05/04/2012 | by Tom Copsey
Midway through its 9th European winter season, Volcom Stone’s PBRJ vessel has been sailing all over Europe before it arrives at its final port, where it’ll anchor up in Avoriaz (Harbor), France for the final PBRJ session on the 31 of March 2012. This’ll be the last long-lining festival of fun of the season, after 18 stops taking in the whole of Europa from Greece in the South to Finland in the North!
The top 5 anglers in every division at each stop qualify for the European PBRJ Championships in Avoriaz, France. So we will see some of the best up and coming jibbers from all European seas gathering for this exciting event, with tons of prizes to be reeled in and 12,000€ in prize money!
As Volcom’s amateur contest, the goal of the PBRJ is to give something back to the kids. Beware of copies out there, this is the original! Mixing up the established contest format, they came up with something different. Rather than having three rails in a row, the Volcomites put them side-by-side to create a rail zone which boosts the energy level and fun nature of the contest by having everyone ride together, riding, hiking, and watching in a big group.
There are 4 divisions: Girls, 15 & under, 16 & over and Open. Winners from every division go home with loads of prizes while the Open division winners receive prizes as well as cold hard cash. The contest runs in a jam format so there are no scheduled runs – riders can hit each of the rails as many times as they want during their 20-minute heat. Judges only score landed tricks, so you don’t need to worry about falling. The event is absolutely free to enter, on a first come first served basis, and boasts tons of free prizes, free drinks, free food and Peanut Butter & Jam sandwiches! Also, Everyone who enters walks away with some prizes!
Upcoming PBRJ Europe Stops
MARCH 10, St Petersburg, Russia
MARCH 10, Hafjell, Norway
MARCH 10, Blue-Tomato Snowpark, Stuhleck, Austria*
MARCH 10, Hammarbybacken, Stockholm, Sweden
MARCH 10, Talma, Finland
MARCH 17, Les 7 Laux, France*
MARCH 17, Grasgehren, Germany*
MARCH 18, San Martino di Castrozza, Italy
MARCH 24, SnowPlanet, Netherlands
MARCH 31, PBRJ European Championships, Avoriaz, France 12000€*
Dates and locations subject to change, check www.volcomeurope.com for the latest info.