Mt. Hood, Ore. (July 24, 2007) —The second installment of Bonfire’s 10th Annual Pipe to Pipe Competition has come to a close with a skate event that may go down in history as the most insane cement bowl jam ever to occur on Mt. Hood. Due to rain and poor visibility at Timberline, the on-snow portion of the event was cancelled.
The men’s pro event was dominated by the top 3 finishers as well as Johnny Torgeson, Donavin Rice and James McCoy. They skated with speed, precision and an ability to navigate each other’s lines that seemed to push the boundaries of what is humanely possible. “It’s wild how much of a madhouse it is, said Windell’s counselor, Kevin Fehl of the Pro Jam.
From stalls on the vert wall to nasty airs over every hip in the bowl, the crew in the Pro division showed the entire crowd what it means to be a skateboarder in Oregon. Or at least what one can aspire to. First place and $500 went to Willis Kinpel, who consistently landed the most tricks and biggest airs of the day. Last year’s winner Steven Reeves, aka Manchild, took the second place prize of $250. Rion Linderman came in third with $100.
The events of the day began at 4 p.m. with a demo by the DVS Skate Tour Crew at Windell’s indoor skate facility. Daewon Song, Jeron Wilson, Lamare Hemmings, Mike Taylor and special guest Mark Frank Montoya skated B.O.B. like it was their home turf. They hung out for the kitchen crew’s barbeque and the Pipe 2 Pipe Bowl Jam.
The groms got the event going. Kyle Valero aired his way into first place. Sam Swanson came in second and Lucas Cowan held down third. Seven year-old Toby Miller dropped in after learning to skate three weeks earlier and got major cheers for hanging with kids twice his size.
The pool of ladies competing was a bit smaller, but the level of skating showed the technical progression that has occurred since last year’s P2P. Brittany Talbot, aka Radcore, swooped in on first place with aggressive drop-in tactics and consistent tricks. She won a complete outerwear set-up from Bonfire. Becky Popiel took second while Libby Redepenning came in third. For the Am men, Austin Sweetin took first, Kyle Valero took second and Brett Barn came in third.
Bonfire Snowboarding gave away $1000 cash, complete outerwear sets, gloves, beanies and denim plus ipod accessories from Griffin and swag courtesy of Snowboarder Magazine. Kids in the crowd walked away happy and spent the evening listening to the hip hop beats of MYG and Kable Roc. Camper freestyle battles, an autograph session with Chad Otterstrom and Josh Sherman, and the preview of the Keep Talkin’ teasers finished out the night for the under 21 set.
Once the campers were in bed, competitors, volunteers and camp staff celebrated the conclusion of the 10th Annual Pipe 2 Pipe with karaoke and adult beverages on the Bonfire tab at The Shack in Welches.
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