2017 Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge – Seven Springs Recap

Blue skies return for the third annual Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge!

words: Ian Macy

The third annual Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge went down under blue skies in southwestern Pennsylvania, home of the East Coast shred mecca that is Seven Springs. Weekend warriors, locals and those devout enough to make the pilgrimage to Springs were rewarded with the blessings of a perfect day and a fresh cut 13 ft. mini pipe. The workhorse park crew filled the pipe with jibs, bonks and cut-outs… and at high noon the jam kicked off. Everybody strapped up, sent it, and then unstrapped to make the hike back up… multiple times. Check the video for proof!

After a long day of hiking, the crowd gathered at the bottom of the hill to see the crusaders rewarded with prizes from Oakley, Crab Grab, Shred Soles, Willi’s Ski and Board Shop. Best Method award went to shred veteran Chris Mitchell, founder of the infamous Penn State Snowboard Club. Young Caitlin Adkins made the trip from Ohio to take home the Lady Killer award while she out hiked every guy on hill for full runs through the pipe. Brady McCarthy learned frontside inverts for the Botanist award as Adam Homberg slid, bonked and slashed every feature in the pipe to snag the Grind Kind award. 7-year-old Makai Gelvezon came through with the Tiny Dancer award for getting up to speed, airing above the lip and landing a legendary backflip up and out the pipe! The coveted custom-designed Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge trophy was bestowed to local legend Matt Guess, as he bagged up a ton of prizes at the end of the day. Back-to-back Hakkon flips, huge cripplers, spins in both directions and parenting skills for the win! Thanks to the event’s continued success, the Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge is headed to Whistler this weekend, February 25th before heading Mammoth Mountain on March, 25th. Photos and awards below! 

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Champ – Matt Guess
Lady Killer – Caitlin Adkins
Tiny Dancer – Makai Gelvezon
Best Method – Chris Mitchell
Botanist – Brady McCarthy
Grind King – Adam Homberg

Filmed and edited by Ian Macy, Brian Nero. Photos by Mike Zandron, Mick Posey and Andrew Walker.
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