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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.
Waterville sounds like the name of a utopian town that everyone is trying to find in a post apocalyptic sci fi blockbuster. The Boneyard sounds like what you would have to go through to get there. Nick Espizido sounds like the name of the retired football player turned actor who would play the muscular lunatic sidiekick for the antagonist of the script. R: Nick Espizido
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.
Fifteen years ago snowboarders didn't have air bags to help them build up courage to try new trick. Instead they had beer. Kids today are total pussies. Seriously. R: Mike Baker
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?).
Check out our video from Back To The Boneyard 3
We believe Luke Mathieson won best spinner of the day or something like that. Means he can probably put off enrolling in spin classes for another year. R: Luke Mathieson
Luke found out the hard way that sandwich construction isn't what it seems. R: Luke Mathieson
Pretty good job with the branding. In this photo we can count 4 Waterville and 2 Red Bull impressions. The clients will be satisfied that the exposure to the desired demo has been met. Sales of Red Bull have sky rocketed amongst washed up scumbags living in central New Hampshire. R: Jack Herald
Pat Moore was going for tricks so heavy that he asked the three people on the deck of the gap to spot him in the air. R: Pat Moore
When SNOWBOARDER heard that all of the money raised at Back To The Boneyard was going to Charity we were in because we know that when it comes to Charity she will do anything for money. Good times. R: Tyler Davis
Ahhhh the gauntlet. R: Ben Fee
The photographer in the blue coat appears so offended by Mike Azevedo not grabbing that he must turn away in disgust. R: Mike Azevedo
Jacques Bearieu won best method at Back To The Boneyard 3. Funny story. Jacques younger brother Andre interned for SNOWBOARDER when he was 21. One night, well two nights actually, he went home with a 65 year old lady named Jan. Andre would brag about the new sex positions she taught him, like the one which involves her having one foot over her left shoulder and one foot in the grave. R: Jacques Bearieu
In tribute to the tragedy which has befallen our human brothers across the Pacific Tyler Davis grabbed Japan on the quarterpipe. R: Tyler Davis
Late FS 360 tailgrabs are way cooler than girlfriends that are late. It is like leave earlier if you can't be somewhere on time. R: Forrest Bailey
Obviously Pat Moore is gonna put a ginger on the podium no matter what. Anyone who has seen The Muppets knows that gingers take care of their own.
This is one of those awesome photos where the person who is famous looks more stoked than the other subjects.
It wouldn't be that surprising if a winner of Back To The Boneyard got up on stage and started to thank their sponsors. But instead of Red Bull or Nike they started thanking their AA sponsors.
This looks like a young version of Jan, which is ironic because Andre almost enrolled in a session at High cascade Snowboard Camp because he heard they had an Old Bag Jump. R: Preston Strout