Plake wins top amateur title |

Plake wins top amateur title

Sierra Sun reports
Two-time world champion hot dog skier and South Lake Tahoe native Glen Plake put another feather in his signature Mohawk haircut l

Pro and top amateur snowboarders and skiers put on a show during the second annual Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational at Boreal Mountain Resort on Saturday. The competition took place on a 30-step staircase with two down-boxes, one down-rail, and one down-flat-down box with two banister rails.

Amateur snowboarder John Foy surprised everyone by taking home the gold in the men’s snowboard division. Earning one of four amateur spots to compete against pros like Robbie Sell, Curtis Woodman, Jake Devine and Brett Butcher in the final heat, Foy blew the judges away and garnered a “hell-yeah” nod from the pros with a back-lip to back 270-out.

Just as impressive was the top women’s snowboard division winner, Desiree Melancon, who won all judging points with a lip-slide to fakey. The top skier of the night, Steven Stepp, swept the division with a lip-slide to pretzel-out, walking away with the winner-take-all division purse.

In addition to the competition, 30 ski and snowboard reps set up booths, trailers and tents surrounding the landing of the staircase feature to fire up the crowd with swag, stickers and a look at 2006-2007 product lines.

Standard Films kicked off the night with its 2006-2007 movie “Draw The Line” on a 40-by-60-foot inflatable outdoor screen. DJ Matt Connelly of Helly Hansen was master of the turntable throughout the evening’s festivities.

In the men’s snowboard division, Foy took first place, Christian Koch was second and Jed Hoffman third. In the women’s snowboard division, Melancon took first, Joanna Dzierzawski second and Laurie Currier third.

For a full rehash on the second annual Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational or to view competition photos, visit

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