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Seshup X Brain Bowl 2024

New World Record at Mt Baker

A lotta boarders and a lotta boarding. Saturday at Seshup x Brain Bowl gathering in the Mt. Baker, WA backcountry.

Sometimes it all works out better than you can imagine.

Such was the case this past weekend as the Seshup and Brain Bowl combined forces in the Mt. Baker, WA backcountry for a weekend of DIY freestyle.

Many hands make for quick work; Dig, slip, send; Cali Loeb won the weekend for the women.

First, you dig. The Seshup has deep roots, back to the late ’90s, while the Brain Bowl is a newer thing, sprung from COVID lockdown necessity. Currently spearheaded by Matt Wainhouse and Tre Squad, respectively, the Seshup is a big ol’ step up jump that’s been hit every spring for nearly three decades, and Brain Bowl is a hand-dug skate park on snow that gets better every year. Both are community first affairs, and both are achieved through dedication and sweat equity.

Max Warbington representing for Tre Squad with Parker Gonnett; Matt Wainhouse has pop; Cannon Cummins pays his respects to the seshup OGs with a switch backside rodeo.

This year, the second year the two gatherings took place over the same mid-May weekend, was blessed with perfect, warm weather, and a once-every-20-years showing from that cosmic phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. After a week-long dig, Friday night brought solar flares that lit up the full night sky in greens and purples, flowing into an unprecedented weekend of boarding at the zone known as Grandma’s.

Aurora borealis in full force; Phil Hansen laid back; expert shoveler and recipient of the Ben Bilocq award, Ben Bilocq.

By the end, the official tally was 1,118 hits of the Seshup jump, with folks chucking till the end into a cratered landing. Max suggested it might be a “new world record” for most hits on a backcountry jump over a weekend. Right next to it, the riding didn’t stop till the sun went down on the Brain Bowl. Above, you’ll find a documentary of sorts—a visual story of the DIY spirit of the Pacific Northwest mountain community.

Austin Vizz through the tunnel and front flipping into the rope tow line; Hans Mindnich letting the headphones fly with a front 7 tail; Jaimee Deister all smiles and en route to Best Trick for the women. See you next year.

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