Mt Buller, Saturday 14th July 2012 - Tom Pelley, 23, from Sydney has become only the second rider to ever win two Burton Cattleman's Rail Jams, in a riveting showdown between 15 of the country's best snowboarders on Mt Buller's famed Cattleman's Stair Set.
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Tom took out the title and $4000, narrowly edging past second place Jye Kearney and third place Chris DeCampo in a clinical display of style and technicality. With a solid performance both regular and switch, Tom's experience in the event certainly showed as he methodically worked through his session. Noteworthy tricks included backside 50-50 to front-lip slide, pretzel out from the top close out rail as well as virtually every combination of 180s on and off the rail.
"I'm super stoked to be back on the podium - tonight's going to be massive!' Tom said after the big cheque was handed to him.
In what the judges called one of the closest finals to date, Jye Kearney was awarded second place with a series of signature frontside, backside and cab 270s over the gap as well as a solid backside 360 to 50-50 on the outer rail.
Mt Buller local Chris DeCampo was also impressive, taking out third spot with his flawless style and array of spins on and off the rail. Chris' switch backside nose-press, cab 180 out was also a close contender for the hit of the night.
The Best Trick however, was awarded to Nick Harvey who stomped a gap to boardslide through the kink on the infamous outside double-kink rail, a super high consequence trick never seen before at Cattleman's.
The 7th Annual Cattleman's Rail Jam brought a new event format, with only previous winners being allowed a direct path into the nighttime final. The day's qualifying events were held on the Burton Cattleman's Replica Stair Set in the Mt Buller Skyline park, in two heats - with the top 13 riders qualifying to the final. "This year's format is a great way to encourage up and coming talent" said Paul Colby, Burton Snowboards Brand Manager. "It really gives in-form riders, who otherwise wouldn't be able to compete, a chance to prove themselves".
In less than favourable conditions, it was Tom Reilly from Newcastle who took out the qualifying event, followed by Chris DeCampo in second place and Cohen Davies in third. Special mention must also be given to 15-year-old Cameron Staveley who was the highest qualifying junior rider, walking away with $500 and a Contour Camera.
As in years past, the official after party at the famous Kooroora Hotel did not disappoint, with RJMC and Cut N Paste sending party goers hand's skyward. The duo, who are touring for their DJ Knows Alpine Tour, ignited the Kooroora Back Bar with help from Corona, ensuring that the Cattleman's after party remains one of the most talked about events on the Australian snow calendar.