Big Wave Challenge

Mt Bachelor holds this one-of-a-kind event inspired by none other than legendary surfer and Mt. Bachelor Ambassador, Gerry Lopez - who is our event host!

This snowboard only event features a series of huge sweeping banked corners, quarter pipes and spines that are shaped into wave-like features for a flowing course bringing the surf to the mountain.

Scoring Details

Riders will be judged on the same elements as a Big Wave surf competition: control, speed and power. Each person will receive a minimum of one run with judging based on a 10 point scale (including decimals) from a designated judge for a total of seven named "wave" features and winners decided on the best single run score.

If time allows, all competitors will receive a second run with the best single run score counting toward their final score. Tie-breakers will be decided by the best second run score.

If time does not allow for all competitors to receive a second run and if there are any ties after the first run, those with tied scores will go into a "surf off" with a second run final to decide the winners.

Additional prizes awarded for best surf style, best wipeout, most original run/line, and most Aloha spirit as well as the oldest and youngest competitors.

Additional Event Details (Details subject to change)

  • Competitor entry fee to benefit Pat Malendowski
  • Participation is limited to the first 200 entrants.
  • More than $25,000 in prizes! Open division winners take home a custom Gerry Lopez surfboard, one week at the Volcom Pipe House, and a trip to the Billabong Pipe Masters in Oahu!
  • The Big Wave Challenge will be accompanied by a Luau with traditional luau cuisine along with live music presented by Dos Equis featuring Bend's local Hawaiian musician, Bill Keale. Spread the aloha love and come dressed in luau attire!
  • Other amazing prizes offered in the raffle following the awards ceremony!
  • Enter to win a stay at Turtle Bay Resort - 5 night stay, golf, surf/SUP rentals and more! Enter by clicking here.
  • Gentemstick will be demoing snowboards at West Village.

Divisions

"Kane" (Men's open division)
"Wahine" (Women's open division)
"Keiki" (Groms 16 & under division)
"Makule" (40 & over division)
Pro-surfer division (exhibition only)

big wave history

2015 Event Results and Recap

Results

KANE (Men's Open)WAHINE (Women's Open)MAKULE (40 & over)KEIKI (Groms)PRO SURFER

Media Coverage

TransWorld Snowboarding Coverage & photos

Yobeat Photos & video

Snowboard Mag Coverage & photos


2014 event results and recap

Results

KANE (Men's Open)WAHINE (Women's Open)MAKULE (40 & over)KEIKI (Groms)PRO SURFER

Media Coverage

Snowboarder Magazine Coverage

TransWorld Snowboarding Coverage

Surfline Coverage

Mt. Bachelor photos


2013 Event Results and Recap

Results

KANE (Men's Open)WAHINE (Women's Open)MAKULE (40 & over)KEIKI (Groms)PRO SURFER

Media Coverage

Article on Snowbrains.com with Gerry Lopez interview

2013 Big Wave Challenge Video by Pete Alport

ESPN photos

YoBeat Coverage

Frequency Coverage


2012 Event results and recap

2012 Race Results

Media Coverage

Frequency Photos and coverage

TransWorld Snowboarding Coverage

YoBeat Coverage

Jon Tapper Photos


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