JLA Banked Slalom
JLA Banked Slalom
This past weekend at Mammoth Mountain the Second Annual JLA Banked Slalom was held in honor of the late Jeff Anderson, a special snowboarder who grew up riding in Mammoth, and left us all too early. Conceived by his older brother Billy, pictured here, the JLA Banked Slalom is about the lifestyle that snowboarding can provide and the friends that tie it all together.
Olympic boardercrosser and Nitro Circus stunt monkey Trevor Jacob won the 2nd Annual JLA Banked Slalom, despite front flipping out of one of the turns in his first race. "Jeff Anderson was my favorite snowboarder hands down," said Jacob, who grew up in Mammoth. "Every day I would come home from school and watch his part in 'Full Metal Edges' every day!"
Scotty Blum and co.
Last year's JLA winner Scotty Blum is flanked by fellow racers including Olympian Greg Bretz. Although he failed to podium, that's not what is important. Said Blum, "I'm snowboarding every day of my life. That's what I care about."
Having received nearly four feet of snow over the past couple weeks, Mammoth Mountain was primed for the event. Race day started with some flurries but soon turned into a glorious California spring afternoon, with nothing but good vibes setting the scene.
Greg Bretz rode switch, popped 360s and generally mocked a course that had most riders holding on for dear life.
One of Mammoth's most talented up-and-comers, Frank Knab ruled this bank with authority. Big mountain legend Jeremy Jones told us, "I'm really impressed with this kid, Frank. He's got freestyle trots but he's not afraid to put his time in and go after bigger lines."
The weird and wild Danny Kass called Mammoth home during the early 2000s. Because of the scene he helped perpetuate, the mountain, town and many a liver would never be the same.
He isn't just the kid of surfing legend Gerry Lopez anymore. Alex Lopez, or A-Lo, is fast becoming one of the most well rounded and stylish riders out there today.
"With Jeff's passing I think one of the strongest things I had was this community," said Billy Anderson. "Everyone really loved Jeff and supported Jeff, and if we can create more of that feeling in his memory that is a very special thing."
Local legend and big mountain pioneer Steve Klassen and his daughter. Klassen, who owns Wave Rave snowboard shop, is one of the reasons Mammoth is a snowboarding mecca, having fostered an environment that produced riders like Eric and John Jackson, and before them, Billy and Jeff Anderson.
The 2014 JLA winner, Trevor Jacob, stands before second-place finisher Sylvain Duclos and Tucker Speer, who took third. "There was no pressure. Honestly, I wasnt trying to win, I was just trying to have the most fun," said a very stoked and super grateful Jacob.
From L to R: Ryan Boyes, a thoroughly bearded Pat Moore, the maestro Billy Anderson, the legendary Shaun Farmer and Volcom's Oren Tanzer -- formerly of Mammoth Unbound and a undeniable influence on terrain park evolution.