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Big Wave Challenge


Saturday, April 25, 2015

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! Click here to read a special note from Gerry.

This snowboard only event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 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

  • Competitor entry fee to benefit Pat Malendowski
  • Participation is limited to the first 145 entrant. Registration is full.
  • 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 both Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at West Village from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


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

Schedule (Subject to change)

  • 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Pre-registration check in and Bib collection at West Village Lodge (lower level) Bibs must be collected promptly before 9:00 a.m.
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Rider's Meeting at the top of the course
  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Big Wave Challenge - two runs per competitor
  • Midday - Luau with Hawaiian-themed cuisine while supplies last
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Live music from Bill Keale Presented by Dos Equis
  • Approx. 3:00 p.m. - Awards ceremony and raffle
Gerry Lopez surfboard and Big Wave Challenge award plaque on display in the Clearing Rock Bar
2013 Big Wave Challenge Trophy

"On April 25, the surf's up at Mt. Bachelor!" - Gerry Lopez, Big Wave Challenge host and surfing legend.

2015 Event Results and Recap


KANE (Mens Open) WAHINE (Womens 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


KANE (Mens Open) WAHINE (Womens Open) MAKULE (40 & over) KEIKI (Groms) PRO SURFER

Media Coverage

Snowboarder Magazine Coverage
TransWorld Snowboarding Coverage
Surfline Coverage
Mt. Bachelor Event Photos

2013 Event Results and Recap


KANE (Mens Open) WAHINE (Womens Open) MAKULE (40 & over) KEIKI (Groms) PRO SURFER

Media Coverage

Article on with Gerry Lopez interview
2013 Big Wave Challenge Video by Pete Alport
ESPN Photos
YoBeat Coverage
Frequency Coverage

2012 Event Results & Recap

Media Coverage

Photos and Summary from Frequency - A Snowboarder's Journal
TransWorld Snowboarding's Coverage
YoBeat's Coverage
Photos from Jon Tapper

2012 Results

CLICK HERE for 2012 Results

2012 and 2011 Videos