Rhythm N’ Bruise pictures and words by George Crosland
For the Third year the Rhythm and Bruise at White Pass Resort has pitted riders against a unique course. The concept is based on BMX, If you imagine some trails in the woods, except constructed of snow, thats pretty much the idea. The course is set up to allow pretty much anyone to negotiate their way down and have a good time. Every obstacle had multiple options, from challenging to a “Timmy” line for the timid. The Rhythm and Bruise was not spared from the famous Northwest weather. Variable would be an understatement as it would go from snowing, to sunny then rainy and windy, often in a matter of minutes. The weather did not deter anyone as 140 or so contestants showed up to compete in the unique event. Eight year olds were having as much fun as the pros and went home happy, if not a little wet.
The first, short, straightaway lead into a left hand berm with a drop out of it. The second straight had two small to medium table tops and lead into a right-left-right-u-turn combo. The third straight had 2 gap jumps that were not too big but the jumps were poppy, launching people up, rather than over the knuckle. Many of the non-pros had troubles clearing the 2 gap jumps. From there, the course led into another left handed u-turn and into a flat bar-stepdown. Those that were not into the rail could hit a little step down. Immediately following was the the hardest rail feature, a big ol rainbow rail. A big right hander turn led into a step down jump and then into a up flat-rail and right into a left handed corner that you had to jump into. Two more step downs led into the big right handed hip, then into a table top. All this led into the final obstacle, a jump onto a little manual style pad with a jump out. The final jump had options up to 50 feet and a hip bust most people stuck to the smaller combos.
The biggest challenge seemed to be how quickly the obstacles came up. There was little to no set up time from one obstacle to the next. Staying on top of your run was key. It was not about big spins and corks. The whole course, essentially was a combination of connected tricks as opposed to our typical park set up where the jumps are far enough apart to be completely separate. Figuring out the unique set up was part of the fun and most people seemed to go home stoked.
“There are medium to big to large features… it’s super fun and there’s good vibes here. Everyone’s toughing it out through not the nicest weather, it’s definitely one of my favorite events to come to” – Forrest Burki
“It’s kind of a BMX track for snowboards with some gaps, one jump right into another and some rails, it was cool” – Harry Kearney PRO WINNER
“I knew I wanted to backflip a couple of things and do whatever spins I could fit in there” – Harry Kearney PRO WINNER
“It was a great day to crap your pants!” – Master Mike Cummins-2nd place Cruisers class
Mini Shred, under 9
1 Owen Cline
2 Cannon Cummins
3 Garren Gooler
1 Mac Malkoski
2 Frank Besello
3 Chad Carlson
Young Amateur Men
1 Austin Buza
2 Milo Malkoski
3 DJ Elliott
Young Amateur Women
1 Isabella Gomez
2 Brittany Williamson
Older Amateur Men
1 Jack Scanlon
2 Joey Carnera
3 Phil Thomas
Older Amateur Women
1 Brianna Stoutenburgh
2 Priscilla Stutz
3 Mia Abbett
1 Curtis Stevens
2 Tom Smith
3 Kris Melton
1 Johan Malkoski
2 Mike Cummins
3 Jason Cline
1 Sara Howe
2 Kirsten Lee
1 Harry Kearney
2 Dustin Anderson
3 Jerry Mark
Snowboarders, friends, and RnB enthusiasts!
Here we are, back in the mid April and the funnest part of the snowboard season has yet to arrive. Of course we’re talking about Rhythm N Bruise 2013! White Pass, WA will once again host the event which will be held April 27th and 28th. Like years past, Saturday will be practice all day and the judged runs will be on Sunday. The format will be very similar with tons of prizes including some cool, unique stuff and another amazing course with some new surprises.
If you need a place to stay, the Cowlitz River Lodge in Packwood, WA is offering RnB entrants a 10% discount on rooms. http://www.escapetothemountains.com/CowlitzRiverLodge.htm
There will be an unofficial RnB party Saturday night at The Blue Spruce Saloon in Packwood. Kids welcome until 9!
Registration for Rhythm N Bruise is IN-PERSON ONLY. You cannot register online. The registration desk will be inside the lodge on the main floor- same spot as years past.
Sundays riding WILL BEGIN EARLIER this year so don’t show up late or you might miss out!
Check in on the blog, http://www.rhythmnbruise.wordpress.com our website rhythm-n-bruise.com or http://www.facebook.com/rhythm.n.bruise for more up to the minute info and course build photos as the build week progresses.
If you have any questions or ideas shoot me a line.
Rhythm N Bruise 2013 is going to be an amazing event, see you there!