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Denver could not have asked for a better day to host the second annual Backyard Bang Rail Jam, a grassroots snowboarding competition hosted by Salomon Snowboards and The Art Institute of Colorado. On Saturday, a crisp November day with blue skies set the scene for snowboarders from all over the country. The course this year was changed since the first Backyard Bang last year, with new features like the Scion gap, which seemed to be a crowd favorite. Throughout the day speed was definitely an issue for some of the features, but Krush Kuleza of Snowboy Productions made sure the course was in top condition all day by constantly grooming the features to help keep the riding consistent.
With appearances by Salomon pros Chris Grenier, Scotty Arnold and Louif Paradis, the crowd was in great spirits, the energy was high and the beats were flowing all day. Madison Ellsworth, Zac Rawles, Emily Blewitt, Red Gerard and Erik Van Assche were just a few of the Colorado locals to make an appearance and get down with the best amateurs in the nation. From back rodeo flips over the Scion to gapping out on the kink rail to getting technical on the down bar, there was some darn good snowboarding going down.
But in the end it was Quebec local Frank Bourgeois who walked away with the bank for the men. It was Frank's first time in Colorado, and what a better way to be introduced to Denver by winning the Backyard Bang. For the women, it was Breckenridge local Courtney Cox rising above and taking first. "I'm very happy, very happy," Cox said. "It was a great setup and a great competition. I'm really stoked."Launch Gallery »