Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Perisher, NSW (Sunday September 10, 2006) - Adrian Pelly (Bright, VIC) has won the Boost Mobile King of the Rail presented by Motorola at Perisher Blue Resort last night.
Showcasing a full roster of 25 elite snowboarders, The King of the Rail involved snowboarders attempting to launch down an 85 metre purpose built metal rail. Each rider had three attempts, with the longest slide taking the crown and the $4,000 prize money.
Adrian Pelly - competing in his first rail event - slid 50/50 centred down the rail on his second of three attempts with a winning distance of 31.22 metres. The highly touted 19 year-old freestyle specialist finished almost four metres clear of his nearest rival Mitch Allan (Berrara, NSW) who took second place.
“Wow, I couldn’t be happier. It’s difficult to prepare for an event like this because the rail is purpose built so I think there was a bit of luck involved in me winning but I’ll take it.’’ Pelly said.
“Boost Mobile turned on a great event and I’m pretty stoked to win as this prize money will come in handy when I travel to Vail & Tahoe in a few months.”
Shay Paxton won the 2005 event title and maintains the Guinness World Record for the longest rail slide on a snowboard – his winning distance last year was an impressive slide of 36.63 metres.
Also completed at last nights event was a “Snow Show” style approach, aptly named “The Jesters Wheel”. With an additional $4,000 prize money up for grabs the format involved riders hitting one of two obstacles decided by the spin of the “Jesters Wheel”. The “Jesters Wheel” session saw a doubling in size of last years “Motorola Jam Rail” and the inclusion of the “Allphones Big Air”.
Port Macquarie’s Ryan Tiene won last nights Jesters Wheel in front of a 500-strong crowd, with a winning combination that included a backside 540 rotation and a cab (switch stance) 360 rotation.
“This was a really cool format and fun to be put on the spot like that. I was lucky to spin some decent tricks and do enough to win.” 19 year-old Tiene said.
Best trick was awarded to Charles Beckinsale (Jindabyne, NSW) who landed a reverse 900 on the Big Air.
Also making the finals were Matt Galina (Canada) Max Cookes (Brighton, VIC), Mikey Williams (St Kilda, VIC), and Russell Holt (Port Macquarie, NSW)
Paul O’Neile, Managing Director of Boost Mobile, said the event was successful because of the combined talent and energy of like-minded and progressive companies.
“Our thanks go to Motorola, Perisher Blue, Burton, MTV, Allphones and Skullcandy for helping to make the weekend such a success. All the riders were stoked to be part of the event and although we didn’t break last years record, the Moto Snow Show added a new and innovative format to the event.” O’Neil said.
Boost Mobile’s King of The Rail presented by Motorola is proudly supported by Burton, MTV, Perisher Blue, Skullcandy and Allphones.
Official Results of Boost Mobile King of the Rail presented by Motorola:
1st: Adrian Pelly (Bright, VIC) – 31.22m
2nd: Mitch Allan (Berrara, NSW) – 27.26m
3rd Matt Galina (Canada) – 26.75m
4th Ryan Gardiner (Jindabyne, NSW) – 24.15m
5th Nathan Johnstone (Nth Narabeen, NSW)– 22.67m
6th Mikey Williams (St Kilda, VIC) – 21.57m