Heavy Metal and Handrails at BBC 2001

Pro shredders, numerous sets of breasts, and a truckload of metal bands converged on a sold-out Sierra-At-Tahoe venue for the Sixth Annual Boarding For Breast Cancer (BBC) Snowboarding And Music Festival held Saturday, April 14. Inspired by the late Monica Steward, battler of breast cancer and good friend to many in the snowboard community, the event is a fundraiser designed to increase breast-cancer awareness among the nation’s youth and collect money for breast-cancer research programs.

Janna Meyen on a rail that was sessioned more than the pipe. Photo: Sherowski

An impressive line of traffic clogged up highway 50 outside South Lake Tahoe, car hoods glistening in the spring sunshine, as hundreds of people waited patiently for a chance to ride and/or see the BBC bands—Linkin Park, Static-X, Stereomud, The Kotton Mouth Kings, Grand Theft Auto, and DJ Z Trip. By noon, the resort had sold out of lift tickets, and event officials were turning people away at the access road.

Grand Theft Auto on stage. Photo: Sherowski

Despite a great shape and ripping snow conditions, only a handful of pros ventured into the Sierra-At-Tahoe halfpipe for the VIP pipe jam—maybe because the pipe was farther away from the main festival area than in years past. But the jib park, built in the old pipe location under the bunny-hill lift, was the site of a serious handrail session. Such pros as Scotty Wittlake, Neil Goss, Jason Borgstede, and Janna Meyen braved an obstacle course of rainbows, double kinks, and pesky photographers. Everyone had hordes jib-laden fun, all in the name of charity.

Michele Taggart (and her cast) and Tina Basich.

Modart’s Keep Abreast Campaign had a booth housing plaster breast molds donated by pro riders like Michele Taggart, Tina Basich, Tricia Byrnes, Tara Dakides, and Barrett Christy. The breast molds were used as canvases for people to express their breast-cancer experiences through art. Many BBC attendees, as well as professional athletes and artists, helped decorate the molds, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for breast-cancer awareness. Even the BBC bands got in on the action, as the members of Linkin Park nabbed Michele Taggart’s set of plaster boobs and decorated them for her.

The Boarding For Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit, youth-focused organization dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, as well as fundraising for research and educational programs. For more information, you can visit BBC’s Web site at: