Campus Rail Jam Tour mobilized by
Cricket and Ford - RECAP U of A!
Words: Taylor Murray
Photos: Darcy Bacha
For the full photo gallery click HERE!
The Arizona desert is a weird place. Maybe it’s the 700 year-old cacti, the
awkward co-existence of frat boys and gypsies, or the fact that it just snowed more
in Flagstaff than anywhere else in the country. Regardless, the crew from the Campus Rail Jam Tour
was stoked to
explore Tucson and feed their appetite for the bizarre. Check the
first Weekly Update video below to see what went down before the event.
With an amazing
debut in Tucson last February, the Tour is no stranger to the University of
Arizona. The crew was welcomed
with open arms as they skated through campus spreading the stoke and making
friends with every attractive girl to walk by. Tucson may not be the breeding ground for the next LNP or
Tom Wallisch, but the locals sure do love snow. That being said, the crew was psyched to add their own
blend of bizarre to the desert and swap sand for snow in the middle of
If there’s one
thing learned from last year, it’s that Arizona locals love to skate. So when students walked out from
classes to the sight of snow and a brand
new mini ramp, it was like Christmas came early to the UA campus.
When the event
kicked off at noon, classrooms must have been emptier than a box of doughnuts
in a cop car, because over 3,000 kids were on-site enjoying the snow and
skate. The UA students must have
liked what they saw last year, because over two times as many people applied to
ride in the contest. Not bad for a
place where most people have never even seen snow! Snow-hungry co-eds flooded the sponsor booths, making custom
t-shirts at the Cricket Wireless tent, and entering to
win the FordDrivesU Ultimate Snowboard Getaway.
Only two female
snowboarders came out to play in the big snowcone pile, and both walked away
with more product than they could carry!
Kristin Swanson was all smiles and took home second place along with a
limited edition snowboard from Ford. Tour veteran, Emily Astiz started things off with mellow
slides on the rainbox-down box but soon started eyeballing the 10-foot gap
box. With the crowd roaring, Emily
flawlessly floated the gap and powered through the box. Needless to say, Emily landed in first
place with and new banana traction board from Roxy snowboards.
Emily pushes over the rainbow
(L-R) 1st place – Emily Astiz, 2nd
place - Kristin Swanson
For many of the
male shreds, the three rails on the new setup were bigger than anything they’ve
hit all season. However size
didn’t seem to concern the AZ rippers as they attempted to pull out everything
in their bag of tricks to impress the judges. Colin Ofloy went into the finals dropping hammers with 270s
and 360s onto the gap box. Judges
awarded Colin third place and a full kit from Bonfire
Outerwear. Second place
went to Tempe local, Loren Brinton for his proper 5-0s and frontboards on the
kink. At the end of the day it was
David Biner in first for his buttery combos and smooth style. David slayed all three rails and was
hooked up with a new board from Salomon Snowboards for his effort.
270 to frontboard by Loren Brinton
(L-R) 2nd place – Loren Brinton, 1st
place – David Biner (3rd
place – Colin Ofloy not pictured)
Skier Alex Gaynor came out on top for the two plankers and
walked away with a fresh pair of Coreupt
Skis after throwing down stylie 270s on the gap box . Andrew Salter followed closely in
second and was rewarded for his efforts with some sick new Bonfire
Outerwear. Last year’s winner, Nate Johnson
rounded out the pack in third scooping up the Neff x CRJT collabo hat and some other
pushing two planks through two kinks
(L-R) 2nd place – Andrew Salter, 1st
place – Alex Gaynor, 3rd place – Nate Johnson
With the first event in the books, the Galvanic crew packed
up the semi, waved goodbye to new amigos and is headed towards Tempe for the
second event of the Campus Rail Jam Tour to take
place at Arizona State University.
The rail jam will be the main attraction of “Devilpalooza” this Friday
the 19th. Be sure to
to apply to ride and for more info on the tour.