On Sunday, April 3 hundreds of shreds converged on Bear Mountain for the Jib for Japan, which raised over $10,000 for the Red Cross to help in the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster relief effort.
Over 60 brands joined the event as sponsors, donating tons of gear and prizes for a jib contest and the largest raffle that Bear Mountain has ever seen.
The event was put together by Ray Takahashi of Flux Bindings and Tsuyoshi Komiyama after the disaster struck their native country, and riders from the local community and beyond, including pros like Chris Bradshaw and the ThirtyTwo crew, as well as a huge Japanese contingent, including Kazu Kokubo, came to show their support.
Over 300 Jib for Japan hats from Modus and 100 t-shirts screened by Sunday Print Co. were donated and sold for a $20 donation. All the t-shirts were sold out by the end of the day and were put to further use.
In addition to the jib contest, snowboarders and skiers who were wearing “Jib for Japan” shirts or hats on Chair 5 were tallied for each lap they did for an hour for an event called Laps for Japan. For every lap riders took on Chair 5, Flux, Flow, 686, and Wrong Gear each donated a dollar to the effort.
Entry fees were $20 for pass holders and $50 for non, with 100% of the proceeds and ticket fees going to the Red Cross, and everyone, including judges like shred legend Jimi Scott, donated their time.
“It was packed,” says Flux Marketing Director Ray Takahashi, who organized the event. “It was great to see everyone working for a common cause and the same goal.”
Special thanks goes out to Amane (Armani) Ohta on the photo front.
Takahashi says response to the event exceeded their goals and they are looking at plans for additional events to support Japan. “It’s going to take years to clean this up and we’re going to keep working on this until it’s 100% repaired.”
Takahashi and Komiyama would like to give a shout to DJ’s Slipmatt and C-LO and Johnny Castro for announcing at the event. Rio at Bear, The guys at TransWorld SNOWboarding—Anthony Manfredi, Adam Cozens, Chase Elliott, and Christian Thomas; as well as Kazuhiro Kokubo and Kotaro Kamimura (Stomp Crew) for driving all the way out from Mammoth to support.
The sponsor list and generous donators include:
Transworld Media, Bear Mountain, Elm, Airhole, Alove, Ashbury, Endeavor, K2, Pow, Wrong Gear, Spy, Bataleon, Ride, Lobster, Neff, Celsius, Modus, Flow, Filtrate, Flux, Aerial7, Celtek, DC, Salonpas, Skull Candy, Surfside, Arbor, Inno, Sessions, Scion, 686, Never Summer, High Cascade, Active, Weekend, Bond, Signal, Stepchild, Smith Optics, Sabre, South Bay Skates, Sunday Print Co., Union, Coal, Jack’s Garage, Sandbox, Candy Grind, Volcom, 32, Etnies, Dragon, DVS, Matix, The Hundreds, RVCA, Red Bull