Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Perisher, NSW (Wednesday September 6, 2006) - Jindabyne snowboarder Shay Paxton will be out to break his own world record at Perisher Blue Resort this Saturday night at the Boost Mobile King of the Rail presented by Motorola.
Boasting a full roster of 25 elite snowboarders, the riders will converge at Perisher’s front valley under lights for the massive snowboarding extravaganza. The King of the Rail will kick off the night competition with an hour session on the Worlds Longest Rail. Each rider will have two attempts at the rail, with the longest slide taking the title and the $4,000 prize money.
Paxton won the 2005 event title and is the Guinness World Record holder for longest rail slide on a snowboard – his winning distance was an impressive slide of 36.63 metres.
“It’s a roll of the dice.” 33 year-old Paxton said, when asked about his chances of winning again.
“I retired from competition after last years event but I’m excited to come back and have a crack at winning this again. There are a lot of great riders so it’s just a matter of launching onto the rail smooth and seeing how far you can go. I’ll be focusing on my own program but I know it will be hard to beat Nick Gregory (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Robbie Walker (St Kilda, VIC) and Max Cooks (Brighton, VIC) is always one to look out for.” Paxton said.
Other riders to watch out for include Mitch & Clint Allan (Berrara, NSW), Mikey Williams (St Kilda, VIC), Tom Pelly (Brighton, VIC), Ryan Gardiner (Jindabyne, NSW) and Abi Bright (Cooma, NSW).
The second part of the event will see a “Snow Show” style approach aptly named “The Jesters Wheel”. With $4,000 prize money the format involves riders hitting one of two obstacles decided by the spin of the “Jesters Wheel”. The “Jesters Wheel” session will see a doubling in size of last years “Motorola Jam Rail” and the inclusion of the “Allphones Big Air”.
The event kicks off on Friday with wildcard qualifications open to all to enter. Interested riders can register online before the event at Boost.com.au. Two wildcards will then go into the King of the Rail main event on Saturday night.
Boost Mobile has also added a music element to King of the Rail. A tower will be constructed at the top of the course that will house a set of decks and massive sound system that will pump tunes out onto the expanses below.
In recent years, rail riding has become a huge part of snowboarding at both contests and in snowboarding videos. Rail riding adds a new dimension to snowboarding because riders don’t need to be on a mountain or buy a lift ticket. All they need is a little snow and a staircase to tackle.
Boost Mobile’s King of The Rail presented by Motorola is proudly supported by Burton, MTV, Perisher Blue, Skullcandy and Allphones.