Re-cap: Big White Kinky Rail Jam
The 2nd ever Big White stop of the Rugged Riders Kinky Rail Jam series went down the weekend of March 19th and 20th after much anticipation from the local shred community.
Saturday morning began with goody bags and a warm-up circle in the village led by coach extraordinaire Megan. The snow was dumping heavily as the girls rode through the fresh pow of Easter Bowl on their way to the private Rugged Riders jib park. It was hard not to want to slash the powder all day, but at least the new snow made for nice soft landings as everyone practised a variety tricks with help from the female coaches. Exhausted and ready for a nap session, everyone finished the day claiming their new tricks and looking forward to day two – jam contest day!
Mother Nature must have felt a bit of remorse for the foggy weather she brought us at last year’s Big White KRJ contest, so this time around she decided to grace us with blue skies and warm sun! The hike up to the top of our private setup was enough of a workout to have some girls in their shirts and sunnies, and the beats blasting from the Burton tent made it a perfect jam day. The beginner category jammed first and showed off their newly-acquired skills from Saturday’s clinic. The two youngest competitors, Mica (13) and Kayla (12) perfected their swivels on the flat-down box and seemed to make people think they were much older than they actually are! The intermediate category brought tons of progression to their jam, and everyone was stoked to cheer their friends on. Advanced riders had a nice quiet morning of riding and practicing, but when it came down to their jam, all of the riders put their game faces on and threw DOWN! Shayna Goodwin stomped a crazy variety of switch-ups and spins on and off the different features, which earned her 1st place – walking away with some cashmoney and a 2011 Burton Lipstick!
MOST RUGGED BAIL
MOST RUGGED TRICK
Zuzy Rocka (Honourable Mention – Christine Sherrington)
VIDEO IS NOW ONLINE, CHECK THE BLOG! Thanks to Chris Smylski and the Big White park and events crew, coaches Christine Sherrington and Megan Purnell, judges Baylan and Jeremy, Kezia and Chantza, Hutch and Nick from Deviate Boardshop, Kelsey and Kat from Island Snow, and every girl who came out to ride hard!
The Kinky Rail Jam series is sponsored by BURTON, VANS, SBCWomen.com, Matix, DVS, Dialogue Headwear; sanctioned with Women in Snowboarding and BC Snowboard Association.
All photos by: Free Bird Photography