Summit County, Colorado—While Olympic decisions were being made down the road in Breckenridge, more than twenty riders descended on a secret location on December 15th for a different type of invitational—the So Gnar TV Grand Prix of Jibbing. There was no money on the line, no Olympic spots to be filled, no awards, no crushed egos, and no sore losers. What they did get was the most fun that many had in days, weeks and even years.
“What’s more fun than riding with your friends, no pressure, other than that to have fun? This event was just that, said Aaron Dodds, snowboarding photographer extraordinaire—”Seriously, it was the best day in a while.
While there were no winners or losers, Pat Milbery emerged as the grand champion of the day. Everyone in attendance, including the stacked line-up of heavy hitters like Mike Casanova, Doran Laybourn, JP Tomich, Chris Avantaggio, Rachel Nelson, Kevin Casillo, and Jay Legge, agreed that Milbery killed it.
The morning began like any other, with all the riders meeting for a big breakfast of pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs at Daylight Donuts in Breckenridge. But once on the hill, the session was on.
Pat Milbery, with the help of Salomon super man Alex Pashley and the Adrenaline Garage Crew, constructed the course; an A-Frame log slider, an up log slider over a bush, a BIG gap to down rail on loan from Winter Park Resort, and a high barrel jib.
Highlights of the event were Milbery’s 270 on the big gap to down rail, huge backside 180 japan off the up log, and some 50-50’s to jedi spinners on the A-frame log. Other highlights were Jay Legge’s fast plant on the double barrel, and Nate Kern killing the up log. Not to mention Ron Bureta, owner of Sined Snowboards, grilling up veggie burgers and polish sausages all afternoon. It was a serious session of good times. It didn’t matter who did the gnarliest or most original tricks. All that mattered was that everyone had fun.
“We’re just here to snowboard. We’re not here for publicity reasons. We’re not here for someone else. We’re here just to get together, film and let people see how much fun we’re having. It’s perfect.—Kevin Casillo.
“This is the Future. This is what snowboarding needs to be brought back to—fun!—Aaron Dodds
The event was created by So Gnar TV—a snowboard reality show that will air in all 50 states on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Channel beginning in February. This event is exactly what So Gnar TV strives to do. To get to the heart of what snowboarding, at its best, is all about.
So Gnar TV is the story of a group of young pro snowboarders—the best in Colorado—out to prove themselves to the world. So Gnar TV is their personal stories of the challenges and adventures they face together on the road to glory. The snowboarding reality show, created and produced by Adrenaline Garage Productions, Ltd. will air starting in February 2006 in front of Altitude Sports and Entertainment’s 5.2 million subscribers.