So-Gnar's Mighty Midwest Snowboard Camp Tour and Shred Circuit terrain-park competition kicks off this weekend at Echo Mountain with an amateur contest on Saturday at 9 a.m. ($20) and a two-day camp on Saturday and Sunday for snowboarders looking to improve their freestyle skills ($179 includes lift tickets, instruction, and entry fee; $129 for Echo passholders).
"We're starting and ending on home turf this year," says So-Gnar co-founder Pat Milbery, who will take his show on the road for a twelve-stop tour before the Shred Circuit finals at Winter Park on April 7. "The Shred Circuit's meant to be a mid-level, pressure-free event where people can bring their crew out, get weird and have fun. We wanted to get away from that soccer-mom-driven mentality we were starting to see in other amateur contests and get back to something more like riding with your friends and having fun."
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Winners from each of the Shred Circuit contests will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals, where they'll be paired with one of thirteen invited pros in a pro/am team competition. "Who knows? The ams could be showing up the pros," says Milbery. "These young riders out there are hungry." For registration and more information, visit www.so-gnar.com.
Dec. 10-11, 2011