Morzine – CLWR/Treeline Chalets Trip

I had an awesome opportunity to travel to Morzine at the end of April with Colour Wear and Treeline Chalets! For a few days Treeline put us up in the sickest fully catered chalet, Sam from ColourWear UK and young GB shredder Will Gilmore traveled out for the week as well. We are joined by two of TSA‘s in shop comp winners Joy and Linus from MK store and public contest winners from Frankfurt. Dunc and Hannah from Treeline organised an awesome trip and on the first day we got straight into filming with Stewart monk from Reel Fun Media! The Avoriaz parks were rad, we began shredding rails in La Chappelle before moving up to Arare filming kicker lines having fun laps and finishing with an epic BBQ on the hill! The day ended with a viewing of the edit, another Bbq and beers at the chalet!

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Avoriaz Stash Gathering was up the next day! I loved riding in the stash the past few times I’d come to Morzine, a whole park out of all natural wooden features. The park was mobbed with people a massive crowd had turned out for the contest and myself and Will got involved too! The format was fun and informal, everyone split into groups each with their own judge. We lapped the chairlift twice hitting all the features and were judged individually top 3 moved to the next round. I landed all my tricks and made it all the way through to finals! The crowd followed us round the mountain watching every feature as we all took our turns. Atmosphere was amazing and really pushed us to ride at our best! I ended up in 2nd place Overall and Will took 1st in Kids! Sick day for team Colour Wear, we received rad prizes and an epic trophy each! We finished the night off with an amazing meal out in Morzine and a few beers afterwards!

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Last day brought the wet spring weather and we had a good day shredding in the rain! Testing out the new Halfpipe features and taking laps with the GoPro. Big thanks to Treeline Chalets, everyone that helped us out, Park crew in avoriaz, Sam and Will from CLWR and the Morzine locals! Had a blast will definitely be back next spring!

Snowbombing – Mayrhofen

After the Slopestyle Jam myself and my girlfriend Kate flew out to Mayrhofen for Snowbombing! As well as going to the festival, I was competing in the Pro Demo during the week and shredding with the GB guys!

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There was loads going on, pond skim, boarder cross, photoshoots and more. The weather was amazing again, a perfect week of sunshine! The park was awesome and slushy spring conditions made for a super fun week. It was great to have Kate there working on her riding too we had a blast all week and excited for her to do her first winter away this year!

Kicker Train for the Demo - Richard Johnson

Kicker Train for the Demo – Richard Johnson

Big up to Joris, Billy and Thys on podium! - Danny North

Big up to Joris, Billy and Thys on podium! – Danny North

Cairngorm Slopestyle Jam

Back in April I returned home for the Cairngorm Slopestyle Jam! I was super excited to get back home and ride with everyone again, try out all the new rail features and help out with the contest. In true Cairngorm style the weather was terrible howling wind, fog and snow. Everyone pulled together to get the comp going, and a two feature rail jam was decided upon! Angus Leith and myself were MCs and Judging with Jamie Matthew in charge of the skiers.

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All the local kids were riding strong, great to see the Snowboard Club kids pushing the tricks but it was Angus and Andrew who both threw done and grabbed podium finishes! It was a great day and I hope Cairngorm will hold more events next winter and really show what the mountain has to offer., Exciting times ahead can’t wait for winter to arrive!

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Whitelines Mag Trip – Zakopane, Poland

I was lucky enough to be invited to a Whitelines Mag Trip last winter in Zakopane, Poland! Myself and Henry travelled to Krakow from Mayrhofen and met up with Duthie (WL Editor), Dan Medhurst (Photographer), Gaz our guide for the week, and Jack Labbet. We both had no idea what to expect from Poland so were excited for the week ahead.

Shack BS 180 - Gubawolka

Shack BS 180 – Gubalowka

We arrived to tonnes of fresh snow and it continued to chuck it down for two whole days. Gaz had already lined up street spots in Zakopane town and surrounding area for us to hit so we got straight onto them and starting bagging shots. As well as the street spots to shred, there were a few small resorts Gubalowka, Witow, and Bialka. Each had a park and a number of different runs we split the days shooting at each resort and grabbing any street spots we could find.

Shack Fs Lip - Zakopane

Shack Fs Lip – Zakopane

Gaz was awesome and hooked us up with rad accomodation and each night we ate out, trying all the Polish cuisine and experiencing the traditions and culture as well. Being a one of Poland’s National Parks the area and landscape was spectacular. Once the cloud lifted and snow stopped falling we were able to see the mountain range that looks down on Zakopane. We had two final days of spring riding, baking hot and slushy shredding on the parks. Gaz organised an awesome night shoot at Witow which was rad and we finished the trip by riding an old abandoned ski jump on the border of Slovakia with two local street riders.

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Last day of the trip we headed back in to Krakow to spend the night in the city, seeing the sights and have a night out to finish on. Poland was a blast and I will definitely be back in the future. Big thanks to Gaz at Whiteside Holidays for all his help, Whitelines lads for the opportunity as well as Oscar and Adrian fro there help around the area. Super stoked to see the article in September when it comes out with an edit from the trip to. Keep an eye out!

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British Champs – Tignes

I travelled from Mayrhofen over to Tignes for the British Champs with the team at the end of March. It was great to spend a week with Matt, Lewis and Henry shredding the resort, competing against each other and celebrating as well. We were lucky wit the weather and had an awesome few days riding.

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First event up was Bangers and Cash Rail Jam. Last year I walked away with first place and I was hoping to hold my title, the setup was creative and allowed for a larger spectator crowd, with the option of two features in a row the course flowed well and it turned out to be a sick day shredding. I landed all my tricks, including Cab and Frontside Underflips on the up rail, Cab 1 – Frontflip – Bs 1 on the flat down box and Gap Cab 450 To down box. I grabbed 2nd Place, stoked to share the podium with Lewis and John those boys killed it!

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Halfpipe was the next event on the schedule. Tignes pipe is always a joy to ride and the only real day I spend shredding pipe. As its an ex-X Games venue the pipe is always in prime condition and with sunny weather conditions it made for an epic afternoon competing. I landed my run, including a Haakon flip and Fronstide 720, way above my expectations and crept on to the podium in 3rd Place overall. I couldn’t have been more stoked, sick day riding with the boys.

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Slopestyle has always managed to be the worst weather day of the week and it was no different this year. With a modified Slopestyle course the jumps were running amazingly throughout the week, instead the contest organisers shortened the course to two rail features and one kicker. Strong wind and snow made it difficult to ride and our main focus was to make over the features safely. I landed both my runs and was happy to grab 3rd place and share the podium with the Matt and Henry!

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Whitelines - Mike Brindley

Whitelines – Mike Brindley

I had a sick week in Tignes with the Team lads, stoked to take three podiums in three events. Will be back next year for sure, cant wait!

Vans Hi-Standard Mayrhofen

In March the Vans Hi-Standard Series came to the Vans Penken Park in Mayrhofen. After a team week in Hoff training with the guys it was a great to finish off with the contest before heading across to the British Champs in Tignes. Throw out cash prizes for tricks, mellow vibe and awesome format made for a rad days riding. It was sick to focus on style and creativity but still push each other to try new tricks. There was a great atmosphere, all the Vans Euro team had travelled to the event and everyone was shredding hard. I was lucky enough to walk away 245 euros in spot prizes from the day! I was so stoked and landed all my harder tricks so couldn’t have been happier going into the Brits the following week.

Onboard - Sam Oetiker

Onboard – Sam Oetiker

Onboard, Blizzard Snowboard Show and Pyramid Magazine were all there to cover the event.

Zillertal Valley Rally – Mayrhofen

Stoked to take 1st place and Best Trick at the Zillertal Välley Rälley last week! Such a rad comp and had a blast. The setup was affected by wind and flat light but still had a great time. I landed both my runs and kept my runs clean so couldn’t be happier. The turnout was good and awesome to see loads of groms killing it! There is always a super fun atmosphere at the contests and everyone is so stoked on snowboarding. I went for a switch kicker run with interesting grabs to try and win over the judges and I’m stoked it worked out. Shared the podium with Shack too which was rad!

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Video of the contest and coaching day is now online too!

Scottish Champs – Cairngorm Mountain

Stoked to see that Natural Retreats Cairngorm Mountain will be hosting the 2015 Scottish Slopestyle Champs! With a fresh dump of snow recently I’m sure the park will be getting into great shape for the return of this awesome comp. Registration is open here – http://po.st/BwapKQ – follow the link and get involved or go and read more on Snowsports Scotland website!

– Gus in action at last winters contest –

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Colorado Edit

Stoked on how the Colorado edit turned out! Gus stuck this together and also features Henry and Lewis. Definitely be back to CO next year. Amazing month there training with the GB Team.

Enjoy the edit…