Video: Justin Gunson

Words and Photos: Matt Alberts

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1986 World Championships, Breckenridge and Rockstar Energy Drink combined forces to create the inaugural Breckenridge Throwback Thowdown. Living legends like Chris Pappas, Nate Doggg, Steve Fisher, Todd Franzen and Chad Otterstrom were in attendance, as well as young guns Luke Mitrani, Danny Davis, Taylor Gold and Zack Black. With riders’ aged from thirteen to forty-eight, this event was truly a mash up of old and new styles.

This was not your average contest to say the least. The age differences combined with era specific features and tricks made for an entertaining event. Young and old alike were celebrating the history of snowboarding. In the morning things got started at the top of Breckenridge’s superpipe where riders were given three runs to impress the judges. These invite-only participants were not allowed to spin any tricks over a 540. Extra points were given based on style and props for era-appropriate gear and clothing. After a quick lunch break, the competition continued in the hand-dug 1986 replica pipe built by the Breckenridge Park Crew. Close to the base and rowdy spring breakers, anything went

Scores were tallied based off of 50% super pipe and 50% old school pipe so all competitors had to participate in both events to have a chance to place. At the end of the day it was Rebecca Sinclare for the ladies, and Zack Black for the guys!