Oakley Big Day Out
Wisconsin is the land of cows, cheese, and small ski slopes. The mountains may be meager, but the enthusiasm and skill of the riders is not. On Saturday, March 11, Oakley grassroots snowboarding series, Big Day Out, came to Cascade Mountain for a day of shredding, BBQ’ing, and competition. The set up consisted of a rail or box option into a tree ride hip. Luck was on our side as the scattered showers planned for the day missed us, and instead we got wicked tans.
By noontime, the early heats were underway and the hearty spirit of the Midwest was present as rider after rider threw down amazing tricks or paid the price. Oakley Wisconsin rep, and snowboard legend, Jason "J1" Gerardi was handling the grill. Red Bull was on hand to add further fuel to the fire. The field was narrowed to the top five riders in each division and twenty minute finals commenced. In the Women’s division it was current Midwest Open champ Emily Blewitt, and Oakley grassroots rider Jessi Huese taking the early lead. In the end Emily took the Oakley head to toe outfit and first place snow-globe.
The boys division was dominated by Ethan Deiss, taking the comfortable victory with combos on the upper rails into flip variations on the tree hip. Gunner Shuler and Kyle Kelly rounded out the top three, and the standout charger award went to Gus Shuler. The Men’s division saw a tight battle between Jacob Overboe and Ben Howell. In the end it was Aaron Bregner’s diligence and last minute heroics that took the victory and the badly needed new outfit and goggles.
The pro-invite division allowed the kids and local pros one last chance at glory as $500 cash was up for grabs for the best overall rider. Jerod Anklam took home the prize with his smooth style and huge backside tree bonks.
Mens 16 & Over
Boys 15 & Under