Words: Myles Soderstrom It just so happened that the vacancy left by the Dirksen Derby coincided with the release of Energy, Bryan Fox's snowboard film opus. The hydrated minds behind Drink Water proposed a last minute, head-to-head, snowboard race to fill the void left by the Dirksen Derby's gap year. With only two weeks to plan and execute the 200 person snowboard race, all while attending an avalanche safety course at Baldface, the Bend and Bachelor community stepped to the plate and brought Double Tap to life.
A far cry from the Derby, LBS, and even the Rat Race, Double Tap scrapped the timers and was based entirely around simple head-to-head races. Competitors were pitted against each other on mirrored courses in a single elimination bracket format. The race format provided no shortage of close finishes and the excitement built with every bracket.
Storybook endings to nearly every race category set the tone for the evening. If the time on snow was high energy then the premiere of Drink Water Media House's latest film, Energy, was off the charts. After racers were awarded and thanks were given, Bryan, Austin and Curtis presented the audience with their most exciting movie to date. Hoots and hollers echoed throughout the venue as backflips were tossed, jokes were cracked, and big mountain POV lines were handled.
The night was capped off with a silent auction on an assortment of items ranging from tents to goggles to grills with all of the proceeds going to water.org.
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