Heavy metal – rail jam goes off at Breck | SummitDaily.com

Heavy metal – rail jam goes off at Breck

BRECKENRIDGE – The unmistakable sound of boards on metal filled the ears of those standing close enough to the rails Friday at Breckenridge during the Spring Massive rail jam contest on Peak 8.

The event was a benefit for Matt Wyffels, a Breckenridge snowboarder who was paralyzed after a bad landing last year in a high jump competition at Copper Mountain.

Judges weren’t looking for particular tricks or a particular style, they were just looking to be impressed, and there was no shortage of big impressions by riders and skiers hitting the flat rail, the question mark rail and the A-Frame rail.

As far as overall winners, Josh Tostado was tops for male skiers, CC Gurry won for female snowboarders and James Frederick won the Overall Ripper Award.

Jeremiah Worm won for best trick on the A-Frame when he threw a back flip off the point. CJ Marsh won for spinning a 900-degree combination on the flat rail, and Joshua Moses won for sticking the question mark.

The event was something of a free-for-all, with skiers, and both male and female riders all hitting different rails at the same time.

“The faster you go, the easier it is,” said snowboarder Maxwell Scott who came to Breckenridge from Buffalo, N.Y., specifically for the contest. He impressed the judges after launching into a big 360 off the top of the A-Frame and clearing the rest of it.

“I thought the only way I could win was by going big,” he said. “So, I’m going big. I don’t even know what everyone’s doing, or what we’re supposed to be doing. I’m just giving it 110 percent. You don’t want to fall on these rails though. They’re not forgiving like the snow.”

A few competitors had to find that out the hard way – they hit the metal ribs first, shoulder first or face first.

“It’s a long balance,” said skier Stephan Kent from Dillon. “You want to try to keep your feet underneath you. That’s your best bet. Even though it doesn’t make the best noise when you go down.”

Boards sound better than flesh and bone on metal, however, and some of the women competitors were tentative when their turns came on the question mark. Breck rider Suzette Salaz, however, wasn’t questioning much at all, even though she had never hit the question mark previous to Friday’s contest.

“I doubt I’ll make the whole thing,” she said. “But I don’t have any fear right now. I’m getting into my own zone. I’m going to try to be relaxed.”

Steamboat rider Heidi Frascore also was not allowing herself to get too worked up about hitting the bigger rails.

“I’m just doing it for fun,” she said. “They just tell you to go, so you hike up and go whenever you feel like it. There’s no pressure.”

Other competitors, like snowboarder Scott Keys from Breck, who won the Matt Wyffels’ Choice Award and showed up in a frizzy wig and a one-piece suit, and skier Jason Kortz from Denver, were trying to catch the judges’ eye by throwing something different.

“It’s overall impression, so I’m trying to do something nobody else is doing,” said Kortz after throwing a disaster (clearing the first half and side-sliding the last half) on the A-Frame. “I’m just testing the height and seeing how much speed I need.”

“I’m trying to get as gnarly as I can with some massive airs,” Keys said. “I’m trying to get the suitcase method (grab trick). I’m trying to mix it up – a little new school, a little old school.”

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