Snowboard Iskola

Long ago, the snowboarding-intoxicated minds of a few magazine editors in the Northeast dreamed up a king- and queen-making event of legendary proportions. A behemouth quarterpipe would be erected at Waterville Valley, calling all snowboarders with a penchant for pinning it to New Hampshire's White Mountains in search of ample airtime and limitless glory.

It was called The World Quarterpipe Championships—World Quarters, for short—and it was rooted in the kind of dirtbag, DIY ethos that doesn't merely crown yearly champions, but builds generational legends.

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World Quarters existed in New England for handful of years, its reputation larger than even its transition. Then it went away. Then it briefly came back. And then it went away again.

But the legends remained. And a few years ago, Slush the Magazine revived the fabled event, centering it around a perfectly built quarterpipe, a great equalizer of edge control and nerves of steel. At the end of the season, the most air-aware pros have gathered at Mammoth, convening at the top of the run-in and letting loose in a no-holds-barred contest to cap off winter. Because The World Quarterpipe Championships is mainly about having a good time on one of snowboarding's foundational favorites, the QP.

Next week, World Quarters returns to Mammoth and snowboarders of all stripes will make their way to Unbound to drop in. Yuki Kadono won in 2023. Who will add their name to the list of champions this year? 

Here's the recap from last year: