The Battle for Australian Rookie Snowboarder

July 27th, 2011

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 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:

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:

Rookies are in italics

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

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