Started in: 2012
First pro winner: Tyler McCaul (USA)
2019 pro winners: Vinny Armstrong (NZL) and Kade Edwards (GBR)
Whistler Bike Park Trails: Crabapple Hits
Style and skill reign supreme at the Official Whip-Off World Championships in Whistler, a jam-style event that six-time champion Casey Brown has called “Christmas” for the bike-minded. The premise? Simple. Hit the Whistler Bike Park’s most infamous jump line, go big, and throw your bike as sideways as possible, then bring it back underneath for a smooth landing. Developed by Sven Martin, the Grand Poo-Bah of mountain bike photography, the invitational event brings out one of the biggest crowds of the year, drawn to Crabapple Hits by the promise of big style and great vibes as a mix of the best riders in the world battle it out for the coveted championship belt, and the title of sovereign of style.
This is an invitational event only.
Competitors need to check in at the Athlete Centre (Aava Hotel) to complete waiver / collect decal.
Course: Crabapple Hits in the Fitzsimmons Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Format and Judging:
Jam style. After 30-40 minutes Judges will call everyone together and announce the selected riders who will advance to the Super Finals. The judging panel will select a winner based on amplitude, style, degree of whip past 90 degrees and, most importantly, the return of the bike to a straight position down the fall line.
Only riders with the official Whip Off sticker will be allowed to drop in. Riders who advance to the Super Finals round will receive a pink SPANK sticker to indicate their advancement.