Brandon Semenuk

Do what you love

Brandon Semenuk performs during Crankworx 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 12, 2016
© Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Brandon Semenuk. My discipline is mountain bike freeride. I was born on 2 March 1991 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. My special talent is rally car racing. The most important person in my life is actually lots of people, too many to name. My favourite food is Mexican. My favourite music is a little bit of everything.


Growing up in the mountain bike paradise of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, there was no way Brandon Semenuk was not going to learn how to ride a mountain bike at a young age. His older brother got him into the sport when Semenuk was just six-years-old and, by age nine, he started entering cross country races on the BC circuit.

At 14, Semenuk was burned out on racing and discovered the world of freestyle mountain biking – jumps, tricks, and less rules and regulations. At that point, he transitioned over to freeriding and the rest, as they say, is history.

In 2011 and 2012, he won the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour overall title (earning six wins on the tour in 2012 alone) and he scored a silver medal at the X Games debut of slopestyle mountain biking in Germany in 2013. He also took the win at his first Red Bull Rampage appearance in 2008, at age 17.

In between his busy contest schedule, Semenuk somehow manages to make time for filming, too. He teamed up with Red Bull to create  his YouTube series Life Behind Bars, which followed him on his journeys around the world, and riding on his own home turf.

The series was an instant success. So much so that, when Semenuk took time off from contests in 2013, he decided to join forces with Freeride Entertainment and Red Bull Media House to collaborate on an even bigger film project – a full-length movie called Rad Company, released in 2014.

The feature film followed Semenuk, as well as fellow riders Cam Zink, Graham Agassiz, Cam McCaul, Stevie Smith, Thomas Genon, Ryan Howard, Yannick Granieri and others, on travels from British Columbia to Utah and beyond.

"I definitely enjoy filming and coming up with concepts," Semenuk says. "I wanted to create something that hasn't been around, a really progressive film that focuses on the riding."

It was back to competing after that and the overall title of the FMB World Tour quickly followed, opening the door to even more future achievements, including victory at Red Bull Joyride in 2015 and the season-opening slopestyle contest at Crankworx Rotorua in March 2016.

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Eventual winner, Brandon Semenuk, with TV host Tina Dixon at Rampage 2016

MTB has never sounded weirder

MTB Enjoy some supremely suspect lipreading from the daddy of all freeride events – Red Bull Rampage.

Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Rampage 2016

      Virgin, Utah, USA

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

      Rotorua, New Zealand

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Joyride

      Whistler, BC, Canada

  4. 2014
    1. 1st Place: FMB World Tour

      With the third place at Red Bull Rampage 2014, Semenuk secured his third FMB World Tour overall title in the five-year history of the tour.

    2. 1st Place: Red Bull Joyride

      Semenuk was also the winner in 2013

      Whistler, BC, Canada

  5. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Bearclaw Invitational

      Mount Washington, Canada

    2. 1st Place: Crankworx Les 2 Alpes - Slopestyle

      Les Deux Alpes, France

  6. 2012
    1. 1st Place: FMB World Tour