The Superpark Movie In preparation for the return of Superpark presented by Oakley to Crystal Mountain next week, we thought we would repost The Superpark Movie in full! Part 1 above, A Super Idea, followed by the remaining five below is exactly what you need to get stoked for the upcoming Superpark 22! Keep an eye out for more drops as we prepare for the best riders in the world to make their way to Washington for five days of epic riding! Part 1: A Super Idea To compare the lips and landings strewn across the slope of Squaw Valley in 1992 to the monstrosities erected in Mammoth last spring, one would hardly think they could both be called Superparks. Yet, when Sean Sullivan created the moniker a quarter of a century ago it wasn’t to denote the terrain. Rather the “super” pre-fix referred to the riders. By that metric, SNOWBOARDER’s annual congregation of the best terrain park talents on earth remains true to its founding tenet. To commemorate our marquee event’s 20th anniversary, SNOWBOARDER has created The Superpark Movie in order to document everything that has driven this one of a kind celebration of inbounds freestyle snowboarding. Broken up into five chapters, The Superpark Movie will be released weekly from now until the New Year and highlight the sessions, standouts and setups that have made the Superpark so legendary. Part 1: A Super Idea takes Superpark from its unofficial as a u-ditch on steroids in Backcomb, through the tables and tabletops at Squaw Valley. From becoming an official Snowboarder produced photo shoot in British Columbia, to its reaching the next level in 1999 at Mammoth with Kurt Wastell and “The Berserker”. Featuring the riding of Bjorn Lienes, Peter Line, Chad Otterstrom, Tara Dakides, Mike Michalchuk, Shaun Palmer, Jeff Brushie, Travis Parker, Kevin Young, Jamie Lynn, Mike Ranquet, Jim Rippey, Tom Gilles, Chris Engelsman, Jeremy Jones, JP Walker, Kevin Jones, John Sommers, Mikey Leblanc, Kurt Wastell, Mike Ranquet, Ingmar Beckman and more… sit back and enjoy the ride. It sure has been a good one. Part 2: Superpark Standout Superpark would be nothing more than an indulgent display of frozen monoliths were it not for those esteemed invitees who sack up every year to strap in and send it. As much as every accredited rider has justified their access to Superpark, there will always be a handful of individuals who dig deeper than the rest to emerge as our “Superpark Standout.” This episode of The Superpark Movie highlights the exploits of …
Meet Darrell Plampin, a Denver, CO native who is passionate about the mountains and his music. As a guitar technician, Darrell is a mainstay in the vibrant local music scene, in fact his handcrafted guitars have been played around the world, including in the famed Red Rocks in his own backyard of Denver. Snowboarder spent a day catching up with Darrell as part of VELO’s Road Trip: Beyond Boundaries program. Darrell shares why his job, and his love of sport, pushes him to explore life Beyond Boundaries. VELO’s Road Trip: Beyond Beyond is a 16 city, cross-country adventure bringing you access to individuals who are experiencing life Beyond Boundaries in their local communities. Want to explore like a local in Denver? Here are some of Darrell’s favorite Denver hangouts: To Snowboard: Hit I-70 West from Denver and any old-timer worth their salt will tell you about Arapaho Basin. It has extreme steeps and flavor that is totally unique. The ‘Legend’ as it is known to locals recently added Montezuma Bowl, over 600 acres of pure pleasure. Don’t expect any frills at A-Basin, this is a true ski area, nothing more than chair lifts, a day lodge and a parking lot. To Kick Back and Relax: Don’t rush home after shredding the basin. The 6th Alley Bar & Grill is the Arapaho Basin base lodge restaurant. Pro-tip: get the Bacon Bloody Mary. It’s like a meal and a perfect kick back and relax drink all in one To Catch Some Amazing Music: The historic venue Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is iconic for its spectacular setting. A constant stream of musical acts comes through on a nightly basis, providing an unique opportunity to ‘catch some stars’ • Denver is known for its bustling music scene, giving you plenty of opportunities to catch an act at a bar or cafe. The Carioca Cafe (also known as Bar Bar) is a place to go if you like your music a little rough around the edges. Cheap drinks are plentiful at this dive bar. Just leave the credit cards, and attitude, at home. Want to experience more of Denver like a local? Check out the VELO Road Trip: Beyond Boundaries podcast here. VELO NICOTINE POUCHES: Helping You Live Life Beyond Boundaries Available in new strength and new flavors, VELO 7mg Nicotine Pouches will allow you to enjoy your passions where ever life takes you. Visit VELO.com to Shop Now. Underage sale prohibited. Limited time offer. Conditions apply. Website and offers restricted to age 21+ nicotine consumers. @2021MBI
There aren’t many places in the world that experience winter quite like Oregon. That is why people like photographer Mark Mcinnis and surf legend Gerry Lopez are under its enthralling spell. Focusing on Mt. Bachelor, watch as Travel Oregon captures the feeling that draws in Lopez and Mcinnis with their latest video, Winter Passage, documenting Mt. Bachelor and the endless waves from the Pacific to the Cascades.
It was Mt. Bachelor that brought us here and we have been here ever since. That was 25 years ago. Gerry Lopez, surf legend. If it is enough to pull Mr. Pipeline away from his home surf break, there must be something special in those woods. From the coast to the Cascades, check out what winter in Oregon has to offer from the eyes of photographer Mark Mcinnis and Gerry Lopez. Two Oregon locals with different pasts, but a common lure to the state that boasts one of snowboardings most sought after locations, Mt. Bachelor.
The Superpark Movie Episode 6: Greatest Hits highlights riding from the countless legends that have graced the inruns of Superpark over the past 20 years. As Superpark 21 fast approaches, take a look at the insane antics and fearless feats that have come before. Whether it was Kurt Wastell’s record breaking jump on the Bezerker, or Ben Ferguson’s boosted method that plays on repeat on computer screens across the world, Superpark has always pushed the limit resulting in almost too many “greatest hits” to choose from. The last episode of The Superpark Movie features Travis Rice, Pat Moore, Andrew Hardingham, Danny Kass, Mikkel Bang, Scott Stevens, Sven Thorgren, Scott Vine, Scott Blum, Big Mike, Halldor Helgason, Jake Welch, Lucas Magoon, Dylan Thompson, Ben Ferguson, Roope Tonterri, Jeremy Jones and many more. We would also like to extend our huge thanks to everyone that helped work on this project, especially the filmers, park crews, and riders that made it all possible. See you at Superpark 21! More from SNOWBOARDER’s Superpark here!