Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge
Overhead and glassy
With sunny skies, warm temps and a slight offshore breeze the conditions couldnt have been better for the 3rd Annual Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge. Mt. Bachelor hosted the event again and this year a record number of riders came out to compete.
Like Father, Like Son
Heres Gerry Lopez and son Alex Lopez at the top of the course on Saturday. Although Gerry earned his Legend status riding waves, hes now a dedicated snow surfer. Him and Alex can be found riding Bachelors white waves all winter. Gerry rips on a snowbo
Its been a beautiful spring in the Pacific Northwest, and the event saw some of the nicest weather yet. As is tradition at the Big Wave Challenge, countless contestants donned Hawaiian shirts and shorts for the day. One wahine was even spotted slashing in a miniskirt. Aloha vibes!
Off the lip
The Big Wave Challenge run is a combination of hips, mini-tabletops, banks, rollers and even this Loch Ness monster-looking spine. Riders are judged on their creativity, flow, style and overall use of the run. Here, Shaun McKay slays the spine with a backside slash.
Air and Style
The Big Wave Challenge might be about surf-style maneuvers, but the judges never frown on a little airtime. Blake Paul floats a back three over the first hip.
Seems Curtis Ciszek couldnt generate enough speed during his first run so he went into his quiver and pulled out the SUP. Real Waterman, that Curtis.
And it looks like pulling out the paddle served him well. Heres Curtis Ciszek air one out on the last hip.
Dog Days of Winter
Squint, and it almost looks like youre at the beach. And with the array of Hawaiian prints, dogs on the loose and the laid-back vibe, the Big Wave Challenge isnt far from another day at the beach.
Wahine Will Rip
The ladies were attacking the course all day. Here, one of the girls shows the boys how to do a proper frontside hack. In the end it was Colleen Quigley who took first place. Katie Williams finished second and Desiree Melancon got third.
Taylor Carlton blasted this backside rodeo on the hip to end his second run and earn him the second-place finish. Ruiki Masuda took third behind Carlton. And it was last years champ that returned to claim the win again.
Gus Would Go
Gus Warbington is a Bachelor local. He won last years Big Wave Challenge and the grand prize trip to the Volcom Pipeline house on the North Shore. And what did he do with the trip? He invited his whole family along. Gus is a good guy. And one seriously ripping snow surfer.
With his win, Gus Warbington got another trip to the Pipeline house and another custom Gerry Lopez board. He was the picture of stoked, as was just about everyone on hand. Seems like summer vacation has officially begun.