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Shredding for a good cause in Dillon

ASHLEY DICKSON
summit daily news
Dillon, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Will BremridgeA rider jumps over a half-buried big screen television at the 2008 Essi Backyard Jib Jam.
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DILLON ” It’s a backyard set-up that puts the average on-mountain jib park to shame.

All within the confines of their fenced-in backyard in Dillon, the founders of Essi Eyewear have created the ultimate haven for snow shredders everywhere, and on Saturday, the guys are opening it up to the public to raise money for a deserving cause.

The second annual Essi Backyard Jib Jam will be an informal jam-style competition open to all ages and abilities and, with only a $1 minimum donation requirement, all the money raised will go directly to the American Diabetes Association.

“Last year, the turnout was amazing, so this time we decided to turn it into more of a fundraiser for an organization that was really important to us,” Essi co-founder Mike Kissell said. “And, as a person with diabetes, I’m looking for a cure, so we know this money is going somewhere where it can help.”

Diabetes rates in the United States have increased substantially in the last decade, and in 2008, the World Health Organization estimated there were about 24 million people with diabetes in the United States alone.

“We’re really happy we can even do this,” Kissell said. “The ADA does a good job of allowing third-party events and making it easy to do open donations.”

In addition to the open-format competition, the event will include a raffle with products from various local ski and snowboard shops, live music by Arizona hip-hop ensemble Phunkt House and DJ J-Fly, and free chips and guacamole courtesy of Chipotle in Silverthorne.

“Everyone is really stoked on it,” co-founder Nick Scott said, noting that they have already been overwhelmed with support from other local companies “Plus, it’s great to have a local event that all the kids can come out to.”

Complete with ramps, rails, boxes and even a half-buried big-screen television, the Essi backyard jib park offers a little something for everyone and the laid-back atmosphere is a refreshing change of pace from the often-overwhelming resort scene.

While the Essi guys estimate the backyard can hold about 150 people, they aren’t shying away from calling in the crowds.

“It’s a time to get away from the lines on the mountain and have fun with friends,” co-founder Mike Crabb said. “There is no pressure. We’re just all out there to have a good time and hopefully raise some money.”

The rail jam is scheduled to start at noon at the Essi house at 165 Straight Creek Drive in Dillon Valley. Participants will need to fill out a liability form before competing, and riders under the age of 18 will need to bring in a signed parent permission slip that can be downloaded at http://www.essieyewear.com.


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