words: Mark Clavin
photos: Jeff Baker and Mark Clavin
You bring the boards, we bring the picnic tables. The second and final stop of the 2017 Adidas Das Tables tour went off at Mt. Hood Meadows with help from the Evo snow shop down in Portland.
Starting off in classic PNW fashion, Mt. Hood Meadows experienced every type of weather within the first twenty minutes of warmups. The local riders seemed empowered by the precipitation, boosting from every angle as soon as the event officially kicked off. According to local legend, it seemed as though they were trying to reignite the fire originally started by Paul Bunyon underneath the mountain. It worked.
Tables are one of the great equalizing jibs in snowboarding, and everybody was holding their own on the two different courses. Adidas riders and judges Alex “Littlest” Sherman, Tommy Gesme, and Craig Cameron definitely had their work cut out for them.
Competing for 1/250th of $1,000,000,000 ($5,000), the shreds of all ages and genders got loose. Really loose. Flipping off and over the tables was just their warmups. With a plethora of fast plants, ollie norths and hippie hops, a theme of unstrapped tricks definitely developed during the day. Miles Fallon and Corey Caswell landed textbook ollie norths, while Andy Glader shocked everyone with a gnarly nollie backside 360 over the fiberglass feature.
Once again, a huge thanks to all of the sponsors (adidas Snowboarding, Evo) and the hardworking park crew at Mt. Hood Meadows! We hope to see you all again next year!
1. Kelly Underwood.
1. Andy Glader
3. Rodney McDaniel