The Day after Friday the 13th, another October day, another rail contest, except with the exception of J2 who was actually skating, everyone was walking around in snowboard gear. T- shirts on, an A-list of snowboarders started to hit a semi-sketchy rail setup in down town SLC at the Galvin Center. Yes, bring on the onslaught of Ice burn. Some snow was put down town and tickets for eight bucks got you in to a fun filled Saturday of drinking 3.2 draft beer and watching a bunch of hung over snowboarders (thanks to Antho for hostin’ Martas birthday party the night before) try to pull off some of the latest tricks or eat shit on to a landing of carpet covered in ice cubes.
Props to everyone who threw down and stuck their tricks that day. Bittner and Spencer a.k.a. Miami Thunder, tied it for first place, both throwing down with consistent smoothness, and effortless style to each take home a win and $1,500 smackers—literally splitting the check down the middle. Derek Dennison took home second with a backside 180 to switch 50-50 180 out, and Pat Milbery took home third and Best Trick with a hard way 270. Although he didn’t make the podium I also have to drop props to Alex Andrews for throwing some of the cleanest tricks, and coming damn close to pulling of a clean front blunt 180 boardslide 270 out. Hell yeah! That was crazy. Bode Merrill had a close call with a face plant that scared us all. He walked away with some minor whiplash and seemed okay by the end of the day. There were beer tents with apple beer, plenty of babes, a reggae band for those who felt like getting jiggi, a 45 minute freestyle session with the big homey Super Natural, and a board toss/fight for a pink Revolution snowboard which Patrick Kilday battled and walked away victorious with. All in all it was good times with a taste of what’s to come with winter right around the corner.