Stair Trifecta: Oakley Snowboard Team Sweeps Stylewars Rail Jam Titles in Australia
Stylewars’ rail contest got O-wned, big time.
The rockin’ Australian TTR World Snowboard Tour Event saw Oakley’s Mark McMorris (Stylewars Stairmaster), Sebastien Toutant (Best Trick) and Jye Kearney (Best Aussie Rider) sweep the ‘28 Stairs’ Rail Jam titles.
A super intense showdown in record-breaking harsh conditions ended with McMorris stealing his second consecutive overall “Stairmaster” title. The repeating champ topped a super talented field of some of the world’s best riders, including Jeremy Thompson, Ian Thorley, Matts Kulisek and current TTR World Number One, Gjermund Braaten – taking everyone down with sharp consistency over the competition’s three rails. Fellow Oakley Teammate, Sebastien Toutant, was one of his victims – although Toutant’s hard-charging performance saw him take the Best Trick title with his stomping of a Switch Hardway 270 Boardslide down the Double Kink Rail. But it wasn’t enough to take down McMorris.
In other words, Mark threw down…big time. So big that the TTR Head judges were quoted with calling him the “Next Big Thing.”
We definitely agree. Combine his gold medal at the FIS snowboarding championships this year – with his exploding reputation in the snowboard world – and it’s safe to say that everyone is catching McMorris fever.
But the Canadian rippers weren’t the only Oakley Team Riders in the spotlight down under. 17-year old Jye Kearney from NSW represented his home turf in grand fashion as he grabbed recognition as the best local rider in the competition. TTR judge Tim Shaw even claimed that Kearney’s performance really put Australia on the map for the event, and said he had a real chance of winning the Stairmaster title up against the formidable collection of Canadians gracing (and winning) the contest. Just an amazingly action-packed showcase of the sport’s emerging young talent.
And it all went down in insanely harsh conditions. Despite super cold temperatures and record-breaking amounts of snow dumping onto the resort, the ’28 Stairs’ contests still attracted an astounding number of viewers who chose to suck it up and take in the collection of exciting riders. In just 24 hours, Falls Creek Resort stacked up more than 50cm of snow in what has been said to be one of the most incredible powder dumps in Australian history. But the show went on, and Oakley plowed through to victory.
Congratulations to our trio of youngsters! Here’s a sick highlight video for your viewing ecstasy: