Grenade Games Snowboard Dual Slalom Moguls - Coverage and Results
I am a skier and have been for most of my life. For a brief time in the 90’s I strapped on a snowboard, but after a few years I realized it wasn’t my forte and hoped back onto two planks. Skiing just seemed like the right fit for me and I felt more comfortable in the bumps, trees, etc. yet I credit my appreciation for style over strict technique to snowboarding, as it helped me feel the flow and art of gliding on snow.
Yesterday I watched a large group of snowboard athletes throw flow out the window and tackle a snowboard course full of bumps and gates in the Grenade Games Snowboard Dual Slalom mogul contest. I new the event was coming and had heard of it in the past but I never really put much thought into what it would look like. Well, what it looked like was a bloody steep run with gnarly bumps and slalom gates spaced “evenly” apart with a kicker plopped right near the end.
The format was jam style with two riders going head to head in a race to the finish and after a few runs the judges called for a mandatory minimum of a 360 off the jump. After a few laps I wasn’t sure if it was race time, jump score or effort that scored the highest.
This event was for everyone and anyone who signed up. With veterans and up-and-comers taking to the course it was an impressive show of skill and camaraderie.
The top spot went to Pablo Aristeguieta, 2nd to Travis Williams, 3rd Myrosha Daley and 4th to local legend Dennis Bannock. The rest of the field was full of big names. Danny Kass of course, (the man behind the event) Shin Campos, Annie Boulanger, Kevin Sansalone, Dennis Bannock, Dustin Craven, Rub Goldberg, Andrew Burns, David Melancon etc… hauling ass down a mogul run to a finish to coral full of fans, athletes, media, hot dogs, beer, and those awesome cookies that seem only to be served at WSSF/Grenade Games events.
I think it's safe to say that snowboard moguls will never be taken entirely seriously, but (seriously) this is one of the best events I’ve seen. It brought an incredible group of athletes together in a zero stress competition just to shred and party under the April sun. -Ryan Proctor