Bit late but here is the GB podcast from the trip down under, shots are from New Zealand and Australia 🙂
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 August I flew from Munich to Australia with the guys from the World Rookie Tour and Lewis Courtier Jones and Ole Christian Hagen from Norway. We stopped in Dubai on the way to Australia so we went into the city and saw all the huge skyscrapers whilst we waited for our flight to Sydney. From Sydney we drove 5 hours to Thredbo which is one of the resorts in Australia. The first 2 days were awful weather really windy and snowing. We did a night comp at Perisher on the second day and it sucked, it was super windy and snowing loads I didn’t do that well as i couldn’t get speed for the jumps. The next day was the Rookie Tour comp but it was to windy to ride the main course so we did it on the medium line which wasn’t as good, but I still got a good run of nose-slide pretzel, cab under-flip and a back 7 which I was happy with and that run got me in 4th place. The next day it was our last day riding and Sven Thorgren and Fridtjof Tischendorf joined us to do some photos in the park which was good as there was no wind that day so we rode the big park. That was our last day riding we got down and headed for Sydney.
Sydney was rad we did so much cool stuff and saw so much stuff like the Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and Koalas. We were staying in Bondai Beach which is quite famous it has a sick skate park where they have a Vans bowl comp every year and a massive beach that gets good waves. We went to a skate shop in Canberra and they gave all of us a Penny skateboard each and they are so much fun to cruise around on we went around most of Sydney on them. We tried to go surfing in Bondai but the waves were to small to catch which sucked and the water was freezing. We went to the Monster skate park for a skate session and the park was huge everything was massive! I still had fun skating there though. On the same day we went to the skate park we went and watched a Red Bull surf movie called Storm Surfers 3D, it was so GOOD the waves that the guys were getting were huge! You should definitely watch it. On the final day of the trip we went and watched a Rugby game which was cool to watch.
I am in New Zealand now with the GB team hopefully will get some good runs on the jumps and some good runs on film but, the weather doesn’t look great so we will just have to wait and see 🙂