On Friday, December 14th, Dew Tour hosted the Gerhard Gross Memorial Banked Slalom where snowboarders were able to donate $50 to the Gross family and become eligible to compete for a Korua Shapes snowboard.

An influential figure in the action sports industry, Gerhard passed away in August, after a 20-month fight with gastric cancer. He worked at TEN for over seven years with a focus on snowboarding, ending his career as Dew Tour’s content director.

2016 Dew tour; Gerhard talking to pro snowboarder Ben Ferguson. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

Dew Tour’s Vice President and General Manager Adam Cozens told us: “Gerhard was loved by many and especially by the Dew Tour team. Having the banked slalom in his name was a huge honor for all of us. And one we hope to make an annual event. I think he would have been proud to see this year’s event and the modified courses, as it was part of his dream, too.”

Our friends at TransWorld SNOWboarding who have known him personally and professionally for quite some time told us, “His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further and to send it a little deeper.”

The energy that Gerhard brought to those around him was harnessed at the banked slalom last Friday. Nearly 50 snowboarders came together alongside Gerhard’s lovely wife Kris and son Gerhard IV, as each rider gave the little guy knuckles and then dropped in.

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Gerhard’s wife and son, Kris and Gerhard IV Gross. Photo: Courtesy of Jamie Walter

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One of the Dew Tour photographers getting ready for take-off after setting his camera down. Photo: Courtesy of Jamie Walter

Later that day, winners of the men’s and women’s slalom were awarded snowboards after a tribute at the TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll. The evening’s host Eddie Wall shared that Korua Shapes was Gerhard’s favorite, so what better way to award his memorial slalom than with his favorite boards.

All around, the event paid tribute and remembrance to a talented snowboarder and human, and – much like Gerhard and his legacy – served to connect our community.

A round of applause and a collective cheers to his life – at the 2018 TransWorld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Photo: Courtesy of Chris Wellhausen

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