The International Judges Commission will be sending its Pro Level I, II, III judges to all the major freestyle snowboard contests to be held in North America, Europe and Japan this upcoming season. As the worldwide leader in snowboard judges education and training, IJC judges (with an international membership of 120 ) have been instrumental in shaping the direction of the halfpipe and big air contests with new formats and judges criteria’s that have been requested by the riders.
The IJC receives an incredible amount of feedback concerning the organization and running of events from the riders and works with contest organizers and major snowboard organizations both national and international to keep snowboard events progressing with major contributions involving heat formats, jam style finals and finals including multiple runs for riders to exhibit their best efforts. The IJC also receives rider input into their educational process and actively works with riders at events to solve problems that might arise concerning contest organization.
Jason Grossi the NA Coordinator along with Tom Wagener in Europe and Kei Ishi in Japan have scheduled IJC judges around the world including in North America for the Vans Triple Crown, The US Grand Prix’s, The Gravity Games, The X-Games, The US Open, The Goodwill Games, The ISF Stoneham Master World Series, and The Westbeach Classic. In Europe IJC judges can be found at all the ISF World Series events including Laax, Leysin, Lord of the Boards, the European Open, Mad Masters, The Jakobshorn Classic, the Innsbruck air and style and many others. In Japan the premier events of the Toyota Big Air and the Nippon Open will use IJC judges.
In addition, IJC judges have declined to judge FIS World Cup events as they do not represent the freestyle snowboard riders best interest. The FIS is two years behind in the progression of the sport as evidenced in their formats and judging procedures and lacks a consensus of riders worldwide. This coupled with the FIS being a closed organization and refusing to partner with anyone in the snowboard community has left the FIS with its own in-house and very limited judging resources. The IJC members have individually said no to any FIS participation as the FIS has done nothing positive for the snowboarding sport.