Thursday, 20 April 2017

End of Season

The end of season was time for the Brits and a bit of spring skiing. I was out in Laax from the end of March till mid April. I had the best trip of the whole season. It was amazing weather and a lot of fun with my friends. The first week I was out it was just a bit of skiing. The second week was the British Champs. After a long season of competing I decided I wanted it to be a fun end to the season so I just had a cruisey run in the contest.

The first week was really productive for me. I managed to learn a couple of new tricks including the start of a new double. I ended up trying 3 and landing 2. The last attempt didn't go so well which was unfortunate but I was happy I was on the way up the ladder. That was the main reason in me going out to Laax was to progress and try and learn some new stuff for my run. Which I thankfully managed to achieve.

Overall it was a great spring and I am hoping for more of the same in the summer. There is a few camps coming up. The first in Les Duex Alps in France and then one in NZ for another World Cup. At the moment I have some time at home to work and also get back in the gym.

Friday, 17 March 2017

World Championships

Rolled into Sierra Nevada on the 13th of March and it was dumping with snow. The previous week had been glorious sunshine and almost summer weather. But since it was another contest the weather was destined to be rubbish. The first training was cancelled due to winds up to 80km/h and heavy snowfall. The second day it was slightly better but the wind was still high. It didn't cause to many problems at practice though. The pipe was great. It was the most fun halfpipe all season. It wasn't too long and it was very forgiving. I really enjoyed myself. I tend to get a lot from practice when it is limited training before an event because the pressure is on and I just have to get my head down and get my tricks down.

The conditions for the contest were fine. No complaints. It was a night event which was cool as I hadn't done one since the Olympics. Practice went well. I managed to land a safer run and a harder run. There was no point really in doing a safe run because it wouldn't make much difference. I did what I usually do and had 2 goes at doing a hard run.  It went really well. I ended up 16th with a score of 67(ish). Which was a good score. I was pumped to finish the season as top Brit. I also managed to get a switch 10 in my run at the end which is a relatively new trick for me. So it made it even sweeter after crashing hard on it in practice. Next up is some spring skiing in Laax and the British Champs.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tignes and Swiss Champs

The last World Cup of the season was in Tignes. I drove from Laax with the rest of the guys. It was a long day. 8 hours in the van. We arrived to terrible weather. It was absolutely dumping it down and the first practice was looking very unlikely. But so was the whole contest.

Unsurprisingly the first day was a no go. But there was a small window to run a contest the following morning. There was not much practice. We had an hour with sled laps. It was far from ideal. But it was the only chance to run the event as it was utterly garbage for the rest of the time we were there. It was very difficult to get used to the halfpipe seeing as I had just come from Laax where it was pretty perfect. But I managed to at least get something down. It wasn't great. But I decided I would rather have 2 shots at my hard run than do 1 safe run and 1 shot at a hard run. It turned out very well actually. I managed to land my first run and I also managed to up it and get a better score on my second run as well. I ended up 19th which I was really pleased with as it was a seasons best. But after the qualifications finished it started to snow again. And didn't stop for 3 days. I have never seen so much snow fall in one go. It was pretty mental and there was a few avalanches.

After the long drive back to Laax, it was time for the Swiss Freeski Open. There was some good points up for grabs because there was some good riders doing it. But it was about Europa Cup level. So not even close to a World Cup. At first I didn't want to do it. But as soon as I saw the weather was good and the halfpipe was perfect it changed my mind and I decided it was worth it.

I thought similar to Tignes. There is not point in trying to do average. I may as well try my best and either go for all or nothing. No point in being safe. I went all out in finals. I tried my double and landed. I also went large on my right 5, bigger than usual anyway, so it gave me a bit of a fright. My right 7 was good with a solid tail grab which the judges seems to like. I changed my run a bit. Instead of doing a switch 9 to switch rodeo, I ended up doing switch 7 to flat 540. On my second run I thought I should maybe step it up and try a new trick. I ended up doing a switch 1080. I had never done one before so it was a great feeling doing it in my contest run and landing. It wasn't the best. But it was a step in the right direction.

I ended up coming 3rd overall. Which I was really pleased with! I didn't expect it as there was some strong skiers at it. The guy who won has been on the podium a few times at World Cups already this season. So it was cool to share a podium with him.

I am currently in Spain for the World Champs. The weather is terrible and the first practice has been cancelled. It will be lucky if it happens tomorrow as well.

More updates coming soon!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Long Time No Post!!

It has been a while. After a long time of no posting someone managed to convince me that it is worth posting, if not for all 2 of the readers, for me. It is a diary almost. It is something to look back on and see where I have been and what I have done. 

In the last 2 months I have been all over the place! I started off the season in Colorado which was a bit of a disaster. There was no snow and out of 3 and a half weeks I managed to get 6 days skiing. 2 of which were contests. So that isn't ideal. It was productive though because of Woodward and some S&C work. There is always positives to be taken from trips like that. The result wasn't what I hoped for in the World Cup but it was still ok. I ended up 23rd. So it was one step in the right direction for qualifying for the Olympics in South Korea. I really don't want to be in 23rd as I would like to be pushing for finals. But it is extremely hard as the standard is so high! 

After Colorado it was home for Christmas. As always it was relaxing to spend some time at home with no agenda and without having to work. After 10 days at home it was time to get back on the road. Early January it was off to Calgary for a camp. That also didn't go to plan. I ended up getting a concussion a 4 days in. Meaning I was out for a week. Which also resulted in the camp being over by the time I got back to skiing properly. It was a very frustrating 2 weeks. So next was Mammoth for a World Cup. This one went a lot better than the previous WC. It was a much harder field and tough conditions with a lot of wind. Training for me didn't go very well. I didn't managed to put my run down once. So going into the event I was very nervous. Thankfully my last training run on the day of the competition I managed to squeak one to my feet and I was very happy. So it put me in a good frame of mind for my runs. I managed to land 2 from 2 getting a higher score on my second run. So I was pleased I progressed. Unfortunately though my placing was far from ideal but it was a step in the right direction. I ended up 23rd again which was annoying as it was the same as Colorado. 

Korea was up next. I wasn't sure what to expect. But it was an interesting place and great to see the Olympic venue. The halfpipe was perfect and everything went smoothly. I was very surprised at how many people went for the event. They all must've wanted to see what it was like and get a feel for the place. My run was similar to Mammoth. But I thought a lot cleaner. My score wasn't as good but each event the scale changes therefore it doesn't matter too much about the score at each event but instead on how the run actually went. I thought mine was fairly clean. Grabs are improving as always and so is the amplitude. I felt I was underscored slightly but it happens sometimes. It is a judged event. It can't always be perfect. 

I am now currently in Laax. It has been great. But the weather has rolled in now. So it is snowing/raining. I have another 3 days here. Hoping for good weather before heading to Tignes for a World Cup. I will keep updating all of my social media and letting you know how I get on(if you are interested).

Friday, 7 October 2016

BBC Ski Sunday Intro

So last year I was lucky enough to be a part of the intro for BBC Ski Sunday's intro to every episode. I think it is being used over the next few years which is great for me as I am honoured to be a part of it! It has weekly viewing figures of roughly 3 million so it is some great coverage for me to get my face out there a bit! I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed filming it!

BBC Sport Ski Sunday 2015 Titles from Intro on Vimeo.