Joel Cantle, one of the invited riders, competing at the the 1st edition of Jye's Jam at Thredbo Resort, Australia, on August 3 2016.
Image credit: / SNOWBOARDER/Aedan O’Donnell
up, you probably want to know who Jye is and why he got a jam named after him.
Jye “Pie Man" Kearney has been
involved in the snowboarding scene for the past twelve years. He’s won and defended many titles at famous
Southern Hemisphere rail events, like Stylewars and Cattleman’s; he’s filmed international video parts with Method and Burton; and he’s certainly no stranger when it comes to
sliding some steel. Jye recently teamed up with Thredbo Resort as an ambassador
and finally scored the chance to run an event on the Friday Flat staircase–something that he and every other
Australian snowboarder have walked up and dreamt of one day getting the chance to hit.
of the best riders in the Southern Hemisphere were handpicked by Jye himself to
compete in a two-hour jam session. The concept was for all riders to leave
their competitive hunger at home and instead push and hype each other to go
bigger and better. Ain’t
nothing better than moral support from the homies.
the lifts stopped running for the day and the resort went to sleep, we fired up
the floodlights, pumped up the jam and got things underway for the first
official Jye’s Jam. All riders
spent the first fifteen minutes sussing out the rail, speed, and landing to
make sure they weren’t heading
to the hospital after their first hit. Then out of nowhere, Jye Kearnery threw
a huge gap frontside 270…it was
Green quickly followed up Jye’s
hit with an effortless gap to back 270. From the crowd’s reaction of the first two hits, We knew we were about to witness
one of the gnarliest and exciting rail sessions to go down! The night was
filled with thrills, spills and a few near kills with young gun Luke Stavely
stepping up to the gnarly gap from the middle take off to the far left kink.
Bryce Bugera, the import from Canada, was hands down the most stylish and
entertaining rider of the night, winning himself Best Trick with a switch
boardslide to the flat of the kink, 270 out.
couldn’t imagine anything worse
than being a judge for this event with every rider showing versatility in trick
choice and no sign of fear. The judges had to really focus on who was killing
it, both on the kink as well as the gap option to find the overall winner.
Harry Green from Mansfield, Victoria was consistently taking things to a new
level with a large array of tricks. Harry dominated the gap option early in the
comp, spinning most 270’s and
bringing them back the opposite way which allowed him plenty of time to lock in
a few solid tricks through the kink. Harry not only won the hearts of all the
girls in the crowd, but he also took out the event as Best Overall Rider,
walking home with a nice bag of cash.
All in all the night went down
as one to remember. The energy from the riders and the crowd really highlighted
how thriving the core snowboarding scene here in Australia is. Can’t wait for next year!
By Richie Carroll
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