9TH ANNUAL DIRKSEN DERBY
The Dirksen Derby has become an annual ritual for me to kick-off the snowboard season and reunite with friends for some fun and competition and this year, a few feet of fluffy powder!!!
The Derby is a one-of-a-kind event that includes a 'broken board' art auction/kick-off party, a snowboard rally race that consists of two 30 second banked slalom courses, a film-fest and a few dubious after-parties in downtown Bend. It is a truly special weekend that brings the snowboard, splitboard and sit-ski communities together for a hell of a good time. Josh Dirksen, a well-known pro-rider from Bend, hosts the event every year at Mt. Bachelor to raise money and stoke for Tyler Eklund, who was injured several years ago in a national snowboarding competition. The accident paralyzed Tyler from the shoulders down, leaving him wheelchair bound and causing him to use a ventilator to breathe, yet he has managed to live with soul and charisma ever since. Proceeds from the race, auction, film fest and Derby sale items are divided between the Tyler Eklund fund and Oregon Adaptive Sports.
This year, the stoke was high, with a winter snow storm in FULL effect. I was pretty stoked too, to qualify for the first time for finals! Though my head cold kicked my butt the day of the race, I was as proud as ever to be part of this event. Time spent with this group of talented artists and shredders is always a highlight of my year, and will be for many years to come.
Day 1 - practice & pow play
Kick-off Party/broken board art auction
Day 3 - Finals, Storm Riding & Hot Toddies
Thanks to Josh and Fabienne Dirksen, the Beaulieu's, and evo for sponsoring the best and biggest Derby yet and big thanks to Adam Haynes for another amazing Derby Poster creation!
Click here for official Derby race results.