With weather in the midwest being less than favorable the last couple weekswith below freezing temps, the idea of a “smooth” contest wasn’t seeming torealistic. But when we awoke that day it was sunny. It had warmed up enoughto hang out and shred with out any complaints. Each competitor was given aTall-T jersey replacing the standard bib, with 84 kids registering it gotthuggy in the streets of Wisco … if Wisconsin can get thuggy.
Once registration was done, it was straight to the course for a 45 minutepractice. The course consisted of a flat-down-flat bar into the choice of a15-foot long box or a flat-down bar. From there it was a mini wall of snowwith a mail box on top, or you could hit the c-box. Then onto the volcanoejump … lots of features to trick on. Practice was followed by a five minuterider meeting, onto the one hour jam session everyone was waiting for. Thecompetition was fierce, real fierce. With so many young bucks chuckin’ youeither saw carnage or a bangin’ move. With Sherman announcing on the mic, andproud parents cheering on there kids the one hour jam session went by quickand the top 20 men, and top five girls were selected for finals for the mostaggresive 20 minute jam session Tyrol Basin has ever seen. With 450′s on andoff and one footed 270′s, it was a tough call for the judges, real tough.
Back at Tyrol Basins lodge the award ceremony went down, the lodge was sopacked I don’t think everyone fit! Sherman was on the mic screaming out thewinners and gave them there prizes. After awards Sherman tried to do aproduct toss inside but the kids went nuts. Josh was cornered by maybe 90 orso kids and it got so crazy he couldn’t even move! Before they tore theplace down we moved outside where Josh chucked 4 refrigerator sized boxes ofgear at the hungry pack of wolves … I mean kids.
With good music all day, a fun course, tons of competitors, solid judging,and good weather, year one for The Pee Wee Sherman Rail Jam went down smoothand with so much gear from all the sponsors thrown out, everyone went homewith something.
1st place: Ryan McCoy of Prairie du Sac, WI (Won Sherman’s head-to-toeset-up)
2nd place: Nate Lavik of Oregon, WI
3rd place: Gunnar Shuler of Janesville, WI
Salomon Best Trick:
Gunnar Shuler of Janesville, WI (one-footed frontside270 on 270 off on the barn box)
1st place girls: Emily Blewitt of Madison, WI
Thanks to all the sponsors making this contest work including SalomonSnowboards, Bonfire Outerwear, Smith Optics, Drop Gloves, Elm headwear,Breckenridge, Windells, and Snowboarder Mag. Big ups to Tyrol Basins parkcrew for making such an ill course for these kids. Thanks to Jodi, Jack,Java, Jon, Don, Tyrol Basin and everyone else who helped make this contest areally fun day.