words: Mark Clavin
photos: E-Stone, Huggy, Mary Walsh, Clavin, and T. Bird
captions: T.Bird, Clavin
Normally the proof is in the pudding, but we think these photos do the trick. Plus, it was less pudding and more snow at the 10th edition of The Launch presented by Oakley at Snow Summit, so the whole notion of pudding boarding is just absurd.
The day two sessions started heavy and fast. Most riders already had a look at the set up from day one, and the Snow Summit park staff expertly preserved the paths of titanic trajectory for them all to take full advantage. Brock Crouch, Gabe Ferguson, and Jaromie the Homie got things going on the lower features for a Facebook Live session in the morning, followed by Jack Coyne, Reid Smith, Cody Warble, Kix Camp, and many more reaching full send over the array of hips and jumps up top.
Salt was laid, sun screen was applied, and cameras snapped as riders solidified their lines under the Southern California sun. A rail session, on the flat-down feature, starring Benny Milam, Cooper Whittier, and Tyler Vallieres then closed out the first portion of the day with plenty of hoots and hollers.
After a two hour break to eat, hydrate, and allow for the park crew to maintain the features, the first official sunset shoot of the 2017 Launch commenced. To the joy of onlookers, including Lucas Magoon and Scott Blum, the young breed of boarders lit up the channel gap more than the natural sunlight falling on the north facing slope ever could. Dru Brownrigg, Red Gerard, Zeke Oppegaard, and the rest of the invitees threw down hammer after hammer. The airs were so good that Storm Rowe even hiked up from the very bottom of the resort after going to the wrong lift so he could keep lapping!
All in all, it was a session for the books… as well as a day for the books! It is like #TheLaunch2017 is already writing itself into #SNOWBOARDERXXX history, possibly earning the “X” that comes with a decade of progression (#TheLaunchX?). With two more days to come, there will be plenty of more action to follow up on! Check out the photos from day one here, and stay tuned for more from this years event at Snow Summit!