Video and Photos: 2014 Red Bull Joyride highlights

Brandon Semenuk throws down the first-ever Joyride hat trick

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Video by Rupert Walker and Liam Mullany
Photos by Anthony Smith
Words by Brice Minnigh

Whistler local Brandon Semenuk made history tonight with an unprecedented third victory at the Crankworx Whistler Red Bull Joyride slopestyle competition. Even though many of the riders before him had thrown down contest-winning efforts, by the time Semenuk had reached the bottom it was clear to the 50,000 fans in attendance that he was the man to beat. The rest is history. Here is our video and photo gallery:

Two-time winners Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink walk onto the start deck to see who can make it a third.

Two-time winners Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink walk onto the start deck to see who can make it a third.

Calm, cool and collected. A quiet moment of repose before stomping the one and only run that it would take to win the 2014 Crankworx Whistler Joyride.

Calm, cool and collected. A quiet moment of repose before stomping the one and only run that it would take to win the 2014 Crankworx Whistler Joyride.

Even when he's warming up, Anthony Messere shows style far beyond his 18 years.

Even when he’s warming up, Anthony Messere shows style far beyond his 18 years.

Former Joyride champion Thomas Genon occasionally forks his tongue at his competitors.

Former Joyride champion Thomas Genon occasionally forks his tongue at his competitors.

If you mess with the Red Bull you might just get the horns.

If you mess with the Red Bull you might just get the horns.

Sticks and stones might break my bones but chains and whips excite me.

Sticks and stones might break my bones but chains and whips excite me.

Being one of the first riders to drop, Brett Rheeder felt free to throw down a first-place-contending run.

Being one of the first riders to drop, Brett Rheeder felt free to throw down a first-place-contending run.

But Rheeder's first-place run was quickly eclipsed by a flawless effort from the hometown hero, Brandon Semenuk.

But Rheeder’s first-place run was quickly eclipsed by a flawless effort from the hometown hero, Brandon Semenuk.

Don't be nervous, Thomas Genon. There are only about 50,000 people watching.

Don’t be nervous, Thomas Genon. There are only about 50,000 people watching.

The usually empty views underneath the lifts were punctuated by the frothing masses.

The usually empty views underneath the lifts were punctuated by the frothing masses.

Talk about a debut.... It looks like Louis Reboul has new-guard style that should stretch into the next generation. And a fifth-place finish at Joyride is a start to solidifying this position.

Talk about a debut…. It looks like Louis Reboul has new-guard style that should stretch into the next generation. And a fifth-place finish at Joyride is a start to solidifying this position.

Last-minute invitee Carson Storch was the first to drop and set the tone with his clean run, but a flat tire stymied his second run.

Last-minute invitee Carson Storch was the first to drop and set the tone with his clean run, but a flat tire stymied his second run.

As one of the main voices for the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, Yannick Granieri proved that he can throw down as well as he can send a slick FMB press release.

As one of the main voices for the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour, Yannick Granieri proved that he can throw down as well as he can send a slick FMB press release.

Being Brandon Semenuk's roommate has paid off in spades for Logan Peat, who put in a mighty fourth-place finish.

Being Brandon Semenuk’s roommate has paid off in spades for Logan Peat, who put in a mighty fourth-place finish.

Lenny Kravitz eat your heart out.

Lenny Kravitz eat your heart out.

"Is zie fur helmet appropriate for zie lift access?"

“Is zie fur helmet appropriate for zie lift access?”

Mountain biking is a young sport. But Brandon Semenuk has already won the Crankworx Whistler Joyride three times. The future is bright.

Mountain biking is a young sport. But Brandon Semenuk has already won the Crankworx Whistler Joyride three times. The future is bright.

I gotta do a quick interview with NBC, but first let me take a #selfie.

I gotta do a quick interview with NBC, but first let me take a #selfie.

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