Video footage and edit by Trent Bona Productions. Check out more of his work @bonaproductions.

The first of four qualifying events for the First Annual Pond Skimming World Cup was a resounding success. Crested Butte’s 16th Annual Slush Huck gives locals the green light to fly their freak flags, and fly they did. The scene around the base area was equal parts festive and idyllic as a Bob Ross painting, with paragliders blissfully floating in bluebird skies around the peak. Hundreds of spectators, many in wacky-tacky flair, soaked up Vitamin D along the sidelines of the pond. The air smelled of cheap beer, Banana Boat, and cloyingly sweet breakfast fare from the Waffle Cabin. Spectators cheered for a slice of bacon and a Jerry Bear, then chortled as a participant grazed the water in a neon green banana hammock. Much snickering ensued as a snowboarder in bunny ears fell to the snow four times on the run-in to the booter, chaffing his bare knees. "Have another beer!" someone hollered. Announcers Caleb Weinberg and Ron Pankey provided droll commentary. "Uh oh…drowning." "Penguin down." "That's dry hair right there." Erin English

In the end, female champ Wendy Fisher and male champion TJ Hamilton earned berths into the Pond Skimming World Cup May 23 at Sunshine Village, Alberta, for the the Slush Cup. But three more pond skimming events will take place before the grand finale:

  • Qualifier Number Two: Springfest Pond Skim, April 17, Stevens Pass, WA
  • Qualifier Number Three: Pond Skim, April 16, Big Sky, MT
  • Qualifier Number Four: Cushing Crossing, April 16, Squaw Valley, CA

  • For more info on how to punch your ticket to the World Cup May 23 at Sunshine Village, Alberta, click here.