Gromfest Dominates the Wham Bam Charity Jam
Seattle, WA – March 31, 2009 – Spring conditions were holding out at Mt. Hood this past weekend as winter storms brought more wind and snow to the Northwest right in the middle of the first-ever Marc Frank Montoya Wham Bam Charity Jam.
This newly established event was created by a group of Oregon high school students as a way to fundraise money for the Invisible Children Foundation whose goal it is to stop the creation of child soldiers in Uganda. Through awareness, sponsor donations and fundraising, snowboarders once again helped make a difference while doing what they love to do most.
The Am event drew over 50 competitors on Friday the 27th and then spilled over into the Pro event on Saturday the 28th. While the weather was all over the place, the setup was well done thanks to the Meadows Park Crew. Three features, a dance floor to down rail, kinked rail, and pole jam to bonk, rounded out the course and allowed riders a variety of trick options. A sponsor village was set up by the course and featured booths from Monster Energy, Grenade, Candy Grind and Tech Nine to name a few. The Gromfest booth even offered free hot wax and board tuning for all competitors and spectators. Over 45 boards and two hours later, a ton of people knew what Gromfest was all about AND had a board primed for the newly fallen snow.
While competition was fierce both days, something has to be said to the fact that Gromfest Team Riders and Competitors dominated the Amateur Competition field, taking 6 of the 10 podium spots and being invited back to compete in the Pro event the next day. Congratulations to the following Gromfest riders:
Am Event – 15 & Under
1st – Garrett Read
3rd – Adam Kays
4th – Dylan Trewin
Am Event – 16 & Over
1st – Elliott Tauscher
2nd – Stefan Krumm
4th – Ben Maki
The Pro event on Saturday brought out 35 competitors with the Amateurs who placed the day before being invited back to compete with the big boys. The weather was less than kind on Saturday as heavy winds blew falling snow sideways making for cold conditions and harsh visibility. Competition was still fierce, however, and judges had their hands full with deciding the winners. Marc Frank even made an appearance and made sure to throw his two cents in the ring about whom he thought should take home the prize money.
When all was said and done, Northern Alliance shop rider Nick Jacobson took home first place and $3,500. While a pro event, the second and third place winners who received $2,000 and $1,000 respectively were awarded to Amateur riders who placed into the pro event and just happened to be Gromfest riders once again. Congratulations to the following Gromfest riders:
Pro Event -
2nd – Stefan Krumm
3rd – Elliott Tauscher
The weather was unpredictable, the riding was off-the-wall, and the cause was well deserved. All in all, it was a good spring weekend at Hood. Can’t wait for next year.
Special thanks to Mt. Hood Meadows, Windells, Marc Frank and the Wham Bam staff for supporting Gromfest and allowing us to be a part of the event. For more information on the Invisible Children Foundation, head to www.invisiblechildren.com
Gromfest started in 2006 as an amateur skate and snow competition that gives kids 18 & under the opportunity to be in the spotlight and show off their skills. No crazy rules, no crazy requirements, just crazy riding. In addition, Gromfest donates proceeds to non-profit, alternative sports programs that benefit kids. By doing this, Gromfest is assuring bright futures.