Cold Stoke at the 2017 Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge
Snowboarding began as a way of riding waves in their frozen form. There are still plenty of snow shredders who take their inspiration from surf style—and plenty of surfers who are just as stoked to get up into the mountains.
Each year at Mt. Bachelor, the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge celebrates the links between the sports, with a course full of spines, transitions and banked corners shaped into stationary waves for laybacks, tail throws, airs and rail turns.
It’s a gathering of the tribe with a variety of awards for inspired performances that show commitment, speed, power, flow, style, difficult maneuvers and flow throughout the entire run. But ultimately, as Gerry says, winning isn’t the point: “When you can come and have a good time and leave with a smile on your face … then that’s a good event.”
Big thanks to everyone who came out and unleashed their surf style over the weekend. Mahalos to Mt. Bachelor for their hospitality year after year, to all the event sponsors and to Gerry for hosting this wonderful event.
For more coverage, head over to The Snowboarder’s Journal, Transworld Snowboarding and Snowboard Mag.