In the past three years, the Drink Water Rat Race has become one of the most renowned banked slalom events of the season. Set in the High Cascade park on Mount Hood, Oregon, the course is complex and at times treacherous and draws an incredibly illustrious group of riders to the start gate. At the third annual Drink Water Rat Race, riders the likes of Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, Lucas Debari, Devun Walsh, Iikka Backstrom, Blake Paul, Forest Bailey, Temple Cummins, Scott Blum, Zak Hale, Spencer O’Brien, Leanne Pelosi, and many more dropped into the berms and banks in attempt to garner either the fastest time or gain recognition through one of the many additional awards that were handed out that day. In addition to these transitional turners some international halfpipe luminaries like gold medallists Kaitlyn Farrington and Kelly Clark, as well as X Games champions, Louie Vito, Danny Davis, Bode Merrill and Louif Paradis decided to battle it out in the banks.While the list of riders is one of the most varied and fairly legendary of the entire year, this competition has cemented itself into the yearly calendar by donating its proceeds to water.org, a non-profit that helps people around the world receive clean water, as well as providing a proving ground for established pros as well as up and comers. Additionally, in the midst of the competition, there is plenty of time for a summer reunion and despite the challenging course, the event is founded on good vibes and good fun. If you weren’t able to make it to Oregon for this year’s event, the next best thing is watching this video.
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