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What Pat Moore has done with his now third annual Back to the Boneyard is something that snowboarding needs more of. Now although that may sound as cliché as anything a writer has ever written, it is all too true. So many snowboarders look forward, and for good reason. There's money to be made in this industry, and with snowboarding becoming a massive corporate investment on the part of the brands, professional snowboarders are seemingly consumed with going bigger, faster, and getting gnarlier, and many of them fail to look back.
Three years ago, Pat Moore brought forth an idea that would do two things: One, it would allow him to ride with a handful of East Coast legends that he grew up watching, drawing inspiration and encouragement from. Two, it would allow him the opportunity to usher in a new generation of East Coast upstarts to follow in his footsteps. As Pat puts it, "I started Back to the Boneyard because I wanted to reunite groups of riders from all the eras of riding at Waterville at an event that supported the next generation. I basically brought it up to the Waterville Marketing department (Jamie Cobbett and Kevin Bell), and they were super into it. They put it all together, and I got my sponsors in on it and it all worked out." At $25 per head, all profits at Back to the Boneyard are donated to a scholarship program that Pat has started that allows the chance to ride at Waterville Academy. With some financial assistance from Red Bull and the $1,500 raised from today's event, hopefully, a few kids will be afforded the opportunity to ride and train with their peers at Waterville Valley Academy. Personally, I think that's amazing.
The course consisted of a jump, a quarterpipe, a Red Bull rail feature, and the marquee event, the Mike Baker Banked Slalom, which Pat ended up winning. According to Moore, "I was the only one to break 13 seconds. The funny part was that the Open riders had to strap in one-foot and then go. I didn't have to do that." (Sandbagger.) All day long, about 100 people ride, hiked, and hung out in "The Boneyard," the old location of the Waterville snowboard park. Old and new melded on-hill and sunny skies graced the event in what I think was one of the best Back to the Boneyard events of all-time. There was too much going on for a full recap of all the action, but we have photo galleries and an exclusive video to do just that for you. Make sure you check 'em out when you have a second.
When snowboarders give back to the one thing that gave them so much, we take notice, and Pat Moore certainly has done just that. And snowboarding needs more of that from more riders (maybe another red headed prodigy, perhaps?).