On the other side of the world, Burton’s Tokyo Rail Days went down over the weekend in front of a large crowd and showcased some of the most progressive jibbing around. With a tough field of competitors including Forest Bailey, Jonah Owen and Burton riders Ethan Deiss, Zak Hale and Mark Sollors, whoever came away with a win here definitely deserved it. To alleviate any judging disputes, legendary freestyler Jeremy Jones was brought in to help judge. Heavy tricks were going down, just in qualifying round, and the finals saw even heavier tricks with higher consequences from riders looking to take home the top spot. By showing consistent, technical riding all night long, Forest Bailey was awarded the $15,000 first place prize, followed closely by the British Bulldog, Jamie Nicholls and recent Rome pro, Jonah Owen.
1. Forest Bailey
2. Jamie Nicholls
3. Jonah Owen
4. Brandon Hobush
5. Dominik Wagner
6. Zak Hale
Blotto was there to capture all the action in still-form and if you want to see what the riders do before a contest that’s halfway around the world and how the course came together, check out the videos below.
A huge, excited crowd showed up to watch the action go down, in downtown Tokyo.
Ethan Deiss tries his best to block out the onlookers as he tail presses down the rail.
A massive crowd turned up at a massive arena for a massive contest. Funny how that happens.
Forest Bailey has been on a tear the last couple seasons and so far, shows no signs of slowing down.
Zak Hale flips out over the log jam with this double angle look.
You’re either going to want to turn up your headphones, or turn them off.