Lib Tech’s Holy Bowly: Snowboarding as it was meant to be

Comments by Jens Heig/

Photos by Sean Kerrick Sullivan, Susie Floros and Jens Heig.

It is no small feat to congregate professional snowboarders in one place. Herding cats is an appropriate metaphor. The first snowfall marks when riders are perpetually on the move, often going weeks on end with continental breakfasts and jet lag stupors. So to say that nearly every pro rider in North America will be in Park City during the same week is almost downright inconceivable.

Unless it is the Holy Bowly.

Bode Merrill, Mike Rav, Bryan Fox, Sam Taxwood, Wes Makepeace, Sean Genovese, Alex Lopez, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Russell Winfield, Jonas Michilot, Mike LeBlanc, Desiree Melancon, Scott Blum, Chris Roach, Yusaku Horii, Forest Bailey, Chris Bradshaw… The list is as extensive as it is diverse. To assemble a cast as eclectic as that above there must be some higher appeal, either it is truly special or one hell of a party. What Krush Kulesza of Snowboy Productions created was the miracle of both. He built a space purely for the sake of snowboarding. Fast, creative, and ridiculously fun snowboarding.

What made the Holy Bowly so entertaining to watch was how the setup shifted and evolved to the style of the person riding. While several lines became tracked as the day progressed, the event stayed true to the spirit of shredding and deviation was highly encouraged. From Sam Taxwood sending his stratospheric methods, the constant slush barrage that onlookers suffered from the slash of Laura Hadar, the sawed-off board of Lucas Magoon cruising its way through the berms, and the hush that seemed to fall every time Jamie Lynn set his edge and snaked an unsuspecting rider, each person that dropped in carved a piece of themselves into the Holy Bowly.

Much respect to Lib Technologies, Adidas, Monster Energy, Park City, Krush and crew for having the incredible vision to bring this one-of-a-kind event to life. This is snowboarding as it was meant to be.