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You have to love those laid back, grassroots snowboard contests. Here is our video from the 2012 Back To The Boneyard event at Waterville Valley, NH hosted by Pat Moore. For more coverage check out our full recap and gallery. Video: Gary Tyler McLeodRead More
Recap: Tyler Davis
Photos: Laura Austin & T. Bird
Captions: Pat Bridges
Remember when snowboard contests were more about hanging out with friends than perfect scores and gold medals? Or when a double overhead method was cooler than a double cork? Now in its fourth year, Pat Moore and Waterville Valley have held Back to The Boneyard, a contest all about bringing together old friends and introducing new groms to exactly what snowboard culture is all about. The best part of the contest is that all the money raised goes to the Pat Moore Foundation, which helps support young riders from New England in pursuing their snowboard dreams by helping out with such things as travel expenses and tuition to Waterville Valley Academy.
Luke Mathison and the WV park staff created a classic Boneyard set up, with the luxury of a poma lift. The morning started off with a jump session that ended in an old style tabletop jump. Young guys like Zack Normandin, Merrick Joyce, Will Mayo and Brendon and Colin Hart had no problem figuring out the steep take off, and soon were throwing down everything from backside 180s to double backflips. Even local legends Jason Cheney and Nelson Wormstead were hitting the big line, showing the youth a thing or two about style. The second feature was a perfect rightside quarterpipe carved into the big table. The QP not only saw handplants of all kinds, mctwists and even a few airs, but also the crash of the day done by none other than Aaron Diamond. Hiking way past the other riders, Aaron dropped in and did a 12 foot backside air to bellyflop on the deck, earning himself a bloody nose, cracked rib and two possible broken wrists. The last part of the contest was an impressive rail garden with a long flat-drop-flat rail and a few propane tanks. There was some progressive riding during this section, including some standout tricks by Robert Connors, Graham Hoffman and Norah Healey
Each year at Back to the Boneyard the washed up division, brings together old friends who now have real jobs and families, but still love snowboarding. This year’s contest included a good old-fashioned downhill race from the top of Waterville to bottom of the park. As soon as it started, chaos ensued with a swarm of NH Dirts battling for the coveted first chair. After some friction with patrol and a high speed run down Psyched, Aaron Diamond, Ben Newton, Danny Garrity and Mike Baker were the first over the line, and the first to get their passes pulled.
The day ended with free PBR’s and prizes from the famous Quonset Hut, including a very large sword for the “King of the Boneyard.” It was an amazing day, filled with good friends and good snowboarding, and more importantly money was raised to help support the next generation of snowboarders. A huge thank you to Forum, Foursquare, Red Bull, Electric, Volcom, Waterville Valley and PBR for their support, as well as Jaime Cobbett and Kevin Bell for their damage control after the washed up race, the WV park staff for their hard work, and Pat Moore for reminding all of us why we started snowboarding in the first place.
1. Nora Healey
2. Lily Calabrese
3. Hannah Kelsey
15 and Under:
1. Sam Gildea
2. Grant Shambo
3. Caleb Kern
Washed Up Still Riding:
1. Tyler Davis
2. Gram Hoffman
3. Jason Cheney
1. Zack Normandin- King of the Boneyard
2. Colin Hart
3. Ezra Racine
Words: Tyler Davis
Photos: T. Bird
Nothing beats a sunny New England spring day, especially when it coincides with one of the best contests in snowboarding. Eastern Boarder has been putting on Last Call for the past 11 years, and this edition might have been the heaviest yet. With an impressive invited riders list, innovative set up and perfectly sunny day, the 12th annual Last Call was on.
Brian Norton, Jay Scambio and the rest of the Loon Mountain Park crew set up some of the best features I have seen in a long time. The first section was filled with an array of unique tiered rail features, including a flat-down-flat tube and flat-gap-down box. Nic Doucette was an early standout, gapping from the take off of the middle section to the Jersey barrier on the far right side. Other standout riding came from the likes of Ian Keay, Eugene Stancato, Brandon Rego and Rob Hallowell, each showing their own unique approach on the rails. The second session went down on the quarterpipe/wall ride/close out rail combo feature. With tons of options and riders dropping all over the place, it was the scene of some heavy tricks and close calls. Will Mayo and Danny Garrity both found the sweet spot with numerous overhead backside airs, but the trick of the session belonged to Terrick B, with his massive 270 transfer into the wall ride. The day ended with one of the biggest right side hips New Hampshire has ever seen. Nick Doucette and Zach Normandin where blasting overhead airs with ease and style. Without a doubt, Hunter Wood had the trick of the day, somehow tapping to fakie the height pole on the deck. It was unreal.
Amy Gan and Mary Rand rode well all day, but couldn’t stop Joanna Dzierzawski. Coming all the way from Lake Tahoe, she killed it all day and definitely deserved first place. On the men’s side it was a tight battle between the top three. In the end Hunter Wood took third, Ian Keay second and it was Nick Doucette taking home the win. Nick was on point all day, gapping the rail section, handplanting the barrels on the quarter pipe and claiming the biggest air on the hip. A big thank you goes out to Eastern Boarder, K2, Oakley, Red Bull, and Thirtytwo for all of their support, along with the LMP crew for their hard work.
1. Nick Doucette (hip high air and rail best trick)
2. Ian Keay
3. Hunter Wood
Hip best trick- Travis Nuenhaus Wallride best trick- Terrick B
1. Joanna Dzierzawski
2. Mary Rand
3. Amy Gan
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Here is the full recap and gallery from Pat Moore's Back to The Boneyard event at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Good times.Read More