The Longboard Classic is finally of legal drinking age! The legendary event wrapped up this past weekend for the 18th time, with its usual combination of laid-back shredding, good vibes and some incredible vintage gear. Throw in an appearance from the one and only Jeff Brushie and the 2017 edition of the Longboard Classic was one for the history books.
All photos: Sam Oetiker
Often billed as ‘The Woodstock of Snowboarding’, events don’t get more rootsy than the Longboard Classic. It provides an opportunity for all of the OG’s to go grab their Crazy Bananas, Sims and old-school Burton decks out of the attic, dust off the dayglow onsie and embrace what snowboarding was (and still is) all about: sliding down a snow-covered hill with a massive grin on your face and with homies either side of you.
Stuben has been the home of the Longboard Classic for years, although the past few have been plagued with bad weather, forcing the chinese-downhill style race to be moved from the usual ungroomed, off-piste face, to the much less extreme piste.
This year however, the sun was blazing and the event could finally start from the intended spot, high above the village of Stuben.
As always, competitors had to run from a starting line, strap in, and pin-it as fast as they could all the way down to the village.
This year, the Longboard Classic was treated to an extra special guest from Cali in the form of the legendary Jeff Brushie.
Jeff was one of several riders who were blazing a trail for freestyle snowboarding back in the early 90’s and it was rad to be blessed with the presence of such snowboarding royalty.
Once the race was done there was plenty of time to grab some lunch and a couple more runs, catch up with friends with a beer, or just bask in the glorious sunshine.
In the evening, there was a screening of some old snowboard movies, including a 30 minute edit of Brushie that was put together especially for the event. With the standard of snowboarding so high these days it can be easy to forget where freestyle snowboarding started and how far it has come, and this was the perfect reminder. Some of those tweaks were SO next level…
After that the tables were whisked away and Mortal Kombat took the stage blaring old-school hip hop tunes into the early hours, much to the foot-stomping delight of all the attendees.
It sounds clichéd, but the Longboard Classic really is what a great snowboard event should be - nothing too serious, a gathering for both young and old, and a solid homage to the roots of snowboarding. Big props to Paul and family, Muck, and everyone else who was involved in putting on such a boss event. Here’s to next year!
Check out all of our shots from the day in the gallery below: