PEANUT BUTTER AND RAIL JAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA 2014
Posted by Jonny Utah on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Volcom Stone’s Peanut Butter and Rail Jam Global Championships converged upon Mammoth Mountain, CA April 19, 2014.
This year’s finale marked a decade of PBRJ Championships held in the Unbound Terrain Park giving a real indication that Volcom is certainly “True To This.” Riders from around the globe were invited to compete for their piece of the $16,500 cash purse while testing their skills against the best up and coming rail riders in the game. This truly international field of competitors traveled from many locations including Japan, Norway, France, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, and of course the United States. It is amazing to hear about the voyages made to get to this point with many unbelievable tales to be told. From canceled flights to closed mountain pass roads; these competitors would not be held back as they geared up for the day’s action to begin.
The 15 & Under Division was ready to run rampant on the custom contest site as spectators jostled for their viewing positions. Hot out of the gate, Utah’s Joey Fava got things going with a solid 50-50 boardslide on the flat down rail in zone 1, a textbook bs boardslide pretzel out on the waterfall rail in zone 2, and finished things up with a cab 270 fs blunt 270 out to the flats off the diving board rail in zone 1 that sealed the deal for 1st place. Minnesota’s Cam Kaiser had the juices flowing with tricks like his half cab tail press bs 360 out off the diving board rail in zone 1 for a rousting 2nd place. Ontario Canada’s Quinn Dubios wrapped up his season with a solid performance that included a nose press tail grab late fs 180 in zone 1 and a 50-50 boardslide 270 out that helped him into the remaining 3rd place podium position. The entire division demonstrated that snowboarding has a rich group of youth ready to take on the bounds and so called limits for years to come.
The 16 – 21 Division was now ready to get to work as they went to the top and strapped up. There was a lot of camaraderie going on before the heat as they shook out the cobwebs and pumped each other up. The excitement built quickly as Minnesota’s Eddie Fauth decided to attempt the first gap trick of the day on the massive flat down rail in zone 1 missing the apex of the rail by millimeters and stopping hearts. Hot on Eddie’s heals; Jed Sky gapped out to fs boardslide and then gap fs 270 lip. From there Jed continued to push forward with tricks like a buttered in half cab to 50-50 bs 360 out on the diving board rail impressing the judges and helping him into 1st place. Not to be outdone, Eddie Fauth came right back as he chipped away with his own gap fs boardslide in zone 3, half cab 50-50 fs 360 out in zone 1, and a gap fs 270 lip on the waterfall rail in zone 2 for 2nd place. MN’s rein would not stop there as Benny Milam hammered out the goods with a gap bs 360 50-50 bs 180 out in zone 2 and a cab 270 fs blunt 630 out in zone 1 for the 3rd place spot.
The Women’s Open Division was next to take center stage as the sun shined and the slush built up. It was apparent that the ladies weren’t messing around as we witnessed a stomped 50-50 fs 360 off the diving board rail in zone 1 that got things started off heavy. Norway’s Dina Treland came from across the pond spicing things up with some international inspired shred. She had the judges turning their heads with tricks like her half cab 50-50 boardslide combo down the waterfall rail in zone 2 that aided her 1st place standing. California’s Danika Duffy kept things tight as she pulled a half cab 50-50 bs 180 out in zone 1, 50-50 boardslide combo in zone 3, and a gap lipslide in zone 2 for the 2nd place nod. Minnesota’s Kayli Hendricks held the Midwest in the top 3 with tricks like her sw lip 270 out in zone 1, bs lip to fakie in zone 3, and a fs boardslide to fakie in zone 2 to earn a 3rd place podium position.
The Men’s Open Division was now ready to light the lamp and send this one into overtime. Each year these young men seem to out preform expectations as they charge the features with reckless abandon. We saw a vast array of tricks including a straight on up and over nollie nose press on the waterfall rail in zone 2, half cab 50-50 bs 360 50-50 fs 180 out on the flat down rail in 3, and a bs 360 50-50 fs 360 off the zone 1 diving board to name a few. Belgium’s Kevin Trammer had some serious style and a quiet killer approach. He was able to capture the title of PBRJ Global Champion with smooth bs lipslide combinations and a technical bs 180 sw 50-50 sw fs boardslide on the waterfall rail in zone 2. Mammoth local Mike Gray knows the ins and outs of the Unbound terrain park with the home field advantage. He powered through the features to bring home 2nd place with tricks like his fs blunt 450 in zone 1 and a gap out cab 270 fs boardslide 270 out on the waterfall rail in zone 2. Colorado’s John Myre had a hustle in his step demolishing the zones with tricks like his fs bluntslide 180 boardslide 270 out to the very end of the flat down rail in zone 3 obtaining 3rd place honors. All the competitors had their A game on, leaving the crowd cheering for more.
15 & Under Division 1st: Joey Fava (Utah) - $1200 2nd: Cam Kaiser (Minnesota) - $1,000 3rd: Quinn Dubios (Ontario) - $700 4th: Reid Smith (New Jersey) - $350 5th: Luke Zajac (Minnesota) - $250