Boulder Colorado is like that kid the popular kid in high school who had it all; Captain of the football team, class valedictorian, boyfriend to the hottest chick in town, and all around Mr. Nice Guy. Boulder is truly the full package and ultimate college town for anyone stoked on snowboarding or skiing. Dubbed, “The city nestled between the mountains and reality” Boulder is just that; A mile-high city that revolves around college, partying, snowboarding, and well…some other stuff. So obviously, it was a no-brainer to make Boulder a stop in the 2009 Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour.
Boulder Freeride x Campus Rail Jam Tour. The perfect callabo.
Eric, Alex, and Ryan playing some metal
On Thursday, March 12th Galvanic Design teamed up with Boulder Freeride, the ski and snowboard club at CU, to host the raddest rail jam Boulder has ever seen. The intersection of 13th and College on “The Hill” was shut down to make room for the monster, 100ft long setup and the mob of usual shred suspects who came to watch the action.
Snowboarding is more fun in the streets
Local shred celebs Mike Casanova and Mark Moline came out to peep the scene and judge the snowboarders, along with Peter Olenick and Bobby Brown who put the pen to the paper to call the shots for the skiers. Event Organizers, Galvanic Design, had their hands full with over 150 hungry shredders applying to throw down for their chance at the $3000 cash purse. Needless the say, there were a lot of kids begging to ride and bribing registration staff members with everything from dreamcatchers to illegal substances. After whiddling down the field to 60 of the most savage riders in the area, the competition was under way and things got ferocious.
Hi, I’m going to drop now. Me too. Whatevs.
DJ Kid Couture and emcee Chimpy T kept the locals psyched with fiery beats and a barrage of free product. Consisting heavily of local snow enthusiasts, crazed groms, and the usual pseudo gypsies, the crowd packed in from all angles and stormed the rooftops to get a peak.
More bark than bite? Don’t think so.
As the sun set behind the flatirons, the lights flickered on and things turned serious as the finals got underway. Smiles remained large and vibes remained positive as always, but the tricks got a bit scary and the brutal dudes separated themselves from the pack with some technical wizardry.
The ski field had some big names involved and to no one’s surprise, the finals were full of bangers. Judges liked Matt Walker’s 450’s and rewarded him with a third place spot and a full kit from Spyder. Local phenom and new addition to the Poor Boyz crew, Nick Martini, claimed second and some Boone skis with his 270 on to pretzel 630 out on the box. Finishing first, psyched as hell and smiling ear to ear, Andrew Hathaway walked away with $800 for his flawless switch-ups and all around killer style.
Nick Martini’s got swagger
Andrew Hathaway – ready to switch things up
(L-R) Matt Walker (3rd), Andrew Hathaway (1st), Nick Martini (2nd)
Now that the roads have been cleared and everyone has awaken from their post after-party comas, it’s time for the Galvanic Design crew to pack up and head to Fort Collins for the fifth stop of the tour at CSU. Only an hour north of Boulder, the crew hopes to be seeing some familiar faces and plenty of insane riding. Fort Collins knows how to throw down, so the event should be as wild as usual. See you there!