2011 Ford Campus Rail Jam Tour – PORTLAND FINALS RECAP!
Photos: Drew Diehl
Words: Keenan Jones
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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 no ones 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 sight, 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 some swag from Betty Rides. Congratulations ladies, you killed it!
The skiers couldn’t get 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 and some First Drop Outerwear. Congratulations to all skiers, 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!