Portland, Ore. (Oct. 22, 2007) — Salomon Snowboards kicked of the winter season with a backyard alley rail jam behind U.S. Outdoor Store in Portland, Ore.

The morning started with a torrential downpour that only Pacific Northwest clouds can produce. It lessened throughout the morning and by the time the finals started, the sun was shining.

The Backyard Bang struck a delicate balance. Local rippers threw down with visiting pros in a rainy, zany shred fest. The alley was packed to the brim with snow, spectators, cobra dogs, a beer garden, VIP party area, DJ Marc Frank Montoya, local lurkers, Jersey-transplants, celebrity announcers Dingo and Scotty the Body, cobra dogs, kids, TV crews and toss-out prizes.

Jed Anderson walked away with $3000 and first place for men. Coming in a close second was the newest addition to the Salomon team, Nick Dirks, who’s perfect back lip on the kinked rail had spectators throwing up their Bang bandanas. Third place went to jib jam regular, Lucas Magoon.

Ryan Thompson, Colin Langlois and Will Bateman all held it down in the finals.

For the ladies, Carrie Gallaway made a name for herself by snagging first place and $3000, without a single sponsor to her name. Second place went to Windell’s coach and Tahoe local Kirstin Seitz. Colleen Quigley scored third. Other stand-outs included Jamie Anderson, Desiree Melancon and Leanne Pelosi.

The crowd that gathered around the event included almost as many pros as the contest. Josh Dirksen and Scotty Arnold were in town. There was plenty of mayhem and well-intentioned debauchery. The evening ended with a blow-out dance party at the Someday Lounge, courtesy of Future Snowboarding Magazine.

Stay tuned for more TV info on the event from One-Eighty Inc.

Sponsors of the Backyard Bang included: Salomon Snowboards, US Outdoor Store, Bonfire Snowboarding, Oakley, Dakine, R.E.D., Paul Mitchell, Scion, Gore-tex, Skullcandy, 101KUFO, P Water, Cobra Dogs, Mt. Hood Meadows and Future Snowboarding Magazine.