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

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.

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!

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