Volcom’s Global Peanut Butter And Rail Jam Championships introduced a mainline of youth that will one day rule the snowboard world on Saturday April 18, 2015 at Mammoth Mountain, CA.
Competitors gathered around for a riders meeting and a group photo before the festivities began.
The PBRJ tour has once again hit a milestone as it celebrates its 15th year of letting the kids ride free. This heavily contested event showcases the best rail riders on the planet as they converge and test their skills against one another. The Mammoth Mountain Unbound crew did a fantastic job of creating options that tested both the mental and physical skills of each rider once again. Their take on a 3-zone set up consisted of a 25 stair set with a concrete creeper down-flat-down ledge, a massive wallride, a creeper rail, a down rail, and a triple drop concrete ledge in zone 1. Zone 2 housed a quadruple kink rail. A 20 stair down rail with donkey on one side with a creeper flat down rail and a metal skate pyramid to chest high down square tube in zone 3. The slew of incredibly trickable features allowed everyone the options they needed to showcase their skills. There was a mind-melting amount of hard way, switch, and gap tricks that were hard to comprehend yet kept the crowd cheering for more. These riders had to dig deep to see who would end the day with their part of the $17,000 cash purse and the title of 2015 Global PBRJ Champion!
Cooper Whittier was a crowd favorite the entire day. He was riding with such insane prowess and smiling the entire time. Here he blasts a floated bs lipslide from the metal skate pyramid on the backside of this rail in zone 3. It was one of our favorite tricks we saw all day long.
Drayden Gardner locks into a fs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 360 out on the sizeable 25 stair set in zone 1. He had no shortage of technicality throughout as he captured 3rd place in the 15 & Under Division.
Judd Henkes musters up the strength to fs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 360 out of this neck high rail, at least to him, in zone 3. Judd continued to impress with smooth unforced style in all zones to become the 2015 Peanut Butter and Rail Jam Champion in the 15 & Under Division.
Zach Zajac centers out this cab 270 fs boardslide in zone 1. His no holds barred ripping pushed him into 3rd place in the 16 – 21 Division.
Eli Lamm sending a gap fs boardslide in zone 3 that nearly destroyed him on his first attempt. We gave him “Dancing With The Devil” award for staying in one piece.
Garrett McKenzie flexed this tail press to the end of the quad kink and finishes with a fs 360 out in zone 2. He also landed a notable bs 360 50-50 fs 180 out on the long 25 stair rail in zone 1.
Jake Colman left an impression on the judges with this gap hw 270 bs lip to the last down of the quad kink in zone 2. The East Coast powerhouse continued to dominate in all 3 zones in order to claim global PBRJ victory in the 16 – 21 Division.
Ivika Jürgenson settles into a fs 180 switch nose press down the 25 stair set in zone 1. She battled the other features a little bit but in the end pulled through with a solid performance no doubt.
Volcom’s Elena Hight was hyped to see Missy McAlpin’s no comply bs boardslide through the quad kink in zone 2. Missy earned the “Wild Style” award after landing it before time ran out.
Mariah Dugan takes the path less traveled as she hits the creeper rail in zone 3 with a 50-50 bs 180 out. She also hit the zone 1 creeper rail with a bs 50-50 fs 360 out and the zone 2 quad kink rail with a massive gap lipslide to solidify the top stop in the Girls Division.
Pizza, Cookies, Rev'd Bars, and PB+J's provided smiles and good times for all.
The kids went nuts as they sounded the horns and splashed through the natural pond skim during lunch!
Buzz Holbrook fired off this method lipslide to the last down of the quad kink and gap bs 450’d to fs board too. He was rocking and rolling throughout the finals to receive a brand new Fender Stratocaster for his efforts.
Jed Sky landed a plethora of tricks throughout the day including this perfect sw bs lipslide on the tall square tube in zone 3, a half cab nose press bs 360 out on the quad kink in zone 2, and a hw fs 360 bs 50-50 gapped to the 3rd drop of the concrete waterfall ledge in zone 1.
Samm Neumann hits the Electric California pommel horse feature with a bs 180 sw 50-50 sw bs 270 in to collect the $1000 bounty of “Gooyest Move of the Event.”
Mike Skiba shows proper form on this hw 270 bs lipslide to regular on the down rail in zone 2. Mike knows that the little things standout and the judges took notice of his exit.
Jed Sky landed a plethora of tricks throughout the day including this perfect sw bs lipslide on the tall square tube in zone 3, a half cab nose press bs 360 out on the quad kink in zone 2, and a hw fs 360 bs 50-50 gapped to the 3 drop of the concrete waterfall ledge in zone 1.
Matt Shaffer has a knack for doing the unfathomable when it comes to spinning into rails. Here he gaps a fakie fs 270 boardslide to the last portion of the quad kink in zone 2.
16-Year-Old Benny Milam entered the Open/AM Division to challenge himself and see what he could do riding against the big dogs. He must have out grown his kennel early proving to be top dog with tricks like this sw bs 270 boardslide to regular in zone 1. It’s rare you get to be a Global Champion and get your driver’s license in the same year. Congratulations on a job well done Benny!
Big thanks to Mammoth Mountain for hosting the PBRJ for the past 15 years! Shout out to TJ and Molly Dawoud, Matt Rowan, Tyson Kaylor, Adam Riffle, Nick Scholes, Jason Rafuse and Caroline Casey for all of their help from A to Z. A nod of the cap to Matt Ryan, Dylan Trewin, Elena Hight, Brock Crouch, Matt Robinson, and Johnny Brady for penciling in the scores. Thanks to the one of a kind hype man Trevor Brady for supporting on the microphone. Much respect to Daniel Terry, Jeff Arnold, Oren Tanzer, Teasha Borg, Chris Martinez, Jeff Kabigting, Sam King, Anthony Conrad, Chris Sumpter, Hope Lane, and Traci Heaton for helping throughout the big event. Thanks to our Volcom team riders Elena Hight, Dan Brisse, Mike Rav, Seth Huot, Zach Normandin, Brock Crouch, Scott Blum, Alex Lopez, and Jake Soliver for hyping everyone up with their presence. Finally, check out the awesome sponsors that we had the pleasure of working with throughout the 2015 PBRJ tour.
-Rev’d Nutrition Bars
15 & Under Division Champions:
1st – Judd Henkes - $1,200 (Mammoth Mountain, CA)
2nd – Cooper Whittier - $1,000 (Keystone, CO)
3rd – Drayden Gardner - $700 (Boreal, CA)
4th – Luke Zajac - $350 (Keystone, CO)
5th – Keegan Hosefros - $250 (Boreal, CA)
16 - 21 Division Champions:
1st – Jake Colman - $1,200 (Mountain Creek, NJ)
2nd – Garrett Mckenzie - $1,000 (Trollhaugen, WI)
3rd – Zach Zajac $700 - (Keystone, CO)
4th – Cody Hyman $350 - (Brighton, UT)
5th – Dillon McDaniels $250 - (Bear Mountain, CA)
Girls Division Champions:
1st – Mariah Dugan - $1,200 (Boreal, CA)
2nd – Kayli Hendricks - $1,000 (Trollhaugen, WI)
3rd – Laura Rogoski - $700 (Brighton, UT)
4th – Danika Duffy - $350 (Mammoth Mountain, CA)
5th – Ivika Jurgenson - $250 (Brighton, UT/Estonia)
Open/AM Division Champions:
1st – Benny Milam - $1,500 (Trollhaugen, WI)
2nd – Matt Shaffer - $1,250 (Boreal, CA)
3rd – Jed Sky - $1,000 (Mont St. Bruno, QC)
4th – Kyle Kennedy - $500 (Trollhaugen, WI)
5th – Mike Skiba - $250 (Trollhaugen, WI)
Electric’s "Gooyest Move of the Event" – Samm Neumann $1,000 (Mammoth Mountain, CA)
Rev’d Rider – Brendan Sullivan $1,000 (Brighton, UT)
Fender Guitar Award – Buzz Holbrook (Bear Mountain, CA)
Wild Style - Missy McAlpin (Trollhaugen, WI)
Dancing With The Devil – Eli Lamm (Trollhaugen, WI)
Check The Flex - Justus Hines (Sevens Pass, WA)
Bouncing Off The Wall - Keala Cole (Stevens Pass, WA)
Backflip Beast - Alex Martin (Keystone, CO)
Its safe to say that everyone left with a bunch of goodies after the Slayer themed product toss was over.
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Posted on 04/21/15