I am back in the UK now, down in Cornwall and the weather has been good (so far), so I have been surfing and it has been sick! Also on Friday I got the train from Truro to Halifax to go ride Cas with Jamie Nicholls which was rad, I learnt loads of new tricks like Front Blunt to regs, Front 1 on cab 3 off, Cab 1 on Back 3 out and back 1 on switch back 1 back on to the gas pipe which I was stoked about. Then the next day it was Jamie’s 18th Birthday Party which was also good fun we skated the mini ramp that he had built in his garden and it was sick, there were some rad skaters there who killed it all night like my Vans team mate Lois Pendlebury, Dave Walker, Will Smith, Thrashmore and many many more. I had a such a fun night. The next morning I packed my stuff and started the 8 hour train journey back to Cornwall a big thank you to Jamie and his Parents for letting me stay 🙂
I also went to Milton Keynes a few days before that for the FBBB TrickBusters event, it was a rad setup. It was a cool format as well it was 1 hour practice, 1 hour jam and then the final, but in the final the judges picked tricks out of a hat and the riders had to do them and it was the person who landed the most tricks won. Some of the tricks were a bit stupid like hardway 360 on and method to frontboard. I won a girls jacket which is just what I have always wanted ….. 🙂
This week was pretty sick it started of at Halifax I rode with Jordan Gee and I got backside 720’s dialed which I was so stoked about then after fax I went to Jordan’s house to stay. The night after Fax we went to Chill Factor for a session which ended up to be pretty sick even though there were only 3 rails out I got cab 1 on back 3 out on the down bar and I also got back 1 on cab 3 out on the high box.
After Chill we went to Cas which was a fun night as well and Keith Povah was back riding which was good to see. We did a Shredit that night to I rode with Jordan, Keith, Big Charlie and many more. Then Jordan came and stayed at our house for 2 nights. The next night at Cas was just as good also Danny McCormick, Matt McCormick and Pete Meadows were all there as well so it was fun to ride with them because I don’t get to see them alot.
Then on Saturday it was the Westbeach Snowflex Series at Halifax it was a really warm day so the slope wasn’t running to fast but they put loads of water on the kicker which helped alot. I got to the final of the 16 and unders category which I was stoked about I got my 7’s on the day which I was stoked about. also I got corked back 7’s on the day which was sick! In the final it was me, Matt McCormick and Pete Meadows I didn’t land my first run which I was a bit disappointed about but on my second run I landed my corked back 7 which was so pleased about. In the end I came 3rd Pete came 2nd and Matt came 1st so well done to Matt and Pete also Danny McCormick came 2nd in his category so well done to him as well. In the over 16’s it was Col Mytton in 3rd Danny in 2nd and Andy Nudds in 1st.
I had a sick week this week and well done to everyone at Halifax!
Check out this weeks shredit at http://shredit.tv/2010/08/8-one-liners-nineteeneightten/ and also the Whitelines write up of the Westbeach comp at http://whitelines.mpora.com/news/westbeach-snowflex-series-2010-halifax-report.html
I flew back from the One Snowboarding camp in France with Jamie Nicholls, Sophie Nicholls and Katie Ormerod, we landed at Stanstead and my dad gave us all a lift home. It sucks being back there is nothing to do ! there is no luge or volleyball, it rains most of time it just sucks!
I went to Halifax for the first time in about a month or two last week, it was good fun, really fast and it poured down for about 10 minutes. This week I’m going to Cas on Thursday and Friday and then on Saturday I’m going to Milton Keynes for FBBB with Jordan Gee.
Sunday I’m going to France for a week but not to go snowboarding which sucks 🙂 I’m going with my family and my Uncle Nigel and my Auntie Jo. I’m looking forward to go on holiday again it should be good fun!
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 🙂
Just to say Christmas is nearly over and I got some great gifts and had a fun time but I can’t wait to go back to Avoriaz tomorrow with my dad to ride the pipe and the park which is going to be really fun. I’m staying out there with Dan and Nadine until 2nd January! I haven’t started packing yet but pretty much know from last week what I need so I will start in the morning and should get it done in no time.
Here’s a clip from Xmas Eve of me and Jamie Nicholls playing on a street rail over in Halifax 🙂
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 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 🙂
On Friday got to ride at Halifax with Dom Harington who is also sponsored by Animal.
He brought with him a guy called Luke to take some pictures and another sick rider called Dan. I can’t wait to see the pictures that Luke got, my dad took some that you can see here. Dom and Dan were killing it to say they haven’t ridden dry slope for ages, Dom was doing some corked 7’s and 5’s also he did a back flip on his 3rd run!!! Dan was doing some crazy stuff like back flip 180’s, back flips and some front 3’s!!!
My dad left the camera running all day to capture all the tricks we did!!!
When we finished at Fax we headed down to the Burton Scrap Metal, the drive down there was rubbish we were stuck in queues all the way down there we still managed to get down there on time though. When I went on to the slope I found Jordan Gee to shred with which was good fun but the park was a bit mental with huge gaps onto the side on rails. I managed to get on to one of them and front board it. The winner of the women’s category was Katie Omerod who was riding really well doing front blunt 270 outs on the down bar which looked sick. In the men’s category it was Si Foster in 3rd place, then a guy called George Wooley but in first place was Johnny Russell who landed a a sick backside 360 on to the down bar. So overall it was a good night!!!
That night we stayed over in Hemel Hemsted. My dad drove up a spiral road to the car park but it was closed so he had to reverse all the way back down it LOL. The next day we went home thinking it would take us 3 hours but the it ended up taking us about 7 hours!!!