Bode Merrill’s signature summer event, the Merrill Minipipe Invitational turned three this year and forty-four of the best mini-transition riders in snowboarding trekked to Mt. Hood for what has become one of the favorite contests of not only the warmer months, but the entire season. Desiree Melancon, Dustin Craven, Ozzy Henning, Scotty Arnold, Chad Otterstrom, Austen Sweetin, Garrett Warnick, Scott Blum, Alex “Littlest” Sherman, Chris Beresford, Brandon Cocard, Nate Farrell, Frank April, and more dropped into the ten-foot, digger-raked walls and put on quite the show for both judges and High Cascade campers. In the genre of pipe riding, there’s no event that yields more creative snowboarding from a wider breadth of snowboarders, making the Third Annual MMPI one of the highlights of the year. The best tricks video shows a sampling of what went down in the HCSC park on Monday, July 21 (and includes an NBD at 2:50 from Dustin Craven, plus a heck of a lot more). It’s a compilation that we’ll be watching over and over again until next year’s competition. Nice work, Bode.
Thanks to High Cascade, Salomon, Billabong, .anon, Skullcandy, Nexen Tires, the HCSC Diggers, all the riders, Matty Mo, Tim and the staff at Charlie’s, and everyone else who came together to make the Third Annual Merrill Minipipe Invitational the best one yet.
The Merrill Minipipe Invitational is part of SNOWBOARDER Summer Games. Stay tuned for more photo and video coverage from each of the Summer Games events. Nexen Tires is the official tire sponsor of the SNOWBOARDER Summer Games.