Eero Niemala Wins the Ninth Annual Dirksen Derby: Full Results

Eero Niemela put his skills learned from the old days of icy pipe riding in Finland to the course for the win. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Harry Kearney going full bore in the top of the course by heckle beach. The young gun from middle-of-nowhere Colorado placed second in this year’s race. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Fireball Austen Sweetin charged the course like a madman to take the third place spot. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Eero Niemela taking a break from the berms and airing it out into some fresh pow. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Alex Yoder and Josh Dirksen introducing Patagonia's new film Jumbo Wild. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Taylor Carlton, aka Shad To The Bone, aka Child of the Cone, dropping into the red course. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Harry Kearney's good buddy Jerry Mark dropping into the red course. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Local artist and ripping rider Adam Haynes striding through the storm during the men's splitboard race. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Ryland Bell weathering the storm during the splitboard race. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Forrest Shearer at the finish line during the splitboard race. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Dudes! Ryland Bell, Josh Dirksen, Forrest Shearer and big wave surfer Kohl Christensen. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
The annual board auction with some local and global artists and one-off boards. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Some choice looking decks in there for the wall or hill. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Lucas Debari getting after the new snow. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Harry Kearney off course and in the air. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Legend status. Temple Cummins and Josh Dirksen. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Chris Roach giving the groms a bit of encouragement at the start gate. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The groms were givin' er! PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Desiree Melancon was still recovering from knee surgery but came out to support the cause. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The scene at the video, photo and art fest. Airblaster's Eric Wallace with Josh Dirksen. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The Northwest wax crew in full effect. Nick Russell, Blair Habenicht, Matt Cummins and Temple Cummins. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Mary Rand and Nirvana Ortanez. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Mary Rand railing a berm on the red course. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The women's elite champ, Colleen Quigley, slipping through those berms with style and ease. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The man! Scotty Wittlake. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Mike Ranquet fresh from Hawaii. He said it's the first time he's worn pants since the Big Wave Challenge at Mt Bachelor in May. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Curtis Ciszek's younger brother Martin Ciszek crushed it for the men's division and took first place. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
Sleeper Phil Jacques nearly landed on the podium. He finished fourth overall. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Legend Mark Fawcett railing a berm. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
Bryan Fox finds a rare spot on course to catch a little air. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Wolle Nyvelt and Chris Roach. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Ripping sit-boarder Hiromi Tatumi won his division. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Tyler Eklund making the first powder turns in 9 years. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
Blind boarder Devon Raney getting led down the course through the direction of Josh Dirksen. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Temple Cummins leading it out of forest on the red course. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
The crew! Mike Ranquet, Kyle Miller, Pat Moore, Alex Yoder, Kael Martin, JP Martin, Forrest Shearer and Iikka Backstrom. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
The Finns! Eero Niemela and Iikka Backstrom. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Chowdah! Harry Kearney getting a spoonful. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Alex Yoder and Bryan Fox chowing on the copious amount of pow dropped during the event. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The elite men's champs, Austen Sweetin (3rd), Harry Kearney (2nd) and Eero Niemela (1st). PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Eero Niemala Wins the Ninth Annual Dirksen Derby: Full Results

It was a perfect storm. Mount Bachelor picked up 72 inches of snow in seven days, most of it right in the heart of the ninth annual Dirksen Derby. The annual charity gathering brought riders from all walks of snowboarding and all parts of the globe. More than a simple banked slalom race, the event has grown to include a video, photo and art fest, and a board auction aside from the normal late night revelry—all of which pooled well over 30,000 dollars for charity and Tyler Eklund, a snowboarder from Bend, Oregon who was paralyzed from the neck down after crashing on April 1, 2007, while practicing for the USASA National Championships at Northstar California Resort.

The off-hill activities, easy going vibe and group party laps have made the Derby a notorious early season event, and this year's heavy wallop of snow turned the level up to 11. Even though the raging storm knocked electricity out during the finals on Sunday, things went on with backup diesel generators powering the mountain. The tight trenches of the dual banked courses saw groms, legends, and adaptive athletes rail its berms through heavy winds and fresh snow.

Although people were timed and awards were passed out, there's no measure for the level of stoke this event creates for the local community and snowboarding at large.

Results And Times

Men’s Elite

Eero Neimela 1:04.19
Harry Kearney 1:04.21
Austen Sweetin 1:05.17

Women’s Elite

Colleen Quigley 1:11.05
Yoko Nakamura 1:11.59
Maria Debari 1:11.76



Martin Ciszek 1:06.37
Logan Beaulieu 1:06.55
Chris Luzier 1:07.55


Devyn Schnake 1:12.29
Tracy Faux 1:13.01
Isabella Gomez 1:13.98


Ami Vouitlainen 1:07.47
Adam Smith 1:08.47
Peter Butch 1:08.57


Julie Brown 1:18.62
Priscilla Stultz 1:20.89
Katie Boone 1:25.48

Older and Wiser

Bob Stanislaus 1:16.45
Matt Gadow 1:17.22
Clint Chappell 1:18.49


Mac Malkoski 1:16.44
Cannon Cummins 1:16.75
Asher Clarke 1:19.57


Hiromi Tatumi 1:26.54
Ravi Drugan 1:30.87
Gabe Rousseau 3:08.21

Women's Splitboard

Maria Debari 9:46
Amanda Hankison 10:55
Marissa Krawczak 12:11

Men's Splitboard

Reid Persing 7:38
Ryland Bell and Adam Haynes 8:30
Forrest Shearer 8:31