Tag Archives: Slopestyle

Brits Slopestyle!

On Friday it was the Protest Slopestyle which was a great day ! The course was a down bar, stall rail, down bar then a flat down box into 3 big kickers. On my first run I got all my rail tricks but then I bailed on the first big jump which I was a bit gutted about, but then I landed my 2nd run which was front board, frontside 50-50, back lip, gap noseslide, back 3, method and then a back 7 so I was stoked to land my run!

After that it was the mens qualifiers which was great to watch. They announced the 12 finalists and I qualified in 10th! We were only allowed 1 practice run which was rubbish because it had got cold and the jumps were slushy ice, it sucked. I didn’t want to do it because I knuckled the first jump and hurt my knee on the practice run but I did my first run anyway and landed it bolts so I was really really happy! We went to the bottom (in the lift cause my knee hurt so much) and got packed and then went to prize giving and I came 1st in my category and then I found out I came 5th overall I was so stoked!

We set off back to Mayrhofen with James Thorne and Chris Kightley and on the way the car broke so we had to go back to Laax which was rubbish, but we eventually got back to the Hoff. We went out to the Wald Cafe for a celebratory Schnitzel and its feeling good to be back home for some rest and to see my dog ! Great times in Laax, so stoked to see all my mates and meet a couple of my sponsors 🙂

Brits Big Air!

The Big Air jump!

So I arrived in Laax on Sunday with my dad and James Thorne. On Monday it was the practice day so I went and practiced slopestyle and then moved over to big air. The next day I went and practiced slopestyle again and got back 3, back 3, back 7 then I moved over to big air and did some back 7’s on the jump also I did some photos with Giro which was good fun. Then today it was the Giro big air we got an hour of practice on the jump so I did some more back 7’s and tried some back 9’s but didn’t land any. Then in the comp I landed a back 7 and then went for a back 9 on my second run and just under rotated it but I was still stoked to land it. After the comp I went riding with Matt McMormick just doing the rail line to the bottom which was sick. Then we watched the mens and it was sick one guy did a triple backflip and nearly landed it CRAZY!!! Then at the bottom prize giving went on and Chris McMormick won his catergory and I came 2nd in my catergory and Matt came 3rd also Sam Turnbull came 3rd overall and Chris Kightley came 2nd overall so well done everyone it was a fun day!

 

British Snow Tour Norfolk

This weekend it was the mini Brits at Norfolk which was fun. We went on Friday but first we went to TSA to get some new boots which are sick. We stayed on the campsite again which was good.

The first day was the slopestyle which was really slow which made it rubbish the park was flat down or gas pipe to a box or a up rail then a rainbow or flat down or an up flat down or a side on gas pipe. My run was frontboard the flat down to front 1 on switch back 1 out to 50-50 noseslide tail tap out I came first in my category which I am stoked about.

Then the next day it was boardercross on the dendex which was good I came first in my heat which meant I won my category for boardercross which I am also stoked about. Also on the same day it was the Giro big air which was really slow but I managed to get some 5’s of it and a 7 that I slipped out on which I was a bit gutted but I managed to get 2nd place and a massive well done to Jordan Gee for winning with his sick underflip 7.

So in the end I got two golds and a silver which I am stoked about.

Les Deux Alpes One Snowboarding camp!

On Thursday I got the train from York with Hamish McKnight to Dover, we then met Dan Wakeham and got the ferry to Calais and drove over to Les Deux Alpes for the One Snowboarding summer camp. Then on the Saturday I went up to the mountain with Nelson Pratt and Jack Shackleton. We had a look at the park and rode around then went back down. On the first proper day up the mountain we rode some pipe and the slopestyle kickers, also we met Danny Kass which was amazing!!!

Tuesday we did the same thing but rode the superpipe instead of the baby pipe which was really steep but it was good fun as well. Then I hit the kickers and got back 3 to front 3 on the slopestyle kickers – check out this video:

On the Wednesday we met Tyler Chorlton which was sick and we did the same stuff again but I got bigger air out of the pipe which I was pleased about. On the Thursday I did 3 out of the 4 fives and also learnt cab 540 switch indy which I’m stoked about! Then on Friday I got the the biggest I have  ever gone out of the pipe. Also I got cab 5’s of a bigger kicker and the we sessioned a c-box which was good fun. On the afternoons we do different activities like volleyball and football and loads more also there is a swimming pool with a ledge which is good fun to do flips and spins off.

Check out this video of my cab 5 🙂

Brits 2010

DSC_0132.jpgSo whilst we where in Laax I competed in The Brits which was fun. We went out a week before to practice for it, whilst we where out there one of the pipe walls was cut down so I couldn’t practice pipe for a few days 🙁

First day we got our bearings back and we went to slopestyle and I got used to the kickers again then I decided to spin of the last kicker and it felt really good. Then Hamish Mcknight told me to spin of all three so I did and that was a good start to the week ! It started snowing on Monday and snowed all through the night and all day Tuesday. The next day was an amazing powder day with knee deep powder through the trees and doing some drops as well. For the rest of the week I just practised everything (during the week my mum arrived with my new board, a 2011 Stepchild Simon Chabelin which i totally love, big thanks to TSA and stepchild for sorting it so quick for me).

Monday was practise day on everything and I met Danny, Matt, Chris and Gerry Mcormick so I rode with Matt for the rest of the day which was fun, also we met the guys from Giro and have hooked me up with a helmet sponsorship ! In the evening I went to the animal house for tea (nice cooking Sonia!) and did a sticker job on my new helmet and new board. Sonia Shaw helped with my helmet and Dom Harrington helped with my board.

Tuesday was the Trespass Boardercross which was fun but I didn’t do very well in it because I fell in the semi-finals but I still enjoyed it. Then I went and practised big air and Johno Verity was filming it all, after that I rode down with Johno before we rode down he put a head cam on me and I did some drops with it on, cant wait to see the footage !

Wednesday was the Giro big air which was good to watch and compete in, the wind was quite strong but I’m used to it from Halifax. I hit the medium kicker which was still pretty big, in the comp I did back 3 and then on the second run I did back 3 mute and held the grab all the way around. After that I watched the mens big air qualifying and final which sick. Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls both did double cork 10’s and Sam Turnbull did well as well he did a corked back 9 and won his category. In the big air I came 2nd and Matt Mcormick came 3rd. I am stoked about getting 2nd at my first Brits.

Thursday was the Sno!Zone halfpipe which was good the pipe got a bit slushy so it was hard to get speed but i got my 5’s and 3’s in it I didn’t do very well in it but it was still fun. The mens was also good to watch Dom’s run was sick he qualified in 1st place. In the mens final Jamie (who says he doesn’t ride pipe) came 1st and he just did a back 9 from nowhere Dom came 2nd and Sam Cullum came 3rd. Also Dan Wakeham was there and he just did crippler to Mctwist all the way down the pipe as a joke and still qualified.

Friday was the last event and it was the Animal slopestyle event but it turned out to be a rail jam instead because the weather got really bad and really windy. It was still fun though I did a front board on the box and Jamie said it was the best slide of the day on it which i’m pretty pleased about. My first run was best I did front board to 50-50 board slide down on the up box then 50-50 on the step down box then stalled on the wallride. I fell on my second run which I’m a bit gutted about because if I landed I would of scored loads more than the first run. Dom did a sick double hand plant on the wall ride which look cool as well. At prize giving I came 1st which I’m super stoked about and I won a £300 K2 snowboard and I gave it to my dad.

On Saturday I went and rode some powder with Jordan Gee and Gregor Samuels. We found some little wind lips and I tried some front flips on them but I didn’t land any but Jordan landed under flips and switch front flips which is sick. Then after that it was the Red Bull Home Run which was really fun. On the way down people were slamming everywhere you looked which was funny but one guy went to hospital. Then on Sunday we drove back to Rotterdam and got the ferry home.

Now I’m back home, it really sucks because there is no snow and it’s just boring, I’ve been to the dome a couple of times and its nice to see all of my mates there, we made a little shredit to celebrate getting home 🙂

Below is a little video of Big Air day at The Brits and also the shredit from my first night back in the dome, I’ve got some amazing pics also from The Brits, will put them up later once we’ve been through them all 🙂

Burton European Open !!!

Burton European Open 2010

On Thursday I went to Laax for the first time. Whilst we were driving the car to Manchester airport we hit some black ice on the road and the spun the car and damaged it 🙁 When we got to the airport we met Mark and Katie Omerod and found out our flight was cancelled! So when the plane finally came after 8 hours we went to Laax. We got there got some cars and drove to Laax.

On Friday we had a full days practice on the slopestyle course and the halfpipe. When I saw the kickers they were the biggest kickers I’d ever seen, they were huge! First practice run I landed on my shoulder on the stair set which really hurt. The kickers were the best and the biggest kickers I’d ever hit, they had a 15 metre gap! Also the rails were amazing they were really smooth. Then we went to the super pipe which was 22ft big which was the biggest and best pipe I had ever been in.

Next day was the slopestyle competition which was fun and it was a really high standard of riding. In the slopestyle I came 14th out of 20 in my group which I’m really stoked about,  I came 22nd overall in slopestyle 🙂 Lewis Courtier-Jones did amazing coming 8th in the final and a big well done to Katie who stomped her back 3 in the final which put her in 4th place in the girls finals.

Next day was the halfpipe comp which was really fun, the pipe was amazing and so was the day. My 2nd run scored me my best score which was 40.60 and the run was frontside tail grab to backside grab to front 5 to backside grab to front 3 to cab 3. I came 16th out of 22 which I’m stoked about again because i have only been riding pipe for a week and also I came 25th overall in the pipe 🙂 Also another well done to Lewis who came 9th in the final also he  was going huge out of the pipe and another well done to Katie who stomped her last run and came 4th again only missing 3rd by 1.6 points!

Last day we packed and had a quick shred on the mountain in the swatch park on the kickers. Then we came down got changed and drove back to Zurich airport. When we got there it was snowing heavily but we still made it back without the flight being cancelled!

It was an amazing weekend and an amazing experience and now I need to get hitting the big kickers in Avoriaz on a regular basis !!! 🙂

My dad videod a few of my runs, but his hands were shaking so much they are pretty rubbish, I will try to find the good bits and do a little shredit with them soon.

Fear of the park write up can be found here and Whitelines here.

[fancyflickr set=”72157623069949373″]