that took place at Echo Mountain Park last Saturday. Set up as two
ponds seperated by a single shotgun-type rail, the present, albeit
small, crowd was stoked on the options that the rail gave to riders as
a means to get across the pond, and they would not be disappointed...The
pond skim got underway, despite strong, damn cold winds, in an
elimination format where each contestant got a turn to clear the pond,
either by skiing the pond or sliding the rail, and those who made it
across would try to make it again—this time from a shorter distance.
Early favorites in the contest were Lakota Sage, in his... her... its?
tight pink spandex and matching blue and pink Adidas starter coat for
snowboarders, and Landon Spear a.k.a. skier extraordinaire and Jibij
shop rider with some smooth 180 outs of the ponds, and siiiiick locked
on slides on the rail. ... oh shit.Lakota Sage dashes valiantly towards victoryAfter many runs, a gnarly face plant into the
opposite wall by a skier, and a non-judged 180 INTO the pond to clear
the whole thing, it was down to Landon Spear and Lakota Sage. Lakota,
going first, opted for the skim from a ridiculously short distance,
judging the rail to be too sketchy from so close for a snowboarder—mistake that was, as he found himself waddling in the pond.... and it was
down to Landon to take the gold, needing only to grease the
rail, and that he did. While a judging controversy almost caused Landon and
Lakota to almost have to take another run, everyone soon realized that it was quite ridiculous to be bickering about who won a pond skim, because everyone wins.Landon nets the Intergalactic Pond Skim title.This is Charlotte. She will net the photo... and your heart.Landon Spear uses his Armadas to shield himself from harmful snowboarder fashion rays.At the end
of the day, everyone was stoked on the pond skim, and even MORE stoked
to hit the hot tub on the patio of Echo's lodge... Definitely an event
to check out next year.caarrrrnnnnnaaaaaaggeeeee!!!!!!!!