Jazz Jam 2010 @ Brighton

Posted March 17, 2010 in
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Photo: Jeremy Riley

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 364 2078 SLUG Mag 17 4 2551 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Last Saturday was the 2nd Annual Jazz Jam up at Brighton, and if it was going to be anything like last year, I was excited to go.  Waking up at 8 a.m. that morning, it seemed to be a nice warm day, but once I got up there I went to talk to Helen Wade who was at the registration table when some old man came up to me and asked if I was excited for the foot of snow we were about to receive that day. I was not since I was wearing only the $4 dollar jacket I got at D.I. Even though it wasn’t sunny and warm like last year, the setup was still the good’s and despite the blizzard, somewhere around 60 or 70 people came out to jam and get a Jazz jersey. The jam kicked off around 11:30 just as the snow and wind came down like the hammer of Thor.


Instead of having 3 heats, they decided to put the men’s open, boy’s open, girls open, and skiers all in one 45 minute heat and battle it out since the weather was so not chill. The setup consisted of a down rail, a kinked rail, and a rainbowish to straight rail (some call it the teardrop rail). The weather didn’t seem to stop any of these kids from droppin’ bombs and swivels on the rails, not to mention the fact Zane Miller finally came out of hiding to come and MC the event. After 45 minutes, which seemed like all day cause I was freezing my balls off, everyone came to the tents to get some of the free stuff that Zane was throwin off the Gatorade jib. He was making kids do push-ups and run around to try and get a free pair of shoes. After the toss out was done, Jared Winkler got on the microphone to announce the winners. The men’s open winners were Brandon Hobush in 1st, Everest Arnold taking 2nd, with Danny Bueller at 3rd. Chase Frum took 1st, Will Ermish (who’s in college) got 2nd and Jeff Mcgraff rounding it out in the number three spot. Now for the girls it was pretty close but, my favorite girl from Japan, Midori O’atari took the cake and win, Meghan Parsey got 2nd, and in 3rd was Lisa Ronald. The skiers, who also were droppin’ bombs, placed on the podium like so: Walter Sheron 1st, Trevor Akimoto in 2nd, and 3rd was Peter Fitts. After the winners were announced I bailed to get a burrito and try to warm up, even though it was a cold snowy day it was still a lot of fun. I’d like who ever came up to compete to pat themselves on the back for throwing down in such shitty conditions. Also the Brighton Park Crew can give themselves a pat on the back as well for such an awesome setup and wearing Jazz Jerseys with matching hats.


–Jeremy Riley


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