Monday, 26 November 2012

Denver

On the 21st of November I flew out to Denver, Colorado for the majority of the winter. I have a friend who has a golf scholarship to Denver University so I spent a few days being a tourist around the city. It was really good fun as most of the time I don't actually get to see the cities I fly into or resorts I am training in. It made a bit of a difference having a few days free.

On the first night I was there I was lucky enough to go and watch the DU basketball team play. And two nights later I got to watch the hockey team play. Unfortunately they both lost. But it was enjoyable all the same. The amazing thing was they played both games in the same stadium. So as soon as the basketball was finished they had to lift the floor and get the rink up and water on it so as to freeze it.






The day after I arrived it was Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to be invited to the head golf coaches house with her family for a meal and a bit of a gathering after. It was really weird for me as it felt like I was celebrating christmas in November. It was a really great evening though.






On my last day before I went up to Breckenridge Mountain I went skiing at a resort called Winterpark. I hadn't been there since I was about 13 when I did a tour round the USA with channel 5. There was not much snow so it meant that they only had 3 runs open which was rubbish but it was really enjoyable to be back on skis and on snow.





On the way up to Breckenridge I stopped off at a place called Redrock. It is a big stadium/music arena/amphitheatre. They hold gigs etc. in it. It was really impressive seeing some of the information about it. They had 3 million workers on from 1936-1942.




More updates to come soon about Breck. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, 21 November 2012

STV

Last week I managed to do an interview for STV news which is a TV channel in Scotland! I was really lucky to get asked to do it and it was a great chance to promote British skiing.


http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/magazine/201508-heaven-is-a-half-pipe-for-edinburgh-skier-hoping-to-make-it-to-the-top/


There is a short link to the interview and the article. Hope you enjoy it.



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Scottish Dry Slope Freestyle Champs

On Saturday the 17th of November I went to Bearsden Ski & Snowboard Club for the Scottish Dryslope Championships. It was originally a big air and quarter pipe event but it turned into purely a big air competition.



The Slope

I made it through to Glasgow for lunch time and got a quick bite to eat and managed to catch up with a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while before practise started. Practise went really well but it was really busy as there was a lot of competitors. A lot of youngster turned up for the event which is a good thing as it shows the grass roots skiing coming through.


Quick Bite To Eat
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It was a two run qualification for skiers and snowboarders. I managed to qualify in first which I was really pleased with as I felt I was skiing reasonably well. My runs were a switch 720 truck driver followed by a switch 900 japan. I managed to land both of them which gave me a bit of confidence for the finals.


The final was a three run format and your best two runs were combined to give you an overall. It was a really good format which benefitted me as I am quite a consistent skier so I was able to put down three solid runs. First run I did a switch 720 truck driver. Second run I landed another switch 900 japan and since I had landed both those and was feeling good I tried a switch 1080. I landed it and rode away. Since I had qualified in first I was dropping in last as it was reverse order and other such as Chris McCormick and Grant Donald had landed two really good tricks it put a bit of pressure on me. 



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Everyone rode really well all day and I was especially happy from Chris McCormick who had just come back from a serious knee injury and was skiing incredibly well. Even after the competition everyone kept skiing and snowboarding. It was a really big session. It was a great event and would like to say thanks to Snowsports Scotland for organising it as well as the sponsors Freeze Pro Shop and Bawbags Underwear for supporting it!

Friday, 16 November 2012

STV Interview & Bawbags Warehouse

This morning the guys at Freeze Pro Shop managed to sort me out with an interview with STV. It was short notice but I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity like that. I drove up in the morning and wasn't sure what to expect. Turned out that they just wanted a chat and then to film me doing a bit of skiing.




After the interview I just skied as I normally would and they moved about and filmed me. It was really enjoyable to ski at Hillend again after the weekend seeing as it was packed with student and now it was quiet. 





The main reason was to find out about the British team and also about support that is place. They managed to get a hold of Midge Whyte who is one of the partners at Bawbags Underwear who are sponsoring the team this year. 



Midge Whyte
After the interview Midge invited me out to the Bawbags warehouse to see how things were run. I was very impressed when I went out. It was all very well set up and organised. Thankfully Midge let me wander round and pick up a few pairs of boxers. Including the new GB Freeski Team boxers.



They are called the Cool De Sacs. Which is a new style they have just started doing this year. With 100% of the profits going to the team. 




http://www.bawbags.com/acatalog/info-58.html     That is the link to the website where you can buy them. Just be sure to use the code GBFREESKI.

Keep and eye out for the STV interview soon! 


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Bawbags Underwear

One of my current sponsors Bawbags Underwear has just released a limited edition of Cool de Sacs in association with GB Freeski. They have been made to help support the Gb team financially. The proceeds from 1000 pairs goes directly to the athletes - like myself. It is such a generous thing for them to do and I am very grateful to have them as a sponsor!









They come in a girls and guys version- use the code GBFREESKI at the checkout!


Thank You Bawbags!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

BUDs

On Saturday I went up to Hillend Ski Centre for the British University Dryslope championships. Even though I am not at university they run a ProAm event each year which is sponsored by Freeze Pro Shop. It is not a huge event but it is amazing fun. There is always a lot of people watching and they play good music so it's a really good atmosphere.










It was the university competition on during the day and then at night it was the ProAm. It was really good fun to be able to ski in at as Sketch from Syndicate Clothing was commentating. It is very limited but some of his comments are reasonably funny. 


It was a jam session format so basically everyone was just riding their friends. It was a really good vibe and by this point all the racing had finished so everyone came over to watch on the jump slope. I managed to win the ProAm which I was really pleased about as it was the 3rd or 4th year in a row I had won. 




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Overall it was a great weekend and I had a lot of fun. Afterwards we all ended up going to the prize giving and there was a band playing. It turned out to be a good evening as well. 

BUDS 2012 Highlights from BUSC Events on Vimeo.






Here is a short video from the weekend. I am in at about 4.57 I think! Enjoy! 


Monday, 5 November 2012

Ski and Snowboad Show

After the Freeze Festival I spent a couple of nights in London and then on the 30th I went of to the Ski and Snowboard show at Earls Court. I was coaching for the whole show which I was super pleased with as it was a great opportunity to spend the week down there.





I was coaching on a small beginners slope. My job was to coach the general public how do to freestyle skiing such as sliding a box or going off a kicker. Also the Ski And Snowboard Show had an airbag provided by the Airbag.net. The point of the airbag is so that the public would be able to practise doing tricks without worrying about hurting themselves as the airbag was a soft landing in comparison to the slope.

The Airbag

The organiser has arranged a competition to be held on this airbag for the general public and it was judged by Eddie The Eagle! It was really nice to meet him as he is a past olympian and since that is my goal he could relate to what we were trying to do long term!


The Coaches With Eddie The Eagle 

They also organised a competition called The Battle at the Brits. It was a rail jam and it was amazing fun! I managed to win it which came as a bit of a shock but it was amazing. It was such a fun event and I had a great time competing in it. A lot of people were they and they all entered as well. 



James Webb and I at the top

Closed eyes at the bottom of the slope
The jump was really good fun. I managed to do a front flip on it! It was very small but still reasonable easy so we had a little session on it one day with the rest of the coaches!




It was a really fun week and I was very thankful to be part of it. I would recommend to anyone that is able to get to the show next year. Do it! It is worth the travel.





Relentless Freeze

On the 26-27th of October I was in London competing at the Battle Of Britain at the London Freeze. It is a skiing and Snowboarding event next to the iconic Battersea Power Station.


Battersea Power Station


I travelled down on the thursday night and stayed at a friends house from London. On the friday I went to the event and competed in the competition. It is a big structure made out of scaffolding and snow put up just for this single event. It is so big that it requires a lift to the top of the drop in to hit the jump.









Top of the run in

Colin Holden and I at the top before my run



It was a daytime event with the internationals later on in the evening. I managed to finish up 8th over all which I was really happy and pleased with how I had done. I mainly ski in the halfpipe so it was the first time in over 5 months I had hit a big jump. It was a really fun event and I am glad to be part of it!


On the Saturday it was the snowboarding. A lot of my friends were competing that day so I went along to show some support. Billy Morgan who is a good friend of mine won the international event. It was great to watch and it was a really impressive performance by him. 



Here is the video from the Freeze of the international skiing event later on!








That is Paddy Graham doing a backflip on his final run at the London Freeze! Very impressive!


The following week I was at the London Ski and Snowboard Show so there will be another post about that very shortly!