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Quiksilver Natural Selection: Rice Dream

Travis Rice's progressive new contest takes snowboarding back to its roots. At the end of January, 18 of the world's best riders will meet in Jackson Hole to ride mechanical bulls, high-five and generally re-enact snowboarding's golden days.

Updated: May 19, 2008, 3:13 PM ET
By Jesse Huffman

No rails, no pipe dragons, no manicured takeoffs, and no spin-to-win judging: the inaugural Quicksilver Natural Selection contest—going down January 30th-February 5th in Jackson Hole, Wyoming—will take 18 of snowboarding's top talents and let them duke it out for a new kind of "best rider ever" title on all-natural terrain.

Concepted and organized by all-around pro rider Travis Rice, this innovative event will replace slopestyle and halfpipe courses with two famous faux-backcountry ...

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