Recap: T. Bird
Captions: Pat Bridges
Most years, the last day of Superpark is mellow; a farewell to friends that you may not reunite with until the flakes start flying. Not today. Up on Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, Superpark played host to some of the most progressive and innovative days of all-time.
It was a bit of a late start, what with it being the last day and the riders were starting to feel the fatigue that accompanies four straight days of intense park shredding, but it picked up…and fast. The Seven Springs bottom jump saw myriad riders lapping through chucking their meat in every direction. Personaly, my two highlights were Sebastién Toutant landing a backside 1080 triple cork (yeah, triple cork) and Brendan Gerard hitting the monster in a Speedo. You see, that’s the beauty of Superpark. The juxtaposition in which a guy like Seb Toots can session a jump with a dude wearing an article of clothing no bigger than a hand towel. Speaking of triple corks, have you ever heard of Mark Hoyt? Well, now you have, because Hoyt managed to land himself a frontside 1080 triple cork, placing himself in the elite ranks of riders like Toutant, Mark McMorris, Pat Burgener, and Torstein Horgmo, all Superpark attendees at some point in their career. Foreshadowing much?
The afternoon session was all about Breal today, as a ton of riders stood atop waiting to hit the plethora of walls, rails, redirects, gaps, and drops put together by Eric Rosenwald, Lane Knaack, and the Boreal crew. Bjorn Leines locked into some back lips, while other shredders like Jake OE hit the rail atop one of the walls, re-entering into the tight transition below. Desiree Melancon even showed up and session with the dudes, and Danimals made an appearance as well, finding unique lines in the setup. SNOWBOARDER Special Projects Design Director Mike Gonsalves had the most impressive line of the day with a frontside 180 up onto the deck of the rider’s right wall, where he reverted back to regs and ducked under the rail, pushed off the wall and backside 360’d the drop. Dylan Alito, Yale Cousine, Luke Haddock, Garrett Warnick, Jaeger Bailey, Martin Ciszek, Durrell Williams, and many more rode the Boreal zone all afternoon as well, lapping through intermittently. The crowd exploded. The very last session of Superpark 16 Presented by Gatorade featured Scott Blum and Harrison Gordon trying to ride away from a few proper plants on the rider’s left wall. At the end of the day (and the culmination of Superpark 16), both Harrison and Blum put one down. Harrison with an Andrecht and Blum with a frontside invert. It was a fitting sendoff to one of the best Superparks ever.
SNOWBOARDER would like to thank Tom Lomax and his crew at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon for helping the SNOWBOARDER staff in every way imaginable, Gatorade for once again supporting Superpark, Prinoth, manufacturer of the Prinoth Bison X, the official snowcat of Superpark 16, and Sunriver Resort for putting us up. Check the edits, because they’re insane, and we’ll see you all next year at Superpark 17.