Video and photos: 2014 Crankworx Speed and Style

Kyle Strait soars 'straight' to the top of the podium

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Words by Brice Minnigh

The second day of the 2014 Crankworx Whistler centered around the Clif Bar Dual Speed and Style contest, which combined the speed of a dual-slalom race with the style points of a slopestyle competition. This year’s course featured some serious jumps that just a few short years ago could have been standard on many slopestyle courses. The top eight finishers from last year’s competition were pre-qualified for today’s event, ultimately facing off against the top eight finishers from this afternoon’s qualifiers. Here are the highlights:

Defending Speed and Style champion from Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, Cam Zink, had his sights on a repeat victory. But today was not his day.

Defending Speed and Style champion from Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, Cam Zink, had his sights on a repeat victory. But today was not his day. Photo by Anthony Smith.

You won't usually see Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard doing anything resembling a race, but when the word 'style' is in the competition, he's always a contender.

You won’t usually see Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard doing anything resembling a race, but when the word ‘style’ is in the competition, he’s always a contender. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Before you get to the style part, you've got to start with speed.

Before you get to the style part, you’ve got to start with speed. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

On his way to victory, Kyle Strait brought plenty of style to the table.

On his way to victory, Kyle Strait brought plenty of style to the table. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

Heats were decided in the top section of berms—a fact not lost on Paul Basagoitia.

Heats were decided in the top section of berms—a fact not lost on Paul Basagoitia. Photo by Anthony Smith.

An over-rotated 360 brought the battle between best friends, Cam Zink and Kyle Strait, to an abrupt end.

An over-rotated 360 brought the battle between best friends, Cam Zink and Kyle Strait, to an abrupt end. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Though BMX standout Barry Nobles nearly spoiled Kyle Strait's day with a hard-fought battle in the semi-finals, Kyle ditched his Clark Kent suit in the phone booth.

Though BMX standout Barry Nobles nearly spoiled Kyle Strait’s day with a hard-fought battle in the semi-finals, Kyle ditched his Clark Kent suit in the phone booth. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Carson Storch focused more on the style part of the equation, throwing some of the most technical tricks of the day.

Carson Storch focused more on the style part of the equation, throwing some of the most technical tricks of the day. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

Kyle Strait leads the first heat of the final on his way to the win.

Kyle Strait leads the first heat of the final on his way to the win. Photo by Anthony Smith.

R-Dog throws his signature dump-3.

R-Dog throws his signature dump-3. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Even though the Crankworx Speed and Style is a contest, at the end of the day it's just another lap down the hill with your buddy. R-Dog and  Barry Nobles fist-bump at the end of the consolation final.

Even though the Crankworx Speed and Style is a contest, at the end of the day it’s just another lap down the hill with your buddy. R-Dog and Barry Nobles fist-bump at the end of the consolation final. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The 2014 Crankworx Speed and Style champion Kyle Strait adds another win to his long list of accomplishments.

The 2014 Crankworx Speed and Style champion Kyle Strait adds another win to his long list of accomplishments. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

Results:
Kyle Strait – 1st
Greg Watts – 2nd
Ryan Howard – 3rd
Barry Nobles – 4th

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