Recently we have received some crazy weather after a heat wave it began to snow randomly, and the hill even managed to open! At the moment there is a mini-shred section on the Ciste Fairway so Andrew, Angus and myself went up to check it out!
The world junior champs were Sierra Nevada this year, so Henry, myself, Lewis and his Dad traveled across from Laax to compete and represent Great Britain. After two flights and two long car journeys we arrived at our accommodation GHM Hotel Monachil at the top of the town. The food was amazing and although are room was relatively small we enjoyed our stay.
The majority of the time it was sunny and we all became burnt within a day or two, for both me and Henry slopestyle didn’t really go to plan. Henry landed a clean run but it wasn’t his intend line unfortuantely he missed out on semi finals by only 2 points! I stomped my run until the last feature where I tried a trick I hadn’t done in practice, so I finished with 51 points and in 37th position out of 72 which was gutting but it was a great experience and was good to see the standard at these comps as it was my first.
Apart from the competition we had fun, relaxing in the sun and I also got into the Half-pipe which was fun. I worked on my technique, amplitude and also learnt alley-oop backside rodeos which I was stoked about. The Burn energy drink tent and Vodafone Lazer Tag kept us busy otherwise.
To finish off my trip I spent a night at my grandparents in Mijas which was nice, lovely to finally see there place and see more of Spain. All in all I had an awesome few weeks and can’t wait to get shredding again soon. It has been snowing again randomly so we might be up the hill in the next few days, fingers crossed!
Watch this space for videos and photos of the trip! Peace.
For the Brits Comp week myself, Henry and Lewis all shared an apartment, although I snapped my board the previous week luckily I borrowed one of Wakeham and got a Bataleon sent out to the resort. For the first few days the weather wasn’t the best although Henry managed to become British Half-pipe Champion! Congrats to him, although my coaching was obviously the main reason he won! Big Air came around and I ended up in 2nd position Overall with a backside 7 melon and a double backside 1080 mute I was happy with my performance and stoked to get my double. Henry got 3rd Overall as well so Quiksilver UK Team were doing awesome! Slopestyle didn’t go as well as hoped, I didn’t manage to get my run down but it was good practice for the World Juniors the following week.
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The first week of my trip to Laax was Pre-Brits Training Camp with One Snowboarding and GB Junior Team. The sun was out all week and we had an amazing time training on the new slope style course. I bolts my bs double cork 1080s and learned all 7s, fs and cab underflips and also perfected my slopestyle comp run. Most of my time was spent shredding with Lewis Courtier-Jones and Henry Shackleton, I learned loads during the camp, pushing each other to learn new tricks. I also got the opportunity to use the freestyle academy where I tried out a few new doubles on the trampolines, foam pits and the kicker. More to come…..
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