Sun Peaks locals and visitors were treated with a special event on March 17. The first annual 5Forty Board Shop Urban Assault Rail Jam let fly with over $5,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes.
A hard working crew of volunteers spent all day building an innovative rail and jib setup in front of 5Forty’s shop, going as far as using a car as a feature for the riders to jib. The event consisted of open men’s and women’s ski and snowboard categories, as well as a grom category for each discipline.
Although the riders had some difficulty finding speed for the features, they were still able to throw down some impressive tricks. Sun Peaks local Jarred Martin took home first place in the men’s ski category, while Woody from Whistler took the top spot in men’s snowboard. Zeze Rocka placed first in the women’s snowboard category with Jenna Anderson coming out on top in the women’s ski division.
The weather wasn’t ideal for the rail jam, but those in the crowd didn’t seem to mind, as spectators lined both sides of the village pathway. Canadian snowboard legend Chris Dufficy also made an appearance at the event coaching some of the riders from the top of the drop-in.
“5Forty came out and really hooked everybody up, it’s cool to see them supporting freestyle in a venue like that,” said Travis Persaud, Sun Peaks Resort freestyle coach who also took home third place in men’s ski category.