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Darkside Grudge Match 2017

DarkPark at Darkside Killington hosted a rail jam. Shredding ensued.
1st Place: Nate Haust
People’s Champ: Rivahh Willman
Best Trick: Brandon Fain
Hall of Meat: Will Ross

Darkside Rail Sessions Wit GBP

Gremlinz return home for the holidays and host a rail jam at their home mountain of Killington. The crew cooked up veggie burgers and apple cider using the heat from the rail action.

2016 Rock A Rail Recap Video

The Sixth Annual Rock A Rail went down last weekend, and if you missed the live stream, here’s a recap video of the madness in the Netherlands.

Results Mens:
1. Sparrow Knox (ENG)
2. Joonas Eloranta (FIN)
3. Max de Vries (NED)

Results Womens:
1. Anne-Sophie Lechon (FRA)
2. Barbra Sekudewicz (POL)
3. Giulia Lach de Bere (NED)

Best Trick: Benny Milam (USA)

Crowd Pleaser: Darek Bergmann (CZE)

Snowboard On the Block Returns to Denver

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Snowboard on the Block returns to Downtown Denver with a larger footprint and new location. Presented by Snowboarder and Transworld Snowboarding, a high altitude style celebration will kick off in the heart of downtown Denver from October 14th -15th at Sculpture Park. The 2016 festival will feature a pro rail jam (with real snow), anticipated ski film premieres, world-class live music, and a giant pop-up retail experience complete with ski-industry product giveaways, pro athlete appearances, and autograph signings.

Just in time to get Coloradoans in the spirit of the winter season, Snowboard on the Block will return for its 4th year in downtown Denver providing two full days of extreme sports entertainment and live music. The biggest snowboarding event of the year, the 2016 rendition will highlight an all-new rail jam featuring some of the best riders in the industry as well as high-definition Denver film premieres for ‘Insight’ and “The Snowboarder Movie’ among others. The only snowboard festival in North America dedicated to showcasing the best films the snowboard community has to offer, the festival is renowned for featuring the newest releases from around the globe.

Outdoor festivities will also feature live musical performances by Wolfmother, Chief Keef, MartyParty, Afroman, and MiMOSA. It all happens over two stages all in the heart of downtown Denver.

Tickets are on sale now including general admission and VIP options at http://www.blockfestival.com/

Bad Plans Rail Jam // Fonna 2016

Revictiv’s Not a Block Party Rail Jam Video recap

Absolute madness went down at Revictiv’s “Not a Block Party Plaza Jam” on a warm Saturday night at Mount Southington, Connecticut. Park crew killed the build with the help of Revictiv coming through with four custom built features. The contest got under way with 35 snowboards all throwing their meat trying to secure one of the 10 spots open for the $2000+ cash purse.

As the prelims got under way in the 55 degree Connecticut heat, several riders immediately stood out including Mount Snow locals, Alex Atno, Will Healy, Bradley Harper, Jeremy Ellenberg and Steve Lauder, Killington locals Jake Fournier and Maggie Leon and CT locals Eric Kren, Josh Salvator and Gavin Landry.

With the sun setting and the course cleaned up, the finals were ready to go down. Money on the line meant riders throwing outright hammers. Steve Lauder threw down some of the most stylish tricks and transfers of the night including a one foot broad slide through the street style down rail. Young gun Will Healy threw down several 270 variations and a monster front 540 out. Jeremy Ellenberg did some of the biggest transfers on the course including a monster gap cab 270. Eric Kren was out of his mind. Throwing a back flip to board slide and a back flip out of the street style rail. Alex Atno was the kid who never fell. He did several 360 on variations and hit every feature with a different trick. Josh Salvator did tricks like no one else, getting a huge back 5-0 180 out on the top coping of the wall and a massive miller flip over the wall ride.

Finals boosted on from the scheduled 30 minutes to a wild hour and ten minute jam session. The prolonged finals heat was complete and utter insanity. The judges new it was going to be no easy task deciding the winner with Alex Atno blowing everyone’s minds with his tricks and consistency, literally landing every trick, and Eric Kren being such a crowd and Judge favorite with his choice of savagery. The two were given two final drops which resulted in the judges hands being even more tied up. After a 15 minute deliberation they came out with the results as follows,

Tie for First- Alex Atno and Eric Kren
Third- Jeremy Ellenberg
Fourth- Will Healy
Best Style- Steve Lauder
First Womens- Maggie Leone

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Rails to Riches 2015 The Video

Jesse Paul took home a chunk of change at Killington’s annual rail-off Rails 2 Riches, in essence turning himself pro! And props are in order to Killington for putting on what is definitely one of the best rail jams in America these days, despite warm temps. Thank god for snow guns and the Killington parks crew, amirite? Video: Devin Bernard

Rock a Rail 2015 Official Recap

To whoever whined that the “recap” of Rock a Rail sucked, that wasn’t the recap. That was the replay. This is the recap, and if it doesn’t make you want to check out Amsterdam’s premier rail jam for yourself someday, we’re worried about you a little.

men:
1. Jesse Paul (USA)
2. Kevin Trammer (BE)
3. Zak Hale (USA)

Best Trick: Denis Leontyev (RUS)
Crowd Pleasers: Ethan Morgan (GER) and Cees Wille (NL)

woman:
1. Rachida Aoulad (NL)
2. Ivika Jürgenson (EST)
3. Pili de la Cruz (ES)

riders: Jesse Paul, Kevin Trammer, Zak Hale, Denis Leontyev, Ethan Morgan, Cees Wille, Ted Borland, Max Warbington, Jeremy Cloutier, Erik Karlsson, Zebbe Landmark, Wojtek Pawlusiak, Rene Rinnekangas, Dion Janse, Steve Grumser, Kalle Järvilehto, Jesse Augustinus, Max Zebe, Jessi Blackwell, Ludde Lejkner, Bob van Unnik, Mario Prestel, Artem Smolin, Roel van Oosterhout, Flo Corzelius, Bryan Longley Fernanz, Michi Schatz, Simon Pircher, Rachida Aoulad, Ivika Jürgenson, Pili de la Cruz, Joelle JJ Juchli, Stéphanie Kauert, Gaia Giacomazzi, Veroniqi Hanssen, Giulia Lach de Bere, Fay Beck and wild card winners; Anthony Indawood, Joshua Pires, Tatu Toivanen, Wessel van Lierop and Kasper de Zoete.

Darcy Sharpe Wins Burton Rail Days 2015 in Tokyo

This past weekend, Darcy Sharpe (CAN) took the win at the 5th annual Burton Rail Days presented by MINI. Burton kicked off winter with an action-packed weekend of progressive street snowboarding in front of a crowd of almost 6,000 at Roppongi Hills Arena in the heart of Tokyo with 17 of the world’s best street riders battling it out for the $27,000 prize purse.

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Zach Aller. Photo: Blotto

The crowd began gathering early to enjoy giveaways, food, fun and athlete autograph sessions in the sponsor village. Spectators were also able to get an up-close look at the massive redesigned Burton Rail Days course complete with progressive urban elements including rails, ledges, walls, jumps and transitions created by Snow Park Technologies. Kids as young as three years old were invited to the free Riglet Park set-up in Roppongi Hills Arena to learn to snowboard on the specially designed mini park features. As the sun set, the excitement began building with an exclusive live performance from the “Godfather of Japanese Hip-Hop” DJ Ta-Shi leading up to the main attraction–the Burton Rail Days snowboard competition.

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The field of 17 riders kicked off the competition battling it out under bright lights during the first round qualifying heats, with the top three riders from each of the two heats advancing to the exciting finals. The six riders in the finals included Ryusei Takahashi (JPN), Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Sean Ryan (USA), Zach Aller (CAN), Alex Andrews (USA) and Darcy Sharpe (CAN), who all had 20 minutes to impress the judges in a new jam format. The judges rewarded riders based on overall impression with an eye for creativity, technical difficulty, style and execution to determine the podium and a share of the $27,000 prize purse.

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The riders came out swinging in front of the cheering crowd with a dazzling display of linked tricks down the flowy course as they put their strongest runs together for the judges. In the end, Darcy Sharpe (CAN) clinched the win and $15,000. His final runs included a frontside boardslide 450 drop off, ally-oop wallride to lipslide 270 on the rainbow rail, as well as an impressive half Cab 50-50 transfer to lipslide 270. In second was Alex Andrews (USA) whose run highlights included a backside 270 lipslide, a 50-50 to frontboard transfer to fakie, and a boardslide 270 on the rainbow rail. Last year’s Burton Rail Days winner Zach Aller (CAN) came back strong this year and took third place with tech tricks including a frontboard to boardslide transfer 270 out and a front blunt 270 transfer to 50-50. Finally, the Canadians swept the three best trick categories—Sebastien Toutant (CAN) took Best Air for his boardslide rodeo off the cannon rail, Zach Aller (CAN) took Best Wallride with a massive frontside invert and Best Rail went to Darcy Sharpe (CAN) with a backside tailslide indy.

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Darcy Sharpe. Blotto Photo

What a way to kick off the season for Darcy Sharpe, who had this to say about his hard fought win, “I was just snowboarding pretty much, doing the best I could…that’s about all that was going through my mind.”

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2015 Burton Rail Days presented by MINI: Final Results

1. Darcy Sharpe (CAN) – $15,000

2. Alex Andrews, (USA) – $6,000

3. Zach Aller (CAN) – $3,000

Best Air Trick: Sebastien Toutant (CAN) – $1,000

Best Wall Trick: Zach Aller (CAN) – $1,000

Best Rail Trick: Darcy Sharpe (CAN) – $1,000

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Alex Andrews, Blotto Photo

Rock A Rail 2015 Rider List Announced!

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Europe does not fuck around when it comes to Rail Jams and on November 21st, the best in the world will gather in the streets of Amsterdam for the 5th annual Rock a Rail. If you can’t get to the Hague, good news, we’ll be live streaming the event starting bright and early Saturday morning right here on Yobeat.com. The riders you can expect to see chucking their meat include:

1. Halldór Helgason ICE
2. Ted Borland USA
3. Toni Kerkela FIN
4. Max Warbington USA
5. Jeremy Cloutier CAN
6. Erik Karlsson SWE
7. Benny Urban GER
8. Zak Hale USA
9. Zebbe Landmark SWE
10. Jesse Paul USA
11. Gulli Gudmundsson ICE
12. Jake Olsen-Elm USA
13. Ethan Morgan GER
14. Dion Janse NL
15. Sparrow Knox UK
16. Jesse Augustinus NL
17. Max Zebe IT
18. Kevin Trammer BE
19. Bob van Unnik NL
20. Raffael Kossmann AT
21. Cees Wille NL
22. Artem Smolin RUS
23. Roel van Oosterhout NL
24. wild card Uithof qualification jam —
25. wild card Uithof qualification jam —

1. Rachida Aoulad NL
2. Ivika Jürgenson EST
3. Joelle JJ Juchli CH
4. Veroniqi Hanssen NL
5. Stéphanie Kauert CH
6. Sisi Sol SWE
7. Gaia Giacomazzi CH
8. Giulia Lach de Bere NL
– riders list is subject to change –

Ryan Paul Crowned “Top Buck” at Mountain High’s 2015 Buck Off Rail Jam

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Wrightwood, Calif. – (Oct. 6, 2015) – Professional snowboarder Ryan Paul took the “top buck” title at Mountain High’s annual pre-season event, Buck Off Rail Jam, held on Saturday, October 3.

More than 1,000 spectators attended the competition, located on the streets of Wrightwood, Calif. Aside from the shred session, guests strolled through the vendor village, bought equipment in the giant ski and snowboard swap area and chowed down on chili during the annual chili cook-off.

“This is the only pre-season contest where the public can ride,” said Mountain High Chief Marketing Officer John McColly. “Our event provides a great opportunity for skiers and boarders to get back on the snow and stretch their legs.”

A best trick contest was held with $5,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. Paul led the way with a switch front side, 180 degree front flip to a 50-50 on the down bar of the specially built feature.

2014 Buck Off Rail Jam winner, Buzz Holbrook, claimed second place with a front side, blunt slide, 450 degree front side, board slide. Drayden Gardner captured third place with a front side, 180 degree switch to tail press backside 360.

60 tons of snow was used to create a 10,000-square-foot winter jib arena complete with all levels of rails and boxes. It took five hours to cover the arena with snow and park personnel were on-hand all day to make sure the snow stayed at peak condition for the competition.

“Nothing gets you thinking winter like a little skiing and snowboarding,” said McColly. “The 2015 Buck Off Rail Jam was such a terrific day to be in the mountains.”

Originally held in 2005, the Buck Off Rail Jam became a unique alternative to traditional Octoberfest activities in town. The signature pre-season competition set the stage for similar events nationwide.

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Visconti’s influence can still be felt in So Cal.

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The best part about summer rail jams – it’s totally acceptable to wear jeans and snowboard boots!

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The ladies aim to im-press.

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Drayden Gardner wore the same thing at HDHR, which is great cause it makes him much easier to recognize.

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The GoPro twins totes got this shot.

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The ol’ tuck and roll.

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Mamba’s fans with the BGP’s

The Hague PRO FREESTYLE 2015 Rail Battle Recap Video

The rail jam lives in the Netherlands!

Video by Postland.

Rails 2 Riches 2014 Video

It wouldn’t be a party unless Max Lyons took his shirt off.

Read the full recap here.

Timberline’s Pray for Snow Rail Jam

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