Breckenridge hosted one of the funnest new events in snowboarding this past Saturday, April 7th: The Throwback Throwdown. This unique event took Breck back to the roots of competitive snowboarding by putting together a competition that judged competitors in combined scores of both a pristine 22 fot superpipe and a hand-dug, less-than-pristine, 6 foot mini halfpipe.
The day started with the 3 rounds in the superpipe for both the Men's and Women's divisions. The tricks in the superpipe were limited to no more than 540 degree rotations. This really brought out true style from everyone. There have never been so many handplants done in one day in that superpipe. Nor has there been a competition where names like Steve Fisher, Chad Otterstrom, Luke Mitrani, Danny Davis and Chirs Pappas are all vying for the same prize. After that, the competition went to the 6 foot mini-pipe, where restrictions were lifted, and competitors were allowed to go as big as they were willing to go.
Coming out on top in the Men's division was Breckenridge team rider Zack Black, and taking home the golden vikng helmet in the women's division was Rebeccas Sinclair.
For the entire day, there were definitely smiles coming from all competitors and spectators alike. This event brought 3 generations of snowboarders together, with some as young as 13 and some old schoolers whose ages will not be mentioned. But age didn't really matter. This event was about the love of snowboarding. Everyone was there to celebrate what the sport has become and to appreciate the origins of this sport we all love. Geezers were able to see how technical and progressive younger generations are becoming, and the youngsters came away with an appreciation for the battle the pioneers of our sport went through when competing in an event like halfpipe.
Without a doubt, we hope that this event continues for many years to come. Enjoy some photos from the event brought to you by Breckenridge.
Best Old-Schooler: Chris Pappas
Best Hand-Plant: Jake Black
1st Place - Rebecca Sinclair
2nd Place - Silvia Mitter Muller
3rd Place - Ariel Gold
1st Place - Zach Black
2nd Place - Dom Harington
3rd Place - Taylor Gold