The Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour finally returned home to Corvallis, Oregon’s Oregon State University and the birthplace of the campus rail jam tour concept. True Beaver Believers know the competition as the annual “Snow in the Quad”.
This year was a new experience for the Galvanic Crew, as it was the first expedition of a west-coast tour spanning seven states, and taking the crew far from their start and on a journey of nearly 4 months of great snowboarding and competitions. For the majority of the crew this was a long awaited homecoming to their Alma Mater, 6 of the 15 were affiliated with OSU and three more with connections from OSU’s event last year in the midst of an after party involving, girlfriends and knocked out teeth.
The setting could not have been more picturesque-temperatures crested 90 degrees while Corporate Clothing set up their booth between the pimped out Scion tC with the butterfly doors and the Civil Apparel van complete with a couch on the racks for the best possible seat in the house! Oregon State’s own DJ Landforce gave the crowd some rhythm while MC Chimpy T called out to many of his classmates for the start of the final qualifying event of the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour. Three heats of 15 riders rushed to the scaffolding to see the over 4,000 in attendance and compete for not only cash, but tons of prizes from the US Outdoor Store , Giro and Spyder, as well as a chance to earn their way into finals and be seen on FUEL TV the following week.
Sweat dripped from the riders as they ran up the setup, strapped in and charged down the rail set. It is not clear whether the riders were dropping so fast because they wanted to win or to impress the many skin showing co-ed’s in attendance. Whatever their reason, the top riders threw down.
The top five men’s finalists shined the kink rail with a back board to front board combo by Shaun Daley, a 50-50 back board 360 out by Blake Payne, a clean front board in shorts through the kink by Eric Singer and a very clean 50-50 to 360 out by Joni Burger. The top award was given to John Adkins riding for Civil Apparel when he stuck a very clean 50-50 to 270 backboard late in the finals.
The women showed up in full force on the box feature with Raelynd Tarnove nosepressing and Kendra Langston tailsliding into the top three, but the top woman performer of the day went to Randa Shahin with a solid 50-50 through the kink.
The skier contingency hashed it out with side ski combos through the kink, but at the end of the day it was Collin Wright who finished with the largest spinner award and the first place skier for his 450 on and 270 out of a side ski combo through the kink.
At the end of the competition, it was nice to stand at the top of the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour setup and admire the view…….of a beautiful campus, great competitors and of course the good looking female kind seen throughout the crowd. After a long day of riding, it was time to meet them and explore the nightlife of Corvallis.
With the official after-party at Tailgaters, a crewmember’s birthday and a naked slip n slide on Greek row, how could anyone forget a great time at Oregon State University? The next morning would have been impossible without the hangover cure combo of Red Bull Sugar Free and Banana Nut Clif Bar. It was finally time to focus energy on the finals in Portland, where all of the top riders from the previous stops would come and show their skill for great prizes, a stellar audience and some big money.
1. John Adkins
2. Joni Burger
3. Eric Singer
4. Blake Payne
5. Shaun Daley
1. Randa Shahin
2. Kendra Langston
3. Raelynd Tarnove
1. Collin Wright
2. Brian Spere
3. Joey Van Der Mere
A special thanks to all of our tour supporters, without you supporting our scene, there would be no way we could host the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour. Together we can grow our sport.