It was a long road but well worth it for the Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour this year, and since I do love me some Oregon based industry news I wanted to throw up something about it. Super impressed with how well this event is doing, and also growing every year. After 5-months and thousands of miles, the tour brought 60 of the top skiers & snowboarders to the finals in Portland, OR. aka: Ptown. aka: The City of Roses. aka: Bridge City. aka: Beervana. aka:….how many nicknames does this city have? I could probably do a post just on that. Anyway, all the finalists threw down for a chance at part of the $5,000 in cash & prizes. When it was all said and done three skiers were left at the top of the podium: 1st Place went to Connor Bennett, 2nd: Khai Krepela, and 3rd: Pete Arneson. Congrats you guys and to all the riders who participated in the events this year. And also to everyone behind the scenes helping grow this awesome series, can’t wait till next year! The edit below of the finals is awesome, highly recommend a viewing.
Here’s the full article on the finals from the Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour website. And check out the photo gallery too!
Photos: Drew Diehl
Words: Keenan Jones
For the full photo gallery click HERE!
It’s all or nothing. After five months and over 15,000 miles traveled, the crew made it to the City of Roses, Portland, Oregon for the fourth annual Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour Finals. 60 of the top skiers and snowboarders from around the nation found their way to Pioneer Square with hopes of snagging a piece of the $5,000 cash purse, heaps of gear, and bragging rights for a year.
Riders arrived to a clear bluebird day, but to nobody’s surprise the unpredictable spring weather of Oregon rolled in and rain started falling… hard. For the thousands of people who showed up, the rain didn’t discourage the excitement. Copious amounts of free beverages provided by Vitamin Water and Widmer, and ridiculous riding made even the skeptics stay to enjoy the event. Ponchos were handed out keeping people nice and dry and Team Banzai started spinning to kick thing off.
With familiar faces everywhere in site, the best male snowboarders of the tour made their way to the top of the setup. Things got interesting fast. No stranger to the Tour, Jordan Morse destroyed the features finding his way to third place. Local favorite, Jordan Welter was awarded second and snagged himself a nice $600. Utah’s own Christian Hobush was awarded the crown and named the 2011 Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour’s champion taking home $1,000, First Drop Outerwear, Celsius boots, and a new board provided by Exit Real World.
Nine lady shredders made it to the finals and battled it out for the title. Krysta Pelchar wound up in third place after some fancy footwork on the dfd. In second place, taking home a new pair of Roxy bindings was Janessa Bork. For the win, Erika Vikander destroyed the setup and received a new Roxy snowboard, Celsius boots, $500 in cash and som swag from Betty Rides. Congratulations ladies, you killed it!
The skiing couldn’t have been more entertaining. Banger after banger made judging nearly impossible. Pete Arneson made the down flat down look like child’s play, landing him in third place. Second place was awarded to Utah’s own Khai Krepela receiving $600 in cash to help get him through the summer in Govy. Young gun Conner Bennett was awarded the 2011 Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour crown receiving $1,000 in cash, a pair of Pabst x K2 skis and some First Drop Outerwear. Congratulations to all the skiers who absolutely killed it.
And that’s how to the cookie crumbles. The 2011 Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour was a success. Many thanks to Ford, K2, First Drop Outerwear, Roxy and Vitamin Water for making this one heck of a year, along with the riders for coming out and shredding hard. The boys at Galvanic are already planning for next year, so until next time… stay classy!