American Forest Bailey won the 2012 Burton Rail Days contest in Japan on Saturday. Set in the heart of downtown Tokyo, this year's urban rail jam was the largest outdoor snowboard event ever held in the city's history.
Judged by urban-shred pioneer Jeremy Jones and attended by next generation rail destroyers Ethan Deiss, Zak Hale, Mark Sollors, Niels Schack, Ludwig Lejkner, Dylan Alito, Jamie Nicholls, Wojtek Pawlusiak, Brandon Hobush and Takahiro Ishida, the event took it to the next level this year. The course, specially designed by Snow Park Technologies to bring a rustic mountain flavor to the heart of the technological urban sprawl, featured a hitching-post jib log, a picnic table gap jump and a handrail to log bonk measuring nine meters tall and 31 meters long.
In the end, Bailey took the win with a 50/50 closeout transfer to lipslide, earning him top honors and $15,000. Great Britain's Jamie Nicholls took second with a cab 360 to switch 50/50, and American Jonah Owen got third with a closeout 50/50 to frontside 360 melon grab.