In it’s eleven years here on Mt. Hood, Vegetate has been a great local contest and has seen uber pro shreds and average joe’s alike. Beginning it’s history in 1995, the list of entrants has been snowboarders such as Jamie Lynn, Kevin Jones, Peter line, and many more. As the years went by the contest became a huge ordeal—having boardercross races, giant rail jams, quarterpipe contests, and the superpipe all packed into one crazy week of competition.
This year Meadows decided to create a more home grown feel, cutting out the unneeded headaches and giving the shredders and crowd exactly what they asked for—a good show.
Starting on Saturday the halfpipe was in perfect shape and the expected grey day weather seemed to be holding off. Young kids like Ben Conners, Tad Hakira, and Matt Guess were holding down some pretty solid runs linking back to back 7s, McTwists, and cripplers. Chris Blattner (Jake Blatters little brother was getting wicked doing frontside nines, huge straight airs and perfect backside rodeos. In the end ten competitors made it into the finals but no one could touch Benny Conners’ run.
On the girls side of things, Tara Zwink completely dominated the field with huge frontside airs, back to back 5s, and giant air to fakies. Honaroble mentions go out to Sally Butler, Caylin Benaroya, and Jessie Haung. But after Tara’s first run it was clear who was going to take the win.
When we showed up Sunday morning for the big air and quarterpipe the weather was grey and foggy, postponing the event. A few hours later, Mother Nature gave in a bit, there was a riders vote, and the contest began.
The set up started with a 60-foot table top into a giant 30-foot quarterpipe. It was clear that the run in wasn’t long enough as riders began to come up short and have to sacrifice their tricks to make the landing. Dustin Anderson, who is the Nortwest rep for Burton snowboards, showed up and wrecked shop with frontside 7s, and big McTwists, Corey Noble was getting some good runs, and again Chris Blattner held down some solid lines with backside rodeos into McTwist 7s. Props go out to Matt Guess who was doing huge cab 7 nosegrabs, but couldn’t get his feet underneath him on the QP.
Dustin Anderson and Chris Blattner held their own the whole day and took home the titles and the money. This year was a great event and we hope to see you back on Mt. Hood next winter.
1. Tara Zwink, Government Camp, OR – $300 + Salomon Snowboard
2. Kayln Benaroya, Sandy, OR – $100
3. Jessie Haungs, Portland, OR – $50
1. Ben Connors, Portland, OR – $750 + Salomon Snowboard
2. Chris Blattner, Salem, OR – $400
3. Zack Owen, Government Camp, OR – $150
Sunday/Full Sail Big Air1. Dustin Anderson, Portland, OR—$750 + Salomon Snowboard2. Chris Blattner, Salem, OR – $500