As they do every year, Dakine headed up to Mt. Baker last weekend for the 29th Legendary Banked Slalom. This year they brought European soul surfer Elias Elhardt along to experience the ride too.
The Mt Baker banked slalom was created by Tom Sims and Bob Barci back in 1985 and was the first event of its kind. It was held at Baker as one of the few North American resorts that allowed snowboarders to use their chairlifts at the time, and over its long history has seen some of snowboarding’s most influential names pass through its gates, with Craig Kelly, Shaun Palmer, Xavier de le Rue and Terje Haakonsen being among those to cross the finish line with the fastest time. Terje is the most successful competitor at the event, with a whopping seven wins over a 17 year period.
Once again, Dakine were out at the event and this year they brought German soul surfer and backcountry powerhouse Elias Elhardt along for the ride. Elias seems to have a pretty good understanding about the thing that makes the event so special; namely, the atmosphere, the coming together of friends and the celebration of snowboarding in its purest form:
It's just the whole vibe that can't be explained by a name so easily. It's just there - you feel the spirit.
This year, Harry Kearney and Marie France Roy took the men's and women's pro titles and the course looked as challenging, fun and exciting as ever. What we wouldn't give to be there!
Here's another look at the event from the eyes of the Frends crew: