It’s not often that you grab your wakeboard and hit the crystal clear blue water… at your local community pool. But that’s exactly what was in store for NorCal riders the weekend of July 24-25. Since 2006, the Spanky Beaver Rail Jam has been a unique event that gives rippers a chance to winch a variety of rails set up in an Olympic size pool. This year’s event, held at the Cunningham Aquatic Center in Vallejo just outside of San Francisco, went off with 3 winches, a ride-on up-to-flat rail, a corrugated pipe, a flat rail and an A-frame rail, as well as local bands putting on their own jam sessions.
This year there were seven female riders in attendance that were charging the up-to-flat rail: Trina Bender, Janae Grisham, Shana Collins, Kathleen Huntley Collins and Hyperlite NorCal Team riders Nataly Conner, Lindsey Sloatman and myself. We were all pushing each other to take our rail riding to the next level. It was awesome to have such a fun group of girls giving each other encouragement and sharing the stoke. At one point during the day, the fellas had all tired of riding, but the girls kept the winch roaring. The line up was ladies only for a solid hour, and as the day progressed, so did the womens’ winching skills. Janae and Lindsey were perfecting their front side board slides, Nataly was stylishly spinning off the end, and Trina and Kathleen were sticking their 50/50 slides down the length of the rail. I was so inspired by the girls’ riding that I tried a little bit of everything and came away feeling like I had learned a lot from my fellow female shredders. The fun went on into the evening with lights illuminating the pool for night riding, followed by a serious party and camp out, and the rail jam continued into the next day.
Big thanks to Al Marchiniak and Brodie Chaboya for putting on such a killer event, to Jon Haddox – winch operator extraordinaire, and to all the ladies in attendance for representing for the fairer sex. For more information on the Spanky Beaver Rail Jam, check them out on Facebook.