Burton's Cattleman Rail Jam returned for the 13th consecutive year Down Under at Mt Buller this week - and luckily for us it was another jam for the ages.
Australia is having a banging season already this year, and what could be a better celebration than watching a bunch of guys eager to prove their virility by voluntarily throwing themselves down a greasy staircase?
The set up was classic Cattleman, with top outer rails leading to a stair set steeper than the recent drop in Elon Musk's popularity. In other words, it was the ultimate scene for watching big bails, even bigger tricks, and combinations we haven’t even thought of.
"it was the ultimate scene for watching big bails, even bigger tricks, and combinations we haven’t even thought of"
All the riders sent it huge, riled up by one of the largest and liveliest crowds the event has ever seen. Props to all the competitors for their exceptional levels of testosterone, which allowed them to ignore the little voice inside their head telling them “if you leave now you can still make it home for dinner, a bubble bath and Love Island".
The top spot went to Jye Kearney, who’s been killing it at this comp for the last seven years. Be sure to check out his runs starting at 2.10. Highlights include his massive 270 to frontside boardslide.
In second and third place were Bryce Bugera and Troy Sturrock respectively, who impressed the judges with an inspiring display of both consistency and class. Best trick was awarded to Harry Green who sent a slick backside 50-50 on the top rail, transferring with a 270 to the lower rail.
This year saw the introduction of an award to commend the hardest charging and most committed rider - in other words, the guy that managed to lose the most brain cells but still walk straight afterwards. Congrats Dean Ridy! The award was donated by G-Shock, because a new watch is just what you want after you’ve spent your Saturday night eating shit.
You’ve got to give all the guys a pat on the back (and maybe some arnica – a lot of those slams looked heavy), it’s awesome to see riders mixing it up and pushing the limits of what can be done on a rail.