What do The Incredible Hulk, Roxy girls, and Campbell’s Soup at Hand all have in common? All were present during the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAm kick off at Copper Mountain, January 11, 2004.
The TransAm is a unique jam format contest that pools from USASA slopestyle competitors to participate in an hour long session for prizes from the TA sponsors. The “judges are pro riders and industry reps. For Copper it was Chad Otterstrom, Ryan Thompson, Jessica Dalpiaz, Matt Peterson, Leslie Glenn, and Brian Craighill. The concept behind the TransAm is to give a little love back to the USASA (by increasing sign-ups) and to produce an event that’s low pressure and FUN at the amateur level.
A hardworking and knowledgeable Copper park staff put together four jib systems for all levels of the chosen USASA riders and guest pros to show off what they do best. The first obstacle was two P-tex-topped picnic tables arranged in a flat down configuration that riders, like the kid known only as The Incredible Hulk (because of the Hulk adorned tee-shirt he wore), were testing their safety boundaries.
The second was a flat 30-foot box, the third a gap to down straight rail, and the last was the Zumiez “Couch Tour couch. One rider landed flips over the couch, which was impressive, but we couldn’t get a photo of … because I kept missing it (sorry couch flip kid). On the rails, every trick was thrown — but it was the consistency and overall bad-assness that won the trophies.
Announcer Jeff Meyer kept things rolling along (with witty bullhorn banter by Quiksilver’s Brain Craighill and pro rider Matt Peterson), and DJ Majai spun tunes for the entire Copper Village to rock out to.
Shortly after the jam session ended, all the USASA kids were lined up to race each other to the top of the Trans-Am area where goggles, tee-shirts, beanies, gloves, stickers, and soup were scattered for the fastest (or sneakiest) to scoop up. Like they say, all is fair in love and war …
The Tran-Am winners were awarded with a pizza party at the Village’s Blue Moose and a shizzle of product from Ride Snowboards, Quiksilver, DaKine, Smith Optics, Zumiez, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, and Campbell’s Soup at Hand, along with a trophy handmade by TWS founder Larry Balma.
Thanks to all the TransAm sponsors as well as Copper Mountain for helping us put on an event that left us with warm fuzzy feelings. Look for the Mountain High story soon — then sign up for the Vail event, February 7!
1. Justin Heath
2. Madison Ellsworth
3. James Banks
Tied: Gabi Viteri and Nichole Mason