The snowboard family gathered close this Saturday, March 1 to celebrate the brilliant life of Jeff Anderson. Several hundred from around the world, including the likes of Jamie Lynn, Jake Burton, and Mike Parillo, came to Anderson’s hometown of Mammoth, California to shred it up, share stories, sadness, and maybe a sloppy pint or two: all in honor of the great “El Jeffe.”
At three o’clock, a surprisingly huge crowd turned out to take one last gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain. Jeff’s brother Billy led the way down, riding Jeff’s board. “This is the last run this board will ever take,” he told everyone. The sun came out. Cheers cut through the air. It was an amazing thing to be a part of.
Later at the memorial service, nearly a dozen close friends and family got up on stage to tell “Jeffy stories” and share their experiences with the kid. Perhaps the most moving was Jeff’s mom Jane, who said, “I know some of you are pretty torn up about it, but don’t let this change your life in a negative way. Use it to make something good.”
When all was said and done, it was obvious that he’d lived life to the fullest. It was an amazing life, and now it’s sealed in time. Give a nod to Jeffy before you drop in next time, and remember: live life like there’s no tomorrow, because there is no tomorrow. Vive El Jeffe!