Last weekend was the Pleasure Jam over in Dachstein, I went over from Stubai with the GB crew where the weather had been bad the whole time we were there. The practice day at the comp was bad weather as well so we just rode the rails in the course and managed to hit the first jump. The course was, rainbow rail, two jumps, multi feature of either two jumps, a cannon rail or a flat rail, then an up rail into wall ride then down rail. The next day was qualis and the weather was way better! I landed my first run which was cab 2 on, cab 9, back 7, front 7, axel stall on the wall, noseslide pretzel on the down rail. It put me first overall into the semi finals, i was so stoked! The weather came back in before semis so it was pushed to the next day. The weather was banging again the next day and i landed my run a few times in practice, I landed my first run again in semis which was, cab 2 on, cab 9, back double 10, front 7, axel stall, noseslide pretzel. That run got me through to the finals which was the top 8, I did the same run in finals and i finished 6th overall! Was so stoked on the result, can’t wait to go back next year!!!
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 !
Heres the video from the comp:
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.
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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.
This is the video of the whole event
This is the video of my runs
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
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 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 🙂