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Holy Bowly 2014

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Japan meets 'Merica

Photograph By Words: John Rodosky ~ Photos: Tim Zimmerman

The art of riding snowboards through skatepark-like bowls carved out of snow originated in Japan, with the Gentemstick crew, who first started holding bowl riding "sessions" back in 2008. Inspired by the phenomenon, Lib Tech created the "Holy Bowly," which has been held in Japan for the past two years.

The event made its U.S. debut at Park City Mountain Resort this past week. Lib Tech's event specialist Krush Kulesza and Park City terrain park manager Jeremy Cooper teamed up to bring riders a course that looked more like a frozen skatepark than something made with snow-sports in mind.

It's hard to define what the Holy Bowly is. It's not exactly an event, and it's definitely not a contest. The most accurate description I heard came from Kuleza himself: "The Holy Bowly is an international gathering of creativity and flow."