 1: Lucas Chianca (BRA) & Kai Lenny (HAW)

Team 2: Nic von Rupp (PRT) & Pedro Scooby (BRA)

Team 3: Andrew Cotton (GBR) & Will Skudin (USA)

Team 4: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) & Kealii Mamala (HAW)

Team 5: João De Macedo (PRT) & Antônio Silva (PRT)

Team 6: Sebastian Steudtner (DEU) & Daniel Goldberg (USA)

Team 7: Maya Gabeira (BRA) & Pierre Rollet (FRA)

Team 8: Michelle des Bouillons (BRA) & Ian Cosenza (PRT)

Team 9: Justine Dupont (FRA) & Éric Rebière (FRA)

Alternate Teams:

Rafael Tapia (CHL) and Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

António Laureano (PRT) & Pierrot Caley (FRA)

Axier Muniain (GBR) & Francisco Porcella (ITA)

WSL Announces WSL Big Wave Record Chase, the Redesigned Big Wave World Records Program

The WSL has also announced Big Wave Record Chase, the new model for verifying and celebrating Big Wave World Records. Through this new property, the WSL will continue its commitment to big wave surfing through a revamped strategy focusing on world records for the women’s and men’s divisions across the paddle-in and tow-in categories. The WSL will host a total prize purse of $500,000, which will be allocated to athletes who achieve new world records for the Largest Wave Surfed – Unlimited (Female), Largest Wave Surfed – Unlimited (Male), Largest Wave Surfed – Paddle (Female), and Largest Wave Surfed – Paddle (Male).

 

FMX: King of the Whip is Back!

FMX: King of the Whip is Back!

After being put on hold for the past two years, LW Mag is excited to announce that the King of the Whip – Best Whip Contest, presented by Pringles in association with Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, Motul and Estrella Cerveza, is back!

On the 19th of November 2022, this adrenaline-fuelled Action Sports event moves to its new home in Montecasino. Witness top Motocross and Freestyle Motocross athletes battling it out for a share of the prize purse and see who’ll be crowned King of the Whip.

Doors open at 2 pm with proceedings set to kick off at 4 pm and continue into the evening as the final showdown takes place under the night lights and flashes of pyrotechnics. Riders will be pitted against each other in the Best Whip qualifying jam session rounds where judges will be looking for style, amplitude and variation. Riders that score high enough points will advance to the semi-finals and finals.

Dallan Goldman in action at the last King Of The Whip

 

King of the Whip 2022 will also showcase the FMX Best Trick contest with both right-side up and up-side down categories.
The R100 000 cash prize purse will be split between 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Best Whip contest, and between the 1st place riders in the FMX Best Trick contests.

Two international riders have stepped up to that plate and will be making their way to South Africa to compete against the local heroes. Current X-Games Best Whip gold medallist and Freestyle Motocross star, Belgium’s Julien Vanstippen, is excited to put on a show for the fans while looking to claim another gold medal.

USA’s Patrick Evans is ridiculously skilled in all forms of Dirt Bike riding from Racing to Freestyle Motocross and is ready to take on the challenge on African soil.

King of the Whip organiser, Ryan van der Spuy says, “We are extremely excited to be back! It has been a long two years waiting in anticipation to bring King of the Whip back to its fans, and now we are finally live. King of the Whip has grown into its own spectacle, and being able to host the event at Montecasino takes it to the next level. We can’t wait for the showdown and to share this exciting production with both the riders and fans. A huge thank you to our event partners for making this possible and enabling our top riders to showcase their skills.”

Whip (Noun):
A manoeuvre performed on a motorcycle, usually during a motocross or freestyle motocross contest, in which the rider brings the rear of the motorcycle abruptly around to either side. Performed while the machine is airborne off a jump. In very extreme whips, the rear of the motorcycle will end up perpendicular to the direction of travel, in addition to the motorcycle being laid flat. The purpose of the whip is to show off, to alter the trajectory of the bike in flight, and to scrub speed over jumps.

Inviting everyone, families, and friends, to join in witnessing this highly anticipated, action-packed event. Tickets are available for R80 (standing) and R150 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.

King of the Whip event details:
Date: 19 November 2022
Time: 2 pm onwards
Venue: Montecasino – Montecasino Boulevard (Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen)
Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg

Check out the video below

#KingoftheWhip

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Champions Crowned in Switzerland

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Champions Crowned in Switzerland

Michel Roque and Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri Victorious at the Alaïa Open Winter Cup.

Maria Salgado and Lukas Skinner Claim Junior Titles 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup
Open men’s Finalists © Maxime Schmid
Alaïa Bay, Sion – It was an action-packed final day at Alaïa Bay for the second edition of the Alaïa Open Winter Cup. But, despite the frigid 10-degree water, the surfing was red-hot and a testament to the amazing wave quality that Alaïa Bay produces. 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Open Men’s

The Open Men’s Final was an incredibly close affair, with the lead changing a few times. Yago Dominguez from Basque Country has been the on-form Open Men’s surfer throughout the event. Still, in this final display, the powerful Brazilian goofy-footer Michel Roque put on an amazing show of aerial surfing and lightning-fast lip hits to snatch victory.

Roque opened up with a full air rotation and a series of powerful whips off the top for an opening ride of 8.73. However, he backed this up with an incredible left-hand, where he performed a series of fast and powerful turns off the top. Executed with speed, power, flow and variety for a 9-point ride and victory with a 17.73 tally. In addition, Dominguez was the runner-up with 16.50 points to his name. While surfing in his second final, Lukas Skinner came in a respectable third place and German surfer Dylan Groen in fourth place.

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Open Women’s

The Open Women’s Final was one of the closest heats of the entire event, with the lead changing hands throughout the final.

The Basque Country surfers, Janire and Annette Gonzalez Extbarri were going toe-to-toe throughout the final. Both were surfing with skill and precision. However, Anat Lelior from Israel was fighting hard and was also in the game for a possible win. It all went down to the final exchange. At the end of the final, it was Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri with the win, with Anat Lelior in second. Furthermore, the scores were incredibly close, and Janire took victory by a mere .07 of a point against the Israeli surfer. Annette Gonzalez Extbarri was third, and Noah Klapp was fourth.

Alaïa Open Winter Cup

Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri © Maxime Schmid

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Junior Girls

The Junior Girls’ final was an exciting affair. Maria Salgado from Portugal was on fire and was the clear winner with 15.33 points in her tally. She had all the other surfers in the final in a combo situation, with all three needing two waves to get in the game. At the final siren, it was Salgado in first with Lila Skinner (UK) in second place. Fabiana Klein (SUI) and Vera Oliveira from Portugal finished third and fourth, respectively.  

Junior Girls Finalists © Maxime Schmid

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Junior Boys

One of the most competitive divisions in the entire event was the Junior Boys division. The final was action-packed, with the juniors going all out to win the contest. In the end, Lukas Skinner (UK) emerged victorious with an excellent display of high-performance surfing for a heat total of 18.33. His rides consisted of an incredible 10-point ride with a clean rotation followed by two powerful hits for the perfect score. Combined with a follow-up 8.33 ride and he had the decisive win. In addition, the runner-up was Rivan Rock Rosskopf, with Killian Rosskopf and Antione Habashi in third and fourth positions. All three of these surfers are from Switzerland. 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup
Lukas Skinner © Maxime Schmid

“It was super cool to come to Alaïa Bay in Switzerland to compete, and it was such a great atmosphere here in Alaïa Bay,“ said Skinner after the results were announced. “Also, I think it was also great to see the progression of the Swiss surfers. It was good to surf against surfers like Michel and Yago. Furthermore, I was getting such high scores because I was getting pushed by them.” 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Swiss Wavepool Champions

In the Swiss Wave Pool ratings, it was Rivan Rosskopf who was crowned the Junior Swiss Wavepool Champion. Olman Morales was awarded the Men’s Swiss Wavepool Champion, and Rachel Bonhote-Mead Swiss was declared the Women’s Swiss Wavepool Champion. 

Previously:

80 Surfers To Compete In The Alaïa Open Winter Cup – In Sion, Switzerland. Yes, Switzerland.

Photo Of The Day – Switzerland Wave Pool At Full Output

Medina Claim Victories at the Corona Saquarema Pro – Surfing Today with Rip Curl

Medina Claim Victories at the Corona Saquarema Pro – Surfing Today with Rip Curl

and three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) defeating Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in the men’s Final. The stage is now set for the remaining 2023 Championship Tour (CT) spots to be clinched at the final Challenger Series event of the season in Haleiwa, Hawaii.

Medina Delays Qualifications for Top Ranked Surfers

Medina once again made history, winning the first-ever Challenger Series event in Latin America. The Final between Medina and Boukhiam was a rematch of the 2013 World Pro Junior Championship which took place in Florianópolis, Brazil, where Medina clinched his first title prior to becoming the first Brazilian WSL World Champion in 2014. Medina and Boukhiam have remained friends since then and may potentially be on the 2023 Championship Tour (CT) together.

Three-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil -Photo by Daniel Smorigo/World Surf League

“Ramzi (Boukhiam) is a really good friend of mine, we’ve had a Final together before and he’s someone I admire a lot,” said Medina. “I know he trains hard, surfs incredibly well and I hope he makes it onto the CT because he deserves it. I’m stoked that I got the chance to finally win an event in Brazil, especially during such a challenging week here in Saquarema. I’m also happy that I’m 100% healthy and now we’re only one month away from when the real work begins when I arrive in Hawaii.”

Medina’s path to the Final was not an easy one having to go through Maxime Huscenot (FRA), in the Quarterfinals and local hero João Chianca (BRA), in the Semifinals. Both Huscenot and Chianca had a chance to guarantee their qualification onto the 2023 CT with an event win at the Corona Saquarema Pro, as did Boukhiam. Chianca has now moved up into 8th place on the Challenger Series rankings and Boukhiam now sits in 4th place.

Ramzi Boukhiam of Morocco s – Photo by Daniel Smorigo/World Surf League

“I really like Brazil a lot. I have a great connection with the country, with the people here and I’m really stoked with my result,” declared Boukhiam. “Medina is my favorite surfer and I know I’d have to surf my best to have a chance of beating him. It was a close one and he got the score at the end, but for me, he’s the best surfer in the world. I had a great time here, I think I was able to move up in the rankings and now I’m hopeful to make it onto the CT.”