Kear­ney makes it five out of six

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UN­DER im­mac­u­late clear skies, bright lights and in front of hun­dreds of fans, Jye Kear­ney edged past 14 of Aus­tralia’s other best snow­board­ers to claim his fifth Bur­ton Cat­tle­man’s Rail Jam ti­tle and a cool $4000 pay cheque at Mt Buller last month.

Jye nar­rowly edged out Jind­abyne lo­cal and in­cred­i­ble switch rider, Andy James, who placed se­cond, with good friend Sam ‘RedDog’ Nue­mann com­ing in third.

Jye’s dom­i­nance in the event is se­cond to none hav­ing now won an in­cred­i­ble five Cat­tle­man’s ti­tles in six years.

He’s truly a force to be reck­oned with at Cat­tle­man’s, and with one of the smoothest styles in snow­board­ing his vic­tory was well de­served.

Jye’s clin­i­cal dis­play of spins on and off both outer rails, gaps, tricks on the close-out rail and trade mark back­flip landed him top spot on the podium and an­other $4000 pay cheque.

As one of the most im­pres­sive up-and­com­ing rid­ers to ex­plode on to both the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional scene, Andy James dis­played some mind blow­ing never be­fore seen tricks in both switch and reg­u­lar to so­lid­ify se­cond place on the podium and $2000 in cash.

Third place went to all around lar­rikin and 2016 Cat­tle­man’s cham­pion Sam Nue­mann, whose cre­ativ­ity and util­i­sa­tion of the en­tire stair-set landed him third place, scor­ing $1000 to carry with him back to Jind­abyne.

Each year at Cat­tle­man’s the best trick on the night in hon­oured with an award of its own.

This year Bur­ton was proud to part­ner with Mon­ster En­ergy to present the Mon­ster Best Trick Award, earn­ing a VIP ex­pe­ri­ence at the Aus­tralian Su­per­car Championship, in­clud­ing a hot lap in the Mon­ster En­ergy Su­per­car.

Best Trick was awarded to Josh Anderson, who sent a huge, never-been-done ma­noeu­vre, gap­ping from the top take off, over the close out, to frontside lip­slide on the lower rail.

Trans­fer Snow­board Mag­a­zine also pre­sented a new ac­co­lade this year, the in­au­gu­ral Trans­fer ‘Show & Blow Up Award’, giv­ing the most im­pres­sive per­for­mance on the night from an up-and-comer a se­lec­tion of Bur­ton x Trans­fer prizes, a hand made tro­phy, and most no­tably, a printed fea­ture in the next is­sue of Trans­fer Mag­a­zine.

This award also went to Josh Anderson. This year, Corona pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for fans to view the event in an en­tirely new way, of­fer­ing a VIP view­ing and bar ex­pe­ri­ence in the Cat­tle­man’s Café.

Coronas were flow­ing through­out the day as DJ Turk­ish Pri­son spun tunes, tacos were served, and all the snow­board ac­tion was streamed live on the big screens.

Corona pre­sented the of­fi­cial af­ter party with renowned Aus­tralian DJ duo Yolanda Be Cool ab­so­lutely light­ing up the Moose­head bar and en­sur­ing the Cat­tle­man’s af­ter party re­mains one of the most talked about nights of the sea­son.

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