Greymouth bowl

Red Bull Tip To Tail road trip

Words: Robert Tighe/Red Bull Content Pool
Photography: Graeme Murray

FOUR RIDERS, THREE WEEKS AND TWO ISLANDS: ONE EPIC NEW ZEALAND ROAD TRIP - Here are 5 of the best moments 

1 HIGH WIRE

Kris Fox boosts out of the deep end at the Greymouth bowl. Greymouth was one of the many surprises on the Red Bull Tip To Tail road trip. “This bowl was the last thing I expected to find in a town like Greymouth,” says Mike ‘Hucker’ Clark, one of four riders who set out from Cape Reinga on a three-week mission to ride the best spots in the country. “A lot of tiny little towns had these amazing parks,” says the 27-year-old American.

Take 5

2 HIGH COUNTRY

“I’ve been to New Zealand four times now and it blows my mind every time,” says Clark. “I was hoping to drive the length of the country, just to say I did it, but I was sick for three days and couldn’t get out of bed.” The crew covered over 3,000km in three weeks and took turns playing DJ. “My theme song was Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid. I played it just to mess with people’s heads. I’m sure everyone on the trip will hate that song for the rest of their lives.” 

High slider

3 HIGH SLIDER

“This was a little park in Dunedin that was really unique,” says Clark. “There was a cool little bowl with a snake run, but the bowl Corey [Bohan] is riding here is tall, almost vertical, with no flat bottom. It’s all transition, like a U-shape. It’s pretty difficult to ride, but Corey is such a smooth rider he made this tyre slide look easy.”

High flier

4 HIGH FLIER

“I grew up in Huntington Beach [a seaside city in California],” says Clark, “but I love getting out in the sticks, so I felt right at home on the Moon Creek Trails in Motueka.” Here, Clark is performing a 360 turndown on private trails built by local rider Casey Scott in his parents’ backyard. “Only three or four people have ridden them and they’re in great condition. Casey and his mates were so welcoming, and excited to ride with us. There was such a good energy that day.”

Highlights

5 HIGHLIGHTS

(Photo above: Left to right) Clark, Fox, Jaden Leeming and Bohan celebrate the end of the trip in Bluff. “I couldn’t think of a better group of guys to go on a road trip with,” says Clark. “Jaden’s a quiet shredder who did stuff the rest of us would never think of doing. Kris was the Energizer bunny, always the first on his bike and the last to leave. And no one rides like Corey. It made for an epic trip.” 

Red Bull Tip To Tail - Trailer

Join 4 Red Bull BMX athletes on the BMX trip of a lifetime. A 3,200km New Zealand road trip from the ‘Tip’ of the North Island to the ‘Tail’ of the South in two RV’s and a Land Rover.

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