Billy Kiel and Katie Kennedy Rip Big Boulder TransAM a New One

Photos: Greg Furey

Video: Calvin Scibilia

Words: Lucky Lopez

Big Boulder Park, PA welcomed 85 of Pennsylvania’s finest amateur snowboarders this weekend. Riders showed up to navigate the park that Jon Plechavy and Ted Sadusky’s park crew designed for the 2nd stop of the 12th annual Transworld SNOWboarding TransAM event. Some unwelcome rain and lightning showed up but it was no match for Big Boulder Park and the competitors.

Guys:

Billy Kiel (1st place) topped out the 40 finalists by showing his best on the Ride Snowboards hip jump, the Analog stair set, and the Anon double rail. Kevin Kacynski (2nd place) and Tyler Mengel (3rd place) turned up the heat in the last 10 minutes of finals by bringing their best combos over the High Cascade Snowboarding Camp Marshmallow and the Zumiez couch feature.

Gals:

Katie Kennedy (1st place) ruled the Muscle Milk combo feature and the Big Boulder jump to secure her spot in the TransAM finals at Big Bear, CA.  Not far behind, and in the hunt for top honors were Caroline Patten (2nd place) and Lauren Longfield (3rd place), both laying down some nasty moves on the Giro Jersey barriers.

 

Congratulations to the top three Guys and gals that qualified for the Transworld SNOWboarding TransAM Finals at Big Bear Mountain, CA on March 15, 2014. First Placers Billy Keil & Katie Kennedy walked away with flight vouchers to Finals courtesy of Zumiez, VIP treatment for the finals weekend on behalf of Transworld SNOWboarding, snowboards from Ride, and the coveted TransAM bling chain necklace trophy!

All Winners received tons of awesome product including High Cascade backpacks, Anon goggles, Analog outerwear, Giro Helmets, Zumiez gift cards, and gear from Ride Snowboards. Competitors also had a chance to win raffle prizes and were treated to a Big Boulder Park TransAM pizza party immediately after the awards ceremony.

The prestigious Muscle Milk Riders Choice Award, as voted by the competitors, went to Michael Yates who took home a loaded American Express gift card and a  custom Muscle Milk backpack for his efforts.

Best Trick Award and $500 in cold hard Zumiez cash went to the seasoned TransAM veteran, AJ Lawson, for his 1 footed front 3 over the Big Boulder Park jump.  Another TransAM vet, Miles Fallon, walked away with the Pint Size Ripper Award.

Special thanks to the Big Boulder Park crew for their great work in the extremlely wet conditions and the TransAM sponsors for making stop  #2 of the TransAM a huge success: Ride Snowboards, Zumiez, Anon Optics, Analog, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Muscle Milk and Giro.

 

Thank you to Tony Cardoni for his colorful commentary during the TransAM event at Big Boulder Park.

 

Guys

1st Billy Keil

2nd Kevin Kacynski

3rd Tyler Mengel

 

Gals

1st Katie Kennedy

2nd Caroline Patten

3rd Lauren Longfield

 

Best Crash Award

Tim Bloom

Zumiez Best Trick Award

AJ Lawson- 1 foot front 3

Muslce Milk Riders’ Choice Award

Michael Yates

Pint Size Ripper Award

Miles Fallon

Guy’s winner Billy Kiel. 2014 TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM. Photo: Greg Furey