Beaver Valley was the scene of one of the funnest rail jams to go down in Ontario in a long time. A new event addition to the Beaver Valley Park Brawl, now in it’s 3rd year as one of Ontario’s biggest slopestyle contests, the Plaza Rail Jam took full advantage of Beaver Valley Snow Parks’ newly constructed urban-style Plaza.
It takes a unique setup to motivate riders to use their creativity and push themselves to try new things, and the Beaver Valley Plaza offered up a multitude of legit options from wall rides (right photo: Mike Rotsaert by Richard Roth) to close outs, down rails, toe jam ledges and stair drops.
Under snowy skies, over 85 of Ontario’s finest riders of all ages made the trip to Beaver Valley, located on the western side of the famed “escarpment” that provides Collingwwod with it’s slopes. Riders came to not only test their skills but to have fun with friends and hang with the industry brands supporting the event. With an all-star crew of judges featuring legends Dave Wright and Marchello Centurione along with Dane Milligan and Jeff Elmes the stage was set for good times.
After a quick riders meeting by head judge Dave Wright and event/park manager Caleb Bosse, the event kicked off with the 10 & Under groms division. There’s nothing like watching rad kids have fun working on tricks and competing for some awesome swag.
Progressing through the day and age categories, riders and spectators were treated to some great riding announced by the dynamic duo of Tim Hutchinson from Fathom Boardshop and Jesse Clipperton from Burton coupled with great music by DJ Liam Willis from Casbah, host venue of the Park Brawl after-parties. There were demos from Capita, Union, Bataleon, Switchback, Thirtytwo, Yes, and Now and free waffles at the Vans tent.
Jesse Loucks. Photo: Roth
After the qualifying sessions, start lists were trimmed down for the finals with the top scorers getting the chance to compete for some cash and a spot on the podium. The Pro Men category took to the course last and put on quite a show. Riders like Jesse Loucks, Bruce Johnston, the Izzard brothers, Coulton Conway, the Hambly brothers, Joel Dalacker, Chris Fellner, Nick Vendetti, Kiersten Higginson and more were putting on a clinic of smooth tech rail tricks.
Nick Vendetti. Photo: Roth
With time running down Joel Dalacker and Nick Vendetti started taking a new line, gapping from the takeoff for the toe jam to the down ledge. Joel’s gap 270 switch frontboard to regular was mind blowing but Nick’s gap to back lip when added to all the other sick tricks he was throwing down was enough to hold Joel off. When the snow settled and the clock ran out only three of these sick riders could take home the cash. Third place and $200 cash went to Michael Rotsaert, 2nd place and $300 went to Joel Dalacker, and 1st and $500 cash was awarded to Nick Vendetti for their all out assault on the Beaver Plaza setup.
Bruce Johnston. Photo: Roth
See podium results and tons more photos below.
The Plaza Rail Jam was part one of the Beaver Valley Park Brawl. Stay tuned for results, video and photos from part two – the Park Brawl Slopestyle which took place the following day.
Huge thanks go out to the Beaver Valley Snow Parks crew for hosting such a great event, the judges Dave Wright, Marchello Centurione, Dane Milligan and Jeff Elmes, and Fathom Boardshop, Pabst and Telus for supporting the event along with all the great brands that helped out with prizing: Quiksilver, Vans, Volcom, Billabong, DaKine, O’Neill, Roy, Bonfire, Nomis, Hurley, 686, Rip Curl, Herchel, LibTec, Capita, Burton, Never Summer, Bataleon, Yes, Salomon, Endeavor, Rome, Nitro, Gnu, Flow, Vans, Thirtytwo, DC, Union, Switchback, Now, Flux, Spy, Dragon, VZ, Electric, Anon, Oakley, Nixon, ProTec, Coal, Neff, Vivo, iFound, Air Hole, Airblaster, Brass Knuckle Therapy, GoPro, Skullcandy, and Snowboard Canada Magazine.
Park Brawl apres at Keg lodge overlooking the Park
Always popular swag toss
RESULTS – PLAZA RAIL JAM, BEAVER VALLEY PARK BRAWL
1. Nick Vendetti, Blue Mountain
2. Joel Dalacker
3. Michael Rotsaert, Simple Snowboarding
1. Carina Buck, Icarus Shreducation
2. Kierssten Higginson, Simple Snowboarding
Am Male 16+
1. Dawson McLachlan
2. Andrew McArdle
3. Matt Cochrane, Simple Snowboarding
Am Female 16+
1. Elle Fulford-Ray, Simple Snowboarding
2. Kiranjit Phagurha, Simple Snowboarding
1. Kaleb Gray
2. Gordon Hall, Icarus Shreducation
3. Jaden Dankevy, Alpine
1. Hannah Cochrane, Simple Snowboarding
2. Natalie Maugeri, Icarus Shreducation
3. Jasmine Baird, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
Grom Boys 11-12
1. Sam Koven, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
2. Reece Crook, Simple Snowboarding
3. Andrew Perry, Alpine
4. Brandon Lea, Simple Snowboarding
Grom Girls 11-12
1. Sommer Gendron, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
2. Becca Ballantyne, Simple Snowboarding
Grom Boys 10 & Under
1. Luke Pruski, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
2. Cameron Spalding, Simple Snowboarding
3. Jamie Baird, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
4. Jeremy Larsen, Alpine
Grom Girls 10 & Under
1. Andie Gendron, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
2. Ava Bartley, Beaver Valley Shred Kids
Jesse Clipperton (left) and Tim Hutchinson provided the contest play by play
16 year old Michael Izzard
15 year old Hannah Cochrane. Photo: Roth
15 year old Coulton Conway
14 year old Will Craik. Photo: Roth
17 year old Julian Vendetti. Photo: Roth
Joe Dalacker. Photo: Roth
7 year old Cam Spalding. Photo: Roth
12 year old Reece Crook. Photo: Roth
13 year old Jasmine Baird. Photo: Roth
15 year old Gordon Hall. Photo: Roth
14 year old Graeme Cannon. Photo: Roth
11 year old Sam Koven
12 year old Chet Bartley. Photo: Roth
13 year old Ryan Kangas. Photo: Roth
14 year old Samantha Jarrett. Photo: Roth
Andy Stewart. Photo: Roth
11 year old Brandon Lea. Photo: Roth
16 year old Carina Buck. Photo: Roth
11 year old Jesse Jarrett
15 year old Keiran Pink. Photo: Roth
13 year old Jordan Speer. Photo: Roth
11 year old Sommer Gendron. Photo: Roth
11 year old Riley Dillon
10 year old Luke Pruski
11 year old Alex Dicks
10 year old Jamie Baird. Photo: Roth
Fresh made waffles at the Vans tent were a hit with all of the riders. Photo: Roth
Couldn’t make the waffles fast enough!