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20th Annual Longboard Classic

The 'Woodstock of Snowboarding' celebrated its 20th year

“Snowboarding is dead.” We’ve all heard people say it, maybe we’ve even said it ourselves after some snotty little turd snakes our line so he can suitcase method off the knuckle as the sun glistens off his Ruroc helmet. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. A shining beacon of light nestled in the Arlberg. It’s the Longboard Classic- an event harking back to the golden age of snowboarding, back when the quad cork was but a distant pipe dream, and the only action cams were VCR’s duct taped to ski poles.

The Longboard Classic was created in 1999 when legend in the game Paul Gruber decided he wanted to get all his friends together to have a day shredding in the same place. And so, the LBC was born and had its inaugural year.  This year was the 20th anniversary and was the biggest event yet, with 560 riders, from as young as 6, strapping in and taking on the course. The course itself covers 1000m of elevation, and the riders head down Albona and ride the whole way into Stuben.

 “The golden age of snowboarding, back when the quad cork was but a distant pipe dream, and the only action cams were VCR’s duct taped to ski poles”

PC: Jochen Bauer

The riders are split into 3 categories, Masters, Old School and No School with top 3 finishers in each category claiming the glory. Those participating in the Masters category must be using a board longer than 172cm or 162cm for women. Old Schoolers must be using a board from 1990 or older, and No Schoolers can be using any board they want to. A ‘Chinese Downhill’ mass start is the format, and the riders are charged with getting down to the bottom before the rest of the crowd. People flock to Stuben from all over to take part in this legendary event,  Gigi Ruf, Terry Kidwell, and Serge Dupraz are just a few of the big names that partake in the event.

For full results, visit the Longboard Classic website, and if it sounds like your cup of tea, the details of next years event have been released. 18th April 2020- mark it down in your calendars because you’re not gonna wanna miss this.

The Longboard Classic is an event that celebrates the heart of snowboarding, it pays homage to the spirit that ignites people to start riding in the first place. Snowboarding is very much alive and kicking, and it’s events like this that keep its gnarled old heart beating. No prize money, no energy drink sponsors, just a bunch of people racing their friends downhill because why the hell not?

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