Buzzing to get away on my first trip of the season to Austria on Saturday, it’s been a while and can’t wait to get back on snow! Travelling out for a 5 weeks of training and competing with GB Freestyle Snowboard Team will be awesome as usual, skating, trampoling and snowboarding in the best parks in Europe.
Its the perfect time of year out there, summer off the hill and winter up on the glacier. The park is looking sick so far in Hintertux with opening weekend just round the corner, and Stubai glacier are getting their private park starting later in October. Lots of photos and footage to come over the next few weeks so keep an eye out!
This weekend the first Big Bang Snowboard Show Weekender kicks off at Snow Factor. All new for this year are the “Welcome to Snowboarding Taster Sessions”. You can try snowboarding with their instructors for just £10! So if you have any friends or family who you think should be shredding get them signed up. As usual demo sessions on all the new gear for the coming season plus Olympic athletes from GB Team will be there to meet and help you out on the slopes!
Gutted I can’t be there as its always amazing, don’t miss out!
Over the past few months I’ve been making really good progress in the gym and on the snow and feeling totally injury free which is awesome! Between work I’ve been able to make the trip down to Glasgow to train with the local lads as well as the GB Team. Had a few rad sessions, lots of footage and its been great to get all my tricks back on lock before I head off to start the next winter season! Here’s an edit from our time with the GB Freestyle Snowboard team, It was an intense couple of days skateboarding and using the private rail and airbag setup in Snow Factor.
I’m hoping to make a couple of indoor edits from my training in summer will get those posted as soon as there done! Looking forward to getting back on my board next week in Hintertux!
The brand new Colour Wear Collection for Fall/Winter 2014/15 has just dropped online! The new range is amazing, loving the new colour ways and designs, already got my hands on some gear and its awesome.
Had a rad trip down to Milton Keynes to meet up with the CLWR team a couple of weeks ago. We had a photo shoot and filming session in the dome, got lots of sick shots, cant wait to see how they turn out!
During our last week in Hoff we were invited to take part in a QParks Sunrise Shoot in Solden. They’d built a huge 28 metre booter up on the Glacier. The session started well and I made the jump perfect, second run in I tried a backside 7 and just didnt have the speed. Unfortunately I picked up an injury to my left leg and right heel. With a gnarly back wind and powdery conditions the session stopped shortly after with a few serious bails.
I had to return home early and luckily got seen by doctors, physio and managed to get my MRI scan through only three days after the incident. That wouldnt have been possible without the help of the Scottish Institute of Sport and Sport Scotland so I am incredibly thankful to have them backing me and supporting my snowboarding.
I am now making good progress with my recovery, off my crutches and hope to be back training in the gym by the start June. I’m determined to work hard to get back to full fitness and back on my board as soon as possible!
After spending a few days back home shredding Cairngorm I returned to Mayrhofen for the last few weeks of the season and to take part in the Snowbombing Festival, riding in the contest, shooting and filming! It was a sick few days with all the GB Team and great to be back in Austria. I got the chance to take my Level 1 Freestyle Snowboard Coach course with my team mates and it was great to learn more about coaching and to get a qualification too. This will allow me to coach with the local Cairngorm Snowboard Club when I’m back on Cairngorm Mountain and help out all the little up and coming shredders!
Go few clips in the Cooler Mag edit from the week!
I left the Brits and flew straight back to Scotland for the Vans Hi-Standard stop at my local mountain Cairngorm. The plane was full with a whole crew from the Brits returning for the comp! The weather was horrible at first and we did our best for the rail jam, luckily we were blessed with the sun for the kicker jam and it went off! So good to ride with Vans UK lads again and all my mates from back home, everyone killed it.
I was so stoked to finish 1st overall and it was an amazing way to end an unbelievably successful week for me!
The after party went off as usual and was awesome to spend the net few days at home shredding Shack before we traveled back to Europe! Thanks to Vans for another great comp in Scotland, looking forward to next year!
From our stay in Courchevel we drove to Tignes for four days to compete in the British Champs! After last years disappointing weather we weren’t sure what to expect and lucky Tignes delivered! Spring conditions and blue skies for the majority of the week made the contest amazing for the riders and spectators!
The Monster Bangers and Cash rail jam was the first event of the week. Setup was amazing and the progressive format allowed us to push the level of riding on all features. I was stoked to make finals and take 1st place and £1000 prize money! By far my best result of the season and I had a great session with Henry and Lewis all of us doing new tricks!
Halfpipe came later in the week and with the Tignes X Games pipe, it was going to be a sick contest! Having had a few days to get my pipe legs back over in Meribel before hand, I was feeling quite confident. I qualified in 5th to finals and was over the moon to put down my run and take 3rd place! Didn’t expect it at all, being my only week in pipe that season and stoked for Lewis who took the top spot!
Slopestyle fell on the final day of contest and unfortunately it brought the bad weather, with strong headwind, icy conditions and flat light. The jumps were sketchy so putting down a clean run was a priority. I landed my first run which I was stoked on, and that took me all the way to the top of the podium again! I was buzzing to have had such a good week and become British Slopestyle Champion!
Myself and Henry traveled from Mayrhofen across Europe to the French Alps to take part in the British Champs in Tignes! We began early and after a long days travel ended up in Courchevel where we stayed for a couple days to train i the DC Area 43 park in Meribel and ride with Lewis and friends from our last season with the Pleisure Holidays gang!
It was an awesome few days and great to be back there after a season in Hoff! Awesome accom, food and the park and pipe were in amazing condition. We timed it perfectly with the weather and were able to get a sick session in the half pipe working on tricks for the following week in Tignes!