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Big Wave Challenge


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Presented by Patagonia

All competitors receive an official Big Wave Challenge Hydro Flask!

Firefox is the official webcast partner of the 2014 Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge.


2014 Event Results and Recap


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


Media Coverage

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2014 Event Details

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 will be held in the Events Arena under the Pine Marten Express lift. A series of huge sweeping banked corners, quarter pipes and spines will be 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, with tie-breakers decided on 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 the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Participation is limited to the first 100 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 on the West Village Lodge deck with traditional luau cuisine along with live music featuring Bend's local Hawaiian musician, Bill Keale. Spread the aloha love and come dressed in luau attire!!
  • Everyone in attendance at the 2014 event (including spectators and competitors) can enter to win a 2-night stay at the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, given away during the awards ceremony!  
  • Turtle Bay Resort will also be giving away an all inclusive 6-night Ultimate North Shore prize packageincluding the following (for 2 people):
    • The 6 nights/7 days accommodation (double occupancy)
    • Unlimited Surf/SUP Board Rentals
    • 1 round of golf (with cart & clubs)
    • North Shore Watershed Swag package (hat and T-shirt or Tank top)
    • Welcome Dinner at N. Shore Kula Grille
    • VIP to feature event at Surfer, The Bar (if feature event scheduled during stay)
    • Room Booking will be limited to projected space availability with blackout dates from Dec 22-January 1.
    • Click Here to enter to Win the Ultimate North Shore Package, with the winner announced and notified via email on May 1st! 


  • "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
  • 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Luau with Hawaiian-themed cuisine while supplies last, with BBQ and the Snow Lounge
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Live Music with Bill Keale (with a short break during the awards ceremony)
  • 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 26, the surf's up at Mt. Bachelor!" - Gerry Lopez, Big Wave Challenge host and surfing legend.

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