The Dirksen Derby is one of the most remarkable events in snowboarding. Started eight years ago by Josh Dirksen to celebrate the love of snowboarding possessed by Bend, Oregon local, Tyler Ecklund as well as donate all proceeds from the event to the Ecklund family in support of Tyler. Over the past almost-ten years, the event has become a yearly marker, a weekend to reunite with friends and enjoy making turns on your snowboard surrounded by others who love doing just that, too. This Friday, a slew of legendary snowboarders will converge on Mt. Bachelor and line up at the top of two banked slalom courses ready to drop in at the 8th Annual Dirksen Derby. To get everyone even more excited than they already are for this momentous weekend, the Dakine team, including Shayne Pospisil, Annie Boulanger, and friends, edited this video of their time at the 7th Annual Derby in December 2013. Wax up your sticks, head to Bend if you can, and if you can’t make the event in person, don’t worry, we’ll have updates all weekend long right here on