The rail was designed and built with attention to detail and progression with the result being a good time for the riders and the crowd alike. With a mellow kink and minimal exposed concrete riders from around the country descended on Seattle to get a pre-filming warm up session and the chance at a piece of the $5,5000 prize. Amongst local heroes and up-and-comers were heavy hitter jibbers like Nick Visconti, Yale Cousino, Dean Barbier, Sean Genovese, Scott Stevens, Chris Rotax, Dan Brisse, Jed Hoffman, and Pat Milberry. After an hour warm up session the riders retired to the Red Bull VIP box on the Seahawks End zone. Everyone ate a gourmet lunch and enjoyed the view, wishing there were a game going on right then.
After lunch the contest got underway and from the very start all the riders were going off. Hoffman and Yale came out early with heavy moves through the kink and on the down. Yale was a baggy clothed ninja with his hard way switch 270s, frontside and backside, while Jed was perfect on switch 50-50s and half cab 50-50s through the kink. Nick Visconti locked a picture perfect front board while Scott Stevens tossed a front flip over the stairs for good measure. Dean Barbier ripped, bagging the elusive frontside nose press through the kink and local ripper Nic Jonas looked solid on switch lip to back lip through the kink.
Mid way through it was obvious that the sleeping giant that is Dan Brisse had awoken. Brisse pulled a plethora of difficult kink rail combos, including front blunt 180 to board slide and a switch front board through the whole darn thing. Dan Brisse making it look easy, and steezy. Pat Milberry battled a backside 180 to switch 5050 almost the whole time and when he pulled it he was the front-runner for best trick. And then along came jib jam heavyweight Chris Rotax with the show-stopping backside 270. Guest judges Patrick McCarthy, and Mark Landvik had to make the tough calls to dole out the cash, because everyone killed it. When the smoke cleared it was Rotax with best trick, Jed Hoffman in second place, and Dan Brisse taking home the big $4,000 I.O.U. from Snowboy Productions. Thanks to all the riders for making it out and throwing it down in downtown Seattle.