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 got an invite over to the SnowboarderMag Superpark 18 over in Mt Hood. I went over with the guys from Vans Europe and had a banging time! The park was insane and all the features were huge but a lot of fun, I rode with Thomas Delfino and Sami Luhtanen the time I was there, the weather wasn’t the best the whole time but we made the most of the nice days definitely a awesome time and experience and would be awesome to go again!!
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.
Here is a video from camp A at COC from the Isenseven crew who are all sick riders and they made this rad video which I managed to get a few tricks in which I am so stoked about to be in a video with some of the best European riders there is so check it out!!!!