Donner legends party features ‘old-school’
Old school isn’t really that old in regards to snowboarding.
The sport began sometime in the late 70s and early 80s, so when Donner Ski Ranch worked in conjunction with Heckler Magazine to host the seventh annual Legends of Snowboarding Reunion, Saturday, the result was not a bunch of old geezers hunched over picnic tables weaving tales of old.
Instead, it was a lively bunch of twenty-, thirty- and forty-somethings getting down to punk and hip-hop music and demonstrating on outmoded equipment that their joints are working just fine.
The event, held at Donner Ski Ranch on Saturday, featured nearly 30 entries (all predating 1986), strutting their stuff on vintage boards that were little more than three quarter inch slabs of plywood with slight curves and a couple of fins sticking out of the bottom.
The racers, competing in a slalom competition, were separated into two classes; boards with edges and boards without edges.
In the edges division, first place went to former pro skater and Thrasher Magazine writer Bryce Kanights from San Francisco. Former pro snowboarder and former DSR marketing director Don Bostick claimed second place, followed by longtime snowboard racer Jeff Ching of Citrus Heights.
Former pro snowboarder and Barfoot Team rider Bill Olsen claimed first place in the no-edges division, overcoming Julian Gago of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“It’s a chance to get back and meet all these friends we used to know,” said Olsen.
Mike Chantry remarked that this was a gathering of people that remember what it was to hike to the back country if you wanted to ride, before the ski areas allowed boarding. “We were in such good shape,” he said.
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