Bucket List: (noun) A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
For all of us boardnerds with a bucket-list, there is one item these lists were basically created for: The Trifecta. A one-day mad dash of all three boardsports; snow, skate, surf.
It’s an experience that requires an overwhelming amount of gear, serious commitment, and a rare location that offers access to all three. Lucky for us, Alex Andrews and John “JG” Gerndt from Burton came out to Oregon, coordinated the entire trip, and led a squad of thirteen froth-puppies from Hood to coast that included nine first-time Trifectians.
It’s hard to explain the shared stoke in the air during a trip like this… Think of three of your favorite things in the world, it could be anything: Pizza, Black Sabbath, mini golf, cliff jumping, corn dogs, Nicolas Cage movies. Now do all of it in the same day. You’re amping.
Alex’s Astro-Van is BOSS. Solar powered, lifted, AWD, and full of candy. Traveling in style.
Step one: snowboard. Group shot on Mt. Hood.
Virgin Trifectian, Chris Cahill made his way down from Evo Seattle with a mission to get messy.
A slush rippin’, elbow dippin’ Chris Cahill.
Was it really coincidence Burton organized a 13-person Trifecta trip (myself included)? Maybe, maybe not…
Downloading off of Palmer Glacier after a solid morning of shred. Onwards to the skatepark.
Step two: skate. This crew was all time.
Alex Andrews, disaster at Beaverton Skatepark.
Front tail in the mini pocket. Jeremy Matherly.
This is Oregon. Hikes through an old growth forest come included with surfing.
Step three: surf. The Oregon coast is incredible.
Ahh shit, let’s get pitted boyz. Alex & John “JG” Gerndt, visionary product designer at Burton
Who the hell do all these soft-tops belong to? Surf preparations.
True skate, surf and snow ripper. Tactic’s Justin James
Ladies and gents; Jeremy Matherly of US Outdoor, aka Mad Dawg, aka Trifecta MVP. Dude absolutely ripped everything.
We came, we saw, we Trifecta’d.
Wetsuit scarecrows protecting our campsite from the night terrors.
JG, hunting for a beer.
The Dutch-Oven: camping’s version of “set it and forget it’.”
Alex Andrews, King of Froth
Don’t worry, only cans were on the other end of this firing line.
The best part of waking up.
Most important lesson learned: Drink water, lots of it. Maybe even eat banana. Otherwise you’ll end up like 10 of us idiots, drifting out to sea with seizing muscle cramps.
Most valuable tool: BB-guns.
Worst bet lost (and not fulfilled): Naked run and plunge into Trillium Lake.
Special Guest: JG. The legendary Burton board builder and OG froth-puppy.
Tubes of sunscreen: Seven, and you will still got roasted.
Costco meats: So farty.
Soft-top surfboards: duh.
Serious question: If all you had to do was get on a bus loaded with booze and food. Would you travel to Oregon to do the Trifecta?
A big thank you to Alex, JG, and Burton for bringing all of us, including evo, Tactics, US Outdoor, and Hillcrest Sports together for truly one of the most remarkable experiences in boardriding.