MT. HOOD, ORE. (JULY 13, 2009) – Johnny Lazzareschi returned to Mt. Hood this week in time to defend his title as Bonfire Pipe to Pipe Rail Jam champ. With some time to kill before his knee surgery, and a high school diploma under his belt, Johnny made the trek from Tahoe to Hood and proved that you don't need an ACL to win a high stakes game of pig and $500 in front of hundreds of thee nation's most passionate boarders.
Windell's diggers set up consisted of a down rail, down-flat-down, Red Bull wall ride, flat up and "Big Black Tube" at the bottom of the course.
It took proper style and wild abandon to impress the judges. Dan Pitbladdo reaped the awards of a frontside 360 that practically scratched the faces off the judges, followed by a stall on the top of the "Big Black Tube." Judges loved the danger factor and awarded him with best trick. They also awarded him "Best Sweater."
Ryan Paul and Sawyer Deen tied for 2nd place, going out on the same trick and splitting the cash for 2nd and 3rd place.
For the ladies, the finals occurred during the Pro Heat, prior to the game of PIG. Leanne Pelosi judged while the ladies battled it out. Windell's employee Victoria Guinn won both First place and Best Trick. Madison Blackley took second place and Laura Rogoski came in third.
Poaching the course on the regular was Jed Anderson and Will Bateman.
It took 20 minutes for the coveted 90 competitor spots to get snagged up by campers, staff, lurkers, locals and up and coming Pros. Registration for next week's event on the 19th will most likely fill up just as quickly. Show up early to guarantee your spot, or preregister by calling Windell's Snowboard Camp. HCSC campers can pre-register through the HCSC office.
HCSC camper Coltan Morgan came in third place in men's Ams, riding a Salomon Sanchez. He had a following of supporters perched in the rocks and even earned cheers from the Windell's campers. Second place for men's Ams went to Johnny o Conner and 1st place was snagged by Windell's chef Dan Pitbladdo.
Am ladies held their own. Anna Fortuna had style for days and was the clear first place winner. She was followed up by Sara Silva in second and Justine Naderny in 3rd.
After all the moves and mayhem, everyone reconvened at Windell's to skate the campus, eat free burritos, and watch the show as Ams and Pros battled it out in BOB.
Oudalay Philavahauh nabbed Best Trick more than once as well as second place. Steven "Manchild" Reyes walked away with first place for consistently landing tricks and James McCoy took third.
The final installment of the 12th Annual Bonfire Pipe to Pipe takes place next Sunday, July 19th. Registration and bib pickup starts at 9 am.
Event sponsors Bonfire Snowboarding, Windell's, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Scion, Timberline, Salomon Snowboards, Pom Pom, Magical Go Go, shralp.com and the Art Institute of Portland, worked together to bring Pros and Ams together at Mt. Hood for the best summer snowboarding days of the year.