Big Wave Challenge set for Mt. Bachelor ski area

Published Apr 23, 2014 at 12:06AM

The snowboard-only Big Wave Challenge is scheduled for Saturday at Mt. Bachelor ski area.

The event, staged near the Pine Marten Express chairlift, includes a series of huge, sweeping, banked corners, quarter pipes and spines shaped into wave-like features for a flowing course designed to bring the surf to the mountain.

The Big Wave Challenge is inspired by legendary surfer and Mt. Bachelor ambassador Gerry Lopez, who will serve as the event host.

Riders will be judged on the same elements as a big-wave surf competition: control, speed and power. Each competitor will get two runs during the initial qualifying round. The top competitors from each category will advance to semifinal and final rounds.

Participation is limited to the first 100 entrants. Spectators are welcome.

Event registration is 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the West Village Lodge. The competition will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.mtbachelor.com.