Volcom Stone’s Global PBRJ Championships went down under flawless wild western skies on Saturday, April 24th, 2010!
Well friends, another PBRJ season has come to an end. Looking back, the fun we had and the tricks we saw over the course of the 2010 tour were quite simply next level. This year’s Championships were unique in that nearly all the riders competing were worthy of standing on the podium. Technically speaking, the vast majority of riding was neck and neck. Style, on the other hand was of the salacious variety. Having so many different crews onhand boggled the mind.
The Championships is also fun because it gives us a chance to catch up with all the friends we make each season. Whether it be a few inches taller, an eccentric new hairstyle or another feeble attempt at a moustache, being a part of the process is a sheer delight.
The 15 & under division had the distinguished honor of being responsible for kicking off the 6th annual PBRJ Championships! The skills on display were through the roof as the groms blew through the saloon doors and laid waste to the custom PBRJ contest site! The live webcast on volcom.com and tws.com captured all the magic for thousands of people watching around the world. After the final buzzer sounded, Kai Wiggins stood atop the podium with Spencer Whiting in 2nd and Cole Schneider nicely rounding out the top three!
Under most circumstances keeping the party going after such a hectic heat would be a tall order. Then again, under most circumstances you don’t have the finest amateur shreds on the planet chomping at the bit to give it their best try. Thankfully they wasted no time getting down to business and put on a show for the history books! Switzerland’s Thomas Coldebella was charging hard and pushing his US and Canadian counterparts. After the snow settled and we’d screamed ourselves hoarse, Parker Worthen took top honors with Jordan Blain and Corey Schneider in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Girls division had the blessing and the curse of following the aforementioned anarchy. Of course as we all know, you gotta fight anarchy with anarchy. The girls obviously subscribed to this line of thinking because they charged the contest site in a hurry! Impressive hammers came fast and furious as the girls pulled out all the stops in search of a piece of PBRJ legend and the $30,000 cash purse! After all was said and shred, Emily Blewitt jibbed her way into 1st, Miyaki Ontsuka claimed 2nd and Joanna Dzierzawski rounded out the top three in fine form.
The Open Division was up last and blew away even the more optimistic predictions of how absolutely mental the riding would be! Johnny Lazz, the two-time defending Open Division Champion was riding hard and looking to three-peat. Standing in his way were some of the most talented ams this side of the sun! These savvy gunslingers stood their ground and had a shootout between the old saloon and the trading post! It looked like Johnny Lazz would land at the top of the heap but Ryan Paul’s last-second nollie frontflip off the butter pad to 50-50 on the down rail had everyone shaking their heads in disbelief! I can honestly say I can’t remember a contest ending in more exciting fashion. Titillating insanity! Ryan Paul took home 1st, Johnny Lazz 2nd and Johnny Brady 3rd!
The down-flat-down in zone 1 was a hotbed of activity all day
First and foremost, thanks to all the riders (and their parents) who loaded up their wagons and hit the road. Beyond the catcti and sun baked horizon, was Mammoth Mountain and a PBRJ competition the likes we’ve never seen before. Thanks to Mammoth’s Oren Tanzer, Lauren Franklin, Joanna Kaylor, Chris Zajec, Michael, Patrick, Jordan and everyone else at the resort for all their hard work and stone support! This year’s setup was a challenging beast that wasn’t easy to tame. Needless to say, the Unbound terrain park crew outdid themselves once again! Thanks also to Seth Huot for being our celebrity guest judge, DJ Matty Mo for providing the soundtrack as well as Chris Mathews and Jani Lange for being a jack-of-all-trades. Last but not least, thanks to all our PBRJ tour sponsors for backing the 2010 PBRJ tour!