It was like a spring day on Saturday, March 9th for the Volcom Stone Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Waterville Valley Resort. Exhibition Terrain Park was packed with rippers of all ages vying for a spot in the PBRJ finals to be held on April 20th at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Several dozen riders took on the terrain. The sun was out, jackets were off, and tricks were being thrown down on the 3 rail, side-by-side setup. Riders traveled from all over the country, even as far away as Minnesota, to participate in this free event.
Riders enjoyed the warmer temps, clear blue skies, and their very own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches washed down with a refreshing Gatorade after the competition. A rowdy game of “snowball dodge ball” ensued while everyone anxiously awaited the results. Those lucky enough to avoid the onslaught of snowballs and sun rays took cover under the Volcom tents.
The competition was split into four divisions: 15 & under, 16 & Over, Girls, and Open. In the 15 & under division Eddie Fauth out of Grand Rapids Minnesota was unstoppable on all 3-rail setups. River Richer walked away with 2nd, and Noah Guarriello was close behind with 3rd. 16 & Over was a different story with Will Steller, Bryan Watson, and Jesse Howlett going head to head for 1st , but ultimately Bryan Watson from New Jersey came away with the overall win followed by Will Steller and Jesse Howlett receiving 2nd and 3rd respectively. Waterville’s own Nora Healey swept the competition once again, taking 1st place in the Girls Division over Katie Kennedy, 2nd, and Caroline Patten, 3rd. In the most exciting division, Open, riders battled for their spot. Judges met their challenge in deciding whom to place. When all was said and done Matt Schaffer representing Vermont and took it all with 1st place. A toss up for 2nd and 3rd left Kai Wiggins tailing Brett Stewart overall.
Prizes were awarded by sponsors including Volcom Stone, Electric, Kicker Audio, Cam Caddie, and Gatorade, as well as invitations to the finals awarded to the top 5 finalists in each division. 4th and 5th place in 15 & Under, 16 & Over, Girls, and Open went to Josh Boise, Nick Sherwood, Dalton Springer, Brent McCarron, Ashley Lynch-Giangregorio, Kayla Henry, Travis Neunhaus, and Parker Szumowski, respectively.
The Waterville Valley Resort Park Rangers, led by Luke Mathison, put together three solid setups and supported the event. Volcom Stone was a major sponsor.