The TransWorld TransAm Series Final presented by High Cascade Snowboard Camp took place this past weekend during the USASA Nationals at Northstar. Under the lights, the nighttime Mini-Slopestyle"¢ event nestled in Northstar’s Village set the scene for some of the most creative/progressive riding of the 5 stop series.
With 1500 top AM’s from around the country already at Northstar for Nationals, digging up talent was easier than smelling a fart in a car. The top USASA Nationals Slopestyle finishers, a few prior TransAm winners and 30 riders chosen through a lottery combined to make up the 100-rider field.
This field was split into two heats of 50, each riding in a 30 minute Traffic Jam"¢. The top 20 riders from each Traffic Jam"¢ advanced into the finals by receiving a coveted TransAm T-shirt Bib from the all-star cast of judges. The judging panel consisted of TransWorld Snowboarding’s Jardine Hammond, professional coffee drinker Bobby Meeks and Ride Snowboards pro-shred and Tahoe local Chris Demolski.
The Mini Slopestyle course was chock full of fun, consisting of three “lines: 1.) a down box into a mini quarter-pipe topped with 3 different barrels, 2.) a low flat bar to drop off into a flat-down rail that was set up sideways on top of the quarter pipe (perpendicular to the down hill) and 3.) an offering of 3 hand shaped BMX-style jumps into a semi active volcano jump. Designed by Oakley’s Liam Barrett, the volcano ran on dry ice, a flashlight and tons of hot water.
When the Traffic Jam’s kicked off, the flip variations reigned supreme on the crowd o’ meter. What went down? Try this on for size: cab 270 on to nollie front flip out off a down box, back-flip off of a flat, flatbar, multiple nose press frontal flips, and something that resembled a 50-50 nollie Backside McRodeo. Wow… Kids these days. I tell ya, the backflip-backlip ain’t far off.
Waterville Academy’s rising star Tim Humphries rode all night in the High Cascade Manimal"¢ costume, killing it half blind with Manimal"¢ hair all in his eyes. Winter Park TransAm winner Maxwell Scott showed up and spun on and off of the rails like a G.D. ballerina. Bear Mtn. TransAm winner Scotty Vine destroyed the Mini Course landing himself in 3rd place with hand-plants, jumps, jibs and jabs… Burton young bucks Hans Mindnich and Ben Watts rode amazing as did Sam Hulbert, Forest Bailey, Tucker Norred Mike Farnum and Chris Waker. Waterville Valley TransAm standout Tucker Speer left his VT mark on the TransAm Series winning Best Trick and the Rider’s Choice Award. Tucker’s best trick consisted of a FS 180 onto the flat part of the flat down rail to 540 stationary stall-balance-spin, hopping back into the quarter-pipe with ease. He won the Rider’s Choice Award by a landslide earning himself a free trip to High Cascade Snowboard Camp this summer.
In the end it was some of the youngest riders of all who rode the best. 2nd place was snatched up by, 13 year-old Tucker Drimal, with his down box to bystander collision combos. Locking down the number one spot was 13-year old Nitro Am Zak Hale from Big Bear, CA who destroyed the rails like… well…. like a 13-year old kid from Big Bear. Zak took home next Years Ride DFC board with the Slime Walls, Active Gift Cards, the Gold Oakley Blades, Dakine TransAm Bags and more.
On the ladies side, Jamie Anderson took home the best trick award for one of her blunt 270 outs on the down box. Laurie Currier from Bear grabbed her second TransAm victory of the year, with her pal June Bhongjan coming in second. Their relentless attack on the boxes and barrels put them atop the podium for the Martinelli Massacre that 3rd place Jamie Anderson unleashed. At 15-years old Jamie proved she was no stranger to contest victories drenching everyone with the Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider in a decisive mock champagne battle victory.
High Cascade and Transworld would like to thank Oakley, Ride and Dakine for making the 2006 series such a success. IIn addition big high-fives go out to Active Ride Shop, Eastern Boarder and Satellite for the shop support and to Bear Mtn, Winter Park, Mt. Creek, Waterville Valley and Northstar for hosting the events. Last but not least: THANK YOU RIDERS. Your open minds, enthusiasm and creativity made the TransAms what they were.
Anyone interested in having a 2007 TransAm at their home mountain should visit www.highcascade.com/transam to submit your request. The ’07 TransAm Series is set to be all time.
TransAm Finals, Final Results
1. Zak Hale
2. Tucker Drimal
3. Scotty Vine & James Shoshone
1. Laurrie Currier
2. Jamie Anderson
3. June Bhongjan
Tucker Speer & Jamie Anderson
Rider’s Choice Award