The Rad Train Arrives at Whistler

Jimmy Riha crosses the line. Photo: Dawn Moisanen

Record crowds saw Jimmy "The Rad Train" Riha win the Arbor World Cup Downhill at the Whistler Longboard Festival in the most exciting final race in years, coming from behind to defeat James Kelly and Kevin Reimer. Earlier in the day Elena Corrigal won the Women's event, Alex Hannigan won the Juniors, and reigning World Champ Abdil Mahdzan won the Street Luge.

A purpose-built environment for Olympic gravity sports, the Whistler Sliding Centre provided the perfect backdrop for downhill skateboarding. This year the event was live-streamed, allowing the entire world to take part in this unique event. Cameras mounted on flying foxes provided spectacular angles for viewing the race, creating a dramatic spectacle for those not in attendance.

Whistler; a perfect place for a race. Photo: Dawn Moisanen

Technical difficulties with the timing system forced organisers to use a race-to-qualify format on Saturday, resulting in some unexpected seedings for Saturday's finals. Last week's Maryhill winner Patrick Switzer was eliminated in the quarter finals, while Zak Maytum failed to progress past the second round, while the new wave of Brazilian riders continued to make a mark, with Max Ballesteros and Ricardo Reis making it to the semi-finals, along with riders from Canada, Australia and the USA.

The semis and finals featured spectacular shoulder to shoulder action, culminating in an epic battle between Kevin Reimer and James Kelly, who battled each other down almost the entire course while Jimmy Riha sat in the pocket waiting for a mistake. Reimer and Kelly both scrubbed a corner, allowing room for Riha to overtake, and he cruised to the finish line making victory signs to the crowd.

Elena Corrigal and Anna O'Neill. Photo: Dawn Moisanen

In the women's event, Elena Corrigal dominated the field for the entire three days, and appeared unbeatable. In second place was Anna O'Neill, and together they look set to rule the sport for years to come.

The Junior Skateboard final featured a spectacular crash when Chance Gaul attempted to ride over the unpaved section on the inside of the final corner, but came unstuck and almost took out Connor Ferguson with him.

Finish line chaos in the Juniors final. Photo: Dawn Moisanen

The ice luge track provided the perfect setting for the first appearance of Street Luge at the Whistler Longboard Festival. Current world champion Abdil Mahzdhan from Malaysia continued his recent impressive form, beating a high-quality field including Great Britain's Peter Elliott and the USA's Mike McIntyre.

The Rad Train enjoys the moment. Photo: Dawn Moisanen

Open Skateboard Results

1 Jimmy Riha

2 James Kelly

3 Kevin Reimer

4 Nicolas Desmarais

5 Dillon Stephens

6 Ricardo Reis

7 Byron Essert

8 Brendan Davidson

9 Riley Harris

10 Chadwick Gibson

11 Jackson Shapiera

12 Max Ballesteros

13 Patrick Switzer

14 Justin Rouleau

15 Tony Graves

16 Bryce Brady

17 Nick Breton

18 George Mackenzie

19 Kyle Wester

20 Spencer Smith

21 Max Wippermann

22 Charlie Darragh

23 John Barnet

24 Brian Cortright

25 Jonas Richter

26 Alex Charleson

27 Charles Ouimet

28 Aidan Lynds

29 Graham Collingwood

30 Luke Melo

31 Ville Hietala

32 Maxwell Capps

33 Louis Pilloni

34 Kyle Martin

35 Thiago Duarte

36 Graeme Hystad

37 Scott Lembach

38 Alex Hannigan

39 Danny Carlson

40 Connor Wagner

41 Zak Maytum

42 Elena Corrigall

43 Ethan Lau

44 Tommy Watson

45 Alex Dehmel

46 Garrett Creamer

47 Mathew Kroetsch

48 Cam Brickenden

49 Justin Reading

50 Mackenzie Yoshida

51 David Price

52 Maxim Garant-Rousseau

53 Jeff Woodfine

54 Travis Craig

55 Anna O'Neill

56 Deen Mondt

57 Jordan Perrett

58 Zen Shikaze

59 Leon Ritter

60 Ryan Vitale

61 Chase Johnson

62 Alex Johnston

63 Chance Gaul

64 Jordan LeBlanc

65 Peter Eubank

66 Wolfgang Coleman

67 Dane Hanna

68 Bradley Cameron

69 Tyler Guimond

70 Dan Thatcher

71 Roberto Cobian

72 Liam Morgan

73 Bryan Reich

74 Doug Tolman

75 Zac Sharp

76 Pablo Quiles

77 Andrew Chapman

78 Nick Lutsenko

79 Clayton Romaniuk

80 Brennan Abildt

81 Justen Ortiz

82 Noah Sakamoto

83 Kevin Bouaich

84 Michael Labreche

85 Max Gradlmiller

86 Gunnar Morin

87 Brendan Cummings

88 Connor Ferguson

89 Chip Wood

90 Patrick Schep

91 Max Myers

92 Colm Lyons

93 Carlos Lascoutx

94 James Ware

95 Pedro Frangulis

96 Drew Edwards

Click here for Open Skateboard Finals Brackets.

Womens results

1 Elena Corrigall

2 Anna O Neil

3 Marie Bougourd

4 Victoria Waddington

5 Amy Brendon

6 Jolanda Vogler

Junior results

1 Alex Hannigan

2 Connor Ferguson

3 Bryan Reich

4 Dane Hanna

5 Oliver Korman

6 Chance Gaul

Street Luge results

1 Abdil Mahdzan

2 Kolby Parks

3 Peter Elliott

4 Mike McIntyre