ESS BILLY JAM
Saturday afternoon saw perfect weather and a huge crowd of snow enthusiasts converge on the central coast for The Third annual ‘BILLY JAM’ hosted by Erina ESS.
The Billy Jam has become quite a popular event over the last couple years and it is a great chance to catch up with all the shred community and swap stories of summer adventures. The ESS crew had even organised a tattooist in store to carve up willing spectators, freebies if you were willing to get a Billy Reynolds memorial design. Now that’s some fresh shit!
(Dane Tiene and Jye Kearny: photo Tom Hannam)
The smiles and beverages were flowing freely on the hill and with the absence of the skate set up this year the place was filled to the brim!
Some of the riders travelled from far and wide for a chance at taking home the cash and prizes. The feature this year was a slight variation on previous set ups, with a flat-down box of decent length, that had a couple of take off options allowing the riders to mix up their bag of tricks. The standard of riding was super high in both the am & pro divisions, with the majority of riders fresh from a season over seas, it was a good chance to see how far some of the kids had progressed from last year. There were also some pretty heavy slams taken by riders of all levels, which no doubt put a smile on some faces in the crowd. It was a hard task for judges Daniel Crean (last years winner) & professional cake eater Dane Tiene to find the top riders in each division. The boys had pretty strict judging criteria outlined and if a rider failed to make it all the way to the end of the feature, his/her score did not count. This meant that some of the bigger tricks getting thrown down were unable to be scored.
(ant haddrick : Photo Tom Hannam)
Once the smoke cleared from all the bombs being dropped in the finals, it was Queenslander Harley Trivic who took out the amateur division with a bag load of smooth tricks. For the big dogs it was the one and only, everyone’s favourite chicken head, Jye Kearney who took out the Pro division. The Pie man proves again, that he is nearly unbeatable when it comes to rail contests by rasing the bar every time he dropped in. He even pulled out the ol’ crowd pleasing back flip. Everyone then headed to what we dubbed “the Cucumber Hotel” for the after party shenanigans.
The event seemed to go off with out a hitch and we must thank the hardworking ESS crew for putting on another cracker event.
See you all next year.
(Richie Carrol; photo Tom Hannam)
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