Woodward Copper Summer Camp 2017 is here and Week 1 went OFF with a newly redesigned terrain park and a stacked roster of visiting pros and VIPs. Special guests included professional snowboarders Torstein Horgmo, Craig McMorris, Brage Richenberg, Nikolas Baden and Kyle Mac, pro freeskiers Will Wesson, Erik Olson, Peter Koukov and Will Berman, and Cheer Special Guest Josh Boatwright.
The Shred Bots hanging with campers at Pipeline Park. Photo: Chip Proulx
Campers come from all over the world to practice their passion at Woodward Copper’s world-class facilities, and Week 1 attendees were not disappointed! Ski and snowboard campers perfected their shred on a range of features in Pipeline Park like the wallride, beach-ball-bonk, triple jump line and the legendary “big wave”.
Pipeline Park from above. Photo: Greg Bejian
Torstein always gets the shot. Photo: Chip Proulx
Both campers and pros began the week by feeling out the brand new park, finding their favorite lines and trying out all the new features. Everyone at camp was excited for new extended hours providing even more on-snow park time for campers every day of the week. The Line Skis and Full Tilt Boots crew kept freeski campers pumped up by jibbing everything in sight, while the Shred Bots showed the campers how to properly send the triple jump line and quarter pipes. The on-snow performances from freeskiers and snowboarders were beyond impressive, and campers had a great time riding and having fun with their heros.
Kyle Mack licks the stamp and sends it. Photo: Chip Proulx
Will Wesson kicking it at camp. Photo: Chip Proulx
Also new for 2017, every camper will get a chance to go up on snow for barbeques in Pipeline Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This gives skateboard, BMX, scooter, mountain bike and cheer campers a chance to experience the unique joy of playing on snow in the middle of the summer. It wasn’t long before the groups from freeski camp and cheer camp teamed up for a one-of-a-kind photoshoot on the triple jump line.
Freeski coach Cassidy "Queso" DuBois frontflips over camp staff with an assist from cheer special guest Josh Boatwright. Photo: Chip Proulx
One of the center pieces of Woodward Copper is The Barn, a 19,000ft² indoor training facility complete with Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps, and multiple skate/scooter/bike zones. Using tried and tested training techniques, campers can learn tricks they never thought possible with the safety of foam pit landings. The six different sizes of jumps in The Barn can accommodate a wide range of equipment, from skateboards, bikes and scooters, to specially designed ParkSkis™ and Burton ParkBoards™ for indoor snow training. The new Barnyard Skatepark located directly in front of The Barn gives campers access to a selection of favorite features in a new convenient location. Skate, bike and scooter camps also broadened their horizons by venturing out on day trips to explore various skate and bike parks in the area.
Campers went bigger to try new moves in the foam pits. Photo: Chip Proulx
Camper Keenan Hinton lays down a smith grind at a local skatepark. Photo: Chip Proulx
After the Thursday night camp luau, the final day of camp on Friday was time to show off all the new tricks you learned and enjoy spending time with all the new friends you made. It was incredible how quickly the week flew by, but that is what you expect when you’re having the time of your life at camp. As the day came to an end, everyone at camp gathered for the Friday night camp talent show and awards ceremony. Congratulations to our Week 1 winners for the Powerade Power Through Award, the YUP! Campers of the Week, the Dickies Skate Olympics and Dickies Hard Work Award winners!
Powerade Power Through Award Winners
YUP! Campers of the Week Leo Carillo and Oscar Zorn
Dickies Skate Olympics winners. Coach Ryan Carnell's team took home the win with Coach Adam Maxwell's team taking 2nd place. Bronze Urfrig won the Champion of Stoke award, Dan Thrash won the Best Overall Trick award, and Keenan Hinton won the Gold Medal and the nickname "The All-Terrain Vehicle".
Coach Garret won the Dickies Hard Work Award and the coveted rubber malet.
Everywhere you looked at camp, you could find real smiles and hear laughter, proof that campers were coming together and bonding over their favorite sports and passions. Coaches and counselors were with campers every step of the way, helping them progress in their sport and guiding them through a full week away from home. We’re heading into Week 2 here at camp and many Week 1 campers had such a good time, they’re already doubling-down and coming back for a second week at camp this summer! Thank you to everyone who attended camp Week 1 and we can’t wait to see you again!
Cheer camp trains on the spring floor, sunny vibes in Pipeline Park, and a rare father-son camper duo sessions the big wave. Photos: Chip Proulx
Coach Adam Maxwell shows his campers how to find rhythm on the pump track, below the new Maxfield Bala Powerade mural. Photo: Chip Proulx
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