Stop #6 of Volcom’s Peanut Butter and Rail Jam paid the troll toll at Trollhaugen, WI on Sunday February 15, 2015.
The crew huddles up in the cold as they get ready to shred the first PBRJ at Trollhaugen, WI. Notice all the face masks and leather mittens yet some still choose the hooded sweatshirt. Kid tested, mother not approved.
Most humans are not built for -10 degree weather for more than a few minutes, much less brave those temps throughout the day to perform at a ridiculously high level. It is easily possible that the Midwest bloodlines have thick skin and magical powers as 190 trolls shut down all features in their path. The Trollhaugen Park Crew put together a banging contest site that consisted of multiple transfer options from flat rail or wallride/creeper ledge to down rail in zone 1, the infamous Troll quad kink in zone 2, and more transfer options in zone 3 with a flat bar to wall ride feature. Troll also houses more towropes then anywhere else that we have ever seen. It’s not unheard of that riders in the Midwest can rack up hundreds of rope laps on any given day. This translates into an incredible rate of progression and precision jibbery. It just so happens that there was a ropetow inside the PBRJ contest venue that had riders whipping up the hill to maximize their attempts per heat. This lead to some of the most mind-boggling tricks we have ever seen since the PBRJ’s inception 15 years ago.
Brandon Kirkland positions himself with a 50-50 on the flat rail to bs 270 into the wallride in zone 3. He stood out in the very first heat of the 15 & Under prelims and ended in 2nd place after the finals.
Nick Irwin was hunting for the top spot the entire way. He landed a fs blunt on the flat rail to transfer fs boardslide pretzel out in zone 1, a sw fs blunt 270 out on the wall in zone 3, and this high speed 50-50 gap fs 270 lipslide in zone 2 (pictured above) to win the 15 & Under Division.
16 – 21 Division riders make there way to the top via the convenience of a private PBRJ towrope.
Garrett Makenzie flexed a tail press across the flat bar that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be proud before exiting into this fs wallride in zone 3.
Eli Lamm had his name rapidly repeated as he was rattling off tricks left and right. Here he 50-50 transfers to fs boardslide 270 out in zone 1, he also landed a bluntslide 270 off the wall in zone 3, and put down a gap hw fs 270 sw bs lip on the quad kink in zone 2 tipping the scales in his favor for the 16-21 Division title.
Birthday girl, Jessi Huege, gaps from the backside of the wall with a stylish fs 180 entry in zone 3. She even got the masses to sing happy birthday to her at awards after she took 3rd place.
Kayli Hendricks continues to push her skills to the max each and every year. Here she settles into a solid fs bluntslide to fakie through the zone 2 quad kink. Nice work girl, keeping those boys on their toes!
Kristin Jessen and Kayli Hendricks put on a show putting down tricks back to back. They both had very close scores but in the end Kristin squeaked out the win with tricks like this perfect noseslide pretzel out of the wall in zone 3.
Cold temps make it hard to spread the magic of a fine PB&J sandwich. Good thing there were fire pits to thaw out the gooeyness.
Don’t get those mitts too close to the fire guys. Volcom’s Andy Conrad found out the hard way that mittens can melt straight to your hands.
Minnesota’s Eddie Fauth sits perfectly on a fs bluntslide before he pretzels into the transition of zone 3.
Sam Schiltgen “Nose” how to press as he fully leans this one to the end of the quad kink in zone 2.
Cole Linzmeyer might be a wizard! He was riding an old Black Snow the entire day and put down some mind numbing tricks on that beast. He magically put down a switch nose press on the stub tail of his board through the quad kink in zone 2. Here he switch back lips the wall ride in zone 3. It was a no brainer to give him the $100 Rev’d Rider award for his sorcery.
Kyle Kennedy did numerous transfers through zone 1 that had the spirited crowd on hand in disbelief. Just when you thought he would fall off the rail, he would push back on top to 360 or 270 out. We have never seen something quite like that before. Kyle finished his day off in 2nd place in the Open/AM Division.
Mike Skiba may be the most jib technical snowboarder that we have ever come across that does not have a major sponsor. Everything he did was perfect and most of it was done switch, like this sw fs 360 50-50 180 out in zone 2. The judges all agreed that Mike’s performance was more that worthy of 1st place in the Open/AM Division.
15 & Under Division:
1st: Nick Irwin
2nd: Brandon Kirkland
3rd: Gabe Gilbertson
4th: Andam Kaye
5th: Trent Bosak
16 – 21 Division:
1st: Eli Lamm
2nd: Cole DiMeglio
3rd: Garrett McKenzie
4th: Emit Salokar
5th: Grady Tank