Oakley Year End Jam: Sunny Skies, Good Friends, Hecka Prizing

Yesterday afternoon, on a spring day that could not have been any more perfect than it was, with a park setup built especially for the occasion, the good folks at Grouse Mountain Terrain Parks and Grousepark.com threw a season ending jam for the ages.  Shaw Butterworth, Marcus Cartwright, Adam Nicolls, Tom Robinson and Dan Ripper were up early yesterday morning, hoping to get some solid build time, only to run into technical difficulties.  With all issues finally resolved at 10 am, they went to work to build a formidable set up consisting of two jumps, a hip and a variety of rails.  The hip seemed to be the feature of the afternoon, with kids sending it bigger than I've ever seen at a local Grouse event.  I won't ramble on too much as the other bloggers will be bringing you better coverage, pictures and some Go Pro footage.  I just want to thank everyone from park crew that was there helping with the jam.  Rob Morrison came out for his afternoon shift and helped out huge with course maintenance and tear down.  I also want to give a huuuge shout to Jeff Silcock, Grouse Mountain's Events and Sponsorship manager.  Jeff is a background guy, you don't really see what he does, but without this guy, we'd have no park and the parks definitely would not have grown to where they are.  Jeff was there taking pictures all afternoon and you can find them all on our Facebook fan page. [caption id="attachment_3826" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Sunglasses and smiles all around."]Sunglasses and smiles all around.[/caption]

Thanks to our sponsors, Quiksilver, DC, Oakley and Roxy, as well as Pow Gloves for hooking up over $3000 worth of prizing. Also, huge thanks to everyone that showed up and ripped hard.  Most of you took a tongue lashing from me and put up with it.  Not that you really had a choice.  It's tough love, kiddies.  You'll thank me one day.  I called the local scene out on their lack of A-game, but you all definitely brought the noise yesterday.  We'll be back next season with more prizing to give away, hopefully I'll be back as well, but that's up to Jeff and the crew downstairs.  Here's to hoping we can get the parks bigger and better next year!

[caption id="attachment_3827" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="No one took me up on my offer to dance for a pair of goggles. Weak."]No one took me up on my offer to dance for a pair of goggles. Weak.[/caption]