Birthday: March 8, 1986
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Top Disciplines: Slopestyle, Speed & Style, Dual Slalom
The name Cam ‘Zank’ Zink is, and always has been, synonymous with Crankworx.
His racing career started at 9-years-old, and built until he made his way to the very first Crankworx, where he took fifth place in the inaugural slopestyle competition – an experience he describes as “incredible.”
“I saw a new sport become legitimate overnight and it showed me what I would be doing for the last 13 years,” he said.
His star rose as Crankworx grew, quickly leading to a career-defining moment in 2006 when he claimed the top spot on the box in slopestyle, his first big win. Of his many years, and many winning moments, he says his favourite came in 2010: “…landing on the last jump and riding into a mental finish corral. The best feeling in the world short of the birth of my daughter… Then the infamous SRAM beer shower.” Those watching 2016’s Red Bull Joyride got to witness a special moment.
Where were you born?
Carson City, Nevada
Where’s home for you now?
What first got you in to mountain biking?
My Dad’s friend, Stan Fale, started a component company called Kooka. My Dad got stoked on Mountain Bikes and got my brother and I into it. It fit well instantly with us.
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
Whistler with the boys!
When did you decide this is something you wanted to do professionally?
Fairly early on. I was mesmerized by Eric Carter and Shaun Palmer. It made me want to race professionally pretty much instantly. They were larger than life at the races and the National Circuit was arguably as big World Cups at the time. I was definitely a product of the environment.
Describe your first Crankworx experience.
2004 we heard about this massive event happening in Whistler. I had never been, so I was elated at the opportunity to come ride Whistler. That mixed with the first dirt slopestyle made my head explode. I was on Santa Cruz for racing at the time, and my travel budget didn’t get approved for the trip. So Paul Bas and I stayed on floors and in Kirt Voreis’ motorhome. I let Paul borrow my hardtail and he won. I crashed in the third and final round “Super Final” and ended up 5th. I never felt so good about being dirty, bruised and cut up, showering in dark motorhome with cold water; I knew what the sport was about to become and I found where I wanted to be.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
I usually say Rampage 2010, because on that day I won the event, best trick and wrapped up the FMB World Tour. But now, at 32, being supported by my dream sponsors to do pretty much whatever I want and still being able to ride how I want makes me really appreciate how hard I’ve worked to get here. It’s definitely my biggest accomplishment to be in the position I am after all I’ve been through.
What’s been your favourite Crankworx memory so far?
2006 Slopestyle and 2010 wins are both too close. Sprinting by the judges and spinning off the Monster drop felt pretty damn cool. And coming off the last drop in 2006 to my first big win is something I’ll cherish forever.
Do you have any projects on the go or any goals you’re working towards?
Always! I was planning to do a 150 foot flip this year and break a few records, but my shoulder didn’t really cooperate. It’s the top of my list for 2019.
Beyond bikes, what other things are you in to?
My kids! Snowboarding, Motorcycles, Surfing, Shifter Karts, Cars. I feel like Dads need activities with kids, or at least I do, so I love taking the kids to do all the things I enjoy and bond on the chairlift.
Past Crankworx Podiums:
2005 Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler – Bronze
2006 Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler – Gold
2010 Monster Energy Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler – Gold
2011 Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler – Silver
2011 Teva Best Trick – Winner
2012 Speed & Style at Crankworx L2A – Gold
2012 Unofficial Whip-Off World Championship – Bronze
2013 Speed & Style at Crankworx L2A – Bronze
2013 Dual Speed & Style at Crankworx Whistler – Silver
2014 Speed & Style at Crankworx L2A – Gold