Elliot Smith

Kona Rider Elliot Smith Qualifies for Red Bull Pump Track Championship Finals

This past weekend in Wellington, New Zealand, the second round of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship went down and the country’s capital lived up to its reputation of being pretty darn windy. 178 days a year the wind gusts at or above 39mph (63 km/h) in Wellington, and Saturday was one of those 178 days. The wind started off as a northerly and then pulled a 180 around lunch time to finish the day as a southerly. Despite the wind, riders put down some blazingly fast times around the small but well-designed Velosultions pump track. Competitors from as far as Christchurch in the South Island had made the trip, but a win was not going to come easily.

After laying down the 12th fastest qualifying time, local 16-year-old Elliot Smith rode his Kona Shonky though the 32 strong knock out rounds, besting both elite BMXers and fellow mountain bikers. After a day of hard racing (and quite a bit of play in practice), Elliot would finish off in fourth place, qualifying for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship finals later in the year at an undisclosed location in Europe.

Elliot Smith – A Boy With a Coin

Kona’s Caleb Smith lives in Squamish with his wife and three kids. Elliot is the eldest of the Smith kids at 14, soon to overtake his (very tall) dad in height – but as you’ll see with this video he’s no doubt already left him in the dust on the trails.

The perks of having a dad in the bike world who’s pretty handy behind the lens, Elliot gets to shred a Process 153 on Squamish’s rough and rugged trails, and to plan and film a pro-caliber video at 14 years old.

So, in their spare time over the past year or so, Elliot and Caleb set out to film, all based around Iron & Wine’s A Boy With a Coin. The concept, perfectly executed. Nice work Elliot (and Dad). Enjoy!