Snowboarding Industry Rallies To Support Pat Malendoski
Keep On Paddling Benefit Friday, Apr. 24, 2015
One of the most prolific and well-known park builders in snowboarding's history, Pat Malendoski is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor and the snowboarding community is rallying to give support. This Friday's Keep On Paddling event, (the title was inspired by a message that Pat received from friend and surf legend Gerry Lopez), will include a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Malendoski family. It will be held at Legum Design, 922 NW Bond St., Bend, OR. Donations can also be made through Pat’s Go Fund Me page.
"Pat Malendoski has been instrumental in creating the greatest stages halfpipe riding has ever known," Snowboarder Magazine said recently, "from the US Open to the Olympic Games, Pat has created the transitions that consistently took snowboarding to new heights." Malendoski gained worldwide notoriety for building the 2002 Olympic Halfpipe in Salt Lake City, Utah, which Americans Ross Powers, Danny Kass, and JJ Thomas used to sweep the podium on home turf. The visionary builder's creations have also been on display at just about every major snowboarding event from The Burton US Open to Snowboarder's Superpark. Outside of the content scene, Malendoski’s popularity and ability to work with top athletes has created high demand for his services on company photo shoots and special projects. Closer to his home in Oregon, Malendoski has been building the parks and maintaining the pipe at High Cascade Snowboard Camp since 1997, helping the world's top competitors train and giving riders of all levels the perfect playground to progress. "It's never been a business just to do business," he says about his work, "it's always been about making stuff to give the riders a better experience."
"Keep paddling, brother, it's just another set. You're caught inside but have been there before… hang on, make the duck dives, focus on each stroke and try to hold position. Eventually the set will pass and there will be a lull, then you can paddle back to the lineup and laugh about it." – Gerry Lopez’s message to Pat Malendoski
Proceeds from The Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge, taking place this Saturday (Apr. 25th) at Mt. Bachelor, will also go toward funding Pat and his family.