Last week Saturday, Cannonsburg held their annual Neff Beach Bash. This event is the last of their regular season and one of the more laid back events. The weather was decent and it was definitely warmer than last year’s. It was just warm enough to make the consequences of falling off the features into the pond tolerable.
The setup consisted of a Flat Box, Round Rail, and a Mini Step-up Jump to a Down Rail or a Down Box. These features were all at the top; then at the bottom there was a pond with a Wall Ride, Bike Rack Rail, or an Up/Down Box of your choosing to try and make it across the pond. They even had a jump so you could air over the pond, or if you were feeling really brave, they had a section cut out for a pond skim. At the bottom of the hill the last feature was the Neff Pizza wall ride.
There was a bigger crowd than I expected, but I think most of them just wanted to see people fall into the pond. Most people made it over, but some didn’t. Some got stuck half way up, which proceeded to cause a jam on the box of two or three people. This was pretty damn funny to watch.
The Mullet Chicken Crew swept the advanced snowboarding. Avery Erickson, Evan Erickson, and Jeremy Vandyke were throwing hams all day, which was no surprise. These dudes have progressed this season and I am pumped to see some of the shots they have been posting pics of. Jacob Visser was throwing down as well. He has such a clean style and can pop a massive Ollie.
Emily O’Connor, Zoë Zeerip, and Coleen Leja sealed the deal for the ladies division by not holding anything back. These girls ripped! Zoë helps run Girls Ride Too, which is a group that meets once a week at Cannonsburg to shred together and have a good time. If you’re a girl that likes to shred you should check out these ladies!
Cannonsburg has the whole event thing on lock. Alycia Choroszucha works her butt off at promoting, getting the prizes, getting the judges together, and everyone signed up. She knows most of the competitors on a first name basis, which is really cool because Cannonsburg gets a lot of competitors. Steve Cummings and the whole park crew do a top-notch job getting stuff set up and keeping it groomed in between groups of riders throughout the contest. There is a ton of planning and coordinating of a lot of people to make any event go smooth. Cannonsburg has it figured out. Watching as a spectator they make it look easy, but it is not and truly takes a team effort and I would say they have a really good team.
The season is winding down and I seem to be trying to get in as many runs in as I can. I look back and can’t believe how fast this season has gone by, but I think I say that every year. Cannonsburg has one more event left this year and that is there Jibs and Salsa on May 2nd. You should definitely go; it’s so laid back and their best event of the season.