I went to Castleford on Saturday for the British Snow Tour and the setup was sick but the format was rubbish you had to do 2 runs on boxes and 2 runs on rails it would of been better if it was 2 runs on whatever you wanted to hit instead of forcing people to ride boxes!!! I came 2nd in youth men and got some “sick” prizes, a 4 hour Sno!zone voucher and a whitelines subscription how rad is that ….. Then on Sunday I came back home to Mayrhofen which I was stoked about.
The past few days I have been riding with Jamie Nicholls and Mathias Weissenbacher (an Austrian shred master !!) the medium line is open and it is sick. They have built the pro line jumps and they are massive but look sick can’t wait to ride them!
There are already some pros up there like Torstein Horgmo and Markus Keller. I managed to snake Torstein on the gaspipe which was pretty funny. I have got some new boots which are the Celtek Hi-Standards and also I have a new board which is the Joe Sexton Pro Model and they are both sick so thanks Vans and Stepchild!
Yesterday I went up the mountain with my dad and Jamie and it was icy and on my second run to the bottom I got cut up by a skier and tried to stop but I couldn’t stop and bailed hard on the ice and bit my lip really bad so we came down 🙁
Also I did a little interview with Method Mag, it is in the first issue and it’s my 1st ever interview in a magazine so go and check it out it is a free mag and it can be found in your local snowboard shop!
Tomorrow is opening day at Tux so the whole park will be open can’t wait to get up there and ride, gonna be here all of October !!!
On Monday it was my birthday I had a great day apart from having to go to school which sucked. I just chilled at home with my family in the sun. I’m going to Les Deux Alpes in one week which is going to be sick, counting down the days !!!
On Thursday and Friday I rode at Cas. On Thursday I rode with Jamie Nicholls, Keith Povah and Big Charlie (Jonny Russel is injured so he cant ride).. I got four new tricks that night and they were cab boardslide, switch back blunt, switch back nose and half-cab 50-50 all on the down bar which I’m stoked about!!! I did a bit of filming as well and made my first ShrEdit of last week and this week. Friday was Parkstrife which was fun but everything got wrecked straight away. I rode with Jordan Gee all night which was fun I got front 5’s dialed on the kicker as well.
Saturday was FBBB at Tamworth. The park was really good there was a side on rail then a box and then a small gas pipe at the start then there was a box then a side on missile then the massive black gas pipe then a rail. Then at the end of the run there was a c-box. I had really good night I got half-cab 5-0’s on the missile and nearly got a back 1 on. I won two t-shirts and a beanie (!). Then at the end of the night I got a bag full of stuff and best of all a years Whitelines subscription. Also Whitelines held a rail jam on the missile which was fun. Sadly Sam Turnbull broke his wrist on the quarter pipe in an awful slam and now he wont be coming to Les Duex Alpes with me 🙁
Heres my 1st ShrEdit …. check the ShrEdit link too …. new site coming soon that’s gonna be sooo cool
On Saturday Castleford held a new competition called The Sno!Down it was from 5pm till 10pm. I enjoyed this comp because the park was one of the best I have seen at Cas ever ! There were 3 rails at the top then 2 kickers and a gas pipe then another 3 rails then a box. The comp started with a jam session for 2 hours the judges of this were Dom Harington and Wayne Taylor I was in the 12 and under category. The jam session determined who was the winner of the categories after the jam session there was a 1 run final to see who would win out of everyone. Throughout the whole night I rode with Jordan Gee who it was good to see because I haven’t seen him for ages. After the comp there was the prize giving I came first in my category which I was pleased about and I won a bag full of stuff. Also Jordan came 2nd in his which he was pleased about aswell also Dean Horsefield and Sam Turnbull did really well Sam won the overall and Dean won best unsponsored rider which they were really pleased about especially Sam. So overall it was a really good night and park and it was good to see other people doing well.
UPDATE: Couple of nice write ups on the event that mention me, I even got my pic onto the front page of Fear of the Park !!!! here is the Snowboardclub UK review and here is the FOTP review 🙂
Not much gone on this week just been chilling on the trampoline and doing some shredding. I rode @ Cas on Thursday with Keith Povah as usual and we made our weekly shredit (sorry for the bad language!!) thenFriday with Jamie Nicholls, Si Foster Jamie also did a little shredit and I did some filming with Si and Jamie which was fun (read about it here).
When the weather isn’t very cold or wet I can’t really go and ride Halifax because it is slow and they have no water sprinklers turned on, so instead I just go on my trampoline or go skate. On Saturday I went to skate at Skaterbeach which is an indoor skate park in Osbaldwick in York. I had really fun time riding the miniramps there and learning new tricks. But unfortunately it is closing down on the 30th of April so go along and skate before it closes its amzing and has amazing owners.
Also in 5 days I’m going to the boardtest in Kaunteral for a week which will be sick, the pictures of the park look amazing and will get to ride with some folks I haven’t seen for ages ….. so it’s going to be sick!!!
This week went to Fax, Chill Factore and Cas. Fax was quite slow but fun did some 5’s and 3’s and I rode with Sam Turnbull who came as well for the first time in ages. Then on Wednesday we went to Slide 2010 which was cool. I saw all next seasons gear from Rome, Grenade, Stepchild, Head and loads more. The next years Rome Label’s (my board) graphics are sick and also it is reverse free camber which is different to this years model, also Grenade’s gloves and gear look amazing for next season and the Stepchild graphics look wicked. Grenade gave me some sponsor stuff which is all sick!!! Then we went to Chill factore and saw Jordan Gee and Charlie Clarke. The kicker was good and Charlie taught me backside 540 stalefish which is sick! Went to Cas Thursday and Friday. Thursday was fun they had some wooden features out which was cool and we made a little shredit. Then on Friday it was Parkstrife at Cas and the theme was wood so everything was made out of wood which was cool. At the top there was a wooden spine that you had to ollie ridiculously high to get on top, I managed it and it was defo my biggest ollie ever !!. I rode with Sam, Dom, Jonny and Beanz which was fun and it was nice to see Dom but he tweaked his bad ankle so he went home early which was rubbish 🙁 But overall it was fun night and a fun week 🙂 (thanks Tim for sorting us out).
UPDATE: Here is the write up from fear of the park on the event, sick pic’s really like the one of me coming on the pole jib thing !
After the BEO I came back home and am back to riding at Cas and Halifax again.
Last Tuesday I went Halifax for the first time again and the kicker was TINY compared to the BEO kickers !!! That night I tried corked back 5 mutes but didn’t land any. Went to fax again the day after and tried some more corked 5’s and still didn’t get them :(.
Then we went to Cas for the first time this year and saw Jonny Russell, Alec and Gary, it was good but it felt weird compared to the mountain because of the snow, it felt slow but it was fun. Jonny taught me backside 5-o frontside 180 out (check out the video below) !!! We went to Cas again on the Friday and I learnt backside 270 on to the side on box.
I want to say a massive well done to Jamie Nicholls at the BEO for getting through pre qualifying then qualifying then semi-finals to the final and placing 13th overall!!!!!!! so a BIG well done to Jamie, check out the video of his runs below.
And finally, another video from the Onesnowboarding camp has been released and put on Whitelines (all of the videos from the riders on the camp are here, check em out!) it’s been done by Stewart Monk who’s based in Morzine and I hope we can do some more stuff with him soon 🙂
Tuesday I went to fax (first time in a couple of weeks), when I arrived it looked like it was raining but then I realised it was proper snowing!!! which meant it was really fast.
Then on Wednesday we went to Cas for a big park but it was really busy with students which meant I didn’t get loads of runs 🙁 I got to ride with Mark Raper and Boxy which was fun though!
On Thursday and Friday I went to Cas again to shred, same park as Wednesday. It was another couple of fun nights the best run I did was 360 hand plant to back 3 to front 3 to 180 on cab 1 out on the big gas pipe !
On Saturday I went to Tamworth with Katie Ormerod, Mark Ormerod and my dad for the Santa Cruz Rookie Night. It was a fun night and a good setup they had like a 6ft wall ride with a box on top which was fun. I didn’t get through to the final but Katie did and did an amazing run but didn’t win. But overall a good night!
UPDATE: Fear of the Park article on the night can be found here, check the pics there’s a great one of me frontsidin the wall ride !
This week no comps just shredding at Fax and Cas and then I will be going to Morzine on Sunday which will be so much fun!!!
UPDATE: Here are some pics from the event that have just come through.
On Thursday I went to Cas. I had a fun time again, they had the 3m rail, high rail, a kicker,flat down down picnics gas pipe, 10m, jib section and a box. My favourite thing to hit was the high rail which I learnt cab 180 on 180 out and cab 180 on 360 out and cab 180 on 180 tail grab out. I also got tail side 270 out on the pipe.
Then on Friday we went to Hemel for an Animal Snow Camp session which was really fun. I rode with Dom Harrington for the night which was amazing, they had a big kicker with a big gap in between the kicker and the landing which was a bit scary. They also had 2 boxes to make an up flat, flat up flat rail, gas pipe, box and a side on rail which I learnt back lips which I am stoked about.
Then on Saturday night we went back over to Cas for a thing called park strife which was sick. It was meant to go on till 1 0’clock in the morning but it finished at midnight instead, Jordan Gee came over from Wigan to shred Cas style. The park for it was the street rail with steps next to it, high rail, small gas pipe, picnic tables, c- rails, 2 kickers, big gas pipe, 10m, jib section and a box. On the street rail I learnt back lips and on th big gas pipe i learnt 270 on 270 of which I am really stoked about.
This week I hope the wind stays down so I can get over to Fax and we might go up to Scotland on Saturday for the Lowlander but it depends on how much stuff we have to do to get ready for the One Snowboarding Camp on the 13th in Morzine !!
This weeks videos have got loads of the Cas crew in them ….
On Thursday we went to Cas to shred, there was 3 kickers, spine, s box, side on box and the 10 metre. It was a fun night Jonny Russell did some filming with me. Also I got a new trick off the kicker which was cab 5’s which I am so stoked about. Also I got back board to switch 50-50 front 180 out and on the s box i got front lip to switch front blunt 270 out, Jonny chassed Si Foster round the car park with a belt after the shred, it was sooooo funny !
The next night we went to chill Factor for the DC night. The setup was OK they had a street bar, rail, box, 2 kickers, up box and a spine. It was another good night even though there were no DC riders there (get well soon Sam !). The kicker was good but it wasn’t as good than the one at Advita night, but anyway I still managed to get a new trick of the kicker which was front 5’s which I am again stoked about!!! After that we followed Jordan and Barry Gee to Wigan to stay over there for the night so we could set off early the following morning.
The next day we woke up early to meet Jordan and Barry in the Premier Inn car park to drive to Glasgow for the Lowlander at Bellahouston. When we got Scotland we went to pick up Marc McClement from his house to take him there. When we got to Bellahouston it was raining really badly but that was a good thing as it made the slope really fast. We got changed into our gear and went to ride. When we got onto the slope you couldn’t see the kicker it was that small but they had a lot of rails out. The first two runs were judged on kicker and quarter pipe and the other two runs were judged on the rails. I managed to get through to the final 5 which I was pleased about. In the finals you had the same amount of runs 2 on the kicker and quarter and 2 on the rails but because it was running late we only had 1 run on the rails. In the end I didn’t manage to place in the top 3, Matt McCormick came 1st who was killing it all day long!!! Also Danny McCormick came 2nd in 16 and over who was also killing it all day and Marc McClement came 1st in the 16 and over!!! All in all a totally sick day up in Scotland, can’t wait to get back up there 🙂