In the world of snowboarding, nomination videos are the only way to get your foot in the door of a prestigious competition. Riders don’t feel the pressure of being on the spot; instead they have several months to make their video and they are the only judge of what ride, trick or action will make the cut. There are no spectators or judges to impress, and it’s up to the rider to choose when, where and what works best for demonstrating their selected tricks.
During the three year existence of the Horsefeathers Jib Masters the video quality has increased dramatically. And we’re not just talking about the tricks themselves, but also the quality of the footage and editing. Not to mention the higher volume of entries sent to us and the ever increasing number of riders from different countries. What started out as a competition exclusive to the Czech Republic in 2004 has evolved into an international phenomenon of European proportions. Last year alone we received over seventy nomination videos.
Despite the improvements in the technical side of the videos, the event organizers still look for the most difficult and innovative tricks above everything else. Riders get top points for demonstrating different tricks on various types of obstacles (boxes, pipes, streetrails, etc.). New faces are welcomed every year, whose performances blow away event organizers and fans here and abroad.
Here's a little interview with the mastermind behind all the bent metal, Richard Skandera
1. What inspired you to create the Jibmasters competition five years ago? Was it your intention to make it an international event?
I was inspired by the Nixon Jib Fest and the desperate terrain park conditions in the Czech Republic during comps. I’ve never been one to enjoy the stress from having only two runs in the qualifying or final rounds. That’s why I wanted to create an event that was more a session than anything else. Good riders could participate without having to worry about anything else but riding in a solid terrain park and having a good time. I would take care of all the rest. In no way did I expect the Horsefeathers Jibmasters to take off the way it has. Initially, the idea was to back up the local scene, but the idea has been expanding. Each year we want to push the norm higher and higher, which means attract better riders, provide a better terrain park and more prize money.
2. How is the competition different from other snowboarding competitions?
By its nomination system, idea, concept and relaxed atmosphere. All one needs to do to enter the comp, is send in a video demonstrating rail tricks on various obstacles no later than March 5, 2008 to email@example.com or a CD by mail to: Richard Skandera, Moravanů 51, Praha 6 , 169 00 Czech Republic. If their tricks are better than the other riders they can obtain one of the 15 wild cards.
3. How do you choose the riders, which will get nominated? Who helps you?
From all the videos that make it to my inbox by March 5th, 2008, I’ll choose riders that demonstrate the best tricks. I’m not interested in the quality of the footage or the editing, or the graphics; I’ll be evaluating the rider on his ability and creativity. During the selection process I consult the Jibmaster crew and active riders.
4. How’s the quality of the videos?
The quality and numbers get better by the year. Last year the quality was very high and I received over seventy entries.
5. What would your recommend to riders thinking of sending in a video? Anything they should watch out for?
I would suggest that they edit all the footage into one film. I want to be convinced that they’ve got a strong lineup of tricks, not just hitting one or two boxes at the local park.
6. How do you choose the invited riders?
Based on their skills and desire.
7. Who won the last competition?
Tadej Valentan from Slovenia. There were riders from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Poland and Russia.
8. Why does the event take place in Černý Důl? How is the resort different from other resorts?
Mostly in their approach to snowboarding, and secondly because the Horsefeathers Terrain Park is there.
9. Who designs the obstacles? How many are there?
I design all the obstacles and there’s going to be too many to count ☺
10. Best trick performed at the Jibmasters so far?
The cab 270 to transfer fs boardslide by Tadeje Valentana or the FS 450 transfer to boardslide by Honza Zajíc.
You can send in your nomination video until March 5th, 2008 to Richard Skandera – firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: +420 777 284 275, or by mail to Richard Skandera, Moravanů 51, Praha 6, 169 00, Czech Republic. For more information about the competition, go to Jibmasters website