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.
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!!!
In February two comps happened in pretty much the same week at the same resort which was Saalbach Hinterglem. The first comp they had was the Winter Mash which used to be the Wangl Tangl in Mayrhofen. It was a really fun contest as it was a team event and two people in a team, also the it all took place during night which was even cooler! I went with Tobi Strauss another Vans rider but unfortunately he injured himself during practice so I then got paired up with Michi Macho whose partner also got injured during practice. We made it all the way to the semi finals and then got knocked out by team KBR from Finland and in that team was Sami Luhtanen and Janne Lipsanen so some pretty good riders. All the riders decided to split the prize money so each rider got 410 euros!
The next event was the weekend after which was the Glemmbang Slopestyle in Saalbach again Drew Stevenson invited me to the finals so I went along and had a really good time. The course was the same as the Winter Mash course which was, down rail, kicker, kicker or up pipe, wall-ride and then a bunch of boxes at the end. First everyone had to do semi finals to get into the final and it was a jam format and the best two runs counted so I got my two runs out of the way as fast as possible so I could chill for a bit and my first run was half cab 5-0 to back 7 to front 7, nose press the top of the wall then gap back lip on the A frame box then alley oop 3 nose tap on the red bull can. My next run was cab 1 on back 1 off to cab 9, front 7 and then the same rails again. Those two runs qualified me in first place for the finals, the finals was a 1 hour jam session and your best run counted and I think my best run was cab 1 on back 1 off to cab 9, front 7, 50-50 back 3 off on the wall-ride, gap back lip alley oop 3 nose tap. I ended up winning best rookie and the overall event and I won 1000 euros STOKED!!!
I also learnt cab double 9’s the other day that I have wanted to do for ages and finally manned up and did it didn’t take to long to land so check it out
At the weekend it was the World Rookie Fest in Livingo. The first day of the competition was the practice and qualification of grom boys and all the girls and the rookie boys practice and qualification was the day after. The weather wasn’t great for the rookies qualification I landed my run a few times in the practice. I didn’t drop until near the end, my first run I had to skip the third as I didn’t land properly on the 2nd. My 2nd run I landed and that qualified me in 7th place out of the 16th finals STOKED! The next day was finals day and the weather was awful windy and snowing loads, I landed my run in practice which was fs Underflip, cab 9, fs 7, bs 7 50-50 back 3 off the pole jam. The format was three runs best run counts, my first run was a bit sketchy but I still landed it in the rubbish weather. My second run I cleaned it up so I was pretty stoked to get a banging run in the bad weather. Third run I cruised through doing methods of the jumps. I wasn’t sure how well I had done and in the end I came third which I was surprised about but so STOKED.
After Modena we got the train back to Austria which was pretty cool had our own cabin and big leather chairs. It had dumped up at Tux so I went up
and rode some powder for a few days with Tom West and Cheryl Maas which was so much fun! Me, my dad and Jamie Nicholls left Mayrhofen on Wednesday night to Dachstein because Thursday was an all day practice. The course was quite small about a 7 metre jump to a 13 metre jump to either a flat rail or a rainbow rail and then a wall-ride. I had a sick day practice riding with Jamie Nicholls, Aimee Fuller, Cheryl Maas and Mathias Weissenbacher. Next day was qualification and I was in heat 3 my 1st run was cab under-flip, front 7, tail-slide 270 and 50-50 back 3 over the wall-ride which score
d me 62. On my second run I did a cab underflip then went for a front 10 but overshot the landing and I got a seriously bad dead leg which hurt for 2 days after! They took the top 6 from each heat and I came 5th in mine so I made it to the final. The
weather sucked on finals day super windy so we had to hit the medium jump I did cab under-flip to back 7 on them and that placed me 14 overall so stoked on that! Also well done to Aimee who won the women’s she killed it! and Jamie who cam 3rd in men’s and got best trick fro front blunt 450 out. Such a rad comp definitely want to go back next year!
At the end of October I went to London Freeze Festival. I drove over from Austria with some of the GB team over night and I managed to sleep most of the journey. Me my mum, dad and brother stayed in the same place that I stayed in last year which was a big pimping apartment it was rad! The first day of the event was skiing so we went to watch a bit of that just to see how the jump looked and what the speed was. The next day was snowboarding and I was in the Battle of Britain against, Andy Nudds, Matt McCormick, Nate Kern, Dom Harington and a few others. The weather was horrible it was really windy so the speed for the jump was really slow and barely anyone was making it. We got two runs practice, two runs! Then the comp I did a back 3 tail and a back 7 but knuckled it and had to revert so I didn’t get through. Dom Harington won! Later it was the main event which Billy Morgan ended up winning!
From there I went to Modena, Italy with my dad for the Nissan StompIt big air competition. We landed in Bologne Airport and it turned out BA had left my bag in Heathrow which sucked but there was another flight so we drove to the hotel and my dad went and picked it up on the next flight. On qualification day we were meant to start at 11 in the morning but ended up starting at 5 in the evening such a long day! The jump was really nice a lot better than the Freeze jump it wasn’t to big and the drop in wasn’t to steep, I did a back 7 on my first run and landed and then tried some 9’s but kept coming up short. But I qualified in 7th to get through to the finals against, Roope Tonteri, Mathias Weissenbacher and many more I was stoked! In the finals I landed another back 7 and then tried to get a 10 but couldn’t get it around but I finished in 13th place beating Eric Beauchimen pretty happy with that so pretty happy with that result!
At the weekend I went to the Kaunertal Opening with my dad, Birgit Rofner and Jamie Nicholls. They had little snow there so the park was really small a 5 metre jump, down rail, donkey kink and a massive gas pipe at the bottom. Friday was training all day and me and Jamie managed to do about 50 different tricks through out the day on the jump and the rails like 270’s, switch back 5’s, cab 1 back 5’s and back nose press front 1’s. It was such a rad day! Saturday was comp day and we had four runs to get one good jump run and a rail run we had four runs but they changed it to three runs and then back to four. I did cab-under-flip on the jump and cab 1 back 3 to tail-slide 270 on the gas-pipe. this run got me best rookie in the comp and I won 200 euros which I was stoked about!!! We drove back to Hoff that night and the next day was Hamish McKnight’s birthday and we did das spiel and had a barbecue.
Yesterday I went to the Volcom Peanut Butter Rail Jam at the Sane Rinn Jib Park in Austria with Chris Chatt, Ross Needham and my dad. When we got there it was just a small hill with one poma lift and a few rails, the setup was a down bar, donkey kink and a down flat down. It was a super fun setup and the rails were a bit wonky but were really nice and weren’t sticky. I was in the under 15’s category and it was a 15 minute jam session and you had to hit all three rails and the best trick on each rail got counted so I did front board on the down rail, back lip and 50-50 front 3 out on the donkey kink and nose press on the down flat down which got me through to the final.
Chatt and Ross both killed it in their heat but only Ross got through to the final. In the under 15’s final it was the same format as the qualification so I did front board on the down rail, 50-50 back 3 on the donkey kink and nose press and front board on the down flat down. I came first in my category which I was stoked about and won some Volcom and Electric stuff and then I won best rider of the day which I was even more stoked about and won 50 euros another pair of goggles and an invite to the finals in Avoriaz!!! Also Ross came 5th overall so well done Ross. Back in Mayrhofen now but the weather isn’t meant to great but we will see also I have got a comp this week which is the Austrian masters in Westendorf which will be fun!
Last Thursday me and my dad went over to Laax for the BEO, when we got there we met Katie Ormerod and her dad Mark Ormerod. The next day was practice day and the first time I had seen the course and it was, a down rail or up rail into two small jumps that were really close to each other there was only a 2 metre gap between the first landing and the take off for the next jump. After the two small jumps there is another two bigger jumps and then at the end there is the Creative Use Of Space feature which was a wallride into a drop or a pole tap. Or on the other side a close out rail into a stair set with a down bar or a down flat down. On the practice day the weather was perfect bluebird and warm so the course got slow and slushy nearer the end of the day, I got the run I wanted to do during practice just before it started to get slushy which I was happy about. Also on the same day when it got slushy I decided to try some front 9’s which I have never done before and I landed quite a few of them so I was stoked!!!
The next day was qualification and finals day for boys and girls so a lot was happening that day. I was in heat 1 and dropped second to last which was quite a good position to drop, In my first run I did 50-50 back 1 off into cab 5 mute to back 3 tail into back 7 mute into front 7 melon then into 50-50 front 3 on the close out to back lip on the down rail, but I fell on the front 7 because I went to big. On my second run I did the same and landed the front 7 which put me second in my heat which got me through to the final in 2nd place for my heatand 4th place overall from both heats which was pretty good.
In the final I did the same run for my first and second runs, just tried to improve the run on the second attempt and then went for the front 9 on the thirid run but put my hand down which I was a bit gutted about but it is a new trick so I need to work on it a bit more. In the end I came 9th which is pretty good at the BEO to be in the top 10 so I was stoked!!!
Also Katie came 3rd in the girls slopestyle and 2nd the day after in halfpipe so a massive well done to her. Today Jamie Nicholls qualified for finals with a sick run and then on his second run did an amazing scorpion not when landing on a jump but just doing a speed check after the first rail but still well done for qualifying Jamie! I am back in Mayrhofen now and there are some fun comps coming up like the Volcom Peanut Butter Rail Jam and the world longest rail attempt at Gerlos which will be good fun!!!
Heres a couple more pics from Jon Weaver (thanks Jon) and my dad.