Mammoth Mountain was the place to be this past weekend for the 10th annual West Coast Invitational, featuring some of the best pro snowboarders in the nation. Everyone on hand was looking to take a crack at the huge purse, so as you could expect, the competition was fierce.
Friday, all eyes were on the mountain, where the Eddie Wall Ride course was set uphill of anxious viewers on the sun deck. Mammoth local Greg Bretz attacked the course, picking apart the custom-built features.
As riders made their way through the course, they funneled down to the two main attractions -- a wall ride with pretty much unlimited options and a custom-built chain link fence wall ride. Both were crowd favorites. Forest Bailey (pictured above) explored every option on the wall ride and shined in typical style. In the end, Scott Vine walked away with top honors with a variety of lip tricks, one-foot airs and wall rides, earning a gold watch from Vestal along with some cash.
Saturday, the town of Mammoth packed the village for the rail jam. The park staff made arguably the most unique scaffolding set-up snowboarding has ever seen.
Riders battled in a two-hour jam format for a winner-take-all purse of $10,000, picking apart the six features in one of the most progressive rail jams to date. The Mammoth crew hand-built every feature specifically for the event, giving it a true urban feel.
Urban is Forest Bailey’s specialty and he was showing the crowd (and the other riders) what was up. Greg Bretz’ smooth, classic urban approach was incredible to watch, locking into slides and stomping everything. While Forest and Greg (pictured below) rode well all night, it was Dylan Alito who took home first place and $10,000 cash!
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