The 3rd Annual Billabong Jr Pro qualifying event was at C.O.P. in Calgary over the weekend. The event consisted of riders 20 years of age and under (as of 01.01.07) competed in a Slope style competition, all vying for the title and the opportunity to attend the Billabong World Jr Pro held in Leysin, Switzerland in early March. The event is the North American qualifier for the Jr Pro snow series, attracting riders from Colorado, Utah, California, and all across Canada.
‘These events are designed to give riders an opportunity to compete not only at a national level, but for the top competitors to move on to compete at an international level’ said Risto Scott, National Marketing Manager for Billabong.
Local rider Dustin Craven took home first place in the Slope Style competition with solid riding throughout the day. Dustin seemed comfortable on his home hill, varying his runs to include cab 900’s, backside 720’s, and some stylish shifty backside 180’s. When asked to comment on the event, Dustin said ‘It’s nice to be riding at home, it makes you feel more relaxed to be with friends. It was a fun day of riding for sure’.
Held in Calgary for the first time this year, the event also featured an evening Rail Jam, brought to you by the good folks at Von Zipper. All riders were jamming for 60 minutes on the three rail features. The judges gave the win to 14 year old up and coming ripper Jed Andersen for his complete mastery of the rails. He slayed the rails with technical precision for the entire 60 minute session.
The Billabong Jr Pro provides young up-and-coming riders a chance to compete at a top level, bridging the gap between grassroots and world class competition. Several Billabong Jr Pro and VZ Trial events are held across the globe, with all winners converging on Leysin, Switzerland March 6-11, 2007 to compete for the World Title.
For information on the upcoming Billabong World Jr Pro go to: www.billabongjrpro.com.