Next up, the Switch Method Contest, judged by legend and father of the Grasser, Chris Roach. The chaos from the boardercross carried right over to the jump to see who had the best switch method. Right away it became apparent that everyone had been practicing. What everyone thought would be a battle between two or three people became a showcase from the whole field.
Dave and Neri suck at shotgunning.
Mann-ly switch method
Silver Serino, down but not out.
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Chris Wilmoth attending to his broken finger with a little of the old Vitamin-B.
Winner of the Total Ripper Award kick one out.
Nick Geisen kicks on out.
Dirty Joel Cline was heckling the riders, crowd, innocent bystanders, and people that weren’t even there.
Willy keeps it proper.
Dakota Whitaker sleeps through his switch method.
Brendan Gerard sails on out over the Capita banner.
Warp Wave’s Gray Thompson shows some skin over Castle Peak. Check them out at Warp-Wave.com kids.
When the dust and snowballs, and foaming beers finally cleared, Head Judge Chris Roach declared Chris Hatt, aka Junior, the winner with unarguably the best switch method of the day. Right on his heels was Shane Fortier, Kyle Miller, Eric Messier and Kenneth Russell. The coveted first place spot could have gone to any of them, but in the end Junior tweaked his just a little bit harder and went a little bit bigger. High Fives were slapped, beers were slammed and everyone sauntered into the lodge for the the final ceremonies.
Kenneth Russell multitasks.
Shane Fortier blasts a smooth one.
A contest where the judges are hucking snowballs at you in the finals has to be pretty serious. Top left going clockwise: Brendan Gerard, Gray Thompson, Alex Hereford, Ben Rice getting Nailed by Brian Neri. Photos: Kevin Lee Baker
Josh ‘Fletch’ Feliciano gets served in the face.
Brian Neri hits Ben Rice in his bozwrecks as a dozen more snowballs are headed right for him.
Banger puts his switch method to use, kicking the snowballs out of his way.
Eric Messier dodges snowballs with style!
Junior with the best switch method of the day.
Legend Chris Roach tabulates scores with judges Dcon and Dave Abarta.
In the end, Messier’s first place boardercross finish gave him a clear advantage in the overall, and with his clear switch methods almost every hit, he emergerd vicorious as the 2013 Rattlesnake Rampage Champion. Rounding out the podium was Shane Fortier in 2nd place and Kenneth Russell in 3rd. Everyone got some prizes and walked away stoked. Most importantly of all, everyone in attendance had an awesome time and talk was already buzzing about gunning for Messiers’ title next year.
Overall winners Eric Messier (1st) Shane Fortier (2nd) and Kenneth Russell (3rd)
The Champ! Eric Messier.