2006 Oakley Pocono Rail Jam


Riders from throughout the northeast converged on Big Boulder Mountain to compete for cash prizes and raise money for local grassroots snowboarding tour. The Oakley Pocono Rail Jam boasted a full roster of professional skiers and snowboarders competing for cash, $5000 to be exact. All proceeds from the event and the after party benefited the USASA sanctioned grassroots snowboarding tour, the Mid-Atlantic Snowboard Series.

The Mid-Atlantic Snowboard Series worked with designer Mark Huffnagle from The Big Boulder Park Crew, which set the tone for the day with innovative and progressive rails. The feature included a flat down rail, flat box and kinked rail separated by two sets of 24-foot long staircases. The Park Crew at Big Boulder has now become the leader in the Pocono’s for aggressive rails and overall park design. Having new owners at the helm makes it possible to produce innovative designs that both skiers and snowboarders demand.

The one and a half hour long rail jam qualifiers only allowed the top 16 to advance to the finals in the afternoon. The judging panel had their work cut out for them as riders and skiers were sticking difficult maneuvers throughout the qualifiers. During the finals is when all contestants really let in all hang out for the cash. Event coordinators said, unofficially, that you had to go big to win, and they did.

The Results of the event were as follows: First place, Louie Hanft, $1,500; second, Kevin Thomas, $1,000; third, Greg Stem, $750; fourth, Justin Stem, $500; fifth, David Carlin, $400; sixth, Shawn Batzer, $300; seventh, Ben Faturos, $250; eighth, Marc Iannazzo, $200; ninth, Trip Brown, $100; and 10th, Ryan Breslin, $50.

The contest was not the only festivities happening throughout the day. Pro Riders Erik Leines and Bjorn Leines flew in from Park City, Utah to hang with riders and spectators. The Leines brothers are legendary within the snowboarding community. Oakley provided this one on one experience to riders and spectators by offering autographs and a “Ride with the Pros” program. The entire day was filled with raffle give a ways for the spectators and also premiered “The Community Project“ movie outside on the Big Screen. The scene was surreal as the 2006 Winter Snow Storm that blanked the entire Northeast began just as viewing of “The Community Project” did. Special thanks to the Leines brothers, the Oakley crew (Freddie K, Joe E, Paul S and Josh G), The Big Boulder staff, all the judges, DJ Howard, Keith E the photographer, Billy VG and the Mid-Atlantic Snowboard Series Staff, John L and Buckmans, 940 Snowboards and Bacardi.


Staff Writer


February 11, 2006