The halfpipe was once the pinnacle of freestyle snowboarding achievement. Events were made around it that turned into gatherings bringing all walks of snowboarding life together, these events were only rivaled by those created by the transient hippie types. Granted we snowboarders might smell and sometimes look like hippies although we’re not covering mountain town she wookiees and bad music we’re talking about the roots of snowboarding here.
Breckenridge home to what some might call the mecca of snowboarding and our corporate offices back yard in conjunction with the lesser top market shared high fructose corn syrup energy drink Rockstar brought the Throwback Throw Down to Peak 8. The idea of this contest was to take today’s top half pipe jocks and put them up against the forefathers of snowboarding in a half pipe contest. The morning started off with sessioning the 22 foot super pipe with one stipulation no spin over 540 in an attempt to bring style. But the stand out of this whole event was the recreation of the 1986 World Half Pipe Championship halfpipe. A hand dug monstrosity with side hits, jibs, lips, ice boulders, and about every other form of ugly half pipe you could imagine.
What makes this event so special? Well the bullshit for the most part wasn’t there it was about truly having fun and giving the spectators something to cheer on and watch as the people competing paid homage to our roots. Hand plants were had, airs were thrown, inverts on something smaller than the lip to most modern day park rails were had. Lucky for you we shoved Carlo our newly appointed resident filmer into the mix. He came out of it unscathed but with a better appreciation of where snowboarding has come from.