words: Mark Clavin
photos: E-Stone, T.Bird, Clavin
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Well, it was actually just the best of times.
To borrow more from Mr. Dickens, the hand dug Merrill Quarterpipe Classic at Brighton Resort was truly a day of wisdom and foolishness. The sun shined down and riders threw themselves at the monstrous mound of snow with both skill and reckless abandon. The host, Reckless Abandon star Bode Merrill, couldn’t have been any happier.
Starting with the am division, riders boosted all across the width of quarterpipe that featured two tombstone extensions and a jib rider’s left. For a little over an hour, the hits kept coming. Coming off a win at another event at Brighton just a week before, Sierra Jewett took home the top spot for the women, while Connor Paulson held it down for the men. Their days were not over however, earning a ticket into the afternoon pro session.
As the snow softened up and the pros tested their speed, DJ Matty Mo hyped up the crowd for the insane session that was about to go off. Mike Ravelson, Nirvana Ortanez, Parker Szumowski, Brian Skorupski, Erik Leon, Chris Brewster, Gravedigger, Hans Mindnich, Nils Mindnich, Griffin Siebert, Spencer Schubert, Harrison Gordon, Jeff Holce, Ozzy Henning, Desiree Melancon and many more planted and aired for about three hours to the crowds enjoyment.
Highlights included a low-to-high double plant by Jeff Richards on the tombstone which none of the riders have ever seen before, a massive switch method that earned Nils the best grab, and a crippler sent to the moon by Gravedigger. Hans Mindnich also put on a show by joining the exclusive one-footed Mctwist club. Check back soon for the video proof of all that went down at Brighton Resort! Thanks again to the sponsors at Milosport, Salomon, Billabong and the Brighton crew for the rad day!
1. Nirvana Ortanez
2. Desiree Melancon
3. Sierra Jewett
1. Nils Mindnich (Also won highest air and best grab)
2. Hans Mindnich