OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – PORTLAND, ORE. (Nov. 24, 2008)– Against all odds the skies were cloudy and rain-free Saturday November 22nd in Downtown Portland, Oregon for the 2nd annual Backyard Bang. Am riders from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond competed for cash and prizes on a super clean rail set up fabricated by Seattle based Snowboy Productions
Josh Dirsken, Tim Windell, Jesse Burtner and Nick Dirks were on hand to judge the field of riders. VIP's mingled in the Art Institute Lounge, overlooking the rail set up and the crowd, enjoying free beer and catered snacks.
First place went out to Austin Sweetin and Megan Ginter for style, consistency and tech tricks. Tyler Verrigan nailed the Best Trick award with a backside 180 to switch nose press. He's one to watch, for sure. Portland local, Jonny Burger came in second, riding for US Outdoor Store and third place went to Vermont madman and Salomon team rider, Sawyer Deen.
The ladies held their own. Christina Curry took second place with Art Institute student Celeste Rhodes coming in third.
Bobby Meeks, Darryl Mathes, Sara Philips, and other Portland shreds were on hand to eat Cobra Dogs and catch the action from these hungry up and comers.
Thanks to all the sponsors for their support including Salomon Snowboards, Art Institute of Portland, US Outdoors Store, Bonfire, Skullcandy, Scion, Paul Mitchell, 94.7, The Portland Mercury and Mt. Hood Meadows.
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