Heavy metal gaps, sunny surf slashes, penguin-suited riders and miller flips.
The Teton Surf Classic at Grand Targhee Resort encapsulated snowboarding’s surf roots and its religion of rebellion. The snowboard surf-style competition drew nearly 150 snowboarders in the professional, amateur, masters and grom categories on Sunday, March 31. They competed on a course shaped for spring slush slashing and surf style tricks. Indeed, Targhee’s park and pipe crew spent 30 hours hand-shaping the Teton Surf Classic course with said heavy metal gaps, a quarter pipe, jumps, lips and more. Judges scored riders on their speed, power and flow. “They look for how many features you hit, style in the air and what you wear,” emcee Jeff Moran instructed competitors while the surf rock of Dick Dale (RIP) filled the air.
What was notable about this cadre of competitors, beyond the countless handplants and stylish methods, was its diversity. Iconic Jackson Hole riders—Rob Kingwill, Lance Pitman, Mikey Marohn, Adam Dowell—crushed the course but Teton Valley rider Cody Lee took home the gold Shaka Trophy. Dozens of women riders appeared in all categories and Iris Lazzareschi took the top spot in the pro division. Their message: if you build it, we will come, we will slash, we will conquer. See the winners here.