Photo essay: Drink Water Rat Race 2014

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Even if he didn’t win, damn Blake Paul looks like he’s going fast.

The Drink Water Rat Race kicked off here at High Cascade with a heavy roster of riders all here for good times and fast turns.

Not only were the riders competing in an awesome event, they were donating to a great cause. The proceeds from the event are being donated to the Water.org foundation, who is also on a mission of clean global hydration. The course was well designed with plenty of features that challenged even the most seasoned shredders.

Everyone was riding hard, but it was the style boss Nicolas Müller who took home the 1st place honor, Curtis Ciszek coming in second and fast phenom Harry Kearney rounding out the podium in third. Train hard this winter, we’ll see you next summer’s Drink Water Rat Race!

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Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Even with the rising summer temperatures, you won’t find any bikini waxes here. Waxer: Alex Yoder.

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox As snowboarders, it’s ironic that most of these Rat Racers are about as far from the actual rat race as you could possibly get. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Scotty Wittlake, one of the true badasses in snowboarding set up the course in style. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Morton Salt, the unsung hero of the Drink Water Rat Race 2014. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Masked competitors await their turn for ultimate race glory. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Seriously, you should. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Blake Paul was scraping up all the help he could get for an extra edge on the course. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Even though Desiree Melancon is at a Drink Water event, odds are she and her fellow competitors enjoyed their fair share of beer as well. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox It doesn’t get much more official than three digit race numbers and duct tape. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Pat Moore’s beard may have helped him carry some extra momentum during the Rat Race but either way, things definitely got hairy. | Photo: Eddy Densow
Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Marie France-Roy was burning through the Rat Race course even before she passed the Ring of Fire. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Justin Keskin exhibited poise at the point of no return. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Eddy could have chosen black and white for this photo, but Gray Thompson’s style adds so much color to it. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox If Eric Jackson were to get into someone’s Instagram account, would they be e-jacked? | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Curtis Ciszek set his stance back for the event, we feel that is a good direction to take. | Photo: Eddy Densow

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox With temperatures well into the 80’s and possibly 90’s, this was definitely the place to be. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox All the condiments you could ever need for a field of hungry racers. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox So many legends were in attendance. Photography genius Andy Wright and backcountry master Gigi Rüf. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox As the sun set, everyone gathered around for the highly anticipated award ceremony. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Handmade trophies by Crab Grab’s mastermind Preston Strout. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox The leader cardboard was definitely a focal point during the award ceremony. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Terje wasn’t here this year, but Nicolas Muller was here to take is place on top of the podium. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox The slowest person on the Ass Wax team goes to Devun Walsh. Apparently great style isn’t always fast. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

Drink Water Rat Race 2014 snowboarding Austin Smith Bryan Fox Unsponsored division winner, Dustin Anderson, went all in on race day. | Photo: Brandon Huttenlocher

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