Portland, ME — Despite the recent lack of snow and beyond frigid temps the Ragged Mountain stop of the Scion High Rollerz Snowboard Series once again delivered a solid contest venue and some very progressive riding. 62 riders from all over New England and one dedicated east coaster from Philly showed up and displayed what the east coast is known for. Commitment.
In the mens pro division Vermonter Chris Rotax stuck some of the most difficult tricks of the day, took home first place and the big $. Second place went to the, “new old man of the mountain Mike Baker who went bigger and badder in his styly leather jacket than anyone on the mountain. Coming in third was another Vermonter Ryan Hryckiewicz and rounding out the top five were Kosh Kennedy and Yale Cousineau.
The women in the pro division showed that the east coast ladies can ride with the best of em. Taking first and the green was Eliza Green who came all the way from Chester Vermont to stomp everything she tried. High Rollerz regular Megan Burke busted big airs and a solid repertoire of rail antics to take second. Coming in third was “Jersey Girl” Kristy Link and Jenny Buono ended up in a solid fourth place.
The guys in the am men division showed once again that they are hungry with points leader Lucas “The Goon” Magoon taking first place honors for the second time in the series. Ted Borland riding for Artec project out of Massachussetts came in a close second with Vermonter Zach Friedline taking third. Jereme Leafe and Chu Thiv completed the top five in this heated division.
The am women showed compassion and guts for their fellow competitor when points leader Nelly Ward riding for Winterstick went down during the qualifiers with a knee injury. Second place finisher Becky Slattery riding for Gould Academy and third place finisher Nora Connors riding for Manitoba harvest decided to battle it out for second and third in the finals and graciously decided to give the first place honors to Nelly without making her compete on a bum knee in the final jam.
Overall, everyone gave 100% including shop sponsor Eastern Boarder and the Fringe/High Rollerz staff. No one complained and the High Rollerz Series moves on to Blue Hills, MA on February 21 for the next stop in this heated east coast points race.
This series is sponsored by: Scion, Burton Snowboards, Artec, Transworld Snowboarding, Winterstick Snowboards, Smith Optics, Eastern Edge, Oakley, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Scott, Eastern Boarder, Pioneer’s Board Shop, Sunny Breeze, NOTB snowboards, EE, Givo Brand Wear, Rye Airflield, Vew Dew, Atomic, Giro, Drop and Flow.
This series was conceived and put into action by Fringe Marketing and Boston based pro snowboarder Andrew Mutty www.andrewmutty.com
Those interested in participating can get more information and an entry form at www.highrollerzsnowboarding.com.
Fringe Marketing is a Portland Maine based youth and action sports marketing, consulting and event management firm. For more information on Fringe go to www.fringemarketing.com