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Last weekend Angus, Andrew and I traveled to Xscape in Braehead for the TSA, Snow Factor and Motherlode, Project Friday! It was so good to see the guys bring back this event and they worked hard to put on a good show, it definitely paid off. The night was sick, everyone from the Scottish scene seemed to have made the journey down even with the terrible weather we were having!
Great to meet up with all the guys and have a shred, photographers were there and Shaka Events had the beats going out on the slope, a great atmosphere and awesome to get back on the board with the snow having disappeared up north.
Amazing night, can’t wait to ride with all the gang again!
Gus got a sick shot here from Stevie McKenna too!
Massive thank you to Ski Scotland and Snowsports Scotland for supporting us with All Area Passes for this coming season! So stoked, and can’t wait to go shred a few different resorts around the country!
This will make a huge difference and allows free training on the Scottish mountains! We both look like convicts and there’s even a dirty looking tash in there as well!
Thanks so much, all we need is some more snow!
Bring it on!
I’ve just put together a wee edit from my time in Hintertux, showing what kind of activities we get up to on and off the mountain! All filmed on my iON Air Pro 1 Camera, stoked on how the water shots came out! Had an amazing time away, loved every minute, take a look at the video on my iON Camera Athlete Profile!
Last year the Cairngorm Snowboard Club smashed it! all the kids are progressing massively and awesome to see the purchase of a video camera for analysis, the coaching program is really developing and this season sounds very exciting. Great to hear that Gus and Boomer are getting involved with Ed and Craig to become trainee coaches after doing their BASI Coaching Courses. Groups are expanding with an all girls group and potentially a feeder group as well. Amazing to see the club moving forward and I cant wait to go ride with them in January!
Shoreditch Showdown went off last week! So stoked to be invited and had an amazing time in London!
The guys from Gonzilla.tv and iON Camera have just dropped the snowboard edit from the event! Video looks sick and stoked to get a decent shot in there of my frontflip transfer from the Bus Shelter to the Box. Check it out!
Had a great weekend on Cairngorm! We got creative on Sunday and built our own wee ghetto park down at mid station. The train went off and we decided to go hunting for features to shred, luckily we came across a load of rails down at the Sheiling. We gathered the troops and got to work! Turned out pretty awesome and stoked to have a wee jam!
Finished off the day with a sick top to bottom run!
Can’t wait for a bit more snow to fall and to get up and help get the park going!
On Thursday I was lucky enough to compete in the O’Neill Shoreditch Showdown in London! It was an amazing event! The crowd went wild, all the riders threw down and the after party was awesome! I traveled down with my bro on Wednesday on an 8 hour train from Aviemore, not the best part of the trip it has to be said! It was totally worth it and I loved being in London for a few days, getting used to traveling now quite a bit and it was great to experience London for the third time. We had a lot more time than previous trips so was great to catch up with lads from TSA and Bataleon, even saw Pierce Brosnan out and about. Last minute hotel reservation didn’t pay off to well, basically felt like we were staying in a cupboard with a plastic spaceship as a bathroom.
It was all worth the journey once I got my eyes on the set-up! The whole event had been kept very private and raised a lot of hype in the UK Scene no-one really knew what was going on and the contest was so exciting and the venue couldn’t have been better!
25 invited snowboarders battled it out in Qualis early in the day and I was stoked to be one of the guys moving through to the late night finals! It was sick to see all my mates again and get shredding the course, everyone was pushing the level of riding and stoked on each others tricks! I put down a load of my tricks and was happy to make top 12. Had a great time and Sparrow went on to take down Fiesh in the end for the overall win!
Well can safely say I’m stoked to be home! Had an amazing time away but can’t beat the first days of the season back on Cairngorm! Decent cover, top to bottom laps on the train, cruising on the new park set-up and enjoying the Scottish conditions! With the top open, Ptarmigan, Ciste and a wee jib line as well as down to the middle via 105 and Zig Zags there was plenty to do, side-hits galore and great to get back bombing the mountain with my bro! We came across a wee kicker and got a few banging shots, stoked on how they turned out and so much fun to do!
After Angus’ knee injury its really good to see him working hard to get it better and enjoying his snowboarding again!Stomped a sick tail grab here on the jump here, tweaking out his new Bataleon Global Warmer!
It’s amazing to see Cairngorm getting the park features out so early as well! Stoked to see a rail line up and shaped well so early in the season! Hoping to help the guys a lot while I’m home and work with the team up there to build the park and keep the freestyler’s coming back!
I’m loving being home and looking forward to more gym work in the coming weeks and training hard on the Gorm. Make sure you get up and have a blast on the early snow!