Premier event a hit on mountain
Rail Jam attracts Australia-wide crowd
A BUMPER crowd of more than 500 people packed into the Mt Buller Village Square on Saturday night to see Jye Kearney win his second Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam title.
Hailing from Jindabyne, Kearney edged past 14 of the country’s best snowboarders on Mt Buller’s famed Cattleman’s stair set to take out the title.
Buller Ski Lifts general manager, Laurie Blampied said Mt Buller was proud to host the annual Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam, the premier event on the Australian snowboarding calendar.
“This event has grown each year and last night was certainly the biggest and best yet,” Mr Blampied said.
“We were thrilled to see such a big crowd turn out and we look forward to welcoming the countries best snowboarders back to Mt Buller in 2014.”
Kearney pocketed a $4000 cheque, sealing victory ahead of second placed Cohen Davies and Mt Buller local Cameron Staveley in third place.
Kearney’s experience in the event certainly showed as he worked methodically to impress the judges with his famously casual style, consistent makes, and solid creative use of the entire staircase.
“It’s so nice to be back on the podium after my summer off with injury,” Kearney said as he clutched his prize winning cheque.
“Cattleman’s continues to be my favorite event of the year.”
With one of the most recognisable styles in Australian snowboarding, Cohen Davies worked through the night with consistent spins in and out of all three down rails, as well as nailing a showstopping 50-50 gap to backside lipslide from the top close-out rail.
Mt Buller local Cameron Staveley was also impressive, taking out third spot with a flawless display of classic tricks.
Staveley was also the only competitor to 50-50 through the kink, a super technical manoeuver only a few each year accomplish.
Staveley comes from a family of talented snowboarders and after competing at the Cattleman’s flew to Whistler (Canada) on Sunday morning with older sister Lauren for a 2014 Winter Olympics training camp.
At just 13 years of age younger brother Luke also competed in Saturday night’s event and can look forward to a very bright future in professional snowboarding. Results were: Jye Kearney;
GIRLS HAVING FUN: The annual CanTeen Winter Program was held again on Mt Buller recently and among the 55 participants were (from left) Sophie Casser (Melbourne), Brittney Patterson (Albury), Katherine Matler (Melbourne); (front) Laura Head (Torquay) all enjoying the snow. For full story and photos turn to page 5 PHOTO: Andrew Railton
IN THE FAMILY: Luke Staveley - brother of Cam - also has an impressive style.