Airblaster's TrenchFest descended on Copper Mountain's Central Park on January 24th and 25th for a unique freestyle-aerial-carving event with a decidedly "anti-contest" vibe. Woodward Copper's Park Crew worked with event organizers to create a unique course filled with offset rollers, hips and bowls, setting the stage for some extremely creative lines and super stylish riding. Airblaster Founder Jesse Grandkoski describes TrenchFest as an ideal combination of modern snowboarding aerials and the re-emerging trend of stylish carving. "That's where TrenchFest lives," says Grandkoski, "...at the intersection of getting some airtime and carving."
After a fun warmup day on January 24th, "competition" commenced on the 25th with a full day of slashes, crashes, and pizza-fueled bashes. The talent pool was deep in a crew of riders that included Max and Gus Warbington, Tucker Andrews, Tim Eddy, Nick Dirks, Justin Phipps, Shane Serrano, Zak Hale, Grant Giller and more. Competitors worked innovative lines through the perfectly groomed rollers before styling airs over the hips and carving out the bowls, spontaneously redirecting their lines and keeping spectators guessing "How'd they think to do that?". At the end of the day, 14 year old CO local Justin Phipps emerged victorious and was awarded the prestigious "#1 Trench Digger" prize: a toy chainsaw spray painted gold! After the official event ended, the TrenchFest course was opened to the public and maintained by the Park Crew for the following week. The crew of rippers at Copper Mountain have been beyond stoked to ride this insanely fun course, already looking forward to next years event and more inventive mischief from the Airblaster crew!
#1 Trench Digger (all around champ) – Justin Phipps
Trenchiest Trick (best trick) – Shane Serrano
Host with the Most (nobody ripper harder) Max Warbington
Rippingest Retailer – Adam Balon of Propaganda
Fast Shades – Tucker Andrews and Nick Dirks
Read the full article and photo recap at Snowboarder.com