Andrew Steward Malay Day Destroyer
Beaver Creek, CO – Local eagle county resident Andrew Steward took the 2011 Malay Day Destroyer title by winning the overall ski and snowboard competition followed closely in second place by defending back to back champion Billy Rodriquez. The level of progression at Malay Day and park riding in general has gone through the roof over the years. Everyone was throwing down from skiers to snowboarder, men and women and even a rare appearance from Colorado snowboard legend Travis Young throwing some of the biggest airs of the day, on a splitboard!!!
Malay Day kicked off with a rail jam at the top of the Rodeo terrain park. Hundreds of athletes got there jib on using 3 unique lines of terrain features. As always my favorite part of the rail jam took place on the Malay Rainbow Rail. The rail was painted in honor of Josh and reminds riders of his spirit while sliding over the rail. I managed to snap a shot of Josh’s younger brother and event organizer Sean Malay standing next to the painting of his brother Josh, the resemblance is uncanny to say the least..
Next the riders moved down the park to start the Freestyle Bronanza. At first it was wildly unorganized but once riders started hitting the hip jump everything fell into place. Never Summer Snowboards team rider Billy Rodriquez hiked up hundreds of yards passed the rest of the riders and dropped in. On his first try Billy sent the entire hip landing on the backside of the jump, my estimate is he was easily 20 feet in the air and carried a good 40-50 feet to the sweet spot. Andrew Stewart was up next and after a few try’s he and Billy started throwing massive spins over the hip getting the crowd insanely fired up.
Not to be outdone by the young kids, 38 year old former professional snowboarder Travis Young decided to show the youth some style points. Trav hiked up and threw the largest method airs of the day while riding on a splitboard. Then the nut bag decided to throw an early 90′s style backflip over the entire hip. Travis was fully laid out in his extension, something that young riders rarely see nowadays.
Malay Day wrapped up at the big air jump, but after the hip session the big jump seemed tame at best. The party moved down to Finnegan’s Wake in Avon were hundreds of dollars were raised for Todd Franzen a local snowboarder who was diagnosed with cancer. Up for bids were some of Josh Malay’s snowboarders he had rode over the years, his artwork and snowskates. Needless to say I grabbed a few boards to makes sure Josh’s spirit lives on forever in the Colorado snowboard scene and beyond.
I just want to say thanks to all the riders, friends and family that came out to support Josh, Sean and Pat Malay. This is such an amazing event, everyone was so pumped and Josh even blessed us with some pow turns before the event started. See you next year for the 2012 Malay Day.MORE MOUNTAIN WEEKLY NEWS HIGHLIGHTS: