Tommy Gesme takes flight, lands with top prize at Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails

Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails attracted more than 40 professional snowboarders to Bear Mountain over the weekend. (Bear Mountain photo)

Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails attracted more than 40 professional snowboarders to Bear Mountain over the weekend. (Bear Mountain photo)

More than 40 of the best snowboarders from all over the world competed in the 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails on Saturday at Bear Mountain, where bragging rights and $15,000 worth of cash prizes were at stake.

Tommy Gesme took home top honors and $10,000, while Dillon Ojo finished second and received $2,500; Jordan Small placed third and earned $1,000. Jaeger Bailey received the best trick award and $500 for his 50-50 hardway 270 transfer. Women’s first place went to Melissa Evans, who was awarded $1,000. This was Evans’ fourth win at Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails.

Gesme, Evans and Bailey were presented with customized iPad minis and go-pro cameras provided by Fusion of Ideas. The tablets displayed the winners’ digital checks at the award ceremony.

Thousands of spectators watched as top jibbers showcased their talents and their craziest tricks on more than 140 tons of man-made snow and urban-style steel features, which will be available for the public to ride in the Red Bull Plaza at Bear Mountain this winter.

“This year’s event was bigger and better than ever,” said Clayton Shoemaker, director of park development and youth marketing for Bear Mountain. “Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails is the ultimate winter kick-off party. If we can put on an event like this before winter even arrives, imagine what the park is like when the season hits. Bear Mountain really is the place to be this winter.”

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