The Launch 2017 Presented by Oakley: Day 4 Photos and Recap

You think Jamie Anderson was ever a baby sitter? p: Walsh
We aren't sure how friendly Kix Kamp and Walker Murphy were before The Launch, but they seemed to get pretty close. p: Walsh
How touching. Kix Kamp and Walker Murphy. p: Walsh
Justin Phipps is cut out to be the branch manager of a big bank. p: Walsh
All hands on deck with this backflip. Jack Wiley. p: Walsh
The Brocking Cat with his best Terje imitation. Brock Crouch. p: Walsh
Huck of the Irish. Jack Wiley. p: Walsh
Bars and stripes. Caleb Chomlack. p: Jeep Eddy
John Cavan caught Gabe Ferguson red-handed at #TheLaunch2017. p: Walsh
The Maine pond skim of the Launch. Tyler Vallieres. p: Jeep Eddy
Makes sense that Justin Phipps wore a white coat because he operated at The Launch with surgical precision. p: Huggy
Jack Wiley turning Friday into Hump Day. p: E-Stone
Judging from his shirt, it looks like Jake Pates has this tail grab buttoned up. p: Walsh
Instead of a swallow tail, Kamp should be riding a Kix tail. p: Huggy
Considering that this trick went out of style in the early '90s, this is a really really really late shifty backside 180. p: Huggy
If you build it... they will come and take a picture of you. p: E-Stone

words: Mark Clavin
photos: Mary Walsh, E-Stone, Huggy, Jeep Eddy
captions: Mark Clavin, Pat Bridges

Day four, the finale, could be the most telling and impressive day of The Launch 2017 up at Snow Summit. After all of the photographers, filmers, and riders had three days to attack every angle of the set up, they still found creative new ways to hit features and keep the stoke at an all-time high.

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Justin Phipps was collecting shots all day across the hill as Jamie Anderson hit features and interviewed the young snowboarding savants. Kix Kamp and Walker Murphy decided to get a little closer on their methods on the last day while Tyler Vallieres decided to hit a solo pond skim. Jack Wiley solidified everyones first day dream of gapping the whale back while Brock Crouch and Gabe Ferguson kept a seemingly relaxed pace through the park that would still leave most of us with our jaws on the floor.

Besides just another day of stacking clips, day four provides the loose environment of a job well done. Everyone might have had one more trick on the check list, but most of their feats have been conquered in the days leading up to the last few laps before they split for the plane. That being said, it by no means was lighter on tricks or shorter on airtime. Just check out photos and video for proof.

All in all, the tenth year of The Launch, with a big help from Snow Summit and Oakley, yet again delivered the features so another young generation of riders could progress and get to know one another. From Northstar until now, the early springtime slush at The Launch events have welcomed growth for every rider that has ever strapped in and left those of us watching in awe. We would like to extend a huge thank you to not just this year’s attendees, sponsors, and hard working park crew, but to all that have been involved over the past ten seasons! If we don’t see you at Superpark, hopefully we will see you on a powder day at your home hill.

All the coverage from The Launch 2017 here!

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