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On 25th March, Oakley Jib-Vid THE premier ride, film and edit contest in Europe unleashed 17 teams of world class snowboarders, skiers and filmers in the Austrian après-haven of Mayrhofen. Nights of persistent snowfall and bluebird days created a perfect setting for this year’s event. The Oakley Jib-Vid challenge is simple but demanding – 28 hours, 17 teams of 3 people and a 2-minute short film to showcase amazing riding, proficient filming and editing and is it too much to ask for an interesting storyline!? The Vans Penken Park was host to the majority of the riding with organiser Graham MacVoy introducing some unique Oakley Jib-Vid obstacles & boxes, but the incredible powder fields were hard to ignore and tempted some teams away from the rails to explore the vast backcountry.

After a grueling 28 hour day and caffeine infused night most teams opted for a post-deadline sleep but a few of the hardcore made their way to the Oakley Flip&Grip contest in the park. Tricks for beer money was the order of the day with 750 Euros being dished out in appreciation for style, imagination and guts!

The Arena Nightclub played host to this year’s Oakley Jib-Vid projection night and after party. From the moment the first films were played it became obvious that the level of riding, filming, editing and creativity continues to step it up year on year. The films were judged by the teams themselves and three external judges. The scoring was broken into four categories; Riding (40%), Filming (20%), Editing (20%) and Creativity (20%). After the initial round of screenings only five outstanding entries that fulfilled the criteria most successfully had the chance to be shown and judged for a second time to determine the final standings.

5TH PLACE – Meth-Headz with an ambitious 3D movie that got the crowd sporting 3D glasses
4TH PLACE – Protest for their amusing alien inspired film
3RD PLACE – Onboard followed up last year’s win with their sequel Joonas 3000. Niki Korpela was also awarded Best Trick for his front 10
2ND PLACE – Oakley Tigers bagged the silver but their camerawork meant they walked away with the Best Filming award too
1ST PLACE – O’Neill/Isenseven!!! Their film Technical Difficulties 2.0 was a killer concept involving malfunctioning camera equipment making the black and white-attired riders switch mid trick. Solid riding, a banging soundtrack and great editing contributed this year’s title!

A special shout out has to go to the Burton Team who were awarded the “most creative” title for their amazing film in which; after getting the necessary shots in the Vans Penken Park to abide by the rules; they jetted out to the UK for a midnight session at Milton Keynes SNO!Zone on a specially-built park; before flying back to Mayrhofen in time for the hand-in! Mission well and truly accomplished! The UK’s Team Oakley Snowboard came in 9th place with “Tyler’s Little Secret” webcam style video. Tyler Chorlton was wearing the new 2010 Splice goggles in Lava and Vicci Miller was rocking new 2010 A Frame colours. The UK’s ski team not only produced one of the most humourous entries in the competition, they went on to entertain the crowds at the best trick contest with Mike Wakefield throwing misty 540s to rails!

With the films and prize giving completed, the after party kicked off with headline act Guilty Pleasures’ Anna Greenwood taking to the decks and the stage; belting out classic track after classic track to the packed dance floor. The Drunken Masters followed Anna with a high-energy set!
The Jib-Vid all started in March 2005 with the first edition happening in Tignes, France. The event was mainly for the Tignes seasonaires with a couple of other teams coming from La Plagne and Morzine and all the entry fees were put back into the contest for prize money, free beer and a BBQ. In 2006 the Jib-Vid stepped up a level with support from Protest and with increased prize money and reputation the event went from strength to strength. However, 2008 was the year for change for the Jib-Vid, Oakley came onboard as new title sponsor and the event moved over to Mayrhofen, Austria to the Vans Penken Park, which Europe’s biggest snowpark. For 2009 the event has been taken to a whole new level, making the 2009 Oakley Jib Vid the best year ever!

To watch all of the 2009 Oakley Jib-Vid Entries please visit www.jib-vid.com and for a peek at the rest of the action watch this video….

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Heather Pigott


April 14, 2009