In August I headed over to London to meet up with the Vans UK guys and also some of the European team including, Sami Luhtanen, Kalle Ohlson and Arthur Longo. We took them on a mini tour to show them where we rode in the domes and dryslope. We started at Milton Keynes for a fun shred there and then the next day went to a dryslope to show them what it was like to ride on, they got the hang of it pretty quick.Then we went into London, and got onto a boat for a tour around London on the Thames with everyone from Vans like Steve Van Doren, Geoff Rowley, Christian Hosoi and loads more every team was there! After that it was time for the opening of the House Of Vans which is a sick place underneath Waterloo station, with a skatepark, music and artwork.
It was a sick few days shredding and seeing London and the House Of Vans, check out the video !
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:
Freeze 2014 – Whitelines Battle of Britain a Snowboarding video by whitelines
In Colorado now and it’s dumping with snow Keystone and Breck are both looking good can’t wait for the good weather !
First it was the British Snow Tour Big air at Milton Keynes it was a lot better than last years kicker. It was a good day practice started at 11:45 and finished at 12:45 I was riding with Matt McCormick all day which was sick. In the comp my safety run was a back 3 tail grab which I landed and then for my second run I landed a back 5 tail grab which I was stoked about and finally I went for a 7 but there wasn’t enough speed so I knuckled it which I laughed about because I landed my 5. In the end I got first place which I was stoked about also well done to Jordan Gee for getting 2nd in his category and 3rd overall. Then after MK we went to Tamworth for the High 5 tour which was good fun but the rails were huge and I took a big slam on the donkey kink which hurt because it was really icy but it was still a good night all the rails were sick my favourite feature was the bench I did a back lip a back nose press a 5-0 and a noseslide on it which I was stoked about. In the end I didn’t win anything but I still had a good night.
This week I went to Halifax twice. On Tuesday it was quite slow but it was still fun because it wasn’t windy and you could still get enough speed for the kicker. I rode with Sam Turnbull, it started to get foggy at the end which made it a bit faster. Then the next day it was really windy so I kept getting blown across when I hit the kicker which wasn’t very fun but it was still a good night.
Cas on Thursday was a good park because it was bits of the set up for the Standingsideways Sessions for the next night. I learnt frontside 270 onto the side on down box I also learnt frontside 360 on frontside 180 out which I am stoked about. Then on Friday it was the Standingsideways Sessions with features from Jonny Russell, Dom Harington and Stu Edwards. Dom had the pipe of mild peril, Stu had a perfect down bar and Jonny had a kicker to a spine to a down box which was called a Rythmic Razmataz. Overall it was a really good night and the best park we have had at Cas for ages, cant wait for Damo to do another one !
Saturday at Milton Keynes was another big air competition which was also good fun the kickers weren’t the best but it was still good because I rode with Jordan Gee. I landed all my tricks all night and got through to the final, I also landed both my final runs which were a back 3 tail grab and then and backside 540, which in the end was enough to come 3rd overall (all age groups) and won some money which I am stoked about!!!
I’m sure there will be some write ups on both events and I’ll post them here when they come out 🙂