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Dirksen Derby Recap 2022

Snowboarding has evolved a lot since its invention over 50 years ago. Equipment and style changes have come and gone, and quad corks are commonplace. We can't even count the number of kinks in the current handrails being hit. However, one thing remains constant; the art of turning. In Tactics team rider Josh Dirksen’s storied snowboarding career, he has led the way in style and trick selection since the 90’s. Through all the accolades and video parts, Josh remains a student of the turn (we would say the master of the turn). The Dirksen Derby pays homage to the simple acts of snowboarding that make everyone from beginners to big name pros realize why they love snowboarding in the first place. Dirksen Derby 15 went down December 16-18th at Mt. Bachelor, and was a celebration of friends, turning, and snowboarding. 

Early season snow and continued cold temps leading up the Derby 15 made for some dry packed powder and sunny skies. We can’t remember the last Derby that the sun was in sight, but the 500+ boarders at Mt Bachelor were certainly taking advantage of the visibility on Friday’s practice day. In between practice runs, locals and weekend warriors could be seen flying off of side hits and natural features that litter the active volcano. Low tide conditions at Bachelor always provide us with some unique features, but watch out for rocks and vent holes! 

Friday night capped off with a poster pickup party at Tactics Bend. The shop was full of positive energy, as old friends reunited and new friends dapped up. Free beers from BBC were going down a little too easy, and the eclectic group of snowboarders eventually migrated to local watering hole Cascade West. The party continued well into the wee hours of the night, and we can only imagine how many side wagers were placed on head-to-head race times and who would take home some glory during the weekend ahead.

Day one kicked off with more sun. Crisp Central Oregon air nipped at the nostrils as racers awaited their turn to drop. We have seen the video parts, Natural Selection, and contest campaigns, but it is always a treat to see pro snowboarders race on a level playing field to prove who is the most fundamentally sound. Some notable racers included Jared Elston, Gabe Ferguson, Desiree Melancon, Marissa Krawczak, Marie France-Roy, Jeremy Jones, Ben Ferguson, Austin Smith, Nils Midnich, Phil Jaques, and DCP. The list goes on… 

Saturday night was a continuation of the fun and comradery. Our own Max Warbington hosted a video premier in a large tent behind Bend Brewing Co and it was packed to the gills! He premiered the latest video from Tre Squad in conjunction with Gnu Snowboards, and Bend local Garrett Warnick showed his latest project. Let’s just say the snowboard scene is alive and well in Bend Oregon. You had to be there to feel the energy in that room, not to mention Max is a damn wizard on a snowboard and his video parts always bring out the hoots and hollers. Naturally everyone ended up back at Cascade West. It was standing room only, and smelled like the inside of a boot. Jared and Gabe held it down until closing time and still placed in the race (scroll down for results)

Sunday got serious. Mobile tuning benches, spray on wax, and drill powered buffers were being used by racers in the woods above the course. The wax nerds were out, and bragging rights were on the line. More amazing snowboarding went down, and when runs were done there were plenty of party laps to be had. Mt Bachelor is a very special place. We want to thank all the sponsors who helped make Dirksen Derby 15 one for the books, and Josh for his non-stop commitment to the snowboarding community and beyond. $27k was raised this year for a group of charities, for a grand total of $300k since 2007. Needless to say, we already can't wait for next year!


Elite Men:

Nils Mindnich

Jared Elston

Gabe Ferguson


Elite Women:

Marie-France Roy

Colleen Quigley

Zeia Rose



Jason Walker

Devon Raney

Michael Bannister



Anna Soens

Gabriel Rousseau

Carl Burnett



Marsh Amber


Bolder & Wiser Women’s:

Megan Pischke

Kellie Wright Whitlock

Carey Lewis McQ


Older & Wiser Men’s:

Jason Loeb

JD Platt

Dave Sypniewski


Classic Men’s:

Adam Haynes

Chauncey Sorenson

Justin Mooney

Classic Women’s:

Jessica Dalpiaz

Sandra Sperry

Amy Eichner


Gentle Men’s:

Chad Cremers

Cale Meyer

Cobi Harloff


Gentle Women’s:

Teddi Whillans

Becky Stevenson

Jaimee Desiter


Grom Boys:

Cass Jones

Henry Hawkins

Elliot Dishman


Grom Girls:

Lily Dhawornvej

Lilah Short

Lily Aoki


Mid Men’s:

Cole Valles

Milo Malkoski

Kevin Nolan


Mid Women’s:

Virginia Regan

Noelle Edwards

Devyn Schnake


Mini Shred Boys:

Jonah Ingersoll

Cru Stevenson



Mt Bachelor



Hydro Flask

Sno Planks


Crab Grab

North Drinkware



Parilla Grill



Protect Our Winters

Oregon Adaptive Sports

Democracy Engine


Central Oregon Avalanche Association

Snowdays Foundation

The Wilderness Society


The National Forest Foundation 

Tyler Eklund 

The Walker family and

The Ortega family.