“The Backyard Sessions”
Presented by: Evolution Whistler & 250snow.com
Evolution wants to see what the best Backyard Park in Whistler looks like! We are challenging you to use any and all resources to create the funnest, raddest and most creative park to session. Build your backyard into whatever Frankenstein invention you can and submit "proof-of-park" by January 14th, 2013. The top three parks will be announced on Jan 17th, and the finalists will be visited by our panel of judges for an on-snow session to see just how fun your park is in person! Judges will include local legends, team-riders and surprise guests… We bring the generator and the lights… you bring the good times!! The session will be documented by a professional photographer, and a video edit will be made by 250snow.com and posted online on www.evolutionwhistler.com. Every finalist will walk away with photos, footage, and swag. The winning crew will receive massive prizes including unique features for your park, (to be announced) a brand new 152 RIDE Kink, bindings, outerwear and all kinds of goodness courtesy of our generous sponsors; RIDE, Airblaster, 3CS, Arena Snow Parks, SABRE, Spacecraft, Coal, YeaNice and more!!! Not to mention being awarded “Best Backyard Park in Whistler” and a chance to have a session photo published in KingSNOW Magazine!! Judging will be based on five main areas "Sessionability", "Creative Use Of Space", "Vibe", "Blood Sweat & Tears" and "Overall Awesomeness". If you can build it, we wanna see it… So get shovelin!!
How to Enter?
Entries can include, but are not limited to, video edits, photos, info about who you are, drawings, diagrams, descriptions… whatever you need to tell us in order to qualify for your chance to become one of 3 finalists. We don't care as long as it is in by the deadline. Riding skill is not important to us, but being a good rider will obviously reflect in your park. Make sure you include the address, which must be a legitimate Whistler residence of someone from your crew. Look over the judging criteria in detail below, in order to prove the best attributes of your park. Any video edits submitted should be no longer than 2min and should be linked to an online resource such as youtube or vimeo. Photo submissions are limited to 10 per entry. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be posted at www.evolutionwhistler.com as well as on the Evolution Facebook page! Entries are due by January 14th 2012, finalists will be announced by Jan 17th, and judging sessions will begin on Jan 18th, weather permitting.
Remember! This contest is all about having fun and snowboarding with your friends. Prizes are sweet and so is getting great photos... but the point of this contest is to celebrate the awesomeness of having your own Backyard Park. Here is our criteria for determining the winner, and what ultimately makes snowboarding fun for us all!
All good snowboard parks in general, are such because you can have an awesome session with your friends. It doesn't matter if you are learning a "hardway back 270" or a “switch 50-50”, we want to see that people can session, and all good sessions lead to new tricks. Can someone else drop in while you are hiking up beside the rail? Can you get enough speed for each feature?
Creative use of space
Everyone knows it is not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. This is meant to level the playing field. If you have a bunch of space but don't use it creatively you will not do as well as the small park that made the gap between the shed and the fence into a mini pipe. Variety is the spice of life… lets see what you can come up with!
Blood, Sweat & Tears
We want to see how badly you want it, how much work you are willing to dedicate, in order to have the best park around. Did you build your own rails? Did you shovel snow for 6 days straight? Show us what went into your park. To be honest, if you are able to convince a Bobcat driver to build your drop in, that’s working smart and we’re into it! But if you build the same size kicker without any heavy machinery, well that’s just pure gold.
The vibe of your park will be difficult to show in photo and film cause it is something you gotta FEEL, ya know? However, vibe can kinda be like feng-shui or the environment of the park, and if you have tiki torches and disco balls in your park that’s awesome. This category will mainly come into play for the finalists and the good times vibes for each session. If your park is awesome but you suck to be around, then obviously your vibe won't be too high.
This is the same as "Overall Impression" except awesomer… yeah that’s right, awesomer! This category is all about the full package. Some parks will be super fun to session but will be lacking creativity. Some may be super creative but minimal work was put in to making a feature rideable. Here we have a chance to consider how all of the categories work together PLUS whatever separates your backyard park from the rest.
This contest is meant to support grassroots snowboarding and promote having fun on your snowboards without having to shell out for a resort pass. The Backyard Sessions contest and/or Evolution is not responsible for any injuries sustained while building your backyard park or sessioning, nor loss of damage deposits because you jibbed your coffee table and your landlord (or mom) is pissed. Evolution judges are trained professionals and understand all of the serious risks involved with visiting your backyard park.