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Volcom PBRJ at Boreal 2012 recap and photos

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Volcom PBRJ at Boreal 2012 recap and photos

words: Anders Isaacson
photos: Kyle Beckmann

Watch the video from Volcom's PBRJ at Boreal.

On Saturday, January 5th the word of the day was ‘stick’ as the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam US Tour made its way to Boreal Mountain for the first time in the ten-year history of the prestigious event.

“Did you see that guy ‘stick’ that huge transfer?” Or, “dude this peanut butter is totally ‘stuck’ to the roof of my mouth.”

Contestants traveled from as far and wide as Park City, UT, Bear Mountain, CA and New Zealand to ‘stick’ their hand in the peanut butter jar, feast on free PB&J sandwiches, hopefully take home heaps of Volcom and Electric gear, and most importantly, attempt to qualify for the $15,000 championships at Mammoth Mountain on April 20, 2013.

The morning started off with the 15 and Under Division strutting their stuff on the down box, a pole jam-down-flat tube, and a down tube. The format of the competition was simple: thre features, three judges, and twenty-five minutes to ‘stick’ your best trick on each feature. Combine your best score from each feature to get your total points for the round and the top twenty riders from each division moved on to the finals.

Almost on cue, the clouds rolled in as the finals rolled around. While the atmosphere around the venue remained upbeat and exciting, the mood of the riders turned dark – almost possessed. You think there are no friends on a pow day? Try a competition with money and Volcom gear on the line. It didn’t matter who you were, somebody was gunning for your spot on the podium, and it didn’t matter what tricks you were throwing, somebody was trying to step you up.

The action was getting so heavy that the Men’s Open Finals were extended by several minutes, as the Volcom crew couldn’t fathom putting a stop to the action. Some of the gnarlier tricks of the day included Scott Hoffman sending it off the lip of the pole jam and gapping to the down bar (a modest twenty feet), and Easton Gilman ‘sticking’ a gap 270 to flat on the kinker, which won him the “Electric Gooiest Trick of the Day.”

After the on-hill award ceremony, many of the people in attendance decided to ‘stick’ around to rub shoulders with other local and regional riders and to check out the new Woodward Tahoe, which recently opened at the base of Boreal, a mere snowball throw from the lifts.

Big thanks to everyone that helped make for an awesome day, including the staff at Boreal and Volcom and all the riders that ‘stuck’ it to judges Eric Leon, Lou Macias and Brent Oftedal and made it difficult to crown a winner! By the looks of things, the first Volcom PBRJ at Boreal Mountain was a huge success. The only casualties on the day were a broken board, a pallet of Gatorade and more jars of peanut butter than I could count; more importantly, the riders seemed pumped and had a blast!

Say “aye” if you hope the Volcom PBRJ ‘sticks’ around Boreal for years to come.

Aye!

Here are your winners:

15 and Under Division:
1st: Graham Haley
2nd: Drayden Gardner
3rd: Toby Miller
4th: Joshua Douglas
5th: Caleb Bonneville

16 and Over Division:
1st: Ryland West
2nd: Jordan Welter
3rd: Blair Esson
4th: Matty Britton
5th: Andy Blanchard

Girls Division:
1st: Naima Antolin
2nd: Lejawn Allen
3rd: Hailey Langland
4th: Tasha Sagucka
5th: Skittles Driscoll

Open Division:
1st: Patrick Lynch
2nd: Sawyer Deen
3rd: Matt Busedu
4th: Richard Koukai
5th: Jordan Wells

Electric's "Gooiest Move Of The Day":
Easton Gilman (gap 270 to flat on the kinker)

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Peanut Butter & Rail Jam: Mammoth 2012

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Peanut Butter & Rail Jam: Mammoth 2012

Inner Monologue of a Kid at the Volcom PBRJ at Mammoth

Words: Burne Carraway
Photos: Peter Morning

Here we go, first rail jam ever. Is this going to be fun? Registration seems super tense, the girl signing up right now is yelling at the people as she hands over her forms, that’s probably not going to get her anywhere. I wonder if these people are the judges. Shit I should have brought them coffees, oh well. Whoa the girl handing out the forms is really hot, I’ll flash her a smile in case she’s a judge— or single.

Alright let’s take a look at this setup, looks like a 40-foot down bar, ooh it’s round too that’s rad. Weird little bonk to dance floor, not too sure what I’ll do with that. The urban compound area looks pretty cool, I love a ledge and I love a bunch of ledges even more. WTF, one of these things is even real concrete, this is going to break people off. I bet someone’s going to frontflip off the grassy part though. Whatever I’ll just ‘boo’ him and hopefully people will join in.

OK who’s up first, open class? Perfect, I’ll watch these guys and steal ideas for tricks on the weird little bonk. These kids are good. Hard way back three on the down bar? I’m going to get embarrassed in this thing. Holy shit that kid just transferred from the ledge over to the dance floor. I’m starting to think this might be a bad idea, I better tighten my boots and go take a warm up lap.

This whole park is like a contest, every one of these kids has a number, even the girl who just fell getting off the lift. I’ll bet she does well today. Most these kids are really good though, hope they’re not in my heat.

Shit, they’re all in my heat. What are these kids wearing? Half of them look like the morning after a Halloween party at a frat house, and they all look like they belong on the Vice ‘Don’ts’. Tensions up here at the start mound are about as high as most of these kids, someone should crack a joke and lighten the mood. No way in hell am I going first, I’ll let this sucker go. Boardslide? Perfect, that’ll make this front one on, half cab off look a lot more impressive. Hiking this thing is miserable, but the contest is really fun, I just wish there was a way I didn’t have to walk. What’s next, I’ll get a spinny-tapper move on this bonk real quick. Jesus, am I the only kid here without a coach? What’s the difference between a soccer mom and snowboard coach? The coach! Heyooo they liked that one up here. Now where do I begin with these ledges? Well that kid just gapped over the close-out with a back three on, back three off. Nuts. Onto the concrete ledge too, this is getting dangerous, I’ll let this kid to do a stupid 50-50 and follow him up with a front three on. That was terrifying. Still a bunch of time left, but I think I’m tapped out for quality tricks, I’ll just ride this down bar while I have the chance. There it is! Costume kid just kid a front flip, at least a couple people joined in on the booing. At what level of snowboarding is a frontflip off a rail acceptable?

That heat flew by, I’m really glad my crappy shop sponsor talked me into doing this. Alright awards, let’s get this show on the road because the sun is going down quick. Everyone acts so cool when they win, I suppose that’s classy, otherwise the losers would feel even worse about themselves. Wow, I seriously just won this thing? Maybe all these other kids were too shocked to be excited because I’m not really sure what to do either. Actually I take that back, I’m gonna go back to the registration room and see if that cute girl with the forms wants to go to the concert at Hyde with me tonight, yeah that’s what I’ll do.

Here’s the other winners:

15 and under
1- Joshua Douglas
2- Patrick Fava
3- Judd Henkes
4- Brock Crouch
5- Matt Williams

16 and over
1- Burne Carraway
2- Plake Pascher
3- Thomas Baxter
4- Steve Lally
5- Gabe Schamberg

Girls
1- Mariah Dugan
2- Joanna Dzierzawski
3- Nirvana Ortanez
4- Danika Duffy
5- Erin McCabe

Open
1- Frank Knab
2- Scott Hoffman
3- Garrett Warnick
4- Matt Guntert
5- Jimmy Goodman

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