Copper Mountain, Colorado—After the mountain closed for the season Pat Moore invited a crew consisting of Peter Line, Luke Mitrani, Jack Mitrani, Austen Sweetin, and Shayne Pospisil to come session the biggest quarterpipe seen in the States for years—at 35 feet high and 100 feet wide it was possibly the largest ever built in the US.
Pat also took on the monumental challenge of attempting to break the world snowboard height record of 32.15 feet, still held by Terje Haakonsen and his backside 360 from The Arctic Challenge in 2007. After a couple days of mixed weather, the crew got to sessioning the huge wall— the kind no one gets to ride these days. On day 3 with blue skies and a perfected transition, it was time, and Pat gave it a solid effort. After 5 or 6 solid going-for-it airs, Pat started to inch over the 28 foot marker. Unfortunately just as Pat lofted one huge air over 30 feet (just 2 feet short of Terje’s record), he caught the lip on the way back down and stacked pretty hard to the bottom of the transition. He was rushed to hospital, but was later given the all clear and walked out of there a couple hours later to join the crew for the last nights group dinner.
Thanks Red Bull, SPT, and Copper for putting it all together. Respect to Pat for going for it, and look out for his video part in the new Forum movie coming out this fall. Check the outtakes gallery and look for some of the real photo bangers from the session in TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine this coming fall, Subscribe HERE