words: Pat Bridges
photos: Mark Clavin
When it comes to competitive snowboarding nothing compares to the ubiquitous stoke and democratized showmanship of a springtime quarterpipe session. Sure, banked slaloms appeal to soul shredders and speed freaks alike while X Games-esque spectacles have the wow quotient covered, but no matter if you are an active participant or a beer sipping bystander, none of the above compares to a good old fashioned QP jam.Oftentimes resulting in mid air collisions and inadvertent over unders. Unlike slopestyles and other vast arenas where only a portion of the course or park can be seen from any one spot, even the least attentive QP onlooker can see a riders full run uninterrupted from the time they strap in to the point where they return to earth and ride it out.
Cheers and props are parlayed with an intimacy that is lost over distance. Inside jokes can be enjoyed by everyone in earshot and a couple of decibels can mean the difference between an intimate assessment and a high-profile appraisal. When a rider battles to raise the bar the whole crowd gets behind them hooting, hollering and high fiving.
As intimidating as quarterpipes may seem to the uninitiated, as far as contest venues go they are ironically a relatively level playing field, simply because of their rarity. Unlike what's seen at slopestyle, halfpipe, banked slalom and jib events, there aren't any quarterpipe contest jocks and in turn, there are few favorites. Veterans, groms, wildcards, weekend warriors and local heroes all can be considered contenders on quarters because technical ability can only carry you so far. Furthermore all it takes is a slightly miscalculated line for a rider to encounter over vert or under vert in turn sending the sender violently to the flatbottom or deck respectively.
In no other discipline are straight airs so widely revered meaning a double overhead method universally elicits more respect on a quarterpipe than any lip flirting huck ever could. If a rider wants to set themselves apart from the pack all they need to do is hike higher than the rest of the field, tuck the runway straighter and take less turns into the tranny.All of the above and more were apparent at the 2nd Annual Max Warbington Quarterpipe Campout. Held at Mt Bachelor, OR on May 20th & 21st, Max Warbington's signature showdown brought together an amalgamation of some of the finest riders and human beings in the shred scene today. Heavy tricks were thrown down amidst a light atmosphere rife with comradery, sativa smoke, sun burned skin and some roughhewn color commentary from none other than cinematic savant John Stark. Spencer Schubert, Dru Brownrigg, Jake Kuzyk, Austin Smith, Max Tokunaga, Bryan Fox, Phil Hansen, Jeff Holce, Jared Elston, Tim Eddy, Naima Antolin, Erik Leon, JD Dennis, Andrew Pace, Blake Paul, Forest Bailey, Will Dennis, Parker Szumowski, Tucker Andrews and of course Max Warbington and his younger sibling Gus sessioned the multi-tiered and jib/wall strewn setup for two days straight, only pausing once the sun dipped over the horizon. Wallride handplants, 50-50 450 outs, tuck knee Haakon flips, chicken wing mctwists, Rippy Flip flyouts and numerous other stunts were executed to much acclaim. At dusk the awards were presented and both a new LTC Utah edit and Freddy Perry's Benchpress premiered to universal regard. A full breakdown of the awards are below as is a highlight reel of the event filmed & edited by Tyler Orton. In addition to the efforts of Max Warbington and his family, the Quarterpipe Campout was made possible with support from Mount Bachelor, Airblaster, Dang Shades, Drink Water, SnoPlanks, Crab Grab, Bent Metal, Tokyo Starfish Dispensary and Gnu.
It is no coincidence that this event was the 2nd Annual Quarterpipe Campout. If last years gathering was half as good as its 2017 iteration then no wonder that a sophomore effort was in order. Quarterpipe contests are too fun, too entertaining, too rad for them to be just one and done. Add to the onhill action the after hours mini ramp antics, impromptu movie premieres and THC TLC from Tokyo Starfish and it makes you want something like this to happen weekly, not yearly. Thanks to everyone involved and here's to the quarter pipedream that years from now, SNOWBOARDER will be covering the Max Warrington's 54th Quarterpipe Campout.
First Place: Mike Rav
Best Trick: Parker Szumowski (Extension McTwist)
Yead Daddy Award: Jared Elston
Queen: Niama Antolin
Lost Your Marbles: John Stark
Blind Send: Jake Kuzyk
After Hours: Forest Bailey
Overall Impression: Andrew Pace