Been a busy past few weeks with a few competitions one after the other, the first comp being the Shred Down Austrian Masters Slopestyle in Westendorf. The comp went over two days again the first day was on the rails and then the second day on the jumps. The first day went pretty good got my run on the rails, cab 1 back 3, back blunt 270 out, front board 270 that run put me 2nd overall, then on the jumps the next day I did, cab double 9 to back 7, then cab double 9 to back double 10 but just did a little but check on the 10 but still landed it. They added the scores up and I won the rookie category and the overall category so I was pretty stoked to win both!
Here’s the video:
The next comp was the Spring Battle over in Flachauwinkl this year was the first time the comp had done open qualifications so why not go and give it a go. They built a decent sized jump at the top and there were some pretty good riders in the qualis, I had coach Billy Morgan there helping me out he was invited so I wanted to get through to ride with him I managed to land back double 10 in the comp and that put me in 9th to qualify through to the semis so that made my day! The next day was training for all the invited riders I landed my back 10 again and Billy did back triple 14 to get through to the finals. I ended up 17th overall which isn’t to bad with all the guys who were there, Billy ended up winning it with a back triple 16 which was perfect so huge well done to him!!!
My runs from qualis:
The most recent comp was the Vans Hi-Standard on Saturday here in Mayrhofen, it was such a fun comp nothing over a 7 on the jump and all based on style and then a rail jam on the stairset, all the Vans UK crew were out so it was fun riding with all them again. I managed to win the overall category here as well so it was a pretty good day, won some money and had a awesome day what more could you want! We filmed an edit the day before because the weather was meant to come in so we played it safe and filmed that day instead, hope you enjoy it !
At the weekend I headed over to Kaunertal for the Street vs Snow rail comp with Jamie Trinder. It was a team comp and the format was team vs team, each rider had five runs and were scored from 1 to 5 for each trick , they would then add up the scores from both riders in the team to get the overall score. The setup was pretty cool, lots of different features to hit and be creative, two down rails, gap to rail, rail to wall-ride, flat rail to stairs. We were the last team to ride and we were up against Michi Schatz and Andre Bergamaschi, unfortunately we missed out on the 2nd round by one point which was pretty gutting but I was also stoked on some of the tricks I landed like backside nose press back 3 out and 50-50 450 into the wall.
I have been back in London for the past week or so for two rail jams the first one was the O’neill Shoreditch Showdown. I drove over from Austria to do the comp, In the morning I went to the Oakley HQ which was sick to see all the new goggles and sunglasses they are making. Then, mid afternoon we went over to the place where the comp was being held, the setup was really good bit different but fun to ride loads of different options to hit and get creative. So after qualis they picked the top 12 riders for the finals which I managed to get in to so I was pretty happy about that! Then in the final everyone killed it, I didn’t make it to the top 4 but I had fun and was stoked to see everyone ! Here is a quick edit Will Nangle made from the event:
After the comp I went back up North to see my family and have a go on my uncles quad bike around his farm and chopped some wood for the fires which was a good few days to chill before going back down to London for the Freeze Fest. I first went to Milton Keynes and stayed with Chris Chatt to ride and get warmed for the comp. I then got on a train to Clapham Common for the Freeze to practice on the setup for the Battle of Britain comp. The setup was sick and was quite big as well which was cool and it made it more challenging plus there were lots of gaps to rails to do to get creative, Everyone killed it in the B.O.B comp and the top ten made finals and the top 4 made it to the international. I made it into the international comp with all the sick riders like Kas Lemmens and Wojtek so I was so stoked just to be riding with them guys! Jamie Nicholls smashed it as always and won so well done to him ! Here’s a vid from the B.O.B comp:
In early September I went to Freestyle CH to compete in the rail jam, it was my first time at Freestyle CH and it was cool to be riding in one of the comps there as well. The rail jam was sick I managed to make it through to the finals and I ended up 6th overall so that was pretty good! Check out the edit 🙂
Last week I got back from my trip down under it was a pretty fun trip riding in New Zealand and Australia, also going around Melbourne for a few days. The trip started off in New Zealand where I was there for just under 3 weeks, unfortunately Snow Park was closed this year which was pretty gutting as it was amazing last year but Cardrona was open and had a decent park. But the weather wasn’t kind pretty much the whole time I was there so I got about a day or two on the jumps which wasn’t too good, it just meant it was rails pretty much every day but they had a good rail line so it wasn’t too bad. After a few weeks I went over to Australia to meet up with the World Rookie Fest guys to go to Thredbo with them to compete in the Rookie Fest comp. They didn’t have a very good season for snow so they could only build two pretty small jumps and a couple of rails for the comp it was a fun little course in my run I did cab 1 on then back board to fakie, switch back 5, back 7 which got me 2nd in the rookie category which I was pretty happy with 🙂
The next day it was the practice day for The Mile High in Perisher which is another resort in Australia, Billy Morgan came over with Hamish and Katie Ormerod, Katie couldn’t compete because she had injured her knee in New Zealand.The course was a lot bigger and way more fun than the park in Thredbo I think they had more snow so the could build bigger jumps, the course was, down rail or donkey kink, flat bar or gap to down, pole jam, and then 3 jumps. I had a really good practice getting my run every time so i was happy with that also doing front 10’s and 9’s already was a bonus because it was just the start of the season for me and I was happy to be doing big tricks so early! My run in the comp was back lip, tailslide 270 out, 50-50 back 3 tail grab, back 5, cab 9, front 7, on my second run I fell over but I was happy with my first. Also well done to Billy Morgan who came 2nd in the slopestyle and 1st in the big air !
We then went to Melbourne for a few days and stayed with Hamish’s family. We first went to the Zoo and saw a lot of cool animals like snow leopards and lions. We also went into Melbourne centre and it’s massive and it was really busy but cool to look around somewhere different and to have some amazing sushi, we then headed to bounce which is a trampoline place and we messed about there for a couple of hours. On the last day we went to watch and Aussie Rules match which is definitely different to any sport in England and anywhere else. It was a really fun trip but glad to be back home now and getting ready to go shred Hintertux!!!
At the start of April was the World Rookie Fest Finals in Ischgl, it was the second time I have been there. There were a bunch of kids there from all over the world like Japan, Norway and America. The course was, 2 jumps, then a choice of a jump or up pipe, hip, then a rail garden. Practice day was really nice weather everyone was throwing down, then the qualification day was pretty bad weather it was super flat light, snowy and windy and my runs didn’t go so well and I thought I didn’t qualify but the top 16 did and I came 15 which was a surprise! Finals day was banging weather hot and bluebird and the course was shaped really well. On my first run I fell over which was a bit gutting as I hurt my shoulder a bit but I carried on. My second run I landed and it was cab 9, front 7, back 7, front-side air, front board up the up rail, 50-50 front 3 on the donkey, I was really happy to put a run down as that is all I wanted to do. My third run I tried to do a back 9 but just under rotated but my second run was really clean so I was happy. I was thinking that I came about 7th or 8th but I managed to get 4th! So happy with that result so stoked the guys who were above me were 17 and 18.
A couple of weeks ago was the Vans Hi Standard Big Air comp in Mayrhofen and the format was nothing over a 720 was allowed and it was all based on style and if you did a trick the judges liked you were given 20 euros so the more tricks you did the judges liked the more money you got. They also had a rail jam with the same format but you could do any tricks you wanted. I got the best under 16 rider which I won 200 euros and over the big air and rail jam I won 320 euros stoked!
I was super stoked to get invited to the Spring Battle this year to ride with some seriously good snowboarders like Seppe Smits! The weather wasn’t great it was snowing the whole comp but it was still fun. I managed to land a back 7 in the conditions but the level of riding was crazy switch back 10’s and doubles were being thrown it was insane! Even though all these trick were going down I managed to get 14th which I am pretty happy with! Also I had my own room to myself with a sauna and a balcony it was sick I had so much fun there and would love to go the comp again!!! Here is one of my runs and some of the best runs of the day
Last Friday was the first day of competition of the Austrian Shred Down Masters Slopestyle in Westendorf. The format was the first day was the jumps and the second day was the rails, the weather was perfect for the jump day, it was so hot and super slushy meaning it was a bit slower into the jumps. We did our practice and then we had three runs to get the best run possible. The jump course was a box into two jumps, my best run was board-slide to switch, cab 9, back 7 and I landed that first run so I was happy about that I then just took it easy on the next two runs and did cab under-flips off the first jump. The next day was rubbish weather it was really cloudy and snowing but it was OK because it was rails and the line was down flat down, down rail and then an up rail or a wall ride my best run was gap to board-slide, cab 270, switch board-slide on the up rail. I came first in my category which is the under 18’s which I was super stoked with as it was my second win at this competition! I also ended up 5th overall! Here are some photos and the video from the event.