The 2006 TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAm Series presented by High Cascade Snowboard Camp kicked off this weekend at Bear Mountain with the kind of sunny t-shirt weather Bear Mountain holds a patent on. This free to enter, creative Mini-Slope-Style event was open to the first 100 amateur competitors to register … and filled up quickly.

The field of 100 riders rode in a two-hour Traffic Jam Session competing for an elusive T-Shirt Bib. TransAm t-shirt bibs numbered one through forty hung across the course clothesline fashion awaiting the chosen riders. During the Traffic Jam Session, the standout riders were given a T-Shirt Bib by the TransAm panel of judges, advancing them into the Final Jam. The judging panel consisted of Jesse Burtner (pro-shred/Think Thank Productions), Johnny Miller (M4′s rising-star) and Ami Voutilainen (ex-pro turned HCSC art-guy). Unlike your typical event the judges took turns riding along side the competitors giving them a real life perspective on the action.

Thanks to Chris Winslow, Clayton Shoemaker and the rest of the Bear Mtn. Park Crew, competitors got the chance to ride one of the sickest mini parks ever built. The features included a corrugated pole jam, a wooden barricade gap jump, a horizontal spine with a massive dead tree for coping, a volcano style jump (dubbed “The J-Lo for it’s large, perfect backside), a plastic barrel bonk, an old rowboat wall-ride, and more.

Set to the beats of Bear’s own DJ Slipmatt, the rider’s fed off each other’s creativity and energy throughout the Traffic Jam Session. Each time a rider’s name was announced that had made the finals and received a T-Shirt Bib, the level of riding stepped up a notch as the remaining competitors sought to stand out in the crowd and make the finals.

Throughout the day, standouts were many, but here are a few that come to mind: Bear filmer Joe Carlino’s perfect hand-plant atop the rowboat, brothers Chad and Ryan Tarbell’s style on everything they touched, Laurie Currier’s Olympic-level jibbing, Johnny Lazzareschi’s fast plant on the Vader Bonk, Gus Engle’s 50-50 double binding foot ejection, Silas Stannard’s rowboat skills, Canadian Jeremy Cloutier’s huge frontside three double-handed stiffys, Mikey McMillan’s dump truck backies, Zak Hale and the Midget Mafia’s endless list of tricks, Clayton Shoemaker’s huge styled out 3s and Scott Vine killing every obstacle while never falling once.

At the end of the Final Jam the Judges tallied up their scores sending Scott Vine and Laurie Currier to the top of the podium. Top Three Riders took home custom White and Pink TransAm backpacks from Dakine, custom painted Oakley Blades with laser etched TransAm lenses, Gift Cards to Active Ride Shop, High Cascade Byproducts, Ride gear and much more.

Following the announcement for the Judge’s winners was a quick competitor voting to determine the Rider’s choice award for the Best Overall Nutty Extreme Rider (B.O.N.E.R.). Receiving the most votes from his peers was Mikey McMillian who walked away with a brand new Ride DH Snowboard equip with Slime Wall Technology.

All in all, the entire event was a hit, giving the up-and-comers of SoCal and beyond an amusing arena to display their creative, progressive snow sliding skills.

Judge’s Choice

Top 3 Guys
1. Scott Vine

2. Jeremy Cloutier

3. Eli Weiner

Top 3 Girls
1. Laurie Currier
2. Melissa Evans
3. June Bhongjan

Rider’s Choice/B.O.N.E.R. Award
Mikey McMillan

Bail Jam Winner
Gabrielle Maiden

Crail Jam Winner
Kyle Fischer

Best Sailors, Row Boat Wall Ride
Todd Wright
Silas Stannard

Best Tricks
Derek Rue, shifty pole tail tap, oppo-450 out
Joe Mertze, boneless foot-plant, jump-through leg
Clayton Shoemaker, sick-style

Most Upside Down
Sam Spedale, frontal flip

Be sure to check out www.highcascade.com for photos, results, video and more. Also be sure to check out the video footage on Fuel TV’s show Project Detention and at www.bearmtn.com. See you February 4th at Winter Park in Colorado for the second stop of the TransAm Series.