A Snow Jam in the Czech Republic
Czech Republican snowboard-rock-star, Martin Cernik ask me to come over and check out his local contest, Snow Jam. I thought about it for about a second, sure why not, it was that or the US Open. So we needed to bring an American ripper with so Lib Tech’s team manager, Jeannine James called up Allister Schultz, he said “Are you kidding me?”
DAY 1 GETTING THERE:
Allister Schultz and I jumped on some planes and headed over to the Czech Republic for Martin Cernik’s Snowjam contest, just 3 hours north of Prague.
A little jet lagged, we killed some time in Prague before heading to the local mountains, Pec Pod Snezkou(Pets for short) Martin’s home mountain.
We met some of Czech Quiksilver crew in downtown Prague. Their office had a nice collection of Parillo art that I have never seen before.
Checked out this snowboard/skateboard shop, they only carried Lib Tech and Gnu snowboards!
Up in the Mountains, Pets they drive rad snow vehicles like this as taxis.
DAY 2 PRACTICE:
Here is the overview of the Snowjam, its a double kicker event.
This is the first year of the Snowjam a Ticket to Ride event(TTR), however Martin has been putting on big air events in his country for the last 5 years.
Matej Novak in practice on a Magne-Traction.
Time to go explore the Mountain, Martin shows us some stashes.
Allister, Martin and Henki Odegaard from Norway.
Found some pretty good tree runs with lots of pow and pillow stumps to jump off of. Allister getting some.
Our roommate Henki
Found these sweet pillows, shot a couple lines off them…
Allister slashed this big pillow…
He then blasted a huge method off another pillow.
Here is one of my favorite snow vehicles.
Martin knows how to throw parties.
This guy served us Pizza earlier sans wig.
DAY 3 FINALS:
Martin Cernik placed 4th.
Allister, Smooth Slow Spins
GNU’s Chris Sorman landed in 2nd place
Long time New Zealand Ripper Quentin Robbins, still getting er done.
The Hottest DJ in Czech!
DAYS 3 & 4 CHILLIN IN PRAGUE
Traveling in style on the Quiksilver double decker Bus
Traditional Czech meal, Meat, Dumplings, and Gravy
Local Slovakian Thomas
Super sick indoor woody skate bowl.
Thanks to Martin Cernik who planned the whole event, it went off.
Photos and Words by G Trevor Phillips