From Rahlves’ Banzai Tour — Kirkwood, Calif. — Under sunny skies with blowing winds, on a challenging race course filled with steeps, blind rollers and tight corners, 111 athletes braved the elements this past weekend, Feb. 5-6, to compete in the Eagle Bowl Banzai at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, stop number two on the 2011 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour

Time trial qualifiers on Saturday narrowed the field to 32 men’s ski, 16 men’s snowboard, 16 women’s snowboard and 8 women’s ski competitors on Sunday, going elbow to elbow in four-person heats with the first two athletes across the finish line advancing to the next round. With a $10,000
prize purse up for grabs, racers were holding nothing back on a challenging course through the Eagle Bowl that demanded respect and a healthy dose of courage. In the end, Squaw Valley’s John Bochenek stood atop the men’s ski podium, Sugar Bowl’s Jayson Hale took the men’s snowboard field, Kirkwood’s
Marge Cossettini won women’s snowboard, and Keely Kelleher from Big Sky, Montana won the women’s ski division.

A blend of big mountain freeriding, downhill racing and ski & boarder-cross strategy, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour combines elements of ski and snowboard racing into a mad-dash race for a $50,000 prize purse at Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood and the famed Silver Belt Banzai and Tour Super Final at Sugar Bowl
Resort this March 12th and 13th. For more information on the Rahlves Banzai Tour, including current Tour Points leaders, visit www.rahlvesbanzai.com.

Official Results for the Eagle Bowl Banzai at Kirkwood Mountain Resort:
Men’s Ski
1. John Bochenek
2. Craig Garbiel
3. Jesse Maddex
4. Marcus Caston
5. Greg Lindsey
6. Tyler Hunter
7. Travis Wolfe
8. JJ Hanley
Men’s Snowboard
1. Jayson Hale
2. Matt Clark
3. Rodney Folsom
4. Sylvain Ducois
Women’s Snowboard
1. Marge Cossettini
2. Jennifer McCready
3. Raeland Tarnove
4. Carrie Hall
Women’s Ski
1. Keely Kelleher
2. Shelly Robertson
3. Shannon Rahlves
4. Chloe Georges