Jye Kearney (AUS) has just been awarded 2012 Stylewars Stairmaster and best trick in front of an electric crowd at the 28 Stairs rail jam.
Part of The Australian Slopestyle Championships hosted at Falls Creek, dedicated spectators braved the chilly weather to witness riders battle it out on a stair set that consisted of a down rail, down flat down bar and down flat down kinked rail. Judges not only scored riders based on skill level but also the variety of tricks performed across all three features.
Jye's result makes him the winner of this event two years in a row – despite being up against top international names like Maxence Parrot (CAN) and Antoine Truchon (CAN) who won the slopestyle competition held the two days before.
Jye had a number of outstanding runs, including a gap front 270 270 out on the down flat down kinked bar. Maxence was hot on his heels with tricks such as a back 450 270 out. It was tough to choose a winner between the two of them. Other riders that revved up the crowd were Silas Hatch (US) and local Falls Creek rider Tom Clairs (AUS).
World Snowboard Tour Head Judge Giom Morriset admits the competition was close. He said, "Jye was clearly in front at the start, but then Maxence started chasing him throwing down bigger tricks to steal the lead. In the end, we gave the win to Jye because he continued to step it up on every feature every time, doing something different and better than what he did before."
Jye was awarded best trick for his back 3 to 5 0 on the down bar. He was pumped with his second consecutive Stairmaster win: "It was gnarly out there today… Everyone was chucking down neat 450s so I was stoked to get on top." Jye takes home AUD$4500 in prize money.
Regarding Jye's win, Giom also said, "I think it's great that an Aussie won this competition. It was the internationals who won the slopestyle, so having a local win this rail event shows the world that Australians are good snowboarders too."
The 28 Stairs event, presentation ceremony and closing party marks the end of Stylewars, The Australian Slopestyle Championships, for another year. With sunshine, helicopters and world-class riding from international and local snowboarders, the Stylewars team look forward to running the same World Snowboard Tour event again next year.