Video and words by Amanda Hankison
The true spirit of snowboarding was alive and well up at Timberline this past Saturday. Airblaster put on a contest that’s hard to come by these days — one truly based on fun times, hanging out with friends, and good old fashioned boardin’. Riders came together from all over the Northwest to tear apart the setup that Timberline’s park crew had created under the double chair on the bunny hill. No one complained about the lack of 60-foot jumps and double corks, because they were replaced by relentless tweaking, high fives, and the occasional near death collision. Event Cooridinator Ricky Hower summed up the course, “We set out to make this the most fun and unique event possible. You’ll notice there’s no rails out there, its just about grippin’ and rippin’.”
Travis Parker was on hand to judge the competition. It was apparent that he rewarded those who caught his eye that day by the way he announced the winners. First was the gentleman with the knives on his back, second was the gentleman with the safety first sticker on his board, and third was Max. The fella that was wearing one of the brightest of the Hawaiian shirts received the Being Unique and Having a Good Time award, walking away with next year’s Salomon Salomonder. Kelly Underwood took home first for the ladies and Griffon Cummings kindly helped determined the top three of our two-planked friends. In the end no one left empty handed thanks to the generous giveaway supported by Poler Stuff, Skullcandy, Salomon, and of course Airblaster. Do whatever you can to make sure you’re at next year’s event because it’s only going to get better. Viva la Board Games!