Photos: Ben Birk
Video: Justin Gunson
Words: Adam Kisel
Skullcandy presents the 2013 Trans Am at Mt.Bachelor: Recap
Parker Bohon and the Mt. Bachelor Park Crew are sitting at the intersection of creativity and competition. They plan on stopping traffic in both realms for others on the same road to take notice of their work. They cannot stop the weather at their powder filled mountain, but they can stop any nay saying against their prowess to continually dig out the park and build features that are extremely fun to ride. Bohon and the crew turned heads and stopped hearts with their highly ingenious park build for the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAm presented by Skullcandy.
The S and R in Kenny Srofe's name are not silent and neither is his riding. He chugged Muscle Milk and flexed some true riding skill over the Muscle Milk Tower of Triumph. The tall barrel tower was set up in a channel between two hips and the fence pieces were leaning at an angle at the edge of the hips. It made for a high-speed big air fun feature to watch. Devyn Schnake lives to ride powder and send it deep off most everything. I cannot attest to her surfing ability, but if it is anything like her snowboarding she is constantly getting pitted. She put herself in the great white waves breaking in the Sanuk feature and aired well above the lip of the white wash in the Sanuk jump. Jeff Hopkins changed the channel and the game as he aired over the television jib coming off the pole jump run in with authority. He proved channel surfing is a man's game and took home the Zumiez Best Trick with a backside rodeo off the pole jam, over the television, while adjusting the cushions of the Zumiez orange couch.
Matt Turner broadcasted his ploy for a second place earning with fancy footwork over the Giro Helmets flat to down tube. It was a dizzying act of spinning and pressing his board through the kink. Cooper Brown had the audience looking in his direction as he made quick work of the Anon Optics redirect feature with the pyramid jib at the end. The Anon pyramid could be hit from the top to bottom and vice versa. Wild child, Jodie Beechem, was riding with reckless abandon, busting through the Ride Snowboards "Get Buck Wild" feature to down rail and then folding herself over one of the other features to earn the worst crash award. Woods Vernon Moore painted the park black and turned up the volume on the Skullcandy boom box and cassette feature. The cassette was sitting in the boom box made of snow and if you held your speed over the tape wall ride you could jib the handle at the top of the ghetto blaster. Sarah Jensen adjusted the fold on the Coal Headwear snow beanie that had two double up rails leading up to the Coal tag at the top.
The pizza party was a gathering of the nicest people in the Pacific Northwest. The cheers were plenty as top riders took home custom TransAm Skullcandy Aviator and Cassette headphones, custom Coal TransAm beanies, and Giro Helmets. Muscle Milk gave out the 200-dollar winnings for the Rider's Choice Award and Zumiez gave out flight vouchers to finals as well as gift cards to podium standings. High Cascade Snowboard Camp gave custom backpacks filled with Wend Wax, free Sanuk Footwear, Anon Goggles, and Ride Snowboards hoodies. Ride Snowboards gave a set up to the first placers and TransWorld SNOWboarding awarded the heavy metal Epiphone guitars engraved with the stop location and first place title. The showdown has begun with Parker Bohon and the Mt. Bachelor Park Crew setting the bar. They are looking at the last three stops to follow, but for now the new kids on the tour have proven they will be around for some time to come.
1st Devyn Schnake
2nd Sarah Jensen
3rd Jodie Beechem
1st Kenny Srofe
2nd Matt Turner
3rd Jeff Hopkins
Muscle Milk Rider's Choice– Woods Vernon Moore
Zumiez Best Trick– Jeff Hopkins
Worst Crash– Jodie Beechem
Pint Sized Ripper– Cooper Brown
If you make it to the Park City stop, be sure to check out the free concert series presented by Skullcandy.