Due to the adverse weather the original jump, built by Terrain Park Guru Reuben Cameron, was unable to be used. With a diverse range of features available in the Ruined Castle Terrain Park, the competitors were offered an alternative jump site.
The Park Crew worked hard to ensure that the Big Air feature (jump) was well rideable.
Head Judge Sean Oakley said: "It was a tricky day but it all came together in the end. The calibre of riding by the competitors was exceptional given the challenging conditions.
This is always a popular event at Falls Creek which is made enjoyable by the free spirit and comradery of the riders, local crew and spectators. They push each other and give it their all for a slice of the $12,000 prize pool."
Jumps such as back side 720's (two spins in the air) and 540's were the most consistent tricks by the skiers and boarders who were watched by a panel of six judges, three for the boarders and three for the skiers.
Terrain Park Crew Leader Mat Galina, and well respected rider, just beat local boarder Kieren McLaughlin to win the boarding division first prize of $1,300. Falls Creek regular and all round nice guy Mikey Rosalky also took out some of the prize pool ($300) with his third spot.
Jerome Lambert, a French skier based in Falls Creek during our winter, was the winner out of the skiers. With our current exchange rate his $1,300 first prize will enhance his bank account. Cody Johnson was second (winning $650) and Mathew Golightly third (winning $300).
Jade McJannett defended her title taking out first place (and $600) for the female boarders and with only one female skier, Alex Neilson, taking out first place in the skiing division Alex went home from Falls Creek $350 better off.
Local shredder Darcy Plant won the Nitro Snowboards Best Up and Comer award taking home a Nitro package of snowboard, boots and bindings. There was a big grin on his face as he accepted the award from his idol and Nitro Team Rider Jason Currie.
"The event attracted about 40 participants aged between 13 years and mid 30's.
It is always lots of fun for everyone and they all celebrated at the Dragon-sponsored after party at the usual venue in the Village Bowl, the Frying Pan Inn."