Mt. Bachelor launches The Big Wave Challenge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 15, 2011 2:27 pm

Bend, OR — Mt. Bachelor will launch the first ever on-mountain Big Wave Challenge on Saturday, April 30th. This new event concept will bring Big Wave style surfing to the mountains with a unique course featuring wave-sculpted snow features.

This one of a kind event was inspired by Central Oregon’s proximity to numerous coastal surf breaks along with a strong population of multi-sport surfers and snowboarders in the region. The surf connection in addition to Mt. Bachelor’s volcanic terrain with lava tubes forming natural waves during the winter months makes the Big Wave Challenge a natural fit with the mountain’s natural assets.

Competitors will be judged based on Big Wave surfing standards; control, speed and power. The course will consist of a series of banked berms, wave-shaped quarter pipes, a right and left breaking spine and finishing wave bowl. The Big Wave Challenge will be held under the Pine Marten lift, viewable from Mt. Bachelor’s West Village base area. A $20 entry fee will be charged for this snowboard specific event with proceeds benefitting the Oregon chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Competitors in both the male and female divisions will contend for the grand prize of a custom Gerry Lopez Surfboard!

The Big Wave Challenge will be followed by a Luau in the Clearing Rock Bar featuring traditional surf- inspired cuisine along with live music featuring Bend’s local Hawaiian musician, Bill Keale.

According to Big Wave Challenge judge, surfing legend and Bend local Gerry Lopez, “On April 30, the surf’s up at Mt. Bachelor – come ride the Big Wave!”