words: Mary Walsh
photos: E-Stone, Mary Walsh, and Danny Kern
The past week, a unbridled kingdom of transition took over South Park at Mammoth Mountain as the fourth edition of Holy Bowly arrived in California. The on snow collaboration between Krush Kulesza, the man behind Snowboy Productions and Unbound Parks Director TJ Dawoud and his staff had yielded a massive set up that was filled to the absolute brim with bumps, berms, bowls, turns, gaps, boobs, hips, butterpads, waves, a loveseat and even a cradle. It was a snowfield of dreams. For six days, one hundred and fifty of snowboarding’s favorite turners hot lapped Chair 4 until their legs were turned to jello, training over knuckles and boobs, launching off the hip, and etching deep lines into the snow with every turn. And while the riding was incredible, creative, and insane to watch, the platform created by Krush is one that most importantly brings people together to do something that they love. Over the past week, we have catalogued the course, the riders, the reasons they love Holy Bowly, and heard from Krush himself. What it all adds up to is that compared to many of snowboarding’s favorite events, Holy Bowly is still young, but it has already solidified itself within the highest echelon of admired gatherings. It not only provides one of snowboarding’s purest canvases on which a wide swath of snowboarders are able to ply their prowess, it is an opportunity for friends to come together to do exactly what they do love to do most: make turns, and do it together.
Thank you to Krush and Snowboy, TJ and the entire Mammoth Unbound crew, Lib Tech, and Monster Energy. A massive thank you as well to each and every person that showed up to put their mark on the Bowly this year. It was epic.