One thing about Juneau athletes, they come in all ages, shapes and sizes and are up for a challenge.
That sentiment was acknowledged by Sunday’s Slush Cup announcers Beth Weigel and Katie Bausler who seemed to have a bit more information and a very detailed background check, of each athlete in the end-of-season event at Eaglecrest. The theme of this year’s Slush Cup was “Spring Fling” and forty-four competitors made an effort to cross the freezing pond water. Only seven actually made it across the pond, including third contestant, skier Dan Ord who finished with a 360 and showed he did not need to wear his oragne oilskins, fourth skier Pat Shanley who balanced atop one ski at times, and the final contestant, snowboarder Philip Moser who picked up a few phone numbers along the way (according to the announcers).
In between a virtual outdoors commercial of competitors got wet, including someone who should know every inch and pool on the mountain, Matt Cordelia Lillard. He was followed into the drink by Brian Vandor, who lost control of his Fat-ypus’ skis and wore them on his hands at the end.
Dylan Stuart’s Go-Pro Helmet Cam turned out instead to be a large pink flamingo. Kent Hart, Trevor Smith, Kit Cummins, Torsten Ernst and Brian Lieb got wet.
Good buddies Kemper Hart, Addie Pressing, Riley Crocker, Noelle D and Cian Fraley-Hart represented the 11-year-old crowd with five straight wipeouts and it was announced that Pressing keeps getting closer to that opposite end of the pool as she gets a year older each Slush Cup. Lucy Squibb won the beauty, spring dress and talent portions of the pool as she easily rode the chilly waters through to the end and tossed out a beach ball that got in her way.
Cheryl Fellman, well, she fell in the first quarter. Charlie Moline showed us why water snowboarders should not wear cut off blue jean shorts. A pink bunny was spotted, and so were Ben Ing Jr., Matt Callahan and Quinn Zahasky.
Riley Moser cheated by jumping at least half of the pool, but paid for it with an awesome plunge near the finish. Marc Wheeler’s blonde curls and white pearls took the plunge. Bruce Griggs went the distance and leapt out the other side, while Jojo Griggs purple people suit was eaten up near the finish by a mean plastic shark. Fritz Moser splashed and Ben Ing Sr. and Salix Woodgate, and Katie, Cam and Jubal Skaggs kept it all in the family with a series of tumbles. Batman failed to save himself, let along the city. Will Blanc dunked and Colm Conneen was carried from the slush. Ron Flint was a bit top heavy and went head over heels over his bikini. Kaelin Quigley’s red cape soared, and plummeted. Hiram Henry’s survival suit was needed, possibly by Nate Ord who walked out the far side on his skis. Carlton Heine went old school telemark ski and Harrison Bibb went new school snowboard, but both were schooled in the icy water. Eva Goering face-planted and Sam Marchant fanny-dove and Captain Scurvy sailed across. Carleton was graceful in defeat. Brenden Okins found a dry spot on the bank to rest his sodden snowboard and watch P. Moser surf to the other side.
The event could not, literally, be held without the helpful pond rescue team of Alice Edwards, Sean Edwards and Quinn Smith who jumped in repeatedly to aid those who fell short of the other side of the pool.
Judging the lot for form, function and feats of daring do were Jake Quarstad, Lorene Palmer, Kirk Duncan and Matt Miller (who has judged every Slush Cup to date). Tallying their point totals was Barb Lindh.
Slush Cup Results:
First Place – ANDREW “CAPTAIN SCURVY” CAMPBELL. First place prizes: Taku Lodge Feast & 5-Glacier Seaplane Discovery for 2 from Wings Airways, $25 Gift Certificate to El Sombrero Restaurant, Eaglecrest T-Shirt from the Eaglecrest Retail Shop, and two tickets Discover Southeast Dinner and Auction
Second Place – BRUCE GRIGGS. Prizes: 5-Glacier Seaplane Exploration for 2 from Wings Airways (valued at $410), $25 Gift Certificate to El Sombrero Restaurant, and Eaglecrest Travel Mug from the Eaglecrest Retail Shop.
Third Place – LUCY SQUIBB. Prizes: Whale-watching tour for 2 from Allen Marine Tours and Eaglecrest Travel Mug from the Eaglecrest Retail Shop.
Biggest Splash – HIRAM HENRY. Prizes: $20 Gift Certificate to Rockwell and Eaglecrest car window sticker.
Best Costume – RON FLINT. Prizes: $20 Gift Certificate to Rockwell and Eaglecrest car window sticker.
Crowd Pleaser – JUBAL SKAGGS. Prizes: $20 Gift Certificate to Rockwell and Eaglecrest car window sticker.
Longest Distance – DAN ORD. Prizes: $20 Gift Certificate to Rockwell and Eaglecrest car window sticker.
Least Distance – KEMPER HART. Prizes: $20 Gift Certificate to Rockwell and Eaglecrest car window sticker.
Those who chose not to start included: Richard Jim, Ronan Davies, Dirty Ray, Noah Jenkins, Jasper McNaughton, Amanda Compton, Brandon Sorel and Oliver Janata. The Slush Cup was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to a leak in the pool but, as the announcers told those watching, “No one leaks in the pool.”