The first course of Mammoth Mountain’s west coast invitational was served up today—the Fiesta de la Pipa, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory over French invasion and Napolean III in 1862.
In year’s past, the WCI has been a single event—a nighttime rail jam hosted in the heart of Mammoth’s Village, at the base of the gondola. This year however, the winds of change brought an additional jam session that took place from ten till two under the sun in Main Park’s regular pipe, or pipa, and was judged by the riders themselves. Said pipa was kitted out with loads of aftermarket accessories—lined top to bottom with boxes, rails, a wallride and of course a pair of piñatas dangling over each deck, and stuffed to the brim with candy a la cinco de mayo.
The turnout was large and impressive—Peter Line, Todd Richards, Chad Otterstrom, Danny Kass, Lucas Magoon, Joe Eddy, Lane Knack, Pat Moore, Eddie Wall, the Kratters, Scotty Lago, Michael Goldschmidt, Cody Rosenthal, Ricky Tucker, Jake Blauvelt, Molly Aguirre, Colin Langlois, JJ Thomas, Wyatt Caldwell, Zach Leach, Kyle Clancy and a slew of others stunted for an industry thick crowd and a combined total of over ten thousand bucks. Giacomo took out the Vans piñata and almost got his bell rung in the process, which was followed up shortly there after by Otterstrom McTwist tapping the Mammoth one. Everyone brought out their A game.
When the slush settled, the valiant effort award, or something along those lines, and $500 went to Todd Richards, and best trick went to Pete Line along with $1000 cash for his invert on the wallride. Highest frontside air went to Jack Mitrani hands down, and biggest backside air went to the Italian Stallion himself—Giacomo Kratter. Miss Molly Aguirre took the win and an oversized $2000 check adorned in the Mexican colorway for the ladies, while Chad Otterstrom edged out Kass for the raddest dude and left the mountain $3000 richer—respect.
Stay tuned for tonight’s grand finale rail jam, as Mike Casanova comes out to defend his title as last year’s champ.