Last Sunday I attended the renowned Super Fun Park event that takes place yearly at Nubs Nob resort. Usually this event marks the end of the season for Nubs, but with the way it looks up there they will only close because of business technicalities not a lack of snow.
I don’t really feel like writing this article how I typically would. I will, of course, divulge details and statistics in an almost verbally athletic fashion, but I don’t want to do my boys here an injustice by producing a mechanical review of their event. They didn’t produce a mechanical event so it’s the least I can do.
It’s no secret that I hold this place in high regards. To be perfectly honest, it’s not even Nubs that I hold so near and dear, but the friends I have made and the people I have met there. Sure, at any given time they have a brilliant terrain park and fantastic snow conditions, but I guess I really don’t give a fuck. I’ve openly discussed how I hate the typical egotistical hipster shred that only pretends to be mellow and friendly because its what’s cool, but at a moments notice will shit on your zeach and talk shit about your outfit. A lot of the most talented kids that I have met are exactly this way. When I first started going to Nubs, after seeing the level of riding, I only assumed that the amazing and friendly people I was in contact with were actually smug fuckfaces only appeasing me for the duration of my stay so I wouldn’t verbally abuse them on the site. My first trip there I spent a lot of time looking and listening. To this day I joke of that visit with the Nubs dudes. It was miserable. I have never ever been so cold in my life. I was down filled, Ninja-suited, and gore-texed to death. I wanted to take my own life after ten minutes. However, the event was awesome and I quickly discovered that 99% of those dudes were the solid, super nice people that they seemed.
The reason I told this semi-personal, slightly dramatic story is because this is what you get from John Curtis and crew. Sure you get a banger park, a banger event with banger riding, but you also get realness and that is what I love most about Nubs. This season, from my adventures at Nubs, I have gained something called a Doug, adopted two semi-Canadian children named Noah and Kle’, befriended an actual Canadian named Dan, made friends (at least on my part) with one of my favorite riders in the state named Charlie and last but not least a dude whose opinions I respect, views I agree with, and physical ailments I share… John Curtis.
Super Fun Park was just that; a super fun park, but for me it was more about having a chance to hang with my dudes for probably the last time of the season. I rode the setup for about an hour despite the nasty black goo I managed to build up on the base of my board from riding my home resort in it’s meltdown stage which made metal sliding extra sketchy. That was a bummer, but I didn’t really give a shit. I took some runs and traded my board for a few drinks and shot the shit for the better part of the event with my homies!
So that I remember to actually do a review let me get to this… the setup was rad. There was something for everyone and some of the features were very unique without hitting that “mad scientist” status that I am always pretty ‘meh’ about. It was burly in parts, it was easy in parts, but most of all it was nothing but fun! Numerous mini contests existed through out the event all with their own individual sponsors. Some of them I understood, some I did not, but what I can tell you for sure is that there was some killer fuckin snowboarding. Snowboards, outerwear and high-end swag were all given away, but somehow in some way a poor kid ended up going home with a mullet. He actually won. I don’t know how that worked, but it was hilarious. John Curtis affectionately took the clippers away from Charlie who seemed intent on giving the kid a Joe Dirt cut. John managed to send him off with probably the most professionally done mullet ever. I remember someone saying to the poor kid “you’re lucky man those guys just wanted to hurt you, John’s taking his time”. To add insult to injury the poor guy had three cameras in his face the entire time. He didn’t care much though he was having a blast.
Super Fun Park was awesome and should be considered a huge success by the peeps that invested so much time into it. A hundred and something people showed up to take part in the event. Most of them pretty recognizable names in the Mitten shred game. Many a hammers were dropped to say the least. It was a super rad fuckin time! I don’t know if it will be my last day of snowboarding…so far it has been and if it ends up being so, it was a worthy finish. The handful of friends I made up there has been one of the best rewards I have received for starting this project. That alone has made MichiganBoarder worthwhile for me. Nubs has treated me very well and has supported the MB project more than anyone. I can’t thank them enough for their support. I have to say that the Nubs crew really, truly, undoubtedly is totally… bout that lyfe!
Nub’s season isn’t over, do yourself a favor and go up there before it’s closed…ya heard!
Photography: Jon Mollema