In Tahoe on the backside of Kirkwood near Red Lake there sits a slice of white heaven known as The Patch. It is here during the non winter months that people can throw down a few rails and get their fix of snowboarding. Three years ago two young entreprenuers set out to create an event that would unite fellow snow sliders and become a weekend party to talk about all year. This year we were invited to take part in this shindig known as PatchFest as an official sponsor.
With Colorado still having snow and resorts open it would seem weird to some that I would travel to California to play on a small patch of snow with random strangers. Lets get one thing straight if you’re not migrating to summer camp or the southern hemisphere you really have no excuse for not going to this.
Why is this a mandatory event? Camps cost money, mega contests only capture what the mainstream thinks snowboarding is, and grassroots events seem to be few and far between. Having a free community driven event takes away from all the bullshit that is out there. All you need is a snowboard, sleeping bag, and a great attitude and you’re going to have a good time.
After three days in the woods with mostly strangers it was safe to say that Patchfest is one of those events that captures what snowboarding was, is, and should be about. Good times with great people. There were no attitudes except for a girl we named ‘Hand Meat’ (that’s a story for another time), no fights broke out, no one was shot, lots of snowboarding was had, and some of the sponsors managed to give away some prizes for some kind of contests they were having.
All in all Andrew Guddat and Duane Bratsch have created a fun free event in the snowboard world that people can be a part of and not feel left out. I thank them for their inclusion in letting me sponsor this event and although I’m pretty sure I’m still washing the dirt out of my clothes I don’t regret going to this event. Hell the only regret is the 27 hours of hell on the drive back to Los Angeles, but that is a story for next week.
Special thanks to Duane and Andrew, Homeschool Snowboarding, Mountain Menace, Phunkshun Wear, Stinky, Eternal Snowboards, Echelon Snowboards, Local Knits, and Koalition Company for sponsoring this.
We look forward to this event next year and to see if our theory on the creation of patch babies is true. Ladies you have a year to prove us wrong.