(Perisher Blue – Saturday 1st September, 2007): CANBERRA snowboarder Ryan Thorley has slid into the world record books after smashing fellow Australian Shay Paxton’s (Jindabyne, NSW) ‘Longest Rail’ record enroute to qualifying for the main round of the Boost Mobile SNOSHO presented by Samsung.
Perisher Blue provided less-than-ideal conditions for a 60-strong field of Australia’s hottest snowboarders fighting it out in the wildcard qualification round. With wind gusts as well as rainsqualls allowing only the best-of-the-best to progress, riders attempted to slide the farthest down an 70-metre rail in an effort to break the world record.
Thorley jumped out of the gates early in the qualification round, nailing a massive 54.15 metre slide to destroy Paxton’s current record by almost 20-metres. It was Paxton who set the inaugural record with a 36.63 metre slide in 2005.
“I’m absolutely over the moon, Thorley said.
“I fully wasn’t expecting to even make it half as far as I did. Shay (Paxton) has set a super high standard over the last couple of years. We’re a little bit lucky this year as the rail has a little more slope on it. I’m super excited to come back for tomorrow’s finals. I can’t wait to get amongst it.
In doing so, Thorley claimed an exclusive wildcard into the main round of the SNOSHO along with a shot at $36,000 worth of cash and prizes.
The 23-year-old year-old won’t be able to rest as he will have to line-up against top Australian riders Max Cookes (Brighton, VIC), Mitch Allan (Berrara, NSW) and Ryan Tiene (Port Macquarie, NSW) in the main round.
“I’m amped to take on the top guys, said Thorley.
“It’s pretty much anyone’s game when it comes to a rail like this. It’s almost a thing of luck, rather than a thing of skill. But, I’ll give it my best shot and hopefully I’ll be up with the leaders come finals time.
Cookes and fellow Boost Moble riders Jye Kearney took full advantage of today’s light south westerly breeze and bright blue skies unleashing an array of huge maneouvres on the 60-ft tabletop. Tonight’s finals are scheduled to go ahead in near perfect conditions.
Also securing a main event berth was trials runner-up Jimmy Cunningham, who slid an unbelievable 34.15 metres.
Adding to the main rounds already stellar line-up will be Keegan Valaika (Laguna Beach, USA), Luke Mitrani (Vermont, USA), Jacob Koia (New Zealand), Robbie Walker (Ivanhoe, VIC), Chris Boadle (Melbourne, VIC), Mikey Williams (Mt Buller, VIC) and Tom Pelley (Bright, VIC).
Saturday’s format kicks off with the winner-takes-all Boost Mobile ‘King of the Rail’. This is an official Guinness World Record attempt where riders try to slide the farthest down a 70-metre rail.
As well as the title of ‘King of the Rail’, the winner will receive $10,000!
The action continues on Saturday with a 30-minute jam session utilising a 27-stair set with two ledges and two handrails, known as the Allphones Jam Rail, and a 60-foot tabletop for the Samsung Big Air. All 25 riders will hit the snow as many times as they can during the session. The top two scores from each rider are combined, with the top six riders progressing through to compete in the Boost Mobile SNOSHO final.
The Boost Mobile SNOSHO final consists of a “Game Show style format with riders having to perform tricks randomly selected from a game show style wheel. The six qualifying riders face off against each other in a contest where each rider aims to successfully complete five tricks from the wheel. Each successful trick earns a letter, spelling the word B-O-O-S-T across his chest. The first rider to do so wins the event!
Boost Mobile have stepped up to ensure the locals are blown away with the event, flaunting four huge tower structures, a scaffold in ramp, concert style lighting, pyrotechnics, concrete topped jam rail ledge, the world’s longest rail and most importantly, the some of the globe’s best snowboarders.
The Boost Mobile SNOSHO Presenteed by Samsung is proudly supported by Australian/New Zealand Snowboarding Magazine, Sound Surgeon, Burton, Perisher Blue, Allphones and The Hot Hits.
Check the action unravel on www.boostsnosho.com.au or myspace.com/boostmobileprepaid