|Happy To Be Here|
It was a tough week of training on and off the mountain. I spent a lot of time in the Freestyle academy in Laax which is similar to Woodward at Copper mountain. It has a lot of foam pits and trampolines which is great fun. And a really good training facility. I tend to make as much use of it as I can while I am there as we don't have anything as good as it back home.
There is a balcony right about the trampolines and as you can see I am trying to touch Dan Wakeham's hand here. I was not far off. If the trampoline had a bit more spring in it I could have done it.
In between training I manage to have the opportunity to shoot with Neil Macgrain. It was perfect weather all week which meant it was easier to take better photo's as there was no clouds or anything surrounding which would obstruct the scenery.
After shooting with Neil we had the chance to shoot with something incredible. Something that I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to do again! It was to shoot with HeliPov. It was such good fun and some of the best footage of skiing I've ever seen. They managed to make a short video with some of the footage that they got while they were in Laax. But not it all.
After that first week then rolled around the Brits. It was such a good week. It is the only week in the year that everyone is in the same resort and gets to meet up and tell the stories from the season. This year I only entered the Halfpipe as my back wasn't great. I still could have competed but I didn't want to risk anything. I ended up in third which I was reasonably happy with as it was a really tough field with folk like James Machon, Rob Taylor and James Webb in it.
My first run in the finals went really well, but my second I hit a hole in the wall of the half pipe and lost my balance so I wasn't able to do the trick I wanted to so I wasn't able to better my score. Which is a shame but there is nothing I can do about it now.
A photo of me and Dan Wakeham(Olympic Snowboarder) who has also got the best hand plant I have ever seen on ski's. He entered on his ski's even though he has only skied 5 days in his life. He has still got it for an old boy!
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It was a great week in Laax at The Brits. I will definitely be going back next year!