To compare the lips and landings strewn across the slope of Squaw Valley in 1992 to the monstrosities erected in Mammoth last spring, one would hardly think they could both be called Superparks. Yet, when Sean Sullivan created the moniker a quarter of a century ago it wasn’t to denote the terrain. Rather the “super” pre-fix referred to the riders. By that metric, SNOWBOARDER’s annual congregation of the best terrain park talents on earth remains true to its founding tenet.
To commemorate our marquee event’s 20th anniversary, SNOWBOARDER has created The Superpark Movie in order to document everything that has driven this one of a kind celebration of inbounds freestyle snowboarding. Broken up into five chapters, The Superpark Movie will be released weekly from now until the New Year and highlight the sessions, standouts and setups that have made the Superpark so legendary.
Part 1: A Super Idea takes Superpark from its unofficial as a u-ditch on steroids in Backcomb, through the tables and tabletops at Squaw Valley. From becoming an official Snowboarder produced photo shoot in British Columbia, to its reaching the next level in 1999 at Mammoth with Kurt Wastell and “The Berserker”. Featuring the riding of Bjorn Lienes, Peter Line, Chad Otterstrom, Tara Dakides, Mike Michalchuk, Shaun Palmer, Jeff Brushie, Travis Parker, Kevin Young, Jamie Lynn, Mike Ranquet, Jim Rippey, Tom Gilles, Chris Engelsman, Jeremy Jones, JP Walker, Kevin Jones, John Sommers, Mikey Leblanc, Kurt Wastell, Mike Ranquet, Ingmar Beckman and more… sit back and enjoy the ride. It sure has been a good one.