Mt. Bachelor, Oregon hosted the 2010 Dirksen Derby. The derby combines multiple snowboarding skills including speed, clean lines, technical turns, and holding edges through rutted berms. Dirksen described the race as a “parallel slalom,” where riders race down both courses and combine the times for the win. There were multiple divisions including the Men’s Elite, Splitboard, Women’s, and grom’s.

Josh Dirksen testing the course.

Josh Dirksen testing the course. Photo: Abe Blair

The two day event went off without a hitch, except maybe Ryland Bell pushing himself a little too hard and ending up on ski patrol’s oxygen. “That race was harder than any Deeper hike the last two years,” Bell said. Austin Smith came out on top for the Men’s Elite division, while Ashley Thorton represented the ladies. All proceeds of the event went to seriously injured friend and snowboarder Tyler Eklund who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident during USASA Nationals in 2007. Photos: Abe Blair

Scotty Whittlake smoking Austin out of the gate.

Scotty Whittlake smoking Austin Smith out of the gate. Photo: Abe Blair

Ryland Bell 3rd, Allister Schultz 2nd “Allister had to get back to being a dad”, Austin Smith 1st

Ryland Bell in 3rd, Josh Dirksen standing in for Allister Schultz 2nd “Allister had to get back to being a dad”, and Austin Smith in 1st. PHOTO: Abe Blair