A Different Take: HCSC Photo Campers Cover Bode Merrill’s 2016 Double Quarterpipe Invitational at Mount Hood

The host of the day, Bode Merrill. Photo: Joseph Roby
Fellow snowboarders wait for some hammers to be thrown. Photo: Alessandro Giampaolo
Max Warbington. Photo: Garrett Lang
With a blend of creative lines and big tricks like this front blunt stall, Max Warbington takes first place in this year’s invitational. Photo: Masa Sun
Max Warbington with the consistent awesomeness. Photo: Joseph Roby
Mike Rav hiking the pipe. Photo: Bo Brooks
Mike Ravelson’s method to the madness here at Hood. Photo: Rabia Khan
Rav throwing one of many crazy tricks. Photo: Aydin Mayers
MC Nick Poplawski (Pops) Head Coach at High Cascade Snowboard Camp keeps smiles on faces throughout the competition. Photo: Aydin Mayers
Danny Davis back lip on the diggers rail. Photo: Bo Brooks
Danny Davis sends a backside air. Photo: Calvin Anderson
High Cascade’s coach, JD Dennis pleases the crowd with a lofty McTwist off the “Tower of Terror.” Photo: Masa Sun
Providing an eccentric mix of jams to rock out to, Matty Mo DJ’s the Bode Merrill Mini Pipe Invitational. Photo: Jessica Harja
Mt. Hood the scene of all the action. Photo: Gunnar Schmauss
Danny Davis. Photo: Tim Purcell
Danny Davis sends a HUGE hand plant on the “Tower of Power”. Photo: Tanner Zachem
Tweaking it back, Ralph Kucharek demonstrates proper style. Photo: Cam Best
The diggers at High Cascade working hard to make a perfect shape for Bode Merrill’s mini pipe contest at Mt. Hood yesterday afternoon. Photo: Cooper Verheyden
Gabe Ferguson flying with the birds. Photo: Rabia Khan
Gabe with the biggest air of the day. Best air award. Photo: Joseph Roby
Gabe Ferguson blowing minds. Photo: Jackson Glover
Ben Ferguson fell hard on that attempt, gets Eat Shit award. Photo: Joseph Roby
Eric Leon ripping a front side nose grab! Photo: Aydin Mayers
Eric Leon ripping a front side nose grab! Photo: Calvin Anderson
Parker Szumowski navigating the chaos of yesterday pipe with a huge air. Photo: Copper Verheyden
Riding the sky with this frontside air by Parker Szumowski. Photo: Alessandro Giampaolo
Ryan Paul throws out a lipslide. Photo: Evan Pierce
Ted Borland. Photo: Liam Austin
Everyone gathering their votes after finals to the Bode man himself. Photo: Joseph Roby
TWSNOW Senior Photographer, HCSC Photo Workshop Lead Instructor, The Man, The Myth, The Legend! Fukin A Wright. Photo: Alessandro Giampaolo
Group shot. Photo: Miranda Musso
Danny Davis telling Bode Merrill hyping Gus Warbington's performance of the day. Photo: Tim Purcell
Max Warbington first, Mike Ravelson second, Danny Davis third. Awesome dudes. Photo: Joseph Roby
The winners! Photo: Alessandro Giampaolo

Photos: HCSC Photo Workshop Campers

Words: Jessica Harja

Summer isn't complete without a trip to High Cascade Snowboard Camp. Include the Photo Workshop and it becomes unforgettable. From meeting professional riders, to participating in competitions, to networking within the industry, the Photo Workshop places it’s campers in a prime spot to make awesome imagery and be exposed to rad opportunities.

One of those opportunities came knocking when the Double Quarterpipe Invitational—AKA the Merrill Mini Pipe Invitational—rolled into Mount Hood. Hosted by Mr. Merrill himself and the good people at HCSC, the MMPI means a day of trick-packed fun.

Not going to lie; seeing all of the riders who showed up—in person,—was an experience from a dream. Ben and Gabe Ferguson were sending it along with Danny Davis, Scott Stevens, the Warbington brothers, and so many others. It still feels like none of it really happened. But, it did. There's photo proof. From 17 photo campers.

Before the contest, some of us were trying to figure out what exactly a "double quarterpipe" was going to look like. Turns out the event took place on a feature-filled mini pipe. Two quarters make a half. Despite the lack of an elaborate build we expected for the event, Bode Merrill noted with relief that the invitational "went amazing," especially in comparison to what could have happened. The friendly "summer after summer" reunion of riders brought with it a sense of camaraderie not found at all snowboard competitions.

Don't expect to find the results here though. Sadly for us interns, local bar Charlie's is hosting the awards show in forty minutes. Sounds amazing. Except we can't make it 'cause there's an in-class photo critique, and most of us are regrettably not 21. Believe me though, it was incredible and everyone was rippin'.

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As an intern who has gone through the Photo Workshop a couple of times, it has been an honor to work amongst the professional riders, instructors, and staff here at High Cascade. On behalf of the Photo Workshop campers, I'd like to thank everyone who helped create this incredible experience. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Results:

I have no idea. Check somewhere else.

Editor's Note: We've got the results. They're below.

1. Max Warbington

2. Mike Ravelson

3. Danny Davis

Girl: Amanda Hankison

Best Flip: JD Dennis

Best Plant: Danny Davis

Best Grab: Ralph Kucharek

Eat Shit Award:  Ben Ferguson

Biggest Air:  Gabe Ferguson

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