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Big Wave Challenge

Fri, Apr 12 - Sun, Apr 14

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Mt. Bachelor

Big Wave is back again! Every year Mt. Bachelor holds this one-of-a-kind event inspired by the event's host — legendary surfer and Mt. Bachelor Ambassador, Gerry Lopez.

This snowboard-only event features a series of huge sweeping banked corners, quarter pipes, and spines, incorporating the natural terrain as much as possible, to create wave-like features into a flowing course - this year located off Midway. The idea of the Mt. Bachelor Big Wave Challenge is to bring the surf to the mountain. 

Practice will be held on Friday, April 12th, and the competition will be held on either Saturday, April 13th or Sunday, April 14th based on the best weather day -- similar to a real surf competition. See below for a full event schedule. 

2019 Event Results 


EVENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)


6:00 p.m. Doors open for Big Wave Movie Night at The Tower Theater: The North Shore OR Big Wednesday (vote happening mid-March)

(Free movie for first come-first serve. Donations for Pat Melondowski encouraged and a percentage of the proceeds from 10 Barrel sales will be donated back to Pat)



7:30 a.m. —  11:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. —  4:00 p.m.  Practice (All Divisions)

10:00 a.m. —  11:00 a.m. Yoga with Gerry at Pine Marten Lodge (Limited yoga mats will be provided by KIND bars and available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring personal mats as back up.)

7:00 p.m. Paige Screening at Patagonia Bend --- Worn Wear Repairs, Beer, Raffle 

More information



7:30 a.m. —  9:00 a.m.  Late Registration

9:30 a.m. —  12:00 p.m.  Wahine, Keiki, Makule and Pro Surfer Divisions

12:00 p.m. —  4:00 p.m.  Hawaiian-inspired BBQ / Luau on the West Village Deck

12:30 p.m. —  3:00 p.m.   Kane Division

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bill Keale playing on the West Village Deck

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Van Presents Weird Waves w/ Dylan Graves @ 10 Barrel East Pub --- $1 of every beer purchase goes towards Pat Melondowski 



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


Thank You To Our Sponsors

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2019 Event Results 


2018 Event Results and Recap


Snowboard Mag Coverage & photos

2017 Event Results and Recap


2016 Event Results and Recap

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

2015 Event Results and Recap

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

TransWorld Snowboarding Coverage & photos

Yobeat Photos & video

Snowboard Mag Coverage & photos