Fresno, CA, once a marshy wasteland, where in the later part of the 1800’s a settler could claim his land by staking the four corners of the property is now at the heart of a fertile valley which boasts itself as the raisin capital of the world amongst a host of other agricultural imports. The Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour caravan was led north in search of another product of the valley, top-notch collegiate riders.
Our quest was met with riders under the influence of Big Bear and Sierra Summit, with riders like Daniel Holloway (Red Bull, DC Shoes) Alex Turner (Red Bull, Pro Tec, Smith, Forum, Vans) and Chad Cammack (Flux, POW, Omatic, Smith, Bern) as well as riders from up north with Silas Stannard (Red Bull, Rossignal Quicksilver, 32, Neff) from Tahoe and Andrae Cameron (Volcom, Forecast Snowboards, Celsius) from Mt. Hood.
The crowd was fueled not only with the sounds of DJ Wiki, but also by the sweet goodness of Clif Bar, and Red Bull, Cricket Wireless, text to win prizes, and swag from M(t) Theory, The Board Room, Giro, Spyder, and Civil Apparel,. MC Chimpy T called out the bag of tricks of the contestants, and needless to say, the judges were more than impressed.
To start out the finals, Andrae Cameron cut off the top 5 field by cutting a Front blunt through the kink. Cameron’s former Windell’s protégé camper, Alex Turner, didn’t forget the lessons of Coach Drae, landing himself 3rd place with a back-lip on the kink.
Eric Singer kept it consistent as usual and Hook, Line, and Sinkered himself a second place by 50-50, tail tap 270′ing out the middle feature.
The top place finish for best trick went to Shaun Daley as he stood a-top the scaffold with the pressure of last drop of the finals. This is where he stuck a nollie front blunt, switch 50-50, 180 out which landed him his first place finish with a cash purse, a custom Cricket Snowboard, and an invite to the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour Finals, in Portland, OR in May.
When the day was over Fresno State students had smiles, CBS News 47 had a story, riders had cash, and the Cricket Campus Rail Jam crew had a snowball fight with the locals.
1st- Shaun Daley
2nd- Eric Singer
3rd- Alex Turner
4th- Silas Stannard
5th- Andrae Cameron
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As many who have come before us in search of new opportunities and the best burritos that the USA had to offer, so the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour made its way to the southwestern most tip of California, to the beautiful paradise of San Diego. In continuation of our search for the best of collegiate riders, we were led to the 5th stop of our tour where we were introduced to new jib styles and a plethora of beautiful women, as we all would agree, are the two most important aspects of a solid rail jam.
With the help of local radio stations, Fuel TV, and promotion raiding on campus, hundreds of locals, SDSU students, and shredders showed up stoked for a snowboard competition in San Diego. After the snow was blown on, MC Chimpy T gave the go ahead nod, the Fuel TV cameras began rolling, DJ Wiki (the artist formerly known as DJ Gristified) started spinning and the riders dropped in to put on a quality show for the hyped crowd.
The rider plunged themselves off of 25 foot tall scaffolding into a three feature setup. A down rail on the right side, in the middle the infamous down flat down, and the down box on the riders left. Over 30 local riders displayed their best, including stylish front blunts down the 30 foot flat bar a 50-50b/s 180 out on the down box.
The preferred feature was the kink which received major attention in the qualifying heats with a back lip 270 out, a 50-50 backside 180, out as well as a tech 50/50 270 front board all being stomped to give riders the chance to advance to the event finals.
Along with the top caliber riding from the local riders lots of swag from, Clif Bar, Red Bull, AirDrives, Giro, Civil Apparel and with snowboards from Cricket Wireless and Signal Snowboards, the crowd stayed lively throughout the jam.
With the top 15 riders advancing to the event finals, the judges closed the down box and the flat bar being closed for the single feature finals. Riders competed feverishly in the finals with front boards, back lips, 180 on 180 off, front blunts, front tails, 50/50 front 360 out just to name a few tricks that went down on the down in the San Diego finals.
Once the smoke had cleared, it was the northwest crew who took the so-cal kids to school in the art of greasin’ rails with 3 of the 5 riders advancing to the tour finals in Oregon, also call that state their home.
1st- Eric Singer
2nd- John Adkins
3rd- Andre Cameron
4th- Colin Tucker
5th- Chad Cammack
1st- Jenna Klein
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Two stops into the Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour, one thing is becoming clear: some cities just breed talent. Case in point: the rail jam that took place on Tuesday, February 12 in the mile-high city. As the amber sun slid behind the Colorado Rockies, Denver locals dominated the three-rail setup constructed by Galvanic Design.
As cement was covered by snow from Eldora Mountain, DJ Gristified got things moving with standard and Grist original cuts. The rider-list for the finals read like an all-star shred team, and rider’s were sending Hail Mary’s all afternoon to secure their spot in the Portland championship.
Soaring high after a win at the Nikita Chickita Slopestyle, Izzy Lalive continued to up-the-ante for women’s riding by charging the down-flat-down and going for combos on all three rails. Melissa Kelly and Wesly Huntington kept the competition intense until the end, but at the buzzer it was Izzy that walked away with the cash and an invite to the Portland finals. Cameron Payne found a way to get two planks through two kinks and spin 270 opp-out, earning first in the skier division.
The men’s finalists put MC Chimpy T’s shred vocabulary to the test, unleashing a storm of switch-frontside-hardway-pop star madness. But Chimpy T ain’t no rookie and kept tabs on the riders and managed to sling a couple of Signal Snowboards and Keystone Resort prize packs to the fastest fingers for the Cricket Wireless text to win giveaway. After two qualifying heats, riders refueled on Red Bull and Clif Bars in preparation for the 12 man finals. Xavier Rojas cut class and put his board through a flex test: nosepressing through the kink and finishing up with a 180 to switch nosepress. DVLP riders Steven Waters and Eric Ludwig cracked the switch trick can and served up some hearty switch lips and 50-50’s, with some pretzels on the side and a Danish or two for dessert. Signal Snowboards riders Maxwell Scott and Kyle Hays run clinic on how to back 180, 270 to front board on the kink. Colin Walters added some flavor with a creamy nosepress pivot 5-0. Rome’s Jay “The Wiz” DeRose conjured up a MJ back 180 out, and employed some serious black magic to get himself into his white pants and spinning the un-natural way out on the flat bar. Despite the numerous hammers dropped in Denver that afternoon, it was Dylan Alito’s that proved to be the mightiest. Throughout the whole jam, Alito set the bar high and kept it there. Frontboards through the kink, switch 270’s on, handstands, and backlip 270’s out were all on the Alito’s grocery list of tricks, and he checked ‘em all off. As the sun set, the results were:
1st – Dylan Alito
2nd – Erik Ludwig
3rd – Steven Waters
4th –Jay “The Wiz” DeRose
5th – Colin Walters
1st – Izzy Lalive
2nd – Wesly Huntington
3rd – Melissa Kelly
1st – Cameron Payne
Runners Up – Adam Striar, Erik Mehus
Many thanks to the sponsors: Cricket Wireless, Clif Bar and the Save Our Snow gang, Spyder, Snowboarder Magazine, Signal Snowboards, Civil Apparel, Giro, Eclipse Snow Park, Cannon Apparel, Keystone Resort, and FUEL TV.
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Fueled by the oh-so-sweet sounds of DJ Gristified, Clif Bars, and Red Bull for days, both heats were firing on all pistons. M.C. Grady Skelton called the play-by-play action and appeased the masses with more give-aways than Ed McMahon. Had my fingers not been so severely frost-bitten, this reporter may have had a better chance of winning a brand-new Signal snowboard in the Cricket Wireless text-to-win giveaway. After two heats, twenty riders were selected for the finals which were a cross between rail-jam and circus act. The ladies got a little less friendly after the triple-team attack of the qualifiers. There were no holds-barred as Diana Sciandra-Distrol, Amanda Hankison, Michelle Zeller and Kendal Wilson got rough in the finals.
The skiers were down-right unconventional, with Mark Stover throwing 270’s in one way and out the other, and Landon Spear getting greedy and transferring from one rail to the other.
The snowboard men walked the line between technicality and insanity, getting hoots and hollers from the crowd and nervous looks from EMT’s. Hometown hero and Signal team rider Maxwell Scott got bored with frontboards and switch-ups through kinks and swung for the fences with a frontflip into the cold, dark night. Civil Apparel rider Eric Singer got gritty with some distinctly Northwest switch 270 to frontboards and a death-defying scorpion off the setup. Fellow Civil rider John Adkins served up a piping hot stack of backlips and some fresh pretzel-outs. Not wanting to let the west coast get to comfy, the Colorado Contingent kept things local with a large presence in the finals. So fresh and so clean Shane Pizzutello kept it fun with a grab bag of combos and a couple methods. Ricky Bates of Boulder based Kriminal Apparel made a swipe for the prize purse with a proper nosepress backside 180 out. Filling out the greatest hits were Joey Stokes switch frontboards, Bobby Flanigan and Boulder Freeride’s Greg Fass charging through the kink, and the Cannon Apparel Furry Monster’s backside twist. But when the dust settled it was Forecast snowboards’ Rem Robinson who stood above the rest. Rem kept everyone on their toes by jamming on all three rails, with a mixtape consisting of slick frontboards on the kink, classic nosepresses, and switch hits.
1st - Rem Robinson
2nd - Eric Singer
3rd - John Adkins
4th - Shane Pizzutello
5th - Greg Fass
1st - Michelle Zeller
1st - Mark Stover
2nd - Bill Flemming
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