Aloha vibes: The Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 at Mt. Bachelor

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words: Tyler Orton

By the look of the forecast ahead, everyone was anxiously waiting for the weekend to bring the 7th Annual Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge to the snows of Mt. Bachelor.

With a few inches of new snow and the sun following through, what transpired could not have been more perfect. Beginning from the top of the Pine Marten chairlift, riders navigated windlip rhythm sections down to the surf inspired course, which was as great as I have ever seen. This year’s setup was built by the Mt. Bachelor park staff and was a course that “Got your heart going,” said Scotty James. Ranging from tight berms and multiple hips at the top, opening up to higher speeds and a spine as the last feature, the Big Wave Challenge created opportunities for carving, slashes, big airs and everything in between.

Just like any other event at Mt. Bachelor, this was a catalyst that brought all of my favorite people together in one place, with nothing short of big smiles, catching up with friends, great parties and even better boarding. Another one for the books thanks to Gerry Lopez, all of the sponsors and the Mt. Bachelor staff. Congrats to Max Warbington and Colleen Quigley for taking home 1st in Mens and Womens, enjoy your week long stay in Hawaii at the Volcom Pipe house.


Results:

Men:
1. Max Warbington
2. Phil Hansen
3. Scotty James

Women:
1. Colleen Quigley
2. Marie-France Roy
3. Erika Vikander


Watch also: Bachelor Party 2017 Chapter 2: Dendrite Delight

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Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Big Wave lifeguard Austin Smith made sure the kids weren’t running around the pool.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Typical visibility for a day mid mountain at Mt. Bachelor.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding The Mayor, Chris Luzier, getting his daily dose of SPAM.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding MiG 28 going into a 4g negative dive. Dru Brownrigg.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Family pic. Left to right: Gabe Ferguson, Brock Crouch, Jared Elston, Scotty James and Dru Brownrigg.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Word has it that Sharkboy (right) went on a trip with Orange Man (left) this winter and came back orange. Two Gentemstick gurus in their element.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Gabe Ferguson went moto on every lap down to the course.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Yo Amagai earning his 2nd place “Gerry” Surfstyle Award with a proper layback.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Lifeguard, Austin Smith caught Jared Elston running around the pool. Consequences were minimal.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Marie-France Roy getting in one of many laps in on the course.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Not sure if Matteo Soltane got the memo? Left to right: Matteo, Lucas Wachs, Tucker Andrews, Gus Warbington

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Big wave freak, Max Warbington, in the process of taking home the title.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Hometown kid. Max Warbington, full smile.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding “I thought it was a 162 until I set it up, then realized it was 168. It’s dope.” – Nick Russell, with Alex Lopez, son of Gerry Lopez, in the background.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Phil Hansen, always ripping, never not ripping.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding Tucker Andrews plays a mean game of pool, I kid you not.

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding The ladies podium, left to right: 3rd – Erika Vikander, 1st – Colleen Quigley, 2nd – Marie-France Roy

Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge 2017 Mt. Bachelor oregon snowboarding The men’s podium, left to right: 1st – Max Warbington, 2nd – Phil Hansen, 3rd – Scotty James

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