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For the second year in the row, it precipitated on the Washington edition of Ride Shakedown, at the least the rail jam portion. That will happen at a Northwest event. Then the weirdest shit happened, it got sunny. Even though it was a oh some rare sunny pow day in Washington, some dudes still competed and one of them won. That about sums it up. We may have some super exclusive coverage on its way, but for now, here are some videos and the information we could glean (read: cut and paste) from the incredibly prompt press releases.
Video barely edited by Andrius Simutis, so it’s totally like you are there watching every riveting minute of the rail jam!
The lineup for this year’s Rail Jam competition was impressive. Topping the list of pro invites was last year’s Rail Jam winner and local Austin Hironaka, looking to defend his title. Also present were Ryan Paul hailing from Cottage Grove Minnesota, and Quebec native Jeremy Cloutier. The setup design was tricky; requiring all 32 riders to really focus on speed and technique.
The result was an exciting show where the only two Canadians partaking in the final took top honors. Jeremy Cloutier, who placed 3rd at the 2009 RIDE Shakedown, proved his reputation as a rail king by putting in two solid runs that gave him enough of a lead to skip out on his third and claim first place. His best of the two? A frontside 180 gap, switch backside 360-out on the kink rail. As for RIDE Shakedown DE 2011 winner Matts Kulisek, he earned another podium finish and $2,000. Not to be forgotten is Johnny Lazz. The rider from Carnelian Bay finished in third, earning $ 1,000.
Complete start-to-finish recap courtesy of SixEleven Productions
Day two, not as precipitous.
The second edition of the RIDE Shakedown ended with a bang this afternoon at The Summit at Snoqualmie with Matts Kulisek earning his third RIDE Shakedown 2011 podium. The encore was well received by close to 5,000 excited fans watching riders compete on a bluebird day.
It was anyone’s game in the semi-final with riders such as Manuel Diaz hailing from Santiago de Chile (CHI), Zachary Stone from Collingwood, ON (CAN) and Tyler Flanagan of Carrollton, GA (USA) in attendance. In all, the 34 riders pushed their limits in an effort to impress the judges and earn one of 10 spots in the fateful final round. Riders were present at the Snowboarder Magazine autograph session and the fans got to enjoy the sounds of Seattle’s talented Blue Thunder Marching Band before watching the last leg of the event unfold.
The final round proved to be equally exciting; Town of Mont Royal (CAN) native Matts Kulisek and Yuki Kadono of Hyougo (JAP) were neck in neck. In his third judged run, Matts Kulisek executed a frontside 1260 on the jump followed by a switch 50/50 on the kink rail earning him the highest score of the day. Kulisek, the second place winner in last week’s RIDE Shakedown Germany and the runner up in last night’s Rail Jam, took home $15,000 as the RIDE Shakedown USA winner for the second consecutive year. “I’m pretty tired,” he announced, “but I’m really stoked! It’s just amazing; it’s the best weekend, my friend Jeremy got first in rail jam and I got first main event! We drove down together and we’re leaving [with thicker pockets].”
Japanese Ride team rider Yuki Kadono landed a cab 1260 followed by a boardslide to fakie on the down rail earned him second place and $8,000; a mere point shy of Kulisek’s overall score. In light of the recent devastation in Japan, Kadono will be donating half of his winnings, $4,000, to the Red Cross in order to help with rescue efforts. RIDE Snowboards equally contributed; they collected $1,300 in donations during the event and matched the amount, raising the contribution to $2,600.
American Tyler Flanagan of Carrollton, GA, picked up the third podium spot and $4,000 with his Cab 900 and frontside boardslide on the kink rail.
The day was top notch with high caliber riding, excellent weather and over a foot of fresh powder covered The Summit at Snoqualmie overnight. For those who missed it, tune in to ROOT SPORTS on April 2 at 5 pm! They will be broadcasting a highlights show of the second RIDE Shakedown USA!
In two weeks, the RIDE Shakedown will return to its native Mont Saint-Sauveur in Canada to celebrate the 10th anniversary with a special edition. Patryck Bernier and Brendan O’Dowd, founders of the event say they are happy with the way the event has grown in Washington. “In the past two years we’ve gotten so much positive feedback. The crowd came out to cheer on the riders on both Friday and Saturday; both days combined, some 5,000 people were at the RIDE Shakedown, what a show they got! The riding was excellent, the weather was beautiful; we couldn’t be more pleased.”