PORTLAND, ORE. (Nov. 20, 2008) – The best up and coming Ams from the Pacific Northwest and beyond descend on the Pearl District this Saturday November 22nd at noon for a homegrown rail jam in the backyard of The Art Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Support theses hungry young riders Saturday on NW 11th and Davis from noon to 4.  Grab a Cobra Dog, win free prizes, pose in the photo booth and stop by the sponsor zone for stickers, info and fun games.

Judges Nick Dirks, Jesse Burtner, Tim Windell and Josh Dirksen will be scouting the field of riders, including Jordan Michelot, Corey Noble, Jarad Hadi, and Sawyer Deen for the best overall impression and best trick.  Winners walk away with cash and prizes.  The Best Trick Overall will win a free session at Windell’s Snowboard Camp.

Get involved by bringing your video camera.  The Portland Mercury and the Art Institute are hosting a video competition for the event.  Entries must be posted on youtube and registered with AI by December 30th.  For Rules and Regulations check out www.portlandmercury.com/portland/Page?id=BackYardBang

Sponsors include Salomon Snowboards, The Art Institute of Portland, US Outdoor Store, Bonfire Snowboarding, Scion, Windells Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood Meadows, Skullcandy, Red Bull, B4BC, The Mercury, and Paul Mitchell.