Video Trailer: ‘Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky’

Learn more about the rider who has pushed the boundaries of freeride

Cam and his brother Howie took Mtbr for a fun ride near the new YT Industries USA office in Truckee, CA.

Cam and his brother Howie took Mtbr for a fun ride near the new YT Industries USA office in Truckee, CA (click to enlarge).

In a film written, produced, directed, and edited by Ryan Cleek, “Reach For The Sky” features unique behind the scenes looks at Zink’s dramatic 2013 and 2014 Red Bull Rampage campaigns in Virgin, Utah; plus a one-of-a-kind portrayal of his record-breaking 100-foot backflip attempt at Mammoth Mountain—showcasing 100% never-before-seen footage. The movie explores the fascinating life story of one of the sport’s most beloved and diverse athletes, but also delves into the multi-layered psychological elements of fame, physical punishment, and self-examination, to uncover why Zink perseveres through the adversity—even when no one is watching. Watch the official trailer below.

Cam Zink’s Bio and Stats

In August 2014, with the help of Monster Energy and ESPN, Cam landed a 100ft backflip at Mammoth’s Canyon Lodge setting a Guinness World Record for the longest dirt-to-dirt backflip on a mountain bike. In the same evening Cam stomped a jaw-dropping 120ft straight air on the same jump, earning himself a 2nd Guinness title.

When Cam Zink was a little tyke cruising around Carson City his Dad purchased him his first mountain bike, he was hooked. Cam started competing in XC at age 10, took to jumping shortly after and well, the rest is history. Whether tearing up a local trail, taking on a slopestyle comp, dual speed and style, or hitting gnarly cliffs in Utah, Cam never holds back. Cam boasts an impressive lineup of wins including 2010 Red Bull Rampage, Crankworx, and FMB World Tour Champion.

Discipline: Freeride MTB
Birthdate: 3/8/1986
Height: 5’10
Birthplace: Reno, NV

Cam Zink always takes the biggest risk.

Cam Zink always takes the biggest risk (click to enlarge).

Q&A with Cam Zink

What’s your pre-race ritual?
I don’t have a pre-race ritual, I just try to not think about anything and keep my mind off of the contest besides when I am trying to focus on what I have to do to win; there are times for that to focus all your energy memorizing and planning. When you are away from the course it is better to give your brain a rest, even until just before the start.

Your sport is pretty demanding both mentally and physically. What drives you to keep going?
The achievements keep you going because you want that feeling again, but it all starts with fun. You have so much fun riding your bike, then you set your sights on some goals so you can further yourself. Once you have achieved, you just strive toward having fun, and winning is pretty damn fun.

If you weren’t a pro mountain bike rider, what would you see yourself doing?
Hopefully a pro snowboarder or motocross racer/ fmx rider….

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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