6:30 am the mountain was socked in and reports of 40-60 mph gust on the ridge. How the hell do you cancel an event you worked this hard establishing and promoting? It’s the day of the JAM and the features are already loaded on our trailer the weather wasn’t the best but we were committed! It was time to hit the highway and hope for the best. With help of Heeber McNiel and Tj Hires we knew we couldn’t be beaten by some of mother natures Funk!
When we arrived at the first spot we quickly decided it was too windy, so we headed to a wind blocked area on the top of the summit. “steez treez” it was, today and we carefully started dragging these behemoth sized rails up the snowy hillside. A little weather won’t bother us true snowboarders. Dj Minsart and I had spent soo much time and effort on our new features, carrying up this hillside was the only thing slowing our world debut. With a little shoveling and a quick wipe down of the rails, it was just about showtime and steeze-balls were showing up by the subie load!
We set up some barrels at the entrance to gather old gear for the youth of our city, and a program called projectsnow.org. I knew the community would rally together for this but, I had know idea how much gear they would bring fourth. Thanks to everyone who donated there gear, your a good person, the gear is gonna make it to that right person! (see photo of all the gear)
Andy Crowell with Zunuz shoes, a proud sponsor of Steez’n for a Reason, Was there in full force. He set up a both and hooked up people with swag all day! He even sponsored best trick on the down bar and Brenton Aiken won some shoes. It was a battle for podium slots in that contest. but a smooth 27-on front blunt 27-off took the sneakers home- second place went to thee steeziest Bryce Salazar and third to Park City shred Jeff Spicolli. (Kevin Strande, LM33 really brought some heat as well, tough competition, but a session of epic proportions for sure)
After all those bangers on the down bar it was hot dogg city, thanks to yours truly and Ms Savannah Patton for cookin’ up those 100 hot dogs! Next time we decided to bring more condiments…. and some steaks! By this time the weather was literally perfect out and layers were being shed! It was turning out to be one of the greatest days of my winter. All my friends were there and we were having a great time! After the grub sesh we got back to jib’n and ollie’n over everything in sight. Brewer got sick with it and literally did every trick in the book thru out the day. Heres a pic of dude jus ollie’n a barrel yo’.(photo of andrew) I do feel the need to mention our super bad ass TM Gency Warren front 1′ed the same feature, another highlight of MY day. Thanks to Gency and Eternal for hooking up some shwag and sponsoring the event as well.
Next we all got into some jib-low (jibbing limbo). Check some of the photos of gettin down’n low, thanks to Stinky Socks the lowest jib nasties scored some sick socks. Bryce was stoked to get some new socks his feet were stinky, so it was a match made in heaven!
Hey if you see Sunny Beard tell her shes a sock snatcher!
Angelo Archeta was there getting wild too, love snowboarding with that guy. My good buddies from all over made it to this event. Multiple rad heads from South Lake Tahoe and even some good friends from Utah made the trek to get steezy. I didn’t hear one complaint, no bad attitudes, it was all good energy and tons of stoked shredders. I was really happy and so was my bro DJ, from MNM Enterprises who provided the rails. We had a bunch more shwag to give out and it was already like 4pm so DJ started to hook up the skiers with rad Moment gear, thanks to Dane Dacus.
The afternoon seemed to fly by, felt like we were only there for a few hours. I guess good music, rad rails, and family fun will do that to an afternoon. It was an awesome feeling seeing all of my hard work pay off from this event, sure cant wait to do another one in the future. Glad everyone had fun, and no one got hurt. A Special thanks goes out to all the sponsors of the event, and the forest service for letting us use the land!
Words: Wade Godi
Photos: Andrew Guddat and Wade Godi