Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom 2013

The Mervin family converged at the 28th Annual Mt. Baker Banked Slalom this past weekend, and was honored to take part in this longest running snowboarding contest, an annual bro-nado, board tech-out, rider head-trip race extravaganza! 


Photos by Tim Zimmerman

The whole Mervin team; riders, legends, kraftsmen, demo tenters, handplant builders, chefs, musicians, MC’s, lensmen, and team leader Pete Saari made this year one of the most Bitchin’, Weird, Wild, and Magical Banked Slaloms ever!!  Mervin highlights include:

  • Lib Tech’s Jason Robinson took 3rd place in the Pro Men’s Division earning Duct Tape Bronze on his 158 Darker Series C3 BTX!  J-Rob also won the hand-plant contest at the Salmon Bake on Saturday night!!  The Banked Slalom was J-Rob’s all around throw down!!
  • Gnu’s Barrett Christy Cummins took 3rd place in the Women’s Pro-Masters Division earning Duct Tape Bronze on her Beauty C3 BTX!
  • Lib Tech’s Jamie Lynn was bestowed the Craig Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award Totem! Jamie also finished 10th place in the Pro Masters division on his signature Phoenix C3 BTX!
  • Lib Tech’s Travis Rice finished in 6th place on his T.Rice C2 BTX earning his very first Mt. Baker Banked Slalom Pendleton Blanket!
  • Gnu’s Temple Cummins added to his extensive collection of Banked Slalom awards and Pendleton blankets with a 9th place finish on his Billy Goat C3 BTX!
  • The Groms in the Next Generation Division dominated on Mervin Boards; Isabella Gomez on her B-Nice BTX beat all the boys!! Keala Cole came in 2nd on his T.Rice BTX Mini!
  • Mervin Kraftsmen Sweep!!  Mike Olson, Founder of Mervin and Jeff Henderson hand-crafted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the Pro Divisions; Lib Tech Waterboards with custom Mt. Baker Banked Slalom raven graphics!  Lib Tech Kraftsmen also made custom raven-headed Bird-Man snowboards for hand-plant contest prize! All the winners were beyond stoked!!
  • Jesse Burtner and Krush win best MC’s! The Salmon Bake hand-plant contest was a huge hit!
  • All the riders win just for surviving the Banked Slalom, as it’s a true test of MENTAL strength and endurance!



Edit by Tim Stanford


Banked Slalom Three Part Interview Web Edit: Racers share with Mervin their Banked Slalom Rivalries, Rituals, and Results Reflections.
Part 1: Rivalries

Part 2: Rituals

Part 3: Results

Edit by David Kiker, Jenell Turner interviewer



3rd Jason Robinson – Lib Tech Darker Series C3 BTX 158
6th Travis Rice – Lib Tech T.Rice C2 BTX
9th Temple  Cummins –  Gnu Billy Goat C3 BTX
12th Blair Habenicht – Lib Tech TRS (Narrow) XC2 BTX

6th Shannan Yates – Lib Tech Phoenix Series C2 BTX
7th Kari Hoss – Lib Tech
8th Danielle Davis – Gnu B-Pro C2 BTX

4th Jason Loeb – Lib Tech Attack Banana EC2 BTX
5th Dave Sypniewski – Gnu Billy Goat C2 BTX
6th Tim Carlson – Lib Tech La Nina C1 BTX
7th Monty Hays – Lib Tech
10th Jamie Lynn – Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix Series C3 BTX
14th Matt Cummins – Lib Tech La Nina C1 BTX

3rd Barrett – Gnu Beauty C3 BTX
5th Megan Pischke – Gnu B-Pro C3 BTX
6th Amy Jo – Gnu Beauty C3 BTX

1st Isabella Gomez – Gnu B-Nice BTX
2nd Keala Cole – Lib Tech T.Ripper C2 BTX

1st Hank Kennedy
5th Matteo Soltane – Lib Tech T-Ripper C2 BTX

1st Tanya Simonson – Gnu B-Pro C2 BTX
4th Maggie Vogt – Gnu B-Pro C2 BTX

8th Adam Haynes – Gnu Eco-Genetics C2 BTX

1st OX – Gnu Billy Goat C2 BTX
2nd Mike Cummins – Lib Tech TRS C2 BTX
3rd Erick Vines – Gnu Billy Goat C2 BTX
7th Waylon Edwards – Lib Tech
8th Krush – Lib Tech Skunk Ape C2 BTX
13th  Tim Stanford aka Stantech – Lib Tech La Nina C1 BTX


Congratulations to all!  Thank you Mt. Baker!!

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