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Photos: Kevin Westenbarger
Jeff Anderson was one of the best snowboarders to ever strap in. Filled with shred, love, and a bit of sketchiness, the JLA Banked Slalom is a fitting tribute to a kid who was indeed, “True to this…”
“I think its important to bring snowboarding back to snowboarding,” started Billy Anderson, Senior Brand Director at Burton snowboards and older brother to the late Jeff Anderson. “When Jeff started riding there was nothing big or grand about it, nobody wanted to do anything more than just snowboard, ya know.”
“It’s like a real snowboard contest,” continued Anderson, “It’s something you can ride out past your years… we had a lot of dad’s riding the course today, little tiny kids riding it, everyone was on the same field today and that unites us all.”
And that is what the JLA Banked Slalom is all about – for the riders, by the riders, the young, the old, riding good, riding shitty, laughing, crying and every sentiment and experience in between.
To know these feeling is to know snowboarding, and to know snowboarding is to know Jeff Anderson.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over ten years since one of the most talented and inspirational riders to grace the snowboard scene left us. Blessed with more talent, style and genuine love of snowboarding than most of us combined, Jeffy couldn’t help but be the best. He lived and breathed shredding and it came out in his riding the way it only can in those passionate beyond their control. It’s something he summed up one night as he broke out a sketch pad and drew a simple board and binding before scribbling the words, “I’m true to this, not new to this.”
With the JLA Banked Slalom, companies like Burton, places like Mammoth, and the community that rallied behind this event, Jeff Anderson’s spirit is still moving snowboarding forward, perhaps even more that his riding did.
2nd Annual JLA Banked Slalom Results: