Back in April I went to Seven Springs to Snowboarder Magazines SuperPark 19. I went over and rode with Jamie Nicholls, the setups that each resort had built were sick! The Streets rail setup was really fun to ride loads of different features.
Stoked to get a shot in this edit from the Seven Springs setup, Check it out!
Also we got some photos on the features whilst there for The Reason Magazine here are a couple taken by Mark Clavin,
I went to Slovakia for the Sony Snowboard Fest big air competition, It was a pretty cool comp and the resort was fun to go cruise around. The jump was good and the format of the comp was different to others i’ve been to, you had to do a 720 or more in the qualis to make it to the semis, then in the semis it was a jam format and you told them what run you want to be judged and in the final it was 3 runs best two tricks count. I all the way through to the final and my runs in the final were, back double 10, cab double 9 and cab double 10. I was stoked to land all my runs and was even more stoked to finish 2nd!!!!
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!!
At the weekend I headed over to Kaunertal for the Street vs Snow rail comp with Jamie Trinder. It was a team comp and the format was team vs team, each rider had five runs and were scored from 1 to 5 for each trick , they would then add up the scores from both riders in the team to get the overall score. The setup was pretty cool, lots of different features to hit and be creative, two down rails, gap to rail, rail to wall-ride, flat rail to stairs. We were the last team to ride and we were up against Michi Schatz and Andre Bergamaschi, unfortunately we missed out on the 2nd round by one point which was pretty gutting but I was also stoked on some of the tricks I landed like backside nose press back 3 out and 50-50 450 into the wall.
I got invited to the 12th RedBull Nanshan Open in China, was such an awesome trip to spend a week in China seeing all the cool sites like The Great Wall and other things. The resort was pretty weird it was just a big patch of snow and around was industrial estates and mountains, the course was fun two jumps and two rails I managed to get 8th place so I was really stoked on that!!! Definitely my best trip ever and would love to go back!!
So I got my first coverage of the season already in two different magazines, the first one is in the first issue of Onboard, there is a full piece on the Onboard Send Off Session from the end of the season so go and get it in the shops before it’s gone! The other piece of coverage is in the first issue of Whitelines and it’s a four page piece and it’s three different trick tips and what I ride and wear to snowboard the tricks are, backside boardslide, frontside boardlside and backside lipslide. Go get it in shops now for tips on these three tricks!!!
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.
A couple of weeks ago was the Vans Hi Standard Big Air comp in Mayrhofen and the format was nothing over a 720 was allowed and it was all based on style and if you did a trick the judges liked you were given 20 euros so the more tricks you did the judges liked the more money you got. They also had a rail jam with the same format but you could do any tricks you wanted. I got the best under 16 rider which I won 200 euros and over the big air and rail jam I won 320 euros stoked!
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