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Pitting North Shore vs. South: A battle of the jibs

Alex Close
Sun News Service
Photo by Dan Thrift/Sun News ServiceJack Lyle, 15, from South Lake Tahoe, comes off the second rail in the Coupe de Shred competition at Sierra-at-Tahoe last Saturday. Lyle finished first in his division.
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The second annual Coup de’ Shred rail jam snowboard competition went off with success last weekend at Sierra-at-Tahoe. In addition to some of the area’s top riders dueling it out in a North vs. South format, the gray skies opened up and dropped snow on the resort. Some competitors could be heard grumbling about the cold, but most people were thankful for the fresh and much-needed snow.

There were 140 riders registered in this year’s event, with 101 of them representing the South Shore and 36 representing the North Shore. Three riders remained neutral, not claiming allegiance to any side of the lake.

Since the event ran in Rail Jam format, there were no individual runs or even any set number of runs. Instead, it was a timed free-for-all, leaving competitors to rely on their own energy and fitness level to determine how many runs they got in during the allotted time.

In terms of spectator appeal, this meant that riders were ripping down the course, which consisted of three major rails, two boxes and one straight rail. Towards the bottom of the course was a C-rail, which most competitors did not hit.

The most exciting action was performed on the straight rail, which ended high enough for those with “mad skills” to drop flips and spins from.

With Sierra-at-Tahoe’s professional park crew manning the course, things ran smoothly and the course remained in top shape despite heavy use and falling snow.

The event also hosted a live soundtrack with a performance by Retard Riot, who pumped up the energy level with its heavy hard rock.

Despite the South Shore holding an overwhelming advantage in numbers, two of the five named winners were from the North Shore.

Ladies:

Winner: Destinee Perata, 22, Tahoe City

Honorable Mention: Dawn Kato, 25, South Lake Tahoe

Boys 15 and under:

Winner: Jack Lyle, 15, South Lake Tahoe

Men 16 and over:

Winner: Danny Rein, 20, South Lake Tahoe

Honorable Mention:

Chas Guldemond, 18, Kings Beach

Zak Shelhmer, 19, Truckee


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