14-Year-Old Finn Iles is a Future Whip-Off World Champ - #FinnIsIn 25

Finn Iles, a Whistler local, has been jumping Crabapple Hits since he was 11 years old. He jumps them 80-90 times per season. Originally, Crankworx wouldn’t let him enter Whip Off World Champs because “he’s too young.” Sometimes a rider’s abilities speak for themselves, and Finn’s skill on a bike is well beyond his age. We think Finn could win it if he’s allowed to compete, which is why we rallied the call #LetFinnIn. Well, good news - Finn Is In!!! We have received official word from the Crankworx organizers that they have decided to let the youngster compete. Check out what the parties involved had to say. Remember kids, you’re never too young to get sideways! PRESS RELEASE: WHISTLER, BC August 11, 2014 - Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb today announced their decision to invite 14-year-old local athlete Finn Iles to compete in the Official Whip-Off World Championships on Thursday, August 14. Commenting on the decision, Darren Kinnaird, General Manager of Crankworx, said: "We are excited to have Finn on board for Thursday and would like to thank him and his family for their patience while we reviewed the application. Having his parents involved was key - it’s important for parents to understand the risks and communicate them with their kids. We are confident that Finn is a talented and mature athlete capable of safely competing at the Official Whip-Off World Championships and that both he and his family understand the risks associated with competing in an event at this level. Crankworx has worked with Whistler Blackcomb's management, Finn and his parents to ensure that allowing him to compete against adults was the right decision. We had no doubts about Finn's talent, but just like all minors entering adult events, we wanted to ensure that all aspects of the decision had been properly considered and discussed with the athlete and his family before making an official announcement.” "We are excited for Finn and want to thank Whistler Blackcomb for having spent time and effort considering his application,” said Dave and Alison Iles, Finn’s parents. “Finn has worked very hard to improve his riding for the last 11 years, and has held a Whistler Blackcomb pass for the past six seasons, logging many days in the park and countless sessions on Crabapple Hits. This is a true accomplishment for him and we appreciate Whistler Blackcomb's concern for our family's well-being. Letting Finn compete is not a decision we have taken lightly and we understand the risks associated with competing at Crankworx. As parents, we think the best thing we can do for our children is to give them the freedom to follow their passions while ensuring they have the awareness, training and proper equipment to do so in a safe manner." Finn Iles is a long-time user of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and the winner of the 2013 BC Downhill Championship and many BC Cup races. Finn most recently finished third at the 2014 Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships. Under Whistler Blackcomb's events policy, all applications by minors for pro events are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee which considers the athlete's technical ability and maturity and conducts interviews with the athlete and his/her family as part of its decision process. Finn will now join an invitational field of riders who will be competing in the Official Whip-Off World Championships on Thursday, August 14. An additional field of aspiring riders will be heading to Crabapple Hits this afternoon to Whip It and show their stuff for a chance to compete in Thursday’s event. During this controlled jam, riders will hit the first four hits of Crabapple Hits. Judges will scrutinize and score the final hit. Top riders will win a spot to compete alongside the all-stars of the mountain biking world, including 2013 winner Bernardo Cruz, Brendan Fairclough, Eliot Jackson, Bernard Kerr, Graham Agassiz, Danny Hart and Thomas Vanderham.

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25 comments
  • Flitschbirne

    8/15/2014 4:47 AM

    F**k. Why didn't I start biking when I was 14ish?

  • bturman

    8/14/2014 9:59 PM

    Guess what? FINN WON THE 2014 WHIP OFF WORLD CHAMPS! Thanks to everyone who shared this video to help make it happen.

  • andy_n

    8/12/2014 3:52 AM

    Rad whips. 14 year old ripping to a 40 plus year old punk band. f2f

  • sideshow

    8/11/2014 2:26 PM

    Pedaling out of a whip is sure sign of getting that shit sideways.

  • iceman2058

    8/11/2014 2:00 PM

    Good news - Finn is in!!!

  • CombatMutt

    8/10/2014 9:32 AM

    The X-Games allows 13 year olds to compete in skateboard mega ramp. Different sport and such, yes, but there's no reason not to let this guy compete.

  • PedroSpecialClick.

    8/9/2014 10:15 PM

    BERNARDO WINS 2012 AND 2013 WHIP OFF !!

  • bturman

    8/9/2014 11:07 PM

  • Scott_Townes

    8/9/2014 8:48 AM

    Is this the same Finn Finestone? You'd figure his dad would be able to pull some strings being the head of the bike park and all. Those whips were insane and it's kinda strange they won't let him compete in something that's supposed to be about having fun. It's not like the Crab hits are insanely dangerous.

  • Big Bird

    8/9/2014 9:04 AM

    Finn Iles, not Finestone. Different flying Finn.

  • Frilko

    8/9/2014 6:59 AM

    just let him ride

  • charlie jordan knox

    8/9/2014 12:25 AM

    If it was still the "Unofficial Whip off Worlds", like when he was 12, then I'm sure he would get in

  • NoahColorado

    8/8/2014 11:38 PM

    I wanna sponsor this kid! Big time!

  • 26griz

    8/8/2014 8:47 PM

    like Rampage - whip off's need a new venue.

  • chyu

    8/12/2014 11:10 AM

    It's called the Fest.

  • csermonet

    8/8/2014 9:14 PM

    Crankworx staple though, the crowd and vibe just wouldn't be the same anywhere else.

  • lavoielovesbikes

    8/8/2014 8:07 PM

    hey the little guy in the gondola in Mont Sainte Anne...if would have known i would have taken you down a mans trail.

  • pink wolf

    8/8/2014 7:34 PM

    How old was Kyle Strait at his first Rampage? or Semnuk at his first Joyride. Didn't he just do course pre runner at MSA World Cup. The last jump there was bigger than Crabapple. Do they let 14 yr olds race A line or any of the other races?

  • sspomer

    8/8/2014 7:36 PM

    strait was still in the womb at his first rampage.

  • csermonet

    8/8/2014 7:40 PM

    Strait busted out of the womb just for rampage

  • bturman

    8/8/2014 8:49 PM

    Also, Anthony Messere was 15 at his first Joyride event.

  • joshua.fultzveinotte

    8/9/2014 10:41 AM

    theres a boys 13-15 category , i tried to sign up for the whip off aswell and they wouldnt let me :p

  • Frilko

    8/9/2014 2:23 PM

    that sucks

  • csermonet

    8/8/2014 7:32 PM

    Found this dude the other day on Wyn Masters instagram, couldn't believe what I saw. This kid is the truth! Has style way beyond his years

  • jonathon Simonetti

    8/8/2014 7:13 PM

    Hooooly shit

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