It’s easy to write off the Northeast with a simple “no one gives a fuck” but here’s what most people won’t tell you –The East Coast doesn’t give a fuck about you either. What those who call the East Coast home do give a fuck about is having the best time ever, and March 18th, 2013 at Loon, the stars aligned for the 13th annual Last Call. The sun was shining, and it was only sort of cold. The open container laws were unenforced, and the gondola line was a who’s who of snowboard semi-celebs. If you missed it, you missed out. End of story.
In the past 13 years, the dudes from Eastern Boarder have grown and shaped Last Call into the ultimate celebration of East Coast spring snowboarding. Now a well-oiled machine, it starts with a “big air” portion, moves to a rail conglomeration and then ends up on the classic wallride set up. The Loon Park crew is known for its creative set ups and this event is when everyone in New England gathers in one place to enjoy the fruits of their labor. And now, without the US Open, it’s also the biggest event of the season in the East, so that’s something.
It didn’t hurt the attendance record that the East Coast has bustling with activity this past weekend. The Lib Tech crew was still hanging around after the Near Canada Open. Forrest Burki was there with his cane and camping chair. A bunch of the O.G. Blue Lodge crew were in attendance reliving their college days and the current Plymouth State contingent, many of whom you know better as Keep the Change were going for it as well. STUMPED was in town from Mass, and the Carinthia Crew showed up to represent for Vermont, and there were probably a bunch of other people that someone cares about I’m forgetting.
As for the snowboarding itself, the name you really need to note is Tyler L’Hereux. While I’m not sure if he was drunk or not, I am sure he rode the hardest in the top two sections and was awarded with some cash for each. When the party went down on the wallride feature — an hour or so it was a free-for-all with dudes and chicks coming from every which way — Shaun Murphy was given top honors. Another notable highlight of the day was Nick Julius’s back 10 double cork, which earned him the coveted Ass Award. For most people though, this event is about friends and day drinking, so you’ll have to excuse my cloudy memory of rest of the tricks.
The day concluded with the WUSR Sub Arctic Challenge, a snowboard triathlon that includes a snowboard race, foot race, and beer shotgunning portion. Top honors when to Andrew Mutty, who may not have been the fastest drinker, but he did make it down the hill first. While there was some concern over how much of the beer ended up on his shirt vs in his stomach, the rest of the drunks really didn’t put up much of a fight, and that is pretty much the most fitting end the event.
1. Elin Tortorise
2. Mary Rand
3. Amy Gan
1. Tyler L’Heureux
2. Shaun Murphy
3. Travis Nuenhaus
And since our galleries are broken, here’s a bunch more photos, blog style! Warning: many of these captions were written under the influence of alcohol.