2013 Nike Snowboarding Snake and Hammers at Mammoth Mountain
The final stop of Nike’s Snake and Hammers contest went down Saturday on the backside of Mammoth Mountain. Part banked slalom, part jump and jib, the inventive contest saw riders put not only their wax to the test, but their hot doggin’ as well.
Battling a fast moving spring storm, it was Mammoth’s own Tyler Flanagan who topped the field of more than fifty riders with a mix of speed and style, chucking his delinquent meat upon the mixed features peppering the serpentine track. Followed by a crushing performance by both Brandon Davis and Garrett Warnick, who placed second and third, respectively, it became clear that velocity was only a small part of the equation as the top three riders all busted out with some fairly aggressive airtime.
With 0.5 seconds being deducted for each style point (32 total available) the scoring process weighed fairly heavily on freestyle skills and it showed in the results. As one of the most original new events in recent memory, big props must be delivered to Nike Snowboarding’s main man Bobby Meeks for producing a spectacle that was part flow, part sketch, all fun – a sweet recipe for a good time contest. And of course to Mammoth’s Unbound staff and all of the work they put into designing that nasty course, we thank you for the peril you put those young men in.
Good work all around.
1. Tyler Flanagan
2. Brandon Davis
3. Garrett Warnick
Women’s winner: Spencer O’Brien