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Big Wave Challenge

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Big Wave is back again! Every year Mt. Bachelor holds this one-of-a-kind event inspired by the event’s host — legendary surfer and Mt. Bachelor Ambassador, Gerry Lopez.

This snowboard-only event features a series of huge sweeping banked corners, quarter pipes, and spines, incorporating the natural terrain as much as possible, to create wave-like features into a flowing course – this year located off Midway. The idea of the Mt. Bachelor Big Wave Challenge is to bring the surf to the mountain.

Practice will be held on Friday, April 12th, and the competition will be held on either Saturday, April 13th or Sunday, April 14th based on the best weather day — similar to a real surf competition. See below for a full event schedule.

Registration opening on Thursday, March 14th at Noon (PST)!

EVENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)


6:00 p.m. Doors open for Big Wave Movie Night at The Tower Theater: The North Shore OR Big Wednesday (vote happening mid-March)


7:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Practice (All Divisions)

10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. Yoga with Gerry at Pine Marten Lodge (Limited yoga mats will be provided by KIND bars and available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring personal mats as back up.)


7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Late Registration

9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Wahine, Keiki, Makule and Pro Surfer Divisions

12:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian-inspired BBQ / Luau on the West Village Deck

12:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Kane Division

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Bill Keale playing on the West Village Deck


“Kane” (Men’s open division)
“Wahine” (Women’s open division)
“Keiki” (Groms 16 & under division)
“Makule” (40 & over division)
Pro-surfer division (exhibition only)

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