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You know what the problem with an amateur contests is? The riding is by a bunch of amateurs. Ba-dum-bum. That said, on May 4, 2013, Lib Tech and Snowboy Production’s Kinko de Mayo was hardly a “contest” at all. More like a session between a few Bachelor hardcores who weren’t distracted by the fact it’s already summer in Oregon, and some pro dudes putting on a demo.

bundy1Ted Borland gapped to this rail at least 1000 times, or whatever the Mexican equivalent of that is.

Mt. Bachelor provided the rail set up, consisting of four rails of varying sketchiness, while Krush Kulezsa and Jesse Burtner provided the on-mic entertainment, consisting of mostly Three Amigos jokes no one got. There was a Squirt Pit (actually just a hole in the snow filled with soda) and banana salsa at the top and bottom of the course to keep competitors hydrated and sustained for all their early outs, zeaches and even the occasional make. The media circus was mostly focused on the pros — Brandon Hammid, Ted Borland, Sam Hulbert, Max Warbington, Blake Paul and other totally sponsed dudes who rode side-by-side with the locals, before taking on the challenge of selecting a winner.

aaroncardwellLast year’s victor Aaron Cardwell was among the “just having fun” sect, but since he’s pretty good at snowboarding, it was fun to watch as well.

Feel-good session or not, there were 8 riders that stood out at the end of the mayhem, and the judges underwent much deliberation to decide that first place belonged to Kevin “Kornbread” Cummings. A close second was Jeff Deforge who came all the way from the east coast for this shit, and Kenny (the contest was held on a first name basis) in third. They all got more free stuff than the dudes that “just had a good time” and seemed sufficiently stoked on the honor. But don’t worry, much like a second grade party, everyone left with some sort of free stuff, cause there are no losers here, right mom?

hammidDon’t let Brandon Hammid’s bare chest fool you, it was actually kinda cold for a Mexican-themed celebration, but when you give as few fucks as he does, whatever.

connorSince the theme of this event is kinks, there were several to negotiate.

squirtstallNormally, the beverage of choice at snowboard events is beer, but since this one was fairly wholesome, it was all about Squirt.

jeffdeforgeIt seems like it would be scary to hit a rail with the likes of Brandon Hammid baring down on you, but Jeff de Forge seemed ok with it.

maxandblakeThis Yobeat post would not be complete without a head shot of Max Warbington and Blake Paul.

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hammidsquirtReally not sure why I bothered continuing to take photos after snapping this one. Moment, captured.

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winnersAnd the winners, left to right: Kenny, Kornbread and Jeff.

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With the snowboard industry in constant turmoil, there’s a good chance that at some point you’re going to lose that cushy industry job you lucked into. Not sure if you’ve talked to “the kids” lately, but they’re all gunning for you and will gladly work for well below the poverty line (instead of at the poverty line like you, you greedy, greedy bastard.) Anyway, whether you’ve been laid off, let go, or just plain shitcanned, your friends at Yobeat (who’ve invented their own industry jobs) are here to help, as usual.

The Bad News:

You have no money saved and since you probably were hired as a “contractor” the government won’t do shit for you. Except for Food Stamps, you can probably get those if you try hard enough. So this means you’ll need to find another job immediately, and as it turns out, the skills you’ve learned in the snowboard world are completely useless in the real world. No one at “insert name of big time marketing firm here” cares about the community of 5000 dedicated fans you managed. Sorry.

The Good News:

You’ve already made it into the snowboard industry, which means, you’re now qualified for ANY other job open in the snowboard industry. Oh, you packed boxes? Well apply for that open Marketing Manager job. That hands-on product experience you have is probably exactly what they’re looking for. Oh, you were a Team manager? Why not try outside sales? Shops are much easier to wrangle than team riders. You get the idea.

The important thing in this time of personal growth is to stay positive! Think of it as an opportunity rather than a set back and remember the best news of all. Worst case scenario, you can always go back to being a ski bum!

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The final mogul run in VT. Photo: My Mom

The season is ending, and unless you’re stupid and don’t like snowboarding, you’re kinda annoyed about it. Sure, you can pretend to like skateboarding or talk about how much you like summer, but the truth is, it sucks when you can’t go snowboarding. Personally, I have a minor break down every year, and I actually live in a place you can snowboard year round. Anyway, this is my first column (I decided to give myself one) and I’m going to use it as a coping mechanism. Accordingly, I will make a list of everything that annoys me when I go snowboarding.

  • People who can’t form groups of the number of people that fit on the chair.
  • People that can’t merge in the lift lines.
  • Lift lines.
  • When the snow is too sticky to move.
  • When rocks get into fields of powder.
  • Snow snakes.
  • When the chairlift drips on your outerwear (Northwest problem)
  • The price of lodge food
  • Skiers pole planting back and forth on a straight away.
  • When they charge you to use a screw driver
  • When the screw drivers outside are stripped and your binding is loose
  • When you lose a strap and don’t realize it until you’re at the top of the mountain.
  • When it’s flat light.
  • When someone cuts you off and you were on the way to do something cool.
  • Skiers that stand on landings.
  • Parking far away.
  • Skiers being cool now.
  • Snowboarders that sit on landings.
  • People side-slipping down powder.
  • People going off a cliff or chute and taking all the snow with them/creating a bomb hole.
  • When it’s so cold your skin hurts.
  • When you drive all the way to the mountain and realize you forgot your boots.
  • Skiers.

Actually, I could go on all day (I’m easily annoyed, ok) but you know what? I feel strangely better. Maybe a break from snowboarding will do me well. And like I said, Mt. Hood is open and just up the road. Phew. Thanks for listening guys.

Image, for a second, getting the chance to close down one of the best trails on the mountain so that only you and your friends could ride it when you got around to it. Well, on April 13th, 2013, that’s exactly what happened at Timberline Lodge on glorious Mt. Hood. Thanks to the local knowledge and authority of Ricky Hower, Bob Elmer remained mostly pristine until 12 noon on a Saturday, when 15 teams of serious boarders took turns making figure eights through the fresh snow, while being judged by local celebrities Shane Flood and Johnnie Paxson.

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The Hesh mob moves in perfect harmony.

Logic or meteorology might tell you that mid April is an odd time to plan a powder boarding competition, but this is Oregon. It’s a strange fantasy land where when Ricky snaps his fingers, a few inches of light, fresh snow fall on top of the groomed trail. Add a deceivingly short kicker, and you have the perfect recipe for the inaugural Yobeat Powder 8, an event inspired by the classic movie Aspen Extreme.

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On the slopes, teams of locals including the Nipple Draggers (Collin Whallen and Joey Carnera), Hesh Mob (Chris Classen and Cameron Dean) Righteous Disciples (Janessa Bork and Matty Guitierez), I’ll leave this up to you Brooke (Cale Meyer and Kharma Vella), Team Party Time (Nate Betteker, Scotty Keating and Dustin) Team Clam Slam, (Carson Schubert and Kyle Irvin), Team Pup n’ Suds (Cam Weeg and Alex Drinkard), Team OJC (Richard Sweet and Cooper Harringon), Cool Runnings (Curran Shaw and Ryan Irvin) — joined the Airblaster crew and other visiting teams from as far away as Tahoe, including Super Duper Snowboards (Erik Leon and Jay Hergert), Team Dopey John (Aaron Cardwell and John Olmsted, Master B8ters (Tim Eddy and Tucker Mandrews), The Crazy 8′s (Brandon Cocard and Ben Lynch), The Underbelly Toasers (Jackson Folwer and Taylor Carlton) and Bonerz Fully Loaded (Max Warbington and Jesse Gouviea.)

When the clock struck noon, DJ Ricky Hower chose a unique song for each run, and the teams were let loose on the snow one at a time. The rules were there were no rules, and the judges had the difficult task of deciding who used mother nature’s canvas the best based on team work, creativity and overall impression.

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Aside from the snow getting torn to shreds, the only real carnage was on the mini booter, when a few riders backflipped way past the landing, but since the contest was mostly based on turning, it didn’t really matter. After each pair took one glorious run each, the judges were torn between two teams. Super Duper Snowboards had mobbed down from top to bottom, doing pow butters mid 8 and synchronized methods including a mid-air collision on the kicker. Bonerz Fully loaded went for full synchronization in turning, and on the booter Jesse kicked up a spray while Max did a method through it. After much deliberation, it was decided everyone won, but Eric Leon and Jay Hergert won a little more and were officially named the best snowboarders in the universe taking home custom engraved trophies.

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The secret is there is no secret. These dudes just know how to board powder.

The entire competition lasted less than an hour, and for the rest of the day, there were plenty more pow turns to be had around Timberline and everyone involved agreed it was the “best contest ever.” Special thanks to Ricky Hower and Brian Reed at Timberline for making this event possible and if you missed it, I’m sure we’ll get more pow next year! (ps. Timberline is open until the end of May, so if you are thinking about getting a spring pass, we would recommend it.)

 

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Every since the Too Hard teaser included a girl tossing a bloody tampon, it seems even male snowboarders are aware that girls bleed once a month. It’s ok, it’s just nature and it’s what makes childbirth and the continuation of life possible. But that doesn’t mean it’s not icky for dudes to think about, a pain in the ass for girls to deal with, and most importantly, a bummer when you’re trying to get some snowboard action. Between dealing with cramps, being an even bigger bitch than normal, and trying to protect your long underwear from gross stains, it’s probably the most serious problem facing women’s snowboarding today. So as a fellow female and long time menstruator, I’ve decided to put together a handy guide for snowboarding with your monthly visitor.

 

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Medical.

Pat Bridges is convinced that you are more likely to tear your ACL while menstruating. He’s told me and every other female snowboarder about it on multiple occasions, which makes it true, right? Actually, the truth according to science is changes in your estrogen levels make you more prone to knee injuries around the middle of your cycle, which means, when you’re bleeding, you’re in the clear! So go out there and twist your knees as violently as you want as long as there is blood coming out of your vagina.

 

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Equipment.

Choosing the right feminine hygiene products can make all the difference. First off, maxi pads are out. What are you, 12? As for tampons, there are two schools of thought on this one — with applicator or without. The applicator free tampons are smaller and easier to store, but hell, you’ve got a waterproof jacket with pockets, so does it really matter. Best bet, go with something wrapped in plastic and with a plastic applicator, just in case your taped-seams fail. No one wants a fully soaked tampon expanding in their pocket while they ride.

 

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Advantages.

So there are lots of things that suck about having your period, but like most things in life, there is a bright side. In the male-dominated world of snowboarding, this it is a gross and mysterious process that most dudes don’t want to talk about. So, when there’s an annoying dude hitting on you in the ski town bar? Start talking about it. Trust me, they’ll leave and you can go back to drinking away the pain of cramps.

So there you have it. No more excuses, and no more complaining. Boarding on the rag is still a day boarding, and there’s really nothing wrong with that.

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It was my 3rd 29th birthday last week, and since it’s the one holiday a year that’s all about me, that means I get to do whatever I want! This year I wanted to drop everything and take an impromptu trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Even though I’ve almost lived in the Northwest long enough to be considered a Northwesterner, this is one corner of the country I was yet to explore.

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There was a sign that said “rustic retreat” but despite Jared’s greatest fears, the Manitou lodge had both electricity and showers.

We stayed two nights in Forks, where they filmed Twilight and had I actually seen the movie, this would probably have been pretty exciting. The townsfolk certainly seemed proud of it, as everything from the Native Art Gallery to the Burger Joints boasted all sorts of Twilight souvenirs. We stayed at a quaint B&B like real grown ups, and spent the days burning fossil fuels to check out the rainforest, beaches and various “big trees.”

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This was just one of the “big trees” we saw, each denoted with a sign so you knew it was especially big. The truth is, all the trees up there are big.

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I made Jared stand by lots of things. This rock on the Northwestern Coast was almost as far Northwest as you could get, so that’s something.

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Despite the warning signs, we saw no vicious sea loins. Kind of a disappointment really.

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In stark contrast to the Twilight theme, this boat was called Daybreak.

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We drove like an hour and ended up in Neah Bay, which is an Indian Reservation with feral dogs, a port and a boat named Zebra.

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Cemeteries fascinate me — they’re always different no matter where you go. Though since this one was technically on an Indian Reservation, I suppose it would be a “burial ground.” Or is that not PC to say?

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Elk! Lots of elk.

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Our hotel ended up being about 10 minutes from Rialto Beach, which was awesome. Apparently there’s a zone called Hole in the Wall that’s great and we set off to check it out, but after about 100 yards of picking through drift wood we decided a mile plus hike sounded hard, so we didn’t make it.

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I got all sorts of arsty, obviously.

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I’m not sure how anyone could look at this tree and not want to climb it.

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It was supposed to rain all weekend, but the sun was actually out and made the woods by the beach look extra neat.

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There were climbing trees everywhere!

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Sparkly rocks.

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Jared scouted out this snake, which I immediately attempted to catch. It didn’t work, but I did take a picture of it.

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We found a rope swing. Unfortunately it was no where near the water, and kinda of burned your hands to hang on to.

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An hour or so from Rialto beach was the Hoh Rainforest. Basically everything is covered in moss up there, the in the official National Park the moss is even mossier, if you can believe it.

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This is my kind of hike.

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Jared is the strongest man alive.

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We looked for ewoks and hobbits, but found neither.

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Instead I made Jared walk through the forest so you can see how huge these things are.

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The signs did not lie.

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And it’s official. Jared cannot see a phone booth without pretending to talk on his phone in it!

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AAAAAHHHH – yes, that’s a cliff drop to start things off. Photo: Jared Souney

Not since the glory days of Vegetate has Mt. Hood Meadows put on a snowboard event of note beyond the Northwest, but on March 30th, 2013, Snake and Hammers was just that. Half slopestyle, half banked slalom, the event is the brainchild of Bobby Meeks, who used his influence and budget at Nike to design the ultimate test of snowboarding skill. This course especially required the ability to actually ride a snowboard.

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Don’t be a pussy, this was actually the easiest part of the course.

Out of the gate, competitors dropped and 8-foot cliff into the first set of turns. After gaining some speed in the slush, riders got the choice of three rail features, then went straight into a 30-foot jump. One more turn and it was onto the “X-Box” or “Thunderdome” or whatever the hell you wanna call the Nike feature they carted over from Forest Park. On each of these features riders were given a score from 0-6 from influential judges such as Logan Fuquay and Mike Estes, based on how sick they got — a higher score meant more seconds were deducted from your overall time. Finally, a step down led into the last three turns, which were fast and loose and caused a competitor or two to fly violently into the snow fence.

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Ben Lynch was disqualified shortly after this for doing an inverted aerial. Rebellion at its finest. Photo: Jared Souney

The Oregon sun was out in force, and the unseasonably warm temperatures caused many of the weekend warriors to stay in the city, but some 80+ riders turned out to compete. Each got two runs, although by the second run the field had already been thinned down to the most hardcore — either people didn’t make it back up in time, licked their wounds, or chose to just ride slushy side hits for fun. Some 60 people took another run though, vying for the fastest time and a slot in the 15 man and 4 woman finals.

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In the Northwest, even girls can ride their snowboards.

Once the field was whittled down to the best of the best, each rider got one more run to impress the judges with their freestyle stunting, but mostly to negotiate the course and the highly inconsistent snow the fastest. When the complicated math was said and done, it was local boy Jeremy Nylund, who’s like 12, beating out the old men to take the win. Johnnie Paxson was also on hand to judge the best hammer, which went to Randall Wheaton for his smooth backside 7 Japan.

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Jeremy Nyland, victory!

Though Snake and Hammers involved no actual snakes, it was a damn good time, and there was free food. All in all, a successful spring day, I’d say.

Results

Men

1.Jeremy Nylund 49.52
2. Jeremy Page 49.62
3. Max Warbington 50.02

Women

1. Ronda Shanin 55.28

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Most people just dropped out of the gate, sans any pop. This dude was going for style points though. Photo: Jared Souney

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Ben Lynch, style master. Photo: Jared Souney

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Wouldn’t be a contest in the Northwest without a few (hundred) methods. Photo: Jared Souney

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The handsome men of Nike Snowboarding, Bobby Meeks and Jon Weaver, kept the crowd entertained all day with their witty rapport.

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Again, this invert was against the rules. People die doing that stuff, ya know.

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It’s hard to shoot photos of turning when there’s mandatory airtime on the course, but here’s one for good measure.

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Max Warbington was in contention for the “hammer” award with this very 720. But he didn’t win.

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No seriously, inverts were NOT ALLOWED. Taylor Carlton. Photo: Jared Souney

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Apparently I’m just the right height to be an arm rest, but I let it slide because Johnnie was working so hard judging people.

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Jeremy Nylund, hammering. photo: Jared Souney

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Course maintenance!

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Who gave Logan Fuquay any responsibility?

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When Mike Yoshida, Max Warbington, Taylor Carlton, Cale Meyer, this girl who I’ve meet a bunch of times but can’t remember her name, Aidan Payson and Ben Lynch are there, you know it’s a good time!

Well, we’re in a silly internet voting contest (with a hefty cash prize) and against out better judgement and internet etiquette we just sent out a newsletter pandering for votes (no hard feelings if you unsubscribe.) Anyway, one response to our pleas was extra entertaining, so we figured we’d share. And hey, if you’re so inspired, click the link and vote when you’re done here.
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Sorry about that Ryan,

Here are all your submissions from the past year or so, in the order we’ve received them, most recent first. Now, will you pretty please vote for me in the Mini Creative Use of Space Comp here?

Love, Brooke

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PPS Sorry, forgot one.

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Tyler L’Heruex and some herb.

It’s easy to write off the Northeast with a simple “no one gives a fuck” but here’s what most people won’t tell you –The East Coast doesn’t give a fuck about you either. What those who call the East Coast home do give a fuck about is having the best time ever, and March 18th, 2013 at Loon, the stars aligned for the 13th annual Last Call. The sun was shining, and it was only sort of cold. The open container laws were unenforced, and the gondola line was a who’s who of snowboard semi-celebs. If you missed it, you missed out. End of story.

In the past 13 years, the dudes from Eastern Boarder have grown and shaped Last Call into the ultimate celebration of East Coast spring snowboarding. Now a well-oiled machine, it starts with a “big air” portion, moves to a rail conglomeration and then ends up on the classic wallride set up. The Loon Park crew is known for its creative set ups and this event is when everyone in New England gathers in one place to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And now, without the US Open, it’s also the biggest event of the season in the East, so that’s something.

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This is a pretty solid nose press for a girl. Brian Skorupski.

It didn’t hurt the attendance record that the East Coast has bustling with activity this past weekend. The Lib Tech crew was still hanging around after the Near Canada Open. Forrest Burki was there with his cane and camping chair. A bunch of the O.G. Blue Lodge crew were in attendance reliving their college days and the current Plymouth State contingent, many of whom you know better as Keep the Change were going for it as well. STUMPED was in town from Mass,  and the Carinthia Crew showed up to represent for Vermont, and there were probably a bunch of other people that someone cares about I’m forgetting.

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Ted Lavoie shoots the gap.

As for the snowboarding itself, the name you really need to note is Tyler L’Hereux. While I’m not sure if he was drunk or not, I am sure he rode the hardest in the top two sections and was awarded with some cash for each. When the party went down on the wallride feature — an hour or so it was a free-for-all with dudes and chicks coming from every which way — Shaun Murphy was given top honors. Another notable highlight of the day was Nick Julius’s back 10 double cork, which earned him the coveted Ass Award. For most people though, this event is about friends and day drinking, so you’ll have to excuse my cloudy memory of rest of the tricks.

The day concluded with the WUSR Sub Arctic Challenge, a snowboard triathlon that includes a snowboard race, foot race, and beer shotgunning portion. Top honors when to Andrew Mutty, who may not have been the fastest drinker, but he did make it down the hill first. While there was some concern over how much of the beer ended up on his shirt vs in his stomach, the rest of the drunks really didn’t put up much of a fight, and that is pretty much the most fitting end the event.

OVERALL RESULTS

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Girls

1. Elin Tortorise
2. Mary Rand
3. Amy Gan

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Guys

1. Tyler L’Heureux
2. Shaun Murphy
3. Travis Nuenhaus

And since our galleries are broken, here’s a bunch more photos, blog style! Warning: many of these captions were written under the influence of alcohol.

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Cole St. Martin answers the call of the yeti.

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There’s nothing funny about this photo, it’s just a good hand plant from Pat “the eYe” Bridges.

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Dylan Ojo, or “Dojo” as he’s fondly referred to, seems to have taken a liking to Loon, and the good news is, Loon likes him too.

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Geno from the Beano is concentrating really hard on this shit.

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Most people didn’t see him, but Dly9 was there.

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All jump shots look the same so we’re not putting many in here, but this kid was killing it all day.

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Lost in Translation or Fear and Loathing in Loon. Whatever. Forrest Burki was ready for just about anything.

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We thought this might be Kevin Court aka Gravedigger, but now we’re not so sure.

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This one is definitely Gravedigger and considering he was bleeding at the previous event, looks like he’s doing pretty well.

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This is either Merrick Joyce of Nick Julius. Same difference really.

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Live free or grab nelon. Mike Rav ain’t scared.

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This chimney tap is made extra impressive when you take into account that Nick Doucette is definitely drunk.

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Two zeaches, one rail.

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There are way too many offensive things to say about this photo of Tarik Blowers. Let’s move on.

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Derrek Lever approves this backlip from Ted Borland.

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Travis Neuenhaus mctwisting his way to the podium.

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This is probably the heaviest Zak Wilmot will ever look.

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This is probably the worst photo of Zak Hale ever published, but you guys, he was in New Hampshire!

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Preston Strout handed out a golden claw to Merrick Joyce for snowboarding well, or something.

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Some east coast OG legend shit — Preston Strout, Tom Johnson and Kevin Susienka.

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And some new East Coast legend shit — the ‘Goons, Dr. Brendan, Dylan Gamache and Marcus Rand and Lemi, in one photo. The Internet can stop now.

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The kids taking pictures with cell phones are the only thing that makes it clear this classic method from Ross Powers isn’t from 1997.

As soon as Stratton got word Burton had chosen to move the US Open to Vail, they made a call to the only man who could help: Stevie Hayes. The old-school-Burton-pro-turned-Hayes-Brothers-Snowboards founder had been putting on the Washed Up Cup for the past few seasons, and US Open or no, Stratton wanted the event to continue.

Fast forward to March 14th-17th, 2013, when the first annual Vermont Open was set on Suntanner — the same trail that hosted the original race events, as well as the halfpipe before it was shunned to Sunbowl. I can honestly say that after a season of going to events of all shapes and sizes, this was one of a kind. The prize money was provided by local families and businesses — no energy drinks or corporations to be found (unless you count Stratton, who matched the 10k raised.) The field included everyone from the local Olympic gold medalist to kids barely old enough to walk. Unlike the event it replaced, it was a contest for the snowboarders in it, rather than the people watching on network TV.

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A snurfer race hosted by Paul Graves? Yeah, that happened, and local legend Jerry Tucker was one those brave enough to partake.

For the old people in attendance, many now with children of their own, the VT Open was a true blast from the past, right down to a 12-foot half pipe and 40-foot “big air” jump. However, for those who were not old enough to remember a time before events with credentials and TV cameras, the nostalgia didn’t quite make up for the lack of organization, which caused things such as Saturday’s big air dragging on long after the lifts closed and the light went flat. Yes, things could have gone smoother, but for a first effort that involved just about every facet of snowboarding crammed into three short days, we have to give Steve and Stratton an A for effort.

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The Washed Up Cup happened went down Sunday, and no, there weren’t any bag checks.

With the inaugural Carinthia Open, Near Canada Open and this event now in the books, it’s pretty clear that the US Open moving to Vail may just be the best thing to happen to the East Coast snowboard scene in 30 years or so. And if you don’t agree, you don’t have to come here.

For Full Results CLICK HERE.

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Watching rail jockeys attempting to ride an icy pipe was quite entertaining. Zack Wilmot figured it out.

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No triple corks allowed. Luke Bonang tweaks out a straight air instead.

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Mary Rand and Shaun Murphy pretending to like each other.

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Ross and the youngest powers. His eldest daughter Victoria won her division in the halfpipe comp.

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The East’s best coaches: Andrew Mutty and Aaron Diamond.

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Fuck yeah Southern Vermont.

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Speaking of Southern Vermont, the dudes from Mt. Snow made the trek north.

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Attending the 1st VT Open was basically like inventing a time machine and the traveling back to a simpler time.

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The Snurfer race got serious. (Note: the 3rd from the right was taken off the wall at the Green Door, literally.)

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This is NOT as easy as it looks.

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The boards are at least 4 times older than their riders.

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1977 watch out.

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Scott Johnson for the win!

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Big air contests need more backside 180 methods.

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The best part of this contest was no complex math was needed to understand the tricks being thrown.

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Mellow tail grab over Bromley.

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courseThe Washed Up Cup marked the 400th banked slalom of 2013. This was about one quarter of the course, which was about as gnar as things get at Stratton.

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vtgauntletThis crash may have been due to the glare ice, or the fact he was being showered by beer. The world may never know.

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Mt Snow hype machine.

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It was St. Patrick’s Day and don’t worry, Timmy Sullivan was letting ‘em know. Zack, on the other hand, is not at all Irish.

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It wasn’t that icy. Look at all that loose snow spray!

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This guy didn’t get the memo that there’s no air in slaloms.

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And in conclusion, beers, friends, and good times. Let’s keep it that way for at least the next 15 years or so.