An Artist’s impression of the 2011 Dew Hut Jam course set-up for Bourke Street Mt Buller.
Dew Hut Jam | Supporting youth melanoma awareness
Eleven of Australia’s most promising snowboarders are contending for the 2011 Gatorade Rookie Award, which determines the country’s most talented ambassador for freestyle snowboarding under 21 during the running of this weekend’s Dew Hut Jam at Mt Buller.
The award was inspired by one half of the 2009 Dew Hut Jam winning Quiksilver team, who was at that time the youngest and least experienced competitor in the field – then 15 year old Tim Laidlaw (Vic). The Dew Hut Jam features 30 of Australia’s top snowboarders who compete in teams of two riders for a combined prize purse of $19,000.
The award reflects not only ability but sportsmanship and also asks Rookie competitors to identify how they $4,000 cash prize will assist with the progression of their snowboarding career.
Dew Hut Jam curator Russell Holt says: “The Rookie Award is really exciting as it is not just about riding, but the whole package. In 2011, we hope to identify a young rider who is thirsty for his future and has the demeanour to take him there.”
Inaugural 2010 Rookie Award winner Chris de Campo says “winning the Rookie prize last year was probably the highlight of my season”.
The 11-rider strong Rookie line-up features young newcomers such as 15-year-old Henry Bessell, through to the likes of 21 year old Nathan Johnstone, who earlier this year was the first Australian to win the FIS World Snowboarding Championships in the half pipe.
The Rookie Award is judged in a three-part process with the first phase of public voting for the Rookie closing at 12 noon Friday 29 July on www.facebook.com/ mountaindewau
Once registration opens for the competition on Friday, the second phase of judging commences, as Rookies are then judged by votes placed by non-Rookie Dew Hut Jam competitors, the industry and Gatorade before even hitting the snow for the competition. The voting results are combined to form a ranking before main competition event on Saturday 30 July on Bourke St.
The third phase is the ranking generated from the results of the competition, with judging led by the TTR World Snowboarding Tour head judge Mel Simmons. The voting and riding results are combined to find the 2011 Rookie.
RAISING FUNDS: I ski for tommy
During the Dew Hut Jam, we will invite spectators to make a donation to “I ski for tommy”, a not for profit initiative directed by friends of the late Thomas Lewis-Mathias, a national level alpine skier who tragically died from malignant melanoma 6th Jan 2009, aged 23. The organisation raises awareness of the dangers of Melanoma amongst young people. The event is supporting the cause after being approached by competitor and Rookie contender and ambassador for the organisation, Jarryd Williams. More on the organisation can be found at: isft.com.au
DEW HUT JAM
The main Dew Hut Jam competition kicks off on the slops from 4.30pm on Saturday 30th July and is FREE to watch. Visitors may wish to catch the practice sessions: Friday 29th July 2pm-4pm and Saturday 30th July 12.30-2.30pm.
The course can be approached without requiring use of chairlifts from the Village Centre.
Dew Hut Jam Vital Stats
WHAT Top Aussie snowboarders competing on a purpose built jib course
WHEN: Saturday 30 July 2011
WHERE: BOURKE ST, Mt Buller, Victoria
TIME 4.30pm – 6PM
WHO See page 2 for competitor listing
More info: www.dothedew.com.au
DEW HUT JAM – TEAMS, RIDER LIST 2011
Rookies are in italics
|TEAM||RIDER 1||RIDER 2|
|OAKLEY||Mitch Allan||23||Berrara, NSW||Henry Bessel||15||Chapman, ACT|
|DESTYN.VIA||Tyson Pollard||20||Mansfield, Vic||Cohen Davies||25||Woonona, NSW|
|BILLABONG||Clint Allan||25||Berrara, NSW||Robbie Walker||26||Richmond, Vic|
|DC||Dane Tiene||21||Port Macquarie, NSW||Ryan Tiene||23||Port Macquarie, NSW|
|BURTON||Chris de Campo||18||South Yarra, Vic||Jye Kearney||17||Jindabyne, NSW|
|RIDE||Kieran McLaughlin||23||Falls Creek, Vic||Andrew Roth||19||Vermont, Vic|
|FORUM||Mitch Williams||27||Eltham, Vic||Michael Trotto||21||Torquay, Vic|
|NITRO||Nathan Johnstone||21||Newport, NSW||Jarryd Williams||21||Mt Eliza, Vic|
|QUIKSILVER||Nate Perry||25||Bondi, NSW||Tim Laidlaw||17||Hawthorn East, Vic|
|LIB TECH||Tom Pelley||24||Wollstonecraft, NSW||Jason Maxfield||19||Gough’s Bay, Vic|
|K2||Nick Wood||19||Ivanhoe, Vic||Andy Lloyd||24||Sutherland, NSW|
|FYVE||Marc Triffitt||24||Mt Buller, Vic||Owen Newman||28||Trevallyn, Tas|
|3CS||Jason Currie||30||Torquay, Vic||Daniel Currie||22||Ballarat, Vic|
|STEP CHILD||Matto Smith||32||Torquay, Vic||Billy Hayman||16||Jindabyne, NSW|
|COMPATRIOT||Mathew Galina||30||Falls Creek, Vic||Ben Fawcett||24||Frenchs Forest, NSW|